My Travel Gear

Photography:

Nikon D3300 (primary) – Trying out this whole DSLR thing starting June 2016. Why not start from this model so I can teach myself the basics first before moving to a more expensive camera. I currently use the stock  AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II for everyday photos but also have a Tokina AT-X PRO DX 11-20mm f/2.8 for landscape and night photography.

Leica D-LUX 109 – After falling in love with the LX7, I waited for the next follow-up to this camera. Come by the time the LX100 was released, it was still not available in my country. It just so happened that I went to Hong Kong early in 2015 and had enough budget to purchase it’s Leica counterpart. Though not an official Leica camera according to the brand’s enthusiasts and more of a Panasonic camera, its still one mighty camera that packs a lot of punch. Its not really about the brand but more of what the camera does. The Leica variant has a more minimal design including the removal of the textured grip which might be a turn off to some. Apart from that, functions and features are roughly the same for both cameras. Although some say that the D-Lux still takes better photos and has the Leica touch to it. This next generation model definitely delivers much better photos thanks to it’s larger sensor and higher megapixel rate. It can also take 4K videos, has a built-in viewfinder and WiFi connectivity. The aperture can still be toggled in the lens ring as well as switching from AF, AF Macro and MF modes and also changing the aspect ratio. Apart from that, the shutter speed can be easily toggled through a dial and my favorite is probably the exposure compensation  wheel. Very cool feature if you take shots on-the-go and do not have the time to manually toggle your settings all the time.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 (back-up) – This was my first official camera when I started to travel more. I purchased this back in 2013 for around USD $350 in Singapore. Prior to getting this camera, I used phone cameras through several years of travelling which I greatly regret. Most notably using a 2.0 megapixel phone camera when I traveled around Europe back in 2007. I actually had an old Canon Powershot S70 with me that time but it was already dated and too heavy to bring around. I should have still used that back then over a phone camera. The advantage of using a phone camera for several years is that it somewhat taught me to be more resourceful when it comes to taking photos. Purchasing this camera helped me a lot in learning the more technical aspects of photography such as using the aperture, shutter speed, exposure, etc. It helped that these toggles can be easily accessed in this digital camera. For me, this is still a great camera for everyday use. Compact enough for me with what it offers: aperture up to 1.4, takes wide angles for its size and can take long exposures just to name a  few. Having a Leica lens is not a bad thing as well.

GoPro Hero+ LCD  – This is the first GoPro product that I purchased so far. I was previously using a Xiaomi Yi Camera but the camera snapped out of my makeshift monopod during a water-rafting incident. Instead of using the proper screw and adapter to have my underwater case connect to my monopod, I used the standard bolt and nut to connectit to the underwater case. Yes, I made sure I also used a waterproof mighty glue which actually lasted for months. The waves in the water rafting was too much and my first action camera was nowhere to be found after. That was when I found a good deal and decided to upgrade my gear to a basic GoPro. I am currently using this with a 3-way grip and remote control for easy use. So far, so good for this action camera. Battery life is long and the photos are quite good for an entry-level product. Pair that with a touchscreen LCD for fast viewing and you can easily transfer photos on your phone with its built-in WiFi connectivity. It was also great that they sent me free panel replacements when both my waterproof and underwater panels were affected in a fire incident. I will try to get my hands on the Hero 5 when it comes out. Thanks GoPro!

Bags:

Osprey Kestrel 38

Salomon Trail 20

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