I often get asked what kit I use for shooting different photographic subjects, and one that comes up regularly is landscape gear. For this type of photography I like to keep things as light as possible because there’s often a lot of walking involved. And if I’m camping as well as hiking, I even take less kit with me – just the bare essentials. Below you’ll see my most essential kit, which is minimal to say the least. But why carry what you don’t need?
The vast majority of my work is shot on my full-frame Nikon DSLR, but for time where I need the smallest lightest kit possible I shoot with a Fujifilm X-T1 and Samyang 12mm f/2 lens with either Hoya screw-in filters or my NiSi filters. The advantage of the second kit is that it’s super lightweight and small, but the downside is the 16MP resolution of the camera. Although this is high enough to print up to A3 without the need to interpolate images in Photoshop.
As APS-C and Micro Four Thirds compact system cameras have improved in image quality they can often compete with full-frame DSLRs. The most compelling aspect of these cameras is the dramatic size and weight savings that can be made on cameras and lenses. Not to mention the excellent image quality they produce.
Landscape photography kit
- Nikon D610
- Nikon 16-35mm f/4
- Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6
- NiSi Filters (hard, medium and soft ND grads, reverse grad, six stop ND and 10 stop ND filters)
- Cable release
- Manfrotto Carbon One tripod and Vanguard BBH-200 Ball Head
- Petzl Tikka headtorch
- Tamrac Anvil 17 Backpack
Ultra-light landscape photography kit
- Fujifilm X-T2
- Fujifilm 27mm f/2.8
- Samyang 12mm f/2 (For an example time-lapse click here)
- Manfrotto BeFree Aluminium Travel Tripod
- Cable release
- Tenba BYOB camera insert
- Hoya polariser and big stopper (if not using my NiSi Filters)
Behind the scenes
Check out my landscape photography at www.jamesaphoto.co.uk/places