The best travel camera and travel gear

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In this blog post, I would like to share with you what kind of gear we use to create our content.
Photography and videography is my absolute biggest passion and hobby, which luckily have evolved into my fulltime job. I enjoy following how the technology developed and how trends in the creation of content are moving in different directions.
However, I want to state that creating content is an art in the same way as painting a picture – therefore it’s also important not trying to copy what other people are doing, but also get your own style, look and feel.

Why I take pictures

The reason I love taking pictures and creating videos is that even if two people try to capture the exact same moments, from the same place, with the same gear – the outcome of content would never be the same.

Getting inspiration from other people is always a good idea, but make sure to go your own way!

Best camera and gear for travel photography and video

To start out with, I would like to point out that the gear and camera equipment, I use to shoot the content for our travel blog, is also the same I use to shoot commercialized content for companies with.
The way we are traveling with @thetravelbook is mainly with cars. This also means that I often have enough space to pack all the camera gear and equipment I like to bring.

Weight and size make a huge difference if you for example are traveling as a backpacker.

On our trips, I bring two different camera bags for hiking, and the weight and size really do matter!

During my last 10 years with photography, I’ve changed my camera gear quit a lot of times. Not only because the new gear comes out on the market, but also because my interest in motifs and visions are changing.
All people I know who are into creating content are just as mad gear freaks like me, and most often you can always just find a little extra something you need… ask yourself; Do you really need it?
In my opinion, the right picture can be taken with very simple gear.

My best tip to buy new equipment

  1. Research online or ask professionals for advice for the gear you feel you can’t live without
  2. Buy second-hand gear, you’ll safe a ton of money
  3. Make sure to test out the gear, before buying it.
  4. Camera gear is developing just like phones. Try to buy older models because good camera gear, can last for more than 15 years.
  5. It’s in many cases the camera lenses and not the camera body, which makes a big difference in your content creation.

Canon Eos R5

  • 45 megapixel resolution.
  • 20 frames per second
  • Full Frame internal 8K RAW video
  • Full Frame 4K/120P video
  • Up to 8-stop Image Stabilizer
  • ISO 100-51,200
  • Built in Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
  • 5940 autofocus positions
Canon EOs R6

I’ve been shooting with Canon cameras ever since, my mum let me borrow her old Canon camera when I was about 14 years old. 
The first camera I bought myself was a Canon 1000D. It was a huge upgrade from my mum’s old Canon from 1995.  

Ever since then I’ve been the proud owner of the 5d Mark ii, 6d Mark ii, 5d Mark iii, Canon Eos R, Canon Eos R6, and my current camera is the latest model Canon EOs R5.
The reason I’m currently settling with this camera body is because of the quick 20 fps and a video resolution better than on the Eos R. 

Canon RF 70-200

  • Aperture F 2.8
    For low light performance and shallow depth-of-field
  • 5-stop Image Stabilizer
    Exceptional stability in the lowest of light levels
  • Aspherical and UD elements
    For exceptionally sharp images
  • Dual Nano USM motor
    For smooth fast and silent continuous focusing
  • Compact and light
    Small and space-saving for great portability
  • Lens Control Ring
    For extra control over ISO aperture and shutter
Canon RF 70-200

This lens is one of my all-time favorite lenses!
Before Canon made the RF lenses, I had the EF 70-200 USM ii.
For the past 2 years, this has been my go-to lens. It’s perfect for capturing all daily happenings on the street, but at the same time, you can capture the great depth of field with the aperture of just 2.8.
The new RF lenses are definitely an upgrade and this RF 70-200 lens is super quick!

Canon 16-35mm f/ 2.8 USM ii

  • L-series construction and optics
  • Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • Fast, quiet autofocus
  • Aspherical and UD lens elements
  • Super Spectra coatings
  • Circular aperture for excellent bokeh
  • Passes distance information to E-TTL II flash metering
Canon 16-35mm

I would not be able to complete any of my jobs without this wide-angle lens.
The focal length of 16mm is in my opinion the perfect amount of widening. Below 15mm it becomes too much of a fish-eye effect on the content, for my taste at least.
The aperture of f/ 2.8 makes it perfect for the low-light conditions. I use this when taking pictures inside or for example hotels or villas and during astrophotography.

