Travel Photography Tips from award-winning Travel and Wildlife Photographer Kim Paffen

My Photography Gear Collection

What's in my camera bag?

As you probably already noticed, travel photography is one of my biggest passions in life. Photography has become one of the reasons I travel and gives my travels an extra purpose. One of the frequently asked questions from followers is what photography gear I use while traveling the world. So, here's a collection of all my camera stuff, from camera bodies and lenses to tripods and camera bags.

Camera Bodies

Canon EOS 5D MK IV

The Canon 5D MK IV is a full-frame camera for (semi) professional photographers. It takes incredible high-quality photos and it's the camera I use for almost all of my (recent) photos.

Canon EOS 7D

The Canon EOS 7D is an older DSLR I used to take lots of photos with. Nowadays this is my second camera body and I often use this camera with my telephoto lenses, for example for wildlife photography.

Standard & wide-angle camera lenses

Canon 16-35 f/2.8L III USM

The 16-35mm 2.8 is my favorite wide-angle lens for astro- & landscape photography, and shooting in cities! It's a perfect match with the 5D and it takes perfectly sharp photos! Definitely the lens I use the most.

Canon 24-105 f/4.5-5.6

A standard allround lens that fits both cameras (crop sensors and full frame cameras). When I carry the 5D with the 16-35mm lens, I often use the 24-105mm lens on the 7D. Because of the 105 zoom I often don't have to swap between wide angle and tele photo lenses. It's also less heavy then for example the 70-200mm telephoto lens

Canon 17-55mm f/2.8

The EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM offers great image quality. Super low light performance in combination with image stabilization makes this a great lens for indoor photos (without