My Favorite Camera Gear For Adventure Photography

Camera gear can weigh a lot, which isn’t a big deal if you travel by car, but as soon as you get out and want to hike or walk for a little you definitely feel the weight of your backpack. Lenses, filters, tripods, the camera itself, all those things can add up and all of a sudden you carry 30 pounds with you.

In order to avoid that extra bit of workout for your back, try to bring leightweight gear when shooting outdoors.

Here’s what I use on my adventures.


My tripod is probably the heaviest and biggest of all the things I usually bring. I thought very often about just leaving it at home when doing hikes, but there are so many situations when I want to use it, for example for long exposure shots.

So I try to safe weight here. There are great alternatives to the big and heavy ones which can be stored easily in a backpack. The only disadvantage of light tripods is, that they are not as stable as the heavier ones and can get blown away more easily if winds get strong. So always make sure to hold on to your cameras shoulder strap when shooting in exposed and windy areas.

The K&F Concept TC2534  is a great tripod made out of carbon, which makes it light but also stable. Because you can fold it, it can be stored in backpacks easily without using too much room.

Frozen Lake at Midnight, Austria. Get prints here



When shooting outdoors, I usually don’t bring more than two lenses.

For my Nikon D750, I usually bring a wide angle as well as a zoom lens.

My favorite one is the Nikkor 24mm f2.8, it’s small plus doesnt add a lot of weight to my camera. I use this lens for almost all landscape shots.

The second lens I bring is the Nikkor 70-200mm f4.5-5.6 zoom lens. Don’t stick to f values too much if you do landscapes. I rarely shoot with f4.5, most of my photos are taken with f14, because that gives the sharpes results. So why wasting money on better f performances and carrying bigger lenses with you, when you get the same results with a f4.5 to f5.6? I can highly recommend this lens!

Taking photos with my Nikkor 70-200mm f4.5-5.6 in Hallstatt, Austria


Always bring at least one ND filter, they don’t weigh a lot and lakes or waterfalls look very mystical when you shoot them with a long exposure time.

nd filter
Long exposure shot of a waterfall, Hocking Hills, Ohio.


Waterproof Bags

I can’t tell you often enough, how important it is to have some of those handy, wherever you are. They are completely waterproof and can safe your gear if you get into a storm. You can get them on Amazon as well as in almost every grocery store.


13 responses to “My Favorite Camera Gear For Adventure Photography”

  1. Not forgetting waterproofing is a particularly valid tip. Unfortunately, expensive equipment that produces the best results isn’t always designed to withstand a deluge — or falling into a river!


    1. Yes exactly. You want to be very careful with your Equipment. Not only that it costs a lot to replace it when it breaks, also you can’t take any more photos when it happens during a trip.


  2. Great pics and recommendations. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Thank you, Matthew.


  3. I only use a tripod when I’m shooting videos. Otherwise, I’m a hand-holder, even with my new Tamron 150-600, which weighs about 4½ pounds.


    1. My hands shake way too much, I would be never able to take a sharp photo with 600! 😉 How’s the Tamron lens?


  4. I am saving to upgrade to D750 so this post is very helpful. Have you used Tamron AF 10-24mm? I have a DX camera now and looking for a wide angle lens that can be used on both format of the cameras. Would you recommend not going smaller than 24mm for landscape photography? Thank you!

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    1. I haven’t used the Tamron AF 10-24mm yet. Of course you can go smaller than 24mm just make sure it’s not a fisheye lens because that gives you a strong distortion in the photo. Sometimes wide angle lenses produce some kind of distortion even though they’re not fisheye lenses so just make sure the Tamron gives you straight lines and also check the corners of example photos. I can highly recommend the D750! Not only because it’s a full frame and therefore you can get more into your shots, but also because you can use older lenses with the D750, even with autofocus!

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      1. Thank you! Can’t wait to get my own D750! 😊


  5. Weight is definitely a problem if you go hiking. My tripod, which is a heavy solid one stays home!!! I rarely use a tripod anyway. Instead I’m using a light FT-kamera, fully electronic, that may be upgraded via the net, weighs only 5t0% of SLR-camera. Even my lenses weigh much less so I-m packing 3 a) a 12-24 mm widescreen zoom, an 150 mm macro and a 600 mm zoom lense. I ncrease my ISO and shoot most pictures at f.14 with relatively high shutter speeds using a 5 axis stabilizer. Tripod? Ever heard of a ‘rice-bag’? A 150 grams will du nicely, You may even fold an empty bag in your pocket and fill it up with sand/dirt locally on site.


  6. All such good advice regarding cameras and equipment. I love to photograph as I go places but no longer have and bring fancy cameras. I settle for my iPad but it doesn’t really get the photos I want sometimes. Happy photography on your adventures.


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