Canon RF 35mm Macro

  • Aperture f/1.8
  • Lens Control Ring
  • 9-blade aperture
  • 0.5x Magnification
  • Quiet STM motor
  • Hybrid IS
Canon 35mm f/ 1.8 Macro

The Canon RF 35mm f/ 1.8 Macro is my Swizz army knife. As you can see in the pictures below I use it for almost anything.
This is the cheapest lens I have in my camera bag – but it’s still the lens I’ve taken some of my absolute favorite pictures with.
The macro part of the lens allows you, to get extremely close to your object and still get super-sharp pictures.
This is also my main lens for shooting video. The lens is light and has a great image-stabilization, which makes it possible to shoot super smooth handheld videos. The 35mm is also a perfect distance if you ask me for all kinds of travel pictures. Portraits, food, landscape… this lens can do it all!

Canon 300mm f/ 2.8

  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Image Stabilization
  • Autofocus
  • USM (Ultra Sonic Motor)
  • Internal Focusing
Canon 300mm f/ 2.8

Since I started taking pictures I’ve appreciated nature and animals a lot more than before. When I’m hired to complete a job as a photographer I need to work concentrated, efficient, and not waste too much time during the job.
Shooting pictures of wildlife is the complete opposite. You need to be extremely patient, and often I never know what I’m actually looking for – I’m just out in nature with this incredible lens. It’s a huge investment to buy a professional L series telephoto lens like this – and besides that, it’s extremely heavy to carry around.
If you want to try out wildlife photography I would suggest that you try one of the RF lenses, such as the RF 600 f/11 instead.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

  • Lens 28 mm
  • Aperture: f/2.8–f/11
  • Video ISO: 100-6400
  • Photo ISO: 100-3200
  • Electronic Shutter: 8–1/8000s
  • Still Image Size 5472×3648
  • Video Resolution 4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
DJI Mavic 2 Pro

I would not be able to create the content I am for TheTravelBook and our partners, without a drone.
The footage I’m able to capture with the drone is simply adding an element to our productions, which takes them to a different level.
I enjoy creating slow and cinematic video content, but with the add-on from the drone footage, I can mix everything up, without it being boring to look at.
I’ve attached a video below that I created from Norway to show you an example of how I use the drone in video content.
The camera inside of the drone has also developed extremely much, during the past couple of years, which makes the quality of the pictures even good enough for prints.
Below you’ll find some of the extra equiptment I’ve purchased for my drone and can highly reccomend.

Remember to get insurance and a proper license before flying your drone. Each country has different regulations and laws. You can read about the laws at UAV Coach.

Manfrotto Tripod

  • 90° column system lets you capture new perspectives
  • Easy setup thanks to the Quick Power Lock system
  • Add accessories via the Easy Link connector
  • Smooth operation thanks to the new Leg Angle Selector
  • XPRO 3-Way head for more accurate framing on all axes
Manfrotto Tripod

A tripod is an absolute must-have for many different scenarios in photography and videography.
I mainly use the tripod for either long-exposure captures with ND filters or during night time, taking astrophotography of the sky, stars, or northern light.
The Tripod is also a must-have if you like to take timelapse, which is a great feature I often use in my productions.

SmallRig Camera Cage

1. Formfitting Full Cage.
2. Firmly Fixed to Camera by a 1/4″-20 Screw and Anti-twist Pins.
3. 1/4″-20 & 3/8″-16 Threads and ARRI-style Mounts.
4. Integrated NATO Rail and Cold Shoe Mount.
5. Built-in Screwdriver and Integrated Arca Plate.


Manfrotto Vehicle Mount

  • Cup Suctions to Flat Non-Porous Surfaces
  • Supports Virtual Reality Cameras
  • 360° Movement with Ball-Joint Socket
  • Compatible with Extension Booms
Car mount

LaCie Rugged

  • High-capacity portable external hard drive for on-the-go creative projects
  • Works with Mac and Windows systems out of the box
  • Connects via USB-C for high-speed data transfers
  • Offers USB 3.0 cable for connectivity to legacy computers
  • Slim travel-friendly design
  • Comes with easy-to-use software for customizable backup


LaCie Rugged

Røde Video Microphone

  • Studio recording quality
  • Condenser microphone
  • Super-cardioid polar pattern
  • 9V battery power
  • Integrated Rycote® Lyre® shock mounting
  • Two step High Pass Filter (Flat/80Hz)
  • Three step PAD (0, -10, -20dB)
  • Rugged reinforced ABS construction
  • Windshield included
  • 3.5mm mini-jack output
  • Integrated cold-shoe mount (3/8” thread)

Canon flash 430ex iii

  • Powerful, yet compact enough to take anywhere
  • Simple controls and an intuitive interface
  • Use remote flash to create the look you want
  • Shoot flattering portraits using bounced light
  • Integrates with other Speedlites as part of the EOS Family
Canon flash 430ex iii

