Wex Staff Recommend: Favourite Gear for Travel Photography

For many of us here at Wex, photography is a big part of our lives outside of work too. So, instead of me telling you all of my favourite gear that I take when I travel, I thought it’d be fun to ask some of the other photography fanatics around the office to share what their essential accessories for holiday photography are.

Here's what we love...

Siobhan, Events - Lowepro S+F Memory Wallet

Taken on a trip to the pier at Clacton while shooting a short film there

My memory wallet goes with me everywhere: when travelling, working on busy shoots or on a day out with friends. It's a simple bit of kit that goes a long way. I shoot video on my DSLR and because of the nature of video, I tend to need a lot of memory. I can hang it off my belt, my wrist, my bag or even my jacket and right away I have 12 memory cards to hand. It saves precious time searching through my pockets for my next card.  It's an essential piece of kit for anyone who goes through as many cards as I do!

Paul, Sales - Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L

My best purchase over the last few months has got to be the new Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L.  As a long time user of the Flipside 400AW I was looking for a smaller, lighter version, with the same back opening style that I could use on a bike, and this is perfect. The tripod holder on the side is particularly handy for carrying a short monopod as well as waterproofs for the typical British summer, meaning unlike other designs the damp stuff is kept isolated from your gear. It’ll swallow up a full sized DSLR with fast zooms or primes and a speedlight or two with ease, and despite the lightweight construction, I’ve no doubt my gear is protected.  In the endless pursuit of the ‘perfect bag’ this comes incredibly close.

Alex, Web - Memory Cards!

Looking for whale sharks in Belize. No whale sharks but lots of fish!

...and lots of them! Rather than use one or two really high capacity cards I’ve got a stack of 4GB cards that I swap round between cameras. The last thing I’d want is to lose ALL my images if a card’s corrupted or the whole lot gets stolen – it’s all insured, but there’s no way I can get the photos back. Someone once suggested taking a photo of a post-it with your contact details as the first image on any card just in case it does get lost (and someone nice finds it!). I think that’s great advice!

James, Sales - Nikon Crumpler Backpack

My favourite piece of photography equipment for travelling is my Crumpler Bag, very pretty to look at and not something you would automatically assume is full of expensive camera equipment, which in city centres and on public transport can be a concern. The bag itself is very deep, with room for a DSLR and up to 3 more lenses plus accessories. Lightweight, stylish and above all very practical, I could not go anywhere without it.

Piers, Commercial - Canon PowerShot SX40

Making the most of the 35x zoom in the Maasai Mara

 

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to spend a week on safari in the Maasai Mara, Kenya. Not knowing how close I would be able to get to the wildlife, I wanted a bridge camera with a powerful zoom and great image quality to capture this once in a lifetime opportunity. I decided upon the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS and it did not disappoint. It was the perfect size, lightweight, fast and the image above displays the phenomenal 35x zoom.

Pankaj, Commercial - Lowepro Fastpack 250

A portrait in London Bridge

 

I have used this bag for well over 3 years now and it's still rock solid. During weekends it is completely packed with my camera gear, including my Nikon D700 + 24-70mm lens, Sigma 70-200mm, Sigma 85mm, Nissin Di866 flashgun, memory cards, batteries and chargers. I love this bag for travelling as it also allows me to carry my MacBook Pro. It is very comfortable and the side-entry helps me enormously when I want to remove my DSLR or change lenses.

Adam, Web - Canon 50mm f1.8 Lens

Dam Square in Amsterdam

 

I've used this on my Canon EOS 550D for about a year and have found it to be an excellent, versatile lens. Such is its usefulness, since I've acquired it I've taken it with me on every one of my photographic outings. While it's often criticised for its budget build quality, I find this lens to have a beautifully appealing simplicity; it feels enjoyably raw and direct when I'm taking images. There's so little between me and the subject, using it is an entirely different experience to my other lenses and that's what I love most about it. The other reason I can't leave it at home is its great big aperture. Shooting at f1.8 won't give you the sharpest images but it allows an incredible amount of light to enter the lens. This means I can capture shots using only a faint, delicate trickle of natural light.

Being fixed at 50mm focal length, it's perhaps not an obvious choice for a travel lens. However, I think it's worth carrying because it's so compact and lightweight you'll hardly notice it's there and what's more, being the most affordable lens in Canon's range you needn't worry quite so much about replacement costs in the case of misadventure!

Natalie, Marketing - Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap

Mosiacs in Istanbul's Topkapi Palace

 

Last month I got my hands on a Black Rapid Camera Strap and took it on its first outing on a recent trip to Istanbul. I wore it as I strolled through the grounds of Topkapi Palace, admired the Aya Sofya and browsed the busy Grand Bazaar and my camera felt safe, secure, very easily accessible - and most important of all perhaps - comfortable the entire time. I absolutely loved using it and can’t see myself travelling with a regular camera strap ever again!

What's your favourite gear for travel photography? Let us know in the comments what accessory you can't go on holiday without!