My Landscape Photography Gear – 2020
Below is a list of my Landscape Photography Gear that best suits “ME” as a minimalist travel photographer. I’ve spent the last 5 years acquiring these items, and I am happy with them. Whenever I see a camera bag I will always try it on, or research a new lens – do I need it? Probably not. But I know how hard it is to buy camera gear; the expense, weight, technology and all the jargon.
If you have any questions or are interested in how I use something, please contact me – I will always try to help and give honest replies!!!
Landscape Photography Gear
Fujifilm X-T3 – Small, compact, lightweight – all in one powerful camera. This mirrorless camera from Fujifilm suits my everyday travel photography needs, that is why I would say its the best travel camera to date. Boasting a huge 26.1mp sensor, crazy fast AF, touch screen and a groovy retro style and not to even mention the insane recording capabilities this camera can produce. What would you say if you included a tripod, lenses and all accessories and it fitted in carry on luggage? Impressive right, hence why Fujifilm is perfect for my photography needs, plus the full manual ability just brings the enjoyment back to photography.
L Bracket – Save you so much time changing from landscape to portrait mode. Never had an issue saving money on these L Brackets, good build quality, lightweight and cheap!
Fujifilm X-H1 – IBIS (In Body Image Stabilizer) the one and basically only reason I own this camera! Yes, it still boasts all the Fujifilm goodness, but let’s be honest the X-T3 is a better camera. So why do I own it? I wanted a hybrid camera similar to the Sony A7iii. Invested in too much Fuji glass, I am happy to carry 2 cameras around one for photos, one for video.
DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo – I had a drone, I sold my drone, I purchased another one. Yes, I missed it, but the Mavic Air is the perfect travel drone. I used to own the DJI Mavic Pro, as good as this drone was I found it just a little too big for me as a full-time traveller. The fly more combo with the Mavic Air is a perfect travel accessory – it can be purchased with just the drone alone here.
Zhiyun Weebill Lab – Best invention Zhiyun has ever made! When purchasing camera gear I always look for 3 main categories – Lightweight, size and price. I mention this so many times (sorry maybe a little too many times) they have to meet these 3 requirements to satisfy my purchase.
The Weebill Lab is perfect for my run and gun travel lifestyle compared to its bigger brother Zhiyun Crane 3. All 3 motors lock away, its size fits perfectly inside my Atlas Backpack making it a perfect gimbal that I would highly recommend.
Zhiyun Weebill release plate – MUST HAVE ACCESSORY speeds up your workflow so much!
Peter Mckinnon Variable ND Filter – 2-5 Stops of ND – Best on the market 100% worth the money never have X polarization again. If you don’t shoot in LOG format the 2-5 Variable ND is best for you.
Peter Mckinnon Variable ND Filter – 6-9 Stops of ND – Best on the market 100% worth the money never have X polarization again. If you shoot in LOG format the 6-9 Variable ND is best for you.
Variable ND’s allow you save all that footage! A must for recording, especially in midday sun keeping that special rule of double the frame rate. I used to own a cheap variable ND filter learnt my lesson very quickly after losing a lot of footage due to it. Cheap out and you will always lose!
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS – Pin Sharp! WOW! Just mind blown by this lens! I knew Fuji’s prime lenses are sharp, but let me tell you this is only millimetres behind. An equivalent of 15-36mm in full-frame basically identical to that of the Canon 16-35mm that I used to own. One thing that initially blew me away is the lack of distortion this achieves from such a wide-angle. Would love to test out the new Fuji 8-16mm F2.8 but cannot justify this over the XF 10-24mm for many reasons – size, weight, no filters and the HUGE price tag.
Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR – Red Badge, the cream of the crop! A premium lens at a premium price, but does it deliver premium quality? You can watch my full vlog about this lens here, but in a short precise answer – Yes! It’s made for a purpose and that’s a professional photographer and this is really the only reason I own this lens. I trust its autofocus, sharpness, rendition and build quality 100% of the time on a professional shoot. If I didn’t make money from my photography I wouldn’t own this lens, its big, heavy, expensive and not a HUGE step up from the 18-55mm for amateurs to require it.