Jydmix Travel Adapter

  • Quad USB charging ports
  • Fits electrical outlets in most commonly visited countries including France, Europe, USA, UK, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Fiji, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Mongolia, Indonesia, Middle East, Ghana, and Botswana, etc.
  • Safety Certification including FCC Safety Certification
  • PROTECTION – Comes with an LED power indicator, plug lock system, over-current (overload), high-temperature, short-circuit, and surge protection built-in.
Travel Adapter

Iphone 11 Pro

  • Triple 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras
  • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
  • Wide: ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Telephoto: ƒ/2.0 aperture
  • 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; digital zoom up to 10x
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High-Key Mono)
  • Dual optical image stabilization (Wide and Telephoto)
  • Five?element lens (Ultra Wide); six-element lens (Wide and Telephoto)
  • Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • 100% Focus Pixels (Wide)
  • Night mode
  • Auto Adjustments
  • Next?generation Smart HDR for photos
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Advanced red?eye correction
  • Photo geotagging
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG
Iphone 11 Pro

Sony TOUGH-G series SDXC UHS-II Card 128GB

Memory Card

SD Card Holder

  • Waterproof and shockproof 
  • Silicone waterproof closure 
  • High Capacity – SD holder can hold 12 SD cards and 12 micro SD cards at the same time.
  • Lightweight
  • Long-lasting and high Quality
SD Memory Card Holder

Lee Filters

  • 10-Stop Neutral Density Filter
  • Increase Exposure Length
  • Helps to Convey Movement
  • High-Quality Optical Glass
Lee Filters

Huwaii Portable Wifi

  • Supports a rapid download speed up to 150 Mbps 4G LTE and 43.2 Mbps 3G download.
  • Offers up to 6 hours of working time and up to 300 hours of standby. I
  • TFT-LCD screen
  • Unlocked to all networks so use the SIM card of your choice
Portable Wifi

Anker USB C Hub

  • 1 multi-function USB-C port, 1 USB-C data port, 2 USB-A ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 SD card slot, and 1 microSD card slot
  • High-Speed, High-Def: A multi-function-enabled USB-C port supports huge charging power up to 100W, data transfer up to an astounding 40 Gb/s, and media display at resolutions up to 5K.
  • 7-in-2 USB-C PD Media Hub
Hub memory card

Macbook Pro

  • Ninth-generation 6-Core Intel Core i7 Processor
  • Stunning 16-inch Retina Display with True Tone technology
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5300M Graphics with GDDR6 memory
  • Ultrafast SSD
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • Six-speaker system with force-cancelling woofers
MacBook Pro

BioLite Headlamp

  • The ultrathin 3D molded housing sits flat on your forehead. That means no bounce, no slip. By integrating our electronics into the fabric, we pack all your lighting into an ultra-thin facing that is designed to fit as seamlessly as a contact lens.
  • Moisture-wicking fabric keeps you cool and dry for any activity and the rechargeable battery means you can leave the alkalines behind.
  • Max Output 330 Lumens, Adjustable Front Panel, Red Night Vision Included
  • 40 hours of battery on LO, 3.5 Hours on HIGH, Recharge Via Micro USB.
  • HeadLamp 330 is made from a high-quality moisture-wicking band that keeps your forehead comfortable and dry during activity. Best of all – no abrasion points. The easy-adjust clips also take the guesswork out of right-sizing your band.
BioLite headlamp

Lume Cube

  • PROFESSIONAL QUALITY LIGHT: Daylight Balanced 5600K, 95+ CRI, diffused beam angle of 80º
  • ADJUSTABLE BRIGHTNESS LEVELS: Control brightness up or down in 10% increments via manual controls
  • BLUETOOTH: Wirelessly control your Lume Cube with our Lume-X App for both iPhone & Android
  • WATERPROOF & DURABLE: Durable aluminum housing offering waterproof lighting up to 10M (30 feet) depths
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: Every box includes a DSLR Mount, Modification Frame, Warming Gel, Softening Diffuser
Lume Cube

DJI Zhiyun Crane 2

  • New Firmware Features: 360 degrees POV (Point of View) MODE; VORTEX MODE added; compatible for Nikon Z6, Z7; “Mode” button operations changed
  • Both Digital and Mechanical Follow Focus
  • Intuitive OLED Display
  • 18 Hour Runtime for Longtime Task
  • Friendly Customer Support and Worry-free Warranty from Zhiyun Official
Gimball Stabilisor

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