If you’re wondering what’s in our camera bag including the best travel camera, camera lens and Instagram filters we use, we’re here to share it all with you. You’ll also find out how we edit our images and how we make our videos too.
We’ve used a couple of cameras, even switched brands and have finally found an awesome Canon camera lens I wish I bought years ago here.
Steve takes some cracking photos, just check out some of his work below. He knows how to take a great portrait!
Here’s a snippet of Steve’s awesome photography skills.
Here’s everything you need to know about how we bring Londoner In Sydney to life through our images and videos. We’ll also show you examples of different cameras and lenses with our images unedited so you know what to expect.
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Best travel camera in Australia: Canon camera
So we’ll start with Steve’s favourite Canon camera, the Canon 5D MKIII. He wanted this camera for ages and when he finally bought it along with the 24-70 F2.8 he felt like he had bought the dream combo to complete the best camera in Australia. This is honestly one of the best cameras and lens on the market.
All of the photos below are unedited and taken with Canon 5D MKIII / 24-70mm F2.8 lens.
Why we sold it
Whilst it takes amazing photos, he hardly used it and I can’t believe he dragged it around on our travels for a whole year and only used it a couple of times.
You know why? It’s such a heavy camera that it was just a pain to carry around especially in the heat. You’ve probably heard people say to get a light travel camera and it’s actually true.
Truth is, he ended up selling it so we could further our travels to Mexico in the end. A camera like this never dates so he knows he can just buy it again when he’s ready.
The Canon Travel Camera: Canon 6D
I bought a Canon camera, the Canon 6D because it’s much lighter than the Canon 5D which is no surprise seeing as it’s known as Canon’s travel camera. It’s actually much better in low light and much cheaper than Canon 5D MKIII! It also takes some fantastic images and of course it’s much cheaper.
At the same time as Steve took the image above, I took these photos with my Canon 6D and 50mm F/1.8 lens (unedited).
I have to say I am terrible at looking after my things and I’ve bashed this camera loads and it still works completely fine. So if a camera works fine after I’ve used it, then it must be pretty blooming good!
Best compact camera: Canon G7X
We bought the Canon G7X as my go to video camera for filming stills, selfie shots and more. It’s a great little camera and one I love very much which has an awesome flip top so you can film yourself.
It’s also a good backup if you don’t want to take your DSLR out with you. The focus on the video is absolutely brilliant and it’s cheap!
You know I originally bought the Sony A6500 camera because I wanted a camera which would take decent images and video in one.
It turned out the images weren’t the best that we wondered whether we had picked up a bad copy. We tested it out over a couple of days and went to Kanangra-Boyd National Park and all of the images were blurry. We didn’t understand it.
Blurry images taken with Sony A6500 at Kanangra-Boyd National Park near Sydney.
The camera also ran out of battery super fast so if you’re thinking of buying this, you’ll easily need to get at least four batteries to carry with you at all times.
So in the end I took it back to Digi Direct in Bondi and basically waited until they would swap it with the Canon 6D. It wasn’t a pretty site and I wouldn’t go back there if it was the last place on earth.
To be honest, I would consider checking out this camera again to see if we had indeed bought a dodgy copy because many people rate this camera.
I was slightly worried about the weight of the Canon 6D and even contemplated again at looking at the Sony A7 mirrorless range just a month before we were leaving on our travels.
You see Sony is like the cool camera brand, the hip brand which all the travel bloggers use. Whilst writing this, I am considering looking at a Sony camera for the future because I really want it to produce the images to the quality I hope it will.
The good news is, Sony cameras have dropped massively in price. I remember looking at the Sony A7 range just two years ago and they were at least $3000 just for the body, if not more. Now you can pick one up for half the price and they are known as the best mirrorless camera for travel too!
Canon lenses we use
We tend to buy only the L series lenses which are the ones with the red ring around them. These are the premium lenses from Canon and we wouldn’t really consider any others (except the nifty fifty mentioned in this post).
Canon EF 16-35mm F/4L USM lens
Now the Canon EF 16-35mm F/4L USM lens is the game changer. I bought this just before we went to America this year and I absolutely love it.
