Trying to pack light is hard enough without having to include your camera and all the gear you want to bring with you. So what are the “must haves” of photo equipment when you’re traveling? These are the items to never leave home without:
– An 18-200mm lens: When it comes to packing light, you’re going to be much better off with 1 or 2 zoom lenses instead of 4 to 5 primes. Bringing too many lenses with you on a trip will weigh you down and might even cause you to miss a perfect moment when you’re busy switching them out. An 18- 200mm lens offers a great range that will cover most situations. You can shoot wide angle landscapes at 18mm or zoom in and shoot some candid portraits at 200mm.
– Lots and lots of memory cards: You’re going to shoot A LOT so make sure you have enough space (plus some extra) to capture everything you see. Large SD cards are so affordable these days that it makes sense to stock up on a bunch.
Photo by Gavin Hoey, http://www.gavtrain.com/?p=2617
– A comfortable camera bag: Bring a bag that’s big enough to also be your day pack and carry on. If you’re using a sling bag, make sure the strap is nice and cushioned for comfort. If you choose to use a backpack, look for one that has zippered pockets against your back to reduce the risk of getting pick pocketed. With any bag, look for one that comes with a rain cover incase you get caught outside during nasty weather.
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