Even though I’m not a professional photographer or make money solely with photography, I take photography pretty seriously. I got my first camera, a Canon Rebel t5i in March of 2013. It’s a beginner level DSLR camera, and it’s fairly small to carry around almost anywhere. Traveling with it for an entire year, I found no problem to carry around on a neck, hold it by the strap, or put it in my backpack. Paired up with this camera, I used a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens which is perfect from landscape (17mm) to portraits (50mm). The f-stop of 2.8 really allowed my pictures to be taken faster and with better depth of field. Furthermore, I used the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 for mainly portraits.
A few days ago, I purchased my first full-frame camera, the Nikon d750, refurbished, straight from Nikon. Along with the camera, I purchased a Sigma 35mm f/1.4, refurbished, straight from Sigma. I made these purchases because I was in need of a full-frame camera for other photography gigs, but since all my photos uploaded here are taken with the Canon Rebel t5i, I’ll write about it here. Maybe in a few months, after I’ve used it for a while, I could write about the Nikon d750.
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Before I was even a travel blogger, I carried around a camera to take pictures. The photo below is a picture I took in 2015 when I went to Hawaii for the first time. I didn’t know anything about the technical aspects of the DSLR I was carrying – I just saw a cute hut next to palm trees in the hotel we were staying in. I actually wrote about it here, and you can see more photographs I took that year.
Let’s start with the Canon Rebel t5i. It’s an entry-level DSLR which has a flip screen (flips sideways) and has a touch screen. I didn’t realize it until I switched my camera a few weeks ago, but the flip and touch screen is extremely useful when you’re traveling. If you need to photograph a place that’s a little too high for your height, you can simply flip the screen towards you while you’re holding the camera on top of your head.
There are so many alternatives to this camera, and they are all high-quality DLSR’s that I definitely recommend. If you go here, you can find hundreds of models and bundles to choose, from less than $700. Quite a deal, am I right?
Another favorite of mine is the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8. This is such a versatile lens, I basically never took it off my camera! It’s great for both landscape and portrait, making it an amazing lens for travel. This is the DC line of Sigma, which means that it will only work on cropped-frame cameras. Cameras such as the Canon Rebel series and many entry-level DSLRs are cropped-frame.
The lens is currently offering a Lexar 64GB SD card as a package, and you can get it here!
I actually purchased the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 when I was in Korea. I took it to Jeju Island and China, but I unfortunately lost all the photos while moving to California. The lens is great for portraits and close-up photographs. However, the 50mm does limit your range while you travel, so I don’t recommend brining only this lens to your travels.
I use the Macbook Air to do everything – write posts, edit photos, edit videos, watch netflix, organize everything, and my school stuff. I purchased this laptop a few years ago and I’ve been loving it ever since. Of course, while I was traveling, I bumped it quite a few times that resulted in major bends and scratches, but it works absolutely fine and I’m very satisfied with it. When I bought it, it was over $1k, but now it has dropped to around $800.
I use the Seagate Expansion 2TB Portable External Hard Drive to store all my photos. Since I shoot raw, it takes up so much space that my computer cannot hold. I honestly don’t know what I would do without this drive and it has made my ‘digital life’ so much simpler and organized.