My Recommended Travel Gear
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If you have never heard of Kelly Moore bags I highly suggest you check out their website. I bought my Kelly Moore last year and absolutely love it. The great thing about these bags is that they allow you to travel without having a big tourist stamp on your forehead! In addition, they look great and have a lot of stylish options. I am a proud affiliate of Kelly Moore, so if you decide to buy one of their bags I would greatly appreciate it if you used my link!
My friend bought me this book as a present before we left for Germany. I am so grateful that she gave me this as it's been a great resource for traveling around Germany. If you are moving here or plan on spending a long vacation in the country I highly recommend bringing this book with you!
This is my creme de la creme of camera equipment. While I agree that great images can be taken on any camera, not many can match this one when it comes to low light performance. For me, this is a must as I shoot hand held most of the time when traveling and need something that can stay up to speed when the sun goes down.
The Canon 60D is a great DSLR to travel with. If you do photography as a hobby or if you just want a solid DSLR to take with on your next trip, I highly recommend the 60D. It served as my main camera for the first year and a half in Germany. If I could afford two camera bodies this one would be my backup. It is also one of the better Canon cameras for shooting video and has a LCD screen that swivels around, a nice perk for taking group shots.
I bought the 17-40mm lens as my walk around lens for trips. It has held up wonderfully and has proven to be a great lens to have. The Ultra Wide Angle allows me to get a lot of great shots and the f/4 holds up well in most situations (except for some very low light conditions). If you are looking for a great 'L' lens at a reasonable price I would recommend taking a look at this one. If you add a polarizing filter to the front it helps to reduce glare and bring out the blue sky on sunny days. There are a wide range of filters available online to purchase but make sure the size of the filter ring fits over your lens!
This is a nifty little lens cleaner that is perfect for travel. I always have one on hand and it's saved me many times during trips! It is under $10 so it's worth the purchase.
Many people will argue that carrying around multiple camera lenses only weighs you down and is more of a pain than anything. Oftentimes I readily agree with that, however, I love prime lenses and cannot seem to break away from them. A prime lens is a fixed focal length lens that generally has a very wide aperture. This means more light can be let in and that wonderful shallow depth of field creating beautiful blurry backgrounds is easily created. They're also sharper than zoom lenses. For these reasons (and many more) I'm willing to sacrifice a zoom lens covering longer distances. The 85mm also has a nice compression and is great for people and detail shots. This lens is around $400 but a less expensive option is also available. On the contrary, the 85mm f/1.2, a much more expensive option at around $1,700 is available as well.
The Canon 50mm f/1.8 is a great walkaround lens to have. The focal length is about what your eye sees so if you're walking around and want to capture your day this is perfect. It's also another great lens for portraits, although I usually find myself eventually switching back to my 85mm.
I have had a lowepro camera pack and it's been great for travel. It sits well and holds all my gear. It also has held up great too.