As a travel photographer, usually my travel consists of traveling to areas of natural beauty to take photographs. Because of this, packing my camera equipment for these trips requires a significant amount of planning and packing. Normally I am taking 2 cameras, multiple lenses, filters, batteries, and SD cards. Sometimes I get everything in one large camera bag; sometimes I take two.
On a recent vacation which was to be relaxing and time to regroup, I decided I had to pack light. As a travel photographer, not taking a camera was out of the question as I will always take pictures. But I wanted to enjoy the time off. After reviewing my equipment, I decided on one of my cameras with one lens. I took my SONY A9 camera and my SONY 24-105 lens. I did bring a couple of filters but only used the polarizing filter. It’s the least amount of camera equipment I have brought with me in years.
For this trip I choose the zoom lens due to its versatility. It has a great focal range on the full frame camera. It is a little larger than a prime, but allows me to capture almost anything. I choose the camera because I didn’t think I needed the high resolution of my SONY A7RIII. It proved to be the perfect set up. I was able to capture some natural beauty and carried just one camera while walking around.
I was in the Caribbean along the barrier reef in Cozumel, Costa Maya and Belize. The coral reef straddles the coast of Belize and is continuous from Cancun on the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula to Honduras. It is the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world behind the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The colors are pristine showcasing the beautiful turquoise water, pristine sand and calm sunny days.
One camera and one lens was a refreshing change for a relaxing vacation. I do look forward to trying this from time to time for personal travel.