My Camera Kit for Travel (and EDC)

"Siblings" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: OLYMPUS E-PL9, 35mm, f/5.5, 1/125 sec, ISO6400
“Siblings” Cedar Park, 2018OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a big trip coming up (to China!) and since I will be taking a suitcase for this trip, it got me thinking about my travel photography kit. 📷 Specifically, with the extra space, maybe I should bring along the Fujifilm X-T10 and its two lenses. And maybe I can bring the 50mm f/1.4 Minolta lens as well. It’s China after all! We’ll be seeing some amazing sights, so I might as well be prepared to get wide shots, plus some tight shots, so the 18-55mm zoom will be perfect. With this in mind, I figured I should get a couple extra batteries (I only have one for the X-T10), so I put a couple in my Amazon shopping cart.

But before pulling the trigger on the batteries, I thought of my recent trip to New York, last year’s vacation to Morocco and Spain, my work trip to Stockholm, and the reason why I decided to just take my Fujifilm X100T.

And that reason can be summed up in one word: Simplicity.

The Fujifilm X100 series of cameras have a fixed 23mm (35mm equivalent) lens which simplifies the act of shooting photos. I don’t have to think about what lens to put on and what would work best in each situation. And later, I won’t be able to second-guess my decision. With the X100T, I have to use the 35mm field of view for everything. If I can’t get close enough by moving my feet, then so be it. Forget about that shot and move on. If I must have a super-wide shot, then Lightroom can stitch a couple photos together. But taking the lens choice decision out of the equation makes shooting so much more stress-free, and therefore more fun!

Of course, having the single camera and fixed lens also makes for a smaller and lighter kit. (a nice bonus is that I don’t have to worry about getting dust on the sensor). My back and knees appreciate the lightweight setup, I’m sure! 😀

So, I’ve reaffirmed my choice of travel kit (and everyday kit, to be honest). And here it is:

"Camera Kit" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 18mm, f/3.6, 1/60 sec, ISO1250
“Camera Kit” Cedar Park, 2018

All the items except camera and power bank fit in a Jansport “Digital Burrito” organizer.

Frankly, the power bank is mainly used for charging my phone, and I can’t remember the last time I used the microfiber cloth, instead opting for the Lens Pen. The USB cable does double-duty since it charges my phone.

This setup is so compact, I don’t even need a dedicated camera bag. And since I am usually wearing the camera across my body using the strap, I just have to put the burrito organizer in whatever bag I happen to have. For instance, in New York I used a small MoMA shopping bag all day. It was a great set up! Burrito, power bank, phone, and umbrella in the bag, camera across my body, and that’s it.

I believe that a simpler, minimalistic life can make you happy, and that a simple, minimalistic camera kit can make photography a lot more enjoyable. In fact, I experience it firsthand every time I walk out the door!

またね~

"Camera Kit" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 18mm, f/3.6, 1/60 sec, ISO1250
“Camera Kit” Cedar Park, 2018
"Camera Kit" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 32.9mm, f/3.6, 1/50 sec, ISO1600
“Camera Kit” Cedar Park, 2018

Travel Page

Hi all!

I wanted to let you know about a page I created that is focused on where I have traveled, and where I would like to travel to in the future. It’s called “Travel Checklist” and you can get to it from the navigation menu “List Love” at the top of the page.

I’ve also created a “Nomad Map” which links to some of my blog posts that are about travel destinations. It was fun to put the map together, and I’m looking forward to adding more! Check it out:

    Happy travels!

    🌐 Travel Checklist ☑️

    I was inspired by the wonderful blog Annie Bananie en Europe and created a Travel Checklist of my own. I love to travel, and hope to check more off the list soon!

    Caribbean

    Bahamas 🇧🇸
    Cuba 🇨🇺
    Jamaica 🇯🇲

    North America

    Canada 🇨🇦

    Toronto
    Vancouver

    USA 🇺🇸

    New York City
    Miami
    Chicago
    New Orleans
    West Coast
    Hawai’i

    Mexico 🇲🇽

    Cabo San Lucas
    Puerto Vallarta
    Mexico City

    South America

    Brazil 🇧🇷

    Rio de Janiero

    Peru 🇵🇪

    Cusco/Machhupicchu

    Asia

    China 🇨🇳

    Beijing
    Macau
    Xian
    Hong Kong

    Japan 🇯🇵

    Honshu
    Hokkaido
    Kyushu
    Shikoku
    Okinawa

    South Korea 🇰🇷

    Seoul
    Jeju

    Malaysia 🇲🇾

    Kuala Lumpur
    Pulau Radang

    Singapore 🇸🇬

    Singapore

    Vietnam 🇻🇳

    Hue
    Hanoi

    Thailand 🇹🇭

    Bangkok
    Chiang Mai

    India 🇮🇳

    New Delhi

    Oceania

    Yap 🌊

    Guam 🇬🇺

    Maldives 🇲🇻

    Europe

    U.K. 🇬🇧

    London
    Edinburgh

    France 🇫🇷

    Paris
    Nice

    Spain 🇪🇸

    Granada
    Barcelona
    Madrid
    Toledo

    Sweden 🇸🇪

    Stockholm

    Portugal 🇵🇹

    Lisbon
    Porto

    Italy 🇮🇹

    Rome
    Venice

    Greece 🇬🇷

    Athens
    Santorini
    Corfu

    Africa

    Morocco 🇲🇦

    Marrakech
    Fes
    Rabat
    Casablanca
    Tangier

    Egypt 🇪🇬

    Cairo

    Here’s a map where I have pinned some of my travel blog posts. Use the arrows to scroll through the posts, or click on a map marker to see the post from that location.



