Travel and photography are a natural pairing. Photos capture the feelings, the memories and essence of the world. We try and freeze time through our images, bringing us back to those unforgettable moments.
We started traveling full time in June of 2017. At that point, our only concern was carrying as little weight as possible so we decided that our photographs would be taken solely with our iPhone 7+. The phone took great pictures, but there was so much that it couldn’t do. We felt we were missing out on adequately capturing the feeling that we got from our adventures. After a year of travel, we decided it was time to take a step up and carry a real camera and landed on the Fujifilm X-T20.
This is a mirrorless style interchangeable lens camera, which gave us a ton of capabilities while still being mindful of weight. We could now choose fast shutter speeds to freeze time, slow speeds to show movement, apertures to show depth of field and shoot in low light.
The camera has an APS-C sensor so can still pack a punch without the size and weight of a Full Frame or the poor image quality of smaller sensor. The body weighs just 383 grams and can fit in your pocket. And equally important, it doesn’t look expensive which we prefer when traveling.
Since we are still very mindful of our weight, we only carry one versatile travel lens, the Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4. It has a solid metal construction, internal stabilization, is pretty fast for a small zoom lens and takes crisp images. We gave up having a really fast lens to have the versatility of the zoom, and gave up long range ability and other “nice to have” features like weatherproofing to keep down the size and weight.
We got caught in a snow and rain storm while hiking El Pulpito del Diablo at 4,800m in Colombia. We pulled out our super high tech plastic bag, covered the camera, and trekked on. It got a little damp, but a couple minutes in the sun had it right as rain.
In keeping with out minimalist packing strategy, we keep accessories at a minimum. We carry a simple neoprene camera cover so the whole thing can be tossed in our backpack when necessary. We also have a convertible shoulder/wrist strap, spare battery, USB battery charger, filters and case, memory cards, and a pocket sized aluminum tripod. Many of the images here were taken with our polarizing filter.