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 OIS – I love this lens and it’s slowly becoming my go-to lenses, I would describe it as “a lens that can change any landscape”. It takes incredible photographers eye to use this lens correctly, the ability to recognize a beautiful landscape and pick out just one subject between all the clutter. Purchasing this lens before a recent trip to Kyrgyzstan and Albania, where I wanted 30% of images to come from this lens alone, I quickly realized 3 weeks in why I should have owned this lens years ago. As I always say, no fixed aperture, smaller, lighter, image stabilizer and impressive image quality is the reason I choose this over the Fuji 50-140mm F2.8 and the whole Red Badge line up from Fujifilm.
Fujifilm 16mm F1.4 R WR – Possibly the most adored lens from the Fujifilm line up. This lens is a recent addition to my kit and a very thankful addition for 3 major reasons – image quality, focusing distance and low light filming. When choosing lenses (especially when they are this expensive) for me to justify the purchase it needs to be versatile, 2 or more uses. This lens ticks all the boxes and owning this lens is a must, with a little downfall (star photography). You can watch a full review of the Fujifilm 16mm 1.4 here.
Samyang 12mm f2.0 Ncs Cs – A specialised lens for Astrophotography, the budget lens being made out of plastic (not the adaptor plate) and also manual focus. But, 100% the BEST astrophotography lens you can purchase for your Fuji X system. Double up as a good low light filming lens and landscape photography lens especially at F/9.
Tripods & Ballheads
Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Tripod – A high-end full-sized tripod from Manfrotto. Excellent build quality used mainly in extreme conditions such as Scotland or the alps due to the high winds. In the pictures, you can see the difference between this tripod and my travel tripod (Manfrotto 190GO!). Extended height of 170cm and folded height of 61cm, highly recommend this tripod due to its price and quality.
Manfrotto 190GO! Tripod – My insane travel tripod, this took me years to find! A brand new range from Manfrotto that is ideal for backpack travel, it’s size, weight and quality make it indispensable. I was after a travel tripod that had screw leg locks, small and lightweight. This tripod comes in at 1.35kg and a folded length of 46cm – perfect! The one and only downfall of this tripod is the price, expensive but I can justify this. Perfect for travel and is suitable for most conditions, if I could only have one tripod, it would be this!
Manfrotto 556B Levelling Center Column – HUGE RECOMMENDATION to this awesome contraption. Allows the tripod to be levelled from the head rather than spending valuable minutes adjusting the tripod legs. If your tripod doesn’t allow it then this “tripod levelling base” will do the same job. Perfect for shooting panoramic, architecture, property and just levelling everything in-camera rather than post-production.
Manfrotto Ballhead – This 3-way locking Arca Swiss ball head from Manfrotto. Extremely smooth and easy to adjust in slight precise movements. Unscrew the plate for small travel packing and light for an 8kg load rating.
Landscape Photography Gear Accessories
Fuji Batteries – Another mirror-less debate is battery life. I own three genuine Fuji batteries, fully charged I would compare three Fuji batteries to only two Canon batteries. Another reason I can not travel solo with the Fuji backpacking.
SanDisk Video SD Card – Only the best – SanDisk!
SanDisk Photography SD Cards – High recommend SanDisk, never let me down.
Step-Up Rings – Formatt Hitech
Manfrotto Xume Lens Adapter – Save time in your photography, make your camera more hybrid. Switch from recording with an ND to taking photos in seconds.
Manfrotto Xume Filter Holder – Same as above, just choose your filter size and its the perfect solutions!
Laptop – My workhorse, the best laptop on the market for the price point. A jam-packed Dell XPS 15” with 32GB RAM, 4GB Graphics Card and 1TB SDD and 4k 100% Adobe RGB Screen. This will fly through my editing, a lot of money but sometimes it not always about upgrading your camera gear!
SanDisk SSD – YOU NEED THIS! Speed up your workflow, spend less time editing and more time shooting.
Seagate 2TB HDD – Back up everything, you never and I mean never know when you will need that footage.