My Current Camera Gear Setup as a Travel Blogger
A question I often get asked is what’s in my camera bag, so I decided to make a dedicated post for the gear that comes with me as a travel blogger. After over 3+ years of traveling blogging, I’ve learned a ton about photography, editing, and gear. If you are new here, I started as a travel blogger around the end of 2017.
I was a beginner at everything! So, for those of you who might just be starting out, I am also including some of my beginner gear too!
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Canon EOS R – I am using Canon’s mirrorless full-frame camera and it is a great camera. With Canon’s new RF lenses, amazing dynamic range, stunning colors, and 30.3 megapixels this camera is a beast and comes at a reasonable cost.
The Canon EOS R shares many of the same specs (plus) as the Canon 5D Mark IV at a better price!
I especially love the flip-out screen which I use very often. Additionally, it has a fast buffer which is super important to me since I shoot a highspeed continuous often. When testing the Sony A7iii, besides disliking the menus, it drove me crazy that it took the camera forever to buffer and I was unable to change any of the settings and continue to shoot until it was finished buffering.
Additionally, since my previous Camera was the Canon 7Ti Rebel, I am able to use the EF adapter so I can continue using the lenses I currently own!
Canon EOS R5 – If you have the budget, Canon recently released the EOS R5 which is a top of the line professional camera across industries. It includes 2 memory card slots, industry-leading autofocus and eye-tracking, and 45 megapixels to name a few. If it were in my budget, this would be the camera I would shoot with.
Canon EOS RP – If you are a beginner and want to go the mirrorless route, the Canon EOS RP is a great option to get into mirrorless. The live view touch screen allows you to learn manual mode which was how I learned to use my camera!
Canon Rebel T7i – The Rebel line is perfect for those just starting out with photography. This is the camera gear I started out with as a travel blogger and have used it up until 2020. If you go with a rebel, I’d pair it with this Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FLD Lens (which was my go-to).
I’ve owned two rebels (including this one) and had a great experience with both of them. It was also super helpful to have the additional settings on the dial such as sports mode and landscape when I didn’t want to try and mess/learn the settings. The pricing is also more on the moderate side.
If you noticed, I don’t really recommend kit lenses and that’s because they are not going to give you the quality photos you are looking for. It is much better to just get the body and then choose the lenses that will suit your needs.
Canon RF 24-70 mm F2.8 L is USM – This is my new go-to lens and what will be on my camera the majority of the time. This is the same zoom length I was shooting on my Canon Rebel when you consider the crop factor. This lens works great for travel photography and is super versatile. The 2.8 also allows you to get some really nice bokeh. Overall, this focal length is perfect for me as a travel blogger.
Canon ef 50mm f/1.8 STM lens – This is probably my second favorite lens to use and it’s always good to have a prime lens in your arsenal. I use this lens for more portrait-like photography and to create a buttery background with 1.8f. The 1.8f also allows you to work well in low light. I have to use the EF adaptor for this lens on my RF mount.
Canon EF-S 55-250 mm F4-5.6 IS STM – So, I still have this lens from APS-C lens mount, but it still works with my EF adaptor. I still love this lens when I am shooting wildlife, or want to create a unique frame from landscapes or monuments at a distance. I do plan on upgrading this lens with the same focal length to RF glass.
Manfrotto Befree travel tripod – As a travel blogger, I have learned having lightweight camera gear and tripod is really important. My old tripod (while nothing wrong with it) was very heavy, so I rarely wanted to go out and shoot solo or just take it with me. As a traveler, having light gear makes or breaks if I bring it, so I now try to go on the lighter side with everything if possible.
LowePro Fastpack 250 – I originally got this camera bag when we were doing our trip through Europe and Asia for two months. I wanted a bag that could work both as a camera bag along with a carry-on to hold toiletries. This has been my go-to backpack for 3+ years as a travel blogger because it holds all my camera gear along with anything I would normally keep in a purse. It might not be the sexiest, but it does the job.
The only downside is once we are at our destination, I don’t want to actually carry the backpack around because it is large/heavy and I don’t feel like emptying the rest of my stuff out of it. However, if I have a car, I of course bring it everywhere because it keeps my lenses safe.
I mainly use my GoPro 7 for anything underwater and I love it for that. I used it for snorkeling with sea turtles in Maui, at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, and snorkeling in Thailand and Bali. As a bonus, I used the GoPro for all of this without any casing since I actually forgot the casing when we left on our big trip!
Travel Blogger Camera Gear Review
I hope you found the camera gear I use as a travel blogger helpful to you! Additionally, I always carry at least 1 extra camera battery with me, and 2 SanDisk cards. Since I want fast buffering, I go with the Sandisk Extreme Pro and of course my hard drive!