As someone who doesn’t know that much about how to use my camera, I can keep it on auto and it will take super sharp and awesome images. This means I don’t even need to adjust any settings.
The super wide angle lens is absolutely perfect for all of my photos I take and is awesome for taking photos indoors as well as on hikes.
It’s an awesome lens to get some brilliant Instagram landscape images when you’re in the shot but tiny enough so the landscape can take centre stage.
Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L
When I bought the Canon 6D, it came with the Canon EF 24-105 F/4L lens. I must admit, it’s a standard kit lens which has a great zoom range and is known as a good travel lens. I used it throughout our year travels and still got some decent images but it’s not the type of lens I would have actually made the effort to personally buy.
Canon 50mm F/1.8 STM lens
I then bought the Canon 50mm F/1.8 STM lens aka the nifty fifty because I wanted to get sharp images with the blurry backgrounds. We umm’d and ahh’d about whether to get the F1.4 or even the F1.2 but after much deliberation, it turned out the F1.4 wasn’t as good as the F1.8. I know that doesn’t make sense but we read a lot of articles who stated it and when we tried it out ourselves, it seemed to be true.
The F1.2 is absolutely amazing and it’s definitely a lens I would completely buy into a some point, but it’s much much heavier than the F1.8 so it didn’t make sense for us to buy it whilst we were travelling.
Best Drone in Australia
DJI Mavic Pro (fly more combo)
We absolutely love our DJI Mavic Pro which is an awesome travel essential. It’s lightweight so we can travel with it on hikes and around the world to capture awesome perspectives of where we are. We especially loved having it during our trip to Maldives and of course in Australia so we can capture the beautiful beaches. It’s not only good for images but also for video too.
We bought the DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo because it comes with the camera bag, extra batteries and extra wings. Trust me, you’ll need this. The batteries last around 20 minutes each but the actual drone can take a while to fly so make sure you always have all three batteries charged up.
GoPro 5 & GoPro Karma Grip
It was only when I bought a GoPro and the GoPro Karma Grip that I really fell in love with GoPro as a product. I use this camera for all of my walking videos. This is especially great when walking around a city or going on a hike as it provides super smooth footage. The only downside to GoPro is the sound isn’t great.
Here’s a mixture of DJI Mavic Pro and Go Pro & Karma Grip when we went to the Figure 8 Pools in Sydney.
If you’ve just started blogging, you can do almost everything on your phone. I filmed a whole video to Iceland below on my iPhone 6 a few years back which has had over 10,000 views on You Tube.
Now I have an iPhone X, I also film on it regularly. Whether it’s for filming myself or for anything that I find quickly in the moment, my iPhone is the easiest camera I can film on. The only problem is filming at night time which isn’t the best.
And of course I take photos on my iPhone X which I use on my blog and on social media. The quality isn’t as great as my Canon 6D and editing is very limited as it already processes the image in the camera, but all in all it’s a great device.
iPhone X images taken on portrait mode provides a blurry background.
This entire video was filmed on iPhone 6 Plus.
There’s a few camera accessories we need to be able to create the content we produce. Here’s the most important items we use.
Best all rounder: Joby Gorillapod
I bought this Joby Gorillapod for my Canon G7X so it’s easier to hold when filming. This is an awesome and a really cheap camera accessory that once you have it, you’ll wonder how you managed before. It’s also really versatile as well.
Best For Lighting: Ring Light
When I create videos where I’m mostly sat down talking to the camera, I use a ring light and film it off my iPhone. This gives you that awesome bright light you see on most You Tube videos and really smooths out your skin.
I bought a travel version so I can take it anywhere with me like I did when I filmed this video below in America.
I filmed this video on my iPhone X with this ring light.
Best camera memory cards: SanDisk
SanDisk are the most reliable memory cards out there. I tend to buy anything above 32GB and definitely recommend 125GB if you have a drone as the footage takes up a lot of the memory space.
Best Hard Drives: WD Elements
I use the portable WD Elements hard drives and they’ve been brilliant and I’ve had no problems whatsoever.
