Samsung Galaxy s9
Being able to rely on my mobile to take solid pictures is a huge advantage in situations where bringing my camera is too cumbersome. Shooting in Pro mode allows you to capture images in RAW and edit them either in Lightroom mobile or on your laptop. I am slowly moving away from my dSLR and more towards mobile as the technology advances. What a dream when phones are as capable.
Spigen Case for s9
A cheap, reliable, low profile case for the s9. No frills, just protection.
I’ve had my X-T2 for over a year now. When I first got it, I was constantly switching between back and forth to my Nikon d810. After I left the US and started to backpack the world again, I could not justify bringing the larger, heavier, Nikon. There are a few drawbacks like a decrease in image size, but the overall ease of travel with a smaller camera outweighs the cons. Plus the lenses with Fuji are more consistent and reliable.
Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4
My go-to for all my landscape and architectural needs. There’s a bit too much distortion for portraits, but if your style is close wide angle portraits, then I can’t argue with you. It’s solid, smooth, and has good image stabilization. Its taken some big hits during my travels and finally needed a service this year. Rain, snow, heat, cold: solid through it all.
Fujinon XF 35mm F2
A nice walk-around lens for general use. With f2 it excels in isolating subjects and performs well low light, and at 35mm it works great with a circular polarizer on the front. It’s a WR lens so don’t be afraid to get wet.
Tiffen Circular Polarizer
Take crisper pictures during the day or use it to cut glare and reflections. Polarizers, just like sunglasses will make your images pop more – just make sure you have it spun the right way.
Fujinon XF 90mm F2
My favorite lens for headshots and portraits. Without having the 100-400mm in my kit yet, I also use this lens for wildlife and some compressed landscapes/patterns. It doesn’t have image stabilization, but at f2 you can usually get away with shooting at higher shutter speeds. Another WR lens, so once again, don’t worry about the spring rains and get those moody portraits.
Tamrac 5786 Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack
I picked up this backpack used from B&H in New York before my flight to Greece. I don’t have much room to expand my kit, but for my 3 lenses, body, accessories, and my model has a slot for my laptop, which isn’t included in this one. It comes with a rain protector and I often swap out the tripod for a large water bottle for long hikes.
Lexar Professional 1000x 64GB SDXC
I have a couple of these cards and always have 2 in the camera. The X-T2 lets you record RAW onto 1 card and JPEG onto the 2nd. That way I can import the raw files which are the ones I always use, and then the 2nd card I only have to dump every couple months to clear space for more backups.