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Gear List
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Total gear valueEssential$5,500
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Essential + Suggested$6,675
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All$9,155
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WhatWhyHow manyNeed ?Unit ValueTotal value
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Main camera (DSLR or Mirrorless)
My main camera, having two is a plus but I need to compromise on the weights
1Essential$2,000.00$2,000.00
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Zoom Lens (generic to cover 24-28mm to 105-120mm)
Landscape, Street, markets, portraits and when I think I may need a zoom
1Essential$1,200.00$1,200.00
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Wide angle lens (to cover 12-14mm to 20-24mm)
Landscape with a different/wide corner and interior of building and places of worships
1Suggested$700.00$700.00
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Memory card #1 - 64GBEssential1Essential$70.00$70.00
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Memory card #2 - 64GB
Essential as backup (in the second slot in my camera or as a second storage)
1Essential$70.00$70.00
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Clear filter
Repair my lens (sometime they cannot be mounted on the wide angles)
2Essential$60.00$120.00
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Polarizer filter
Control the exposure, blue skies, avoiding window reflections
1Suggested$70.00$70.00
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Collapsible 5-1 small reflector
This can take your photo to another level, especially portraits when the light is not enough and you need to drive it from somewhere else. When travelling light I take a small one. Great for food as well
1Suggested$20.00$20.00
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Silica Gel pack
Not essential (can be replaced with small rice bags in the humid countries)
10Nice to have$5.00$50.00
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Sturdy light tripod
Essential for landscape photography (better if carbon fiber made)
1Essential$250.00$250.00
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Gorilla tripod
Essential in small places (buy a sturdy one based on the weight of your camera, otherwise it will be useless)
1Suggested$100.00$100.00
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Remote triggerEssential for the long exposure photos1Suggested$20.00$20.00
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Camera batteries (on top of the one you already have)
Better be safe. It's not as easy to buy a new one in some remote places
1Essential$50.00$50.00
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Camera charger + power cable
The power cable can be the same as the one used for the computer
1Essential$0.00$0.00
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Power adapters
Buy an international one for peace of mind
1Essential$15.00$15.00
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Power board/strip
Instead of having 4 adapters just buy a power board that can be connected with just one power adapter
1Suggested$15.00$15.00
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Lens & Camera cleaning kit
You will need that every night to clear your lens and take it with you in case of rain/fog/mist/humidity
1Essential$15.00$15.00
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Small camera bag
To put your DSLR in case you go for hiking/trekking and you don't want to carry your main camera bag
1Suggested$45.00$45.00
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Main camera bag
Big enough to carry all of the above and to use around the city/location you are visiting. DO not take a bag that is clearly marked Canon/Nikon etc, otherwise you become a clear target
1Essential$200.00$200.00
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External Hard disk (256GB)
Backup, essential and not expensive nowadays
1Suggested$145.00$145.00
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LaptopWorking on the photos1Essential$1,500.00$1,500.00
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USB cable 2m
Even if you can usually transfer your photos through wi-fi take a cable with you, you never know what can happen when travelling
1Essential$10.00$10.00
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Swiss Army KnifeYou never know what you need1Suggested$40.00$40.00
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Headlamp/flashlight
Not essential (can be replaced by your phone, although battery may be an issue)
1Nice to have$10.00$10.00
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Multiport USB charger
I usually take one for mobiles, tablets, etc (one for all)
1Suggested$20.00$20.00
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Bonus Material
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Memory card #3 - 64GBTo be used for backup or new storage1Nice to have7070
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Instant Printer (Polaroid Instant Print Digital Camera)
The new small format printer you can carry with you (size of a 3.5" HD). Print and leave the photo, it's the perfect way to leave a gift to the locals
1Nice to have300300
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External Flash
Only if I really plan in advance to use it otherwise I do not take it with me
1Nice to have600600
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Spare CameraAs alternative to Main Camera1Nice to have12001200
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Action cameraFor quick video1Nice to have250250
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The serial numbers may help you with the insurance claim
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If you do not have the gear in the list just add 0 as quantity
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