Here we share with you the camera gear we use on a daily basis to bring you the photos you see here from our travels and daily life.
I’ve been shooting Canon cameras for the past 20 years, with the exception of the first four years of this blog in which I was using a Nikon D5000, Nikon D90, and, most recently, a D300s.
Much like Apple products, it’s not that I’m loyal to the brand so much as both Canon and Apple happen to produce the best products that meet my specific needs. If something better comes along in the future and I’m in need of a replacement, I have no qualms about jumping ship. But for now, it’s Canon and Apple, because they do what I need them to do, reliably, intuitively and with high quality results.
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With 24-105mm lens — my trusty primary shooter, which is responsible for about 75% of the photos we post on this site. Hands down, the best travel DSLR on the market.More
Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM lens
My lightweight, inexpensive and very sharp companion for less conspicuous, all-day shooting
Canon VIXIA HF R600/700/800
Dedicated compact video camera for capturing all of Noe’s antics. Why not use my DSLR or iPhone? Effortless, classic autofocus, 57x optical zoom, 1080p 60fps, and no worrying about maxing out the memory on my phone.More
When I’m not packing my 6D, we use our trusty iPhone 5 & 5s, which make up about a quarter of the photos on our site. We’ve been pleased with the quality of the photos, but the newest iPhones have even more amazing cameras!
MacBook Pro 13″
My blogging, photography and consulting workhorse for the past 18 months — light, powerful, reliable. Not cheap, but worth every penny for their power, reliability, ease of use and longevity. Lori’s Mac’s 6 years old, been to 5 continents, and still running strong.More
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
The best app I’ve used to quickly organize and make corrections to my images. (for Mac & PC)
More about my Canon camera kit
My primary shooter since early 2014 has been the full-frame Canon 6D DSLR, which I absolutely love —
— not because of its various doodads (and it has several), but because it’s a superb light-weight travel camera, and the focus and metering systems work as intended, giving me consistent and reliable results.
Honestly, the camera is almost too good at what it does. With my old D300s, I prided myself on being able to manually adjust nearly all aspects of the settings for each shot without looking at the camera (e.g. aperture, shutter speed, ISO, metering and focus type, etc.). With the 6D, I rarely tweak with the metering and auto ISO because the camera generally does a better job of choosing what’s optimal for the scene.
I’m so pleased with this camera that, three years on, I have no intentions of replacing it any time soon. Out of the dozen or so SLRs I’ve owned over the years, that’s a first! Apparently it is still popular with many others, as the current price on Amazon (in April 2017) is only $100 less than what I paid in March 2014!
These days, I use three lenses with my Canon 6D:
- Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM — the fantastic and surprisingly capable kit lens that comes with the 6D.
- Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM — lightweight, inexpensive and very sharp.
- Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM — my portrait and candid low-light lens.
While the 24-105 is my primary do-everything travel lens, I’ve been finding myself using the 50mm increasingly more, particularly ever since Noe arrived on the scene. The 50mm makes for a very lightweight and inconspicuous shooter that fits nicely into a small daypack that is nearing its capacity with baby accoutrements.
Prior to the 50mm, I tried the 40mm f/2.8 STM “pancake” lens. I thought it might be a perfect travel lens due to its incredibly low profile (half the protrusion of the 50mm!) and slightly wider-than-prime focal length, but ultimately found the images mushy and devoid of life. My particular copy also didn’t seem to play well with the 6D’s metering system, as everything I shot came out underexposed. To my eye, the 50mm f/1.8 STM’s images blow away the pancake lens and for much less money!
I’ve also toyed with getting a telephoto (something in the 70-200mm range), but can never justify the high price tag or the weight of the better lenses, particularly given that my kit lens goes to 105mm and the resolution of the 6D allows for quite a bit of cropping (digital zoom) flexibility if I’m in a pinch.
Through some trial and error over the years, I’ve landed on the three lenses above as they work best for my purposes. Down the line, I hope to add an ultra-wide or fisheye to the mix, but for now, these three are serving me quite well.