With less than two weeks to go till I start my epic 7 month trip around the world, I thought it was time to give you all a quick rundown of the technical equipment I’m going to take with me. I’ll be doing another post with what’s in my big backpack in a bit as well but I haven’t yet completely figured out what I’m going to pack and of course cameras are more fun than clothing.
Lets start this with the most important part of the kit: My main DSLR-Camera. This is of course my Nikon D750, an amazing camera with great image quality, a rough body and still kind of lightweight. My main lens will be the Nikon 28-300mm 3,5-5,6 zoom. It might not have the best quality possible but still really decent and since I’ll be carrying it around everyday for the trip I wanted to save the weight of having to carry two separate lenses. While I’m usually a fan of fixed lens, the superzoom will be a lot better this time since it’s way more flexible and I can handle pretty much every photographic situation I might encounter along the way. For a wide-angle I went with the Nikon 20mm 1,8 lens as the available zooms are just too heavy and the image quality is completely amazing. It will also be perfect for low-light reportage photography. Oh and of course you won’t see any logos or gold on my gear for extra stealth points and for the added comfort the camera will be carried on the best strap in the world, a Sunsniper Pro.
My backup camera will be the small Sony RX100 II. Here the quality is actually surprisingly good and since of the size it’s great if I for example want to go out at night, leave my big kit in the hostel and still be able to take great pictures. For filming I’ll be taking a GoPro Hero on a foldable 3-way selfiestick since I’m planning this time to use moving pictures as well to document my trip. The resulting videos will be put up on my new Youtube-Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7OAIvO39weg_a33VoVjGKw)
I already got started on accessories with the GoPro stick so lets continue there. For the Nikon I’m going to take with me a polarizing and a neutral-density filter mostly for the landscape work. Thats where the cable-release will also come into play. Lets see how long it survives this time, I’m quite certain it won’t be the whole seven months. And of course for long exposures I’ll need a tripod so the carbon-fiber 3-Legged-Thing Brian will come along.
Ok that’s the camera-section, moving on to computers and memory. I’ll take a whole mountain of Sandisk SD-cards with me in the Thinktank case so I’ll probably be covered for a few weeks on those alone. For backup I’ll carry two 2TB external harddrives (One on my person, One in the big backpack). I’ll see if I can manage to send one home every couple of months to get my pictures in a save place. To write this blog and manage the pictures and book hostels and flights I’m bringing a small 11 inch Acer Netbook. This will be the first time in many years that I have to use Windows again but in the end it was just so much more reasonably priced than a comparable Mac (My 15 inch Macbook Pro is just to heavy to carry around all the time) and I could replace the hard drive with an SSD for more reliability and speed. Of course I take my old iPhone (I have just recently replaced the battery and it’s like new again) with my to be reachable and have maps and stuff on it. Since I couldn’t possibly carry guide books to every single country I’m taking my own personal version of a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. An Amazon Kindle Paperwhite stuffed with Lonely Planet ebooks.
Everything I just listed except of course the tripod will go into my Thinktank Retrospective 20 bag together with some other miscellaneous items like 2 extra batteries for the Nikon, a cleaning cloth, power adaptersand even an analog notebook to write down my without a doubt epic adventures.
So now that the important stuff is out of the way I’ll start to plan what else to pack and then on the 13th September I’ll finally start on the trip of all trips. I’m so excited and can’t wait to just go.