I have two hard drives and I copy all of my work on both so that I have a backup incase I lose one or it gets damaged. Trust me do this – an old hard drive decided to stop working once and I had to get Payam Data Recovery to try and fix it (read about it here).
ONA Bags are absolutely beautiful, waterproof and stylish.
I spent ages and ages trying to decide on what camera bag to take on my travels. As a woman, you don’t want anything that’s going to look rubbish with your outfits, yet you can’t take an actual camera bag with you as it just screams out ‘rob me’ when in various countries.
I was going to go with an ONA Bag as they are beautiful for both over the shoulder camera bags and of course as a camera backpack. I know the ONA camera bags are built to last and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one now.
In the end I decided to get a camera insert to put in my day pack for when we were either on hikes or travelling from place to place which was cheaper and worked out perfectly as a hiking pack turned camera bag.
I actually used this bag above as my dag bag to put my camera in.
During the day, I would literally just use my big day bag. The beauty about this is it’s big enough to fit everything in, great for just pulling out a camera as I wore it over my shoulder and it worked pretty well for me. If we were in any dodgy areas, I could just wear the bag in front of my body and over my shoulder so no-one could grab it off me.
Steve on the other hand researched his camera bag for ages and went with Pacsafe, his favourite camera bag brand. The good thing about pac safe is all of the little details and locks it has on the bag. He loved the over the shoulder and across the body bag he could easily pull it around and grab his camera out whenever he needed it.
There’s a few editing tools we use to edit our images and videos, here’s how we do it.
Everyone’s favourite editing software tool is Lightroom. We love how easy it is to edit photos AND videos in this awesome app. Many people might not be aware but you can edit your videos to fit with any preset (filter) you use on your images too. It’s also under $15 a month for both Lightroom & Photoshop. Honestly you won’t get much better than this!
Lightroom Presets (Instagram filters)
I bought this Instagram presets pack from Etsy and it’s brilliant!
I struggled to understand how you see all of these amazing Instagram accounts using a beautiful filter. I must admit I bought into another blogger’s presets and they weren’t great.
So after a bit of research, I found an awesome set of 50 presets on Etsy for less than $20. I use these presets on all of my Instagram photos which I edit in Lightroom.
My Instagram page started to look cleaner and more composed when I used these Instagram presets from Etsy.
Once I started to use these Instagram presets, I started to get more likes and followers on Instagram.
Unum app for Instagram
I use Unum app to figure out what images I’m going to use next on my Instagram grid. This is a great app to see what works together. You see the pictures which have the camera icon on the bottom right? That means I’ve already published them on my Instagram page. The other photos are stored for future posting 😉
Unfold app for Instagram
Unfold is the best app for making beautiful Insta Stories if I want to show a load of images or videos in one frame, then this is my go to. I also love the free fonts you can use as well.
Video editing with Premiere Pro
I use Premiere Pro as my go to video editing software. It took me a while to get my head around and I still have to search YouTube on how to do simple things on my videos but I couldn’t imagine using another video editing software.
Photoshop for photography editing
I use Photoshop to create all of my title images for this blog and it’s also great for editing out any unwanted bits in images, resizing and much more.
All rounder editing on Canva
Canva is an awesome bit of software I use on a daily basis. I generally use canva to create pins, banners on the side of my site and YouTube thumbnails. It’s also a brilliant tool to build a stand out CV and Media Kit for your blog.
I also pay for Canva Pro which is a lifesaver and worth the money when I need to resize images. It also includes loads of awesome extras like better designs to use and more tools. It also lets me download my own fonts so I can create the perfect pin which you can’t do on the free version.
Apple MacBook Pro 2015
We decided to go with the Apple MacBook Pro 2015 version because the later versions don’t have the USB connectors and it’s pretty good for video as well.
I used to have an Apple MacBook Air but it’s pretty much impossible to edit videos because of the limited amount of RAM.
Best thing is, you can get an Apple MacBook Pro 2015 for pretty cheap these days.
OK so I think that’s it in terms of our best travel camera and so now you know what’s in our travel camera bag!
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