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      Packing Sketch

      "Packing Sketch" Cedar Park, 2017
      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/50 sec, ISO3200
      “Packing Sketch” Cedar Park, 2017Oac

      こんばんは。How’s it going?

      Today I made a pen and ink sketch of some of the main travel items I took on our trip to Morocco and Spain, I was inspired to do this after watching this video from an artist that I have been following on Youtube.

      I think it turned out ok, but there are a few things I would change. For instance, I would sketch the items smaller, so I could fit more on the page. Also, I forgot a bunch of things that I should have included, for instance, my Kindle, headphones, notebook & pencil, and maybe my clothes. And the passport didn’t need that yellow part. 😅

      Teoh Yi Chie’s packing lists are so cool, I want to create more packing lists, or even a “what’s in my bag” sketch. So fun!

      Today I bought a few more art supplies, including two more watercolor tubes, a #8 brush, 3B pencil, and Micron pen. I still need to figure out how to create a nice grey color using the paints that I have… I don’t want to resort to using the pre-made grey or black paints… so I guess more testing and research is needed.

      Well, I hope you had a nice weekend!

      おやすみ!

      Trip to the Ballpark

      "Representing" Arlington, 2017
      Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 2.44mm, f/2.2, 1/620 sec, ISO64
      “Representing” Arlington, 2017

      Hello! Today, Koa and I drove up to Arlington to catch the Angels play the Rangers. I didn’t have any Angels gear to wear (in support of my brother and his favorite team) so I wore my Dodgers cap. 😀

      I was excited to see future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols play, but it was a coincidence that Yu Darvish would be pitching for the Rangers. And we got a treat because Pujols cranked a line-drive homer to left field in the first! Other than that, Darvish pitched well, but the Rangers just couldn’t score any runs for him.

      We had a good time, and it was worth the long 3-hour drive up to see a major league game.

      Play ball!

      "Darvish Today" Arlington, 2017
      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/450 sec, ISO200
      “Darvish Today” Arlington, 2017
      "Down in Front!" Arlington, 2017
      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/140 sec, ISO200
      “Down in Front!” Arlington, 2017
      "Pujols Homer" Arlington, 2017
      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/680 sec, ISO200
      “Pujols Homer” Arlington, 2017

      Morocco and Spain Trip Recap

      "Travel Loot" Cedar Park, 2017
      Photo info: SONY SLT-A77V, 35mm, f/4, 1/20 sec, ISO640
      “Travel Loot” Cedar Park, 2017

      こんばんは。How’s it going?

      Well, I finally finished up with all my back posts of our trip! The photo above shows a few pieces of the loot haul, and in the dish is a small stone that I picked up from the water at Barceloneta beach. I don’t even know if it is imported or not, but the authenticity isn’t important. It’s the memory that it represents that gives it value. One of my favorite movie scenes explains what I mean.

      Anyways, here are a couple lists I made about the trip.

      Total miles traveled: 12,905

      • Plane: 11,273
      • Train: 921
      • Boat: 29
      • Bus/Taxi: 682

      Highlights/Bucket List

      • First trip to Africa – That makes it four continents for me!
      • Crossing from Africa to Europe by ferry – The so-called Strait of Gibraltar have been one of those mythical things since I was a little kid
      • Touching the Mediterranean – Again, like something out of a dream. Isn’t this where the Greek gods/heroes used to play?

      Top Food

      • Boquerones tapas (fried sardines)
      • Tagine
      • Papas bravas
      • Almejas tapas (clams)
      • Jamón bocadillos

      Post Index

      Since I posted my trip entries after-the-fact, here’s a list you can use to easily access each one:

      Handy Notes

      "Notes" Cedar Park, 2017
      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO1600
      “Notes” Cedar Park, 2017

      こんばんは。

      Today’s photo is of a little notebook that proved to be very handy during our trip. There were a few times in Morocco where I wasn’t able to communicate clearly when it really mattered. The most notable time was when we were trying to buy train tickets. It’s actually a fairly easy process to buy tickets in Morocco, but during Ramadan, the schedule is a little different and also I didn’t understand if there was a change of trains at some point.

      So, before I headed to the ticket counter (there are also automated ticket machines), I wrote down the desired destination, date, number of tickets, and 1st class. I could just show that to the ticket agent and he wrote down the available trains that day. It was so much easier than trying to verbally communicate.

      Google translate is amazing, but in cases like these, pencil and paper win the day!

      I hope you had a nice Sunday!

      またね~