Travel Tips

Best DSLR Camera for Travel

Best DSLR camera for travel, lenses, and camera bag based on my travel to 70 plus countries, sometimes trekking 20 miles with a DSLR around my neck!

Canon recently released a smaller version of the base DSLR (Rebel), and let me tell you, it is excellent.  one thing to know is that most pocket size cameras are GPS enabled, so they will automatically know the exact location where your photo was taken.  The DSLR market has some that are GPS enabled and some that are not.  Either way you can also buy a small add on if it is an important feature.

If you want the quality of a DSLR, but don’t want the price tag or weight of some of the higher end models – go for this version.  I have been quite impressed with the quality of the images I’ve been able to capture considering the small size of the body. You can be the judge of the quality as I have some images online here, but no judgements please – I don’t claim to be any sort of pro!

Many pros do claim that the body is only so much of the equation, with lenses accounting for the remaining factors.  When traveling I am most concerned with lens versatility – that being said, many of my travels, I’ve made it by with a single lens – my Tamaron 18-270.  Why this lens?  Well, when I travel, I find that zoom is the most important feature – as there are often times interesting subjects in the distance that you’d like to capture.  This lens has the biggest zoom range, thereby allowing the largest range of subject capture.

Following this need comes the ability to capture a panoramic style or wide angle image.  For many interior spaces, architectural shots and panoramic views a standard lens won’t really do.  If you must, you can enable the panoramic feature on some cameras or do the old school multi-shot trick that later gets pieced together in photoshop – otherwise a wide angle lens can work wonders.  This is why my number two go to lens is this Tokina 11-16mm Wide Angle Lens.

Now I think my third pick is likely debatable depending on the kind of trip you are taking or the kinds of shots you interested in.  Some would go for a lens extension that enables more intense zoom, others would stick to a classic (?), and another segment may choose a macro lens.  I am a member of the latter party and quite enjoy a good macro shot.  There are several good ones on the market, the best on the low end is a Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 and the higher end Canon EF 100mm f/2.8.

Now once you assemble your combination to make what you would consider the best travel camera on the market – grab yourself a good bag.  You want your investment to be safe and also easily accessible on your travels.  I’ve shared my favorite here.

Having a bag that let’s you easily swing it around front helps to change lenses on the go (especially when you are out sight seeing). Oh and one personal tip I give to everyone – buy extra batteries before your next trip.  You can usually find SD cards abroad, but sourcing your exact camera battery can sometimes be difficult – so plan ahead and bring 2 or 3 with!  You can buy the generic version of the battery vs the expensive one put out by the camera maker.  The generic is generally just as good and is usually half the price, or less.  I hope my personal selection of the best DSLR camera, lenses, and bag for travel helps you think about what you will want with you on your next trip!  Good luck and happy travels 🙂

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  • Reply Camera and Laptop Backpack January 25, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Helpful tips especially for beginners. Taking great photos certainly makes traveling more memorable.

  • Reply Antonio August 28, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Good points on here.

    However, I switched to a Sony A7 a year a go and I couldn’t be happier. I think I couldn’t go back to a DSLR camera. What are your thoughts about having a mirrorless camera for travelling?

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