I’m by no means the best photographer around but I do enjoy getting outside and taking photographs, no matter where I am in the world, be it Canada, Fernie, Norway, Sweden or the Lake District, it doesn’t make any difference. The quote below by famed National Geographic photographer sums up my feelings about photography and landscape photography specifically.

“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.”

Jim Richardson

The guide below isn’t the complete guide to photography gear, not by any stretch of the imagination. It is simply the travel gear I currently use. I hope you find it helpful.

Camera – Olympus OMD EM5


Now, I wish I could afford the upgrade to the Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II but for now, I am loving using the EM5 Mark I . It is small, compact, feels great in hands and most importantly weighs next to nothing. For a landscape photographer, I feel it is important to have gear that is not going to break my back. Some photographers are very much ok with carrying a heavy backpack (check out Brendan Van Son’s Youtube channel for an example of an amazing photographer and his gear), but for me, I like to travel that little bit lighter… mainly because my fitness is horrendous.

Lens

The great thing about micro-four-thirds cameras is the range of lens a photographer has to choose from. The Olympus MFT cameras can use Olympus lens, Panasonic lens as well as third party lens such as Samyang. I currently own four lenses;

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42 mm 

This lens is the standard kit lens which comes with the majority of Olympus cameras. But just because it is a kit lens, it does not mean it is a bad lens, and for the price, it is a bargain for any photographer starting out or moving into the MFT camera system.

 

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm

The Olympus 40-150mm is another cheaper version of a pro lens. But again, like the 14-42mm, it a perfect starter lens for a budding photographer who wants to experiment with a zoom. The zoom I have is great for photographing mountainous landscapes, it allows me to compress the scene and gives my photographs an epic, huge, and awe-inspiring feel to them (not my words, but my mums).

Samyang 12 mm F2.0 Manual Focus

This brilliant 12mm F2.0 lens from South Korean manufacturer Samyang is my go to wide angle. It is ideal for photographing wide open landscapes, just remember to put an interesting foreground element into your shot. It a great alternative to more expensive Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm Lens.

 

OM M3/4 Adapter

I love the look and feel of an old lens, so when I found an original OM 50mm lens on eBay I snapped it up. But I also needed to buy an adapter to use this lens on my OMD EM5. Luckily, there are plenty of adapters out there, and cheap too.

 

Filters

Now ignore the naysayers who say you can fix everything in post processing. Filters should be part of every landscape photographers kit. Below are the filters I currently use for the above lenses.

Tripods

For my main tripod, I use a 3 Legged Thing Evolution 3 PUNKS VYV Alloy Travel Tripod System with AirHed Mohawk.  It is compact, lightweight (compared to other conventional tripods) and let’s be honest bloody sexy. 

I also use a Joby GorillaPod as a backup or if I don’t want to carry the heavier 3 Legged Thing. The Joby is small, compact and lightweight. 

I also use an L-plate bracket. This allows me to shoot vertically as well as horizontally and offers a bit more of a sturdier grip if I need it. The one drawback is the weight, it adds a few pounds to my pack.

Camera Bags

I own two camera bags, the first is the Kata Pro-Light Minibee-110 PL Backpack. A great bag for carrying all your gear securely, especially on flights.

The second camera bag I own is my favourite, the Lowepro Flipside Sport 10L AW Camera Backpack. It is a small and lightweight photo daypack, perfect for landscape photographers who venture off the beaten track.

Batteries and Remote Release

I use the Pixel Wired Shutter Remote Control RC-201/UC1 Shutter Release Cable for Olympus Cameras – great little remote, does what is required and is good for timelapse. 

For my spare batteries, I use the Olympus BLN-1 Li-ion Battery for the E-M5.


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