Let’s talk about my photography equipment.
One of the most asked questions I get on my Instagram account @runawayueli is what kind of photography equipment I use as a photographer and for my work on Instagram. So, I decided to put it all together in this blog post and tell you a bit why and what for I use all of the gear that’s in my travel bag.
I use two cameras of the Sony Alpha Series, a Sony A6000 and a Sony A7II. A couple of years ago I made the change from Nikon to Sony. Not that I didn’t like my Nikon D90, but I was very curious about that innovative mirrorless system Sony came out with. I started shooting with the amazing A6000, which was one of the reasons for having found my passion in photography. This year, I upgraded to a full frame A7II and I absolutely love it. Together with the smaller-sized A6000 it makes the perfect camera setup for me. I regularly use both cameras, but mainly the full frame.
Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM
The G-Master 24-70 f2.8 is a beast of a lens. Although it’s pretty heavy, I have it most of the times attached to my Sony A7II. It makes an amazing combo for most situations, especially when shooting outdoors. What I love about this lens is that it’s super sharp and the low aperture of f2.8 helps you not only create a lovely bokeh, it also lets you shoot out of the hands in difficult low light conditions.
Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART
I got the 35mm f1.4 lens of Sigma’s amazing ART-Series with a Canon mount and have it attached with a converter to my Sony A7II. This is the latest addition to my equipment. It’s such a great lens for portrait work, not only due to its beautiful shallow depth of field. I also love to take it with me on city excursions to capture street life or moments when you really need a few extra stops of exposure, like a night market or small concert. Last but not least, the 35mm is such a good and fun focal length to work with.
Samyang 12mm f2 (APS-C)
Until today, my wide-angle setup that I am totally happy with is the Sony A6000 with the Samyang 12mm f2 attached to it. There aren’t that many wide-angle options with a low aperture number in the market and this is something very important if you’re planning to shoot the Milky Way for example. There are certainly sharper and better wide-angle lenses out there but overall, the Samyang on the A6000 makes a very good and light travel and landscape photography setup.
Sony 55-210mm f4.5-f-6.3 (APS-C)
This is a small and basic tele-zoom lens for Sony’s APS-C format cameras. The 55-200 delivers good results for its affordable price, but don’t expect too much of it. It’s really not something you should consider when your focus is on shooting a lot of wildlife in low light situations. The only reason I still carry it with me is because sometimes I just need a bit more focal range to work with. Also, I don’t feel the urge need of buying an overly expensive and heavy 70-200 f2,8 lens at the moment.
I am a big fan of Samsung Mobile devices. For my work on Instagram and to manage my other social media accounts, I currently use the latest Samsung Galaxy S8, one of the fastest and overall best mobile phones available right now. Whenever I am on the go like traveling on a plane, I use a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tablet for pre-editing and organizing my pictures with Lightroom Mobile. It’s also a super fast device and with its crisp display and digital pen perfectly made for graphical works. In addition to the phone and the tablet I am a proud owner of the Samsung Gear S3 smart watch. As Samsung says, it’s timeless outside and revolutionary inside.
For reasons of disk space and security, I don’t save my pictures on my Macbook. Therefore I use three external hard drives. My main disk is the well-known, robust and rugged LaCie with 2TB and a thunderbolt connection for fast data transfer to and from my Macbook. For my backups I got a solid, not too expensive Seagate Backup Plus Portable, also with 2TB of space on the disk. The third one I love the most. It’s a super compact and feather light Samsung Portable SSD T3 250GB. Because of its great speed I save this one up for my video projects only.
When the sun goes down you need to grab your tripod. While traveling with Rocio, I share with her one tripod. Rocio owns a very light and compact MeFoto Backpacker tripod and this is certainly the perfect companion for backpacking or if you need to pack light. We use it not only to take pictures in low light or for some long exposure shots, it’s also the number one tool whenever we take pictures of ourselves, using a remote control.
Sound effects are probably the most important addition to the visual footage in the mix of a good film. I use a Tascam DR-05 to record different kind of interesting sounds. This could be the roar of an animal, a door closing or the noise of some busy streets.
The DJI Mavic Pro is my drone of choice. I ordered this small quadcopter as soon as it came out. It was a no brainer and completed my equipment perfectly. Flying the drone and getting your eye on some new perspectives is just so much fun.
Gopro Hero 4
Actually I don’t use my Gopro Hero 4 very often but when I want to capture something underwater or doing some action stuff, this is my camera of choice. I got the Silver Edition with the built in screen and I serves its purpose very well.
Getting a good camera backpack for my travels was a pretty hard task. I owned a a couple of different packs before I fell in love with the Lowepro Fastpack 350 AW. Both cameras and all my objectives enter together with my audio recorder in the down compartment of the Lowepro bag. The upper compartment is perfectly designed to storage all of my hard drives, cables and even the drone if needed. My Macbook and Samsung tablet fit smoothly in the back compartment of the Lowepro. It’s definitely one of the most versatile camera backpacks I came across until now.
Do you have any questions or do you want to know anything more? Leave me a comment and I will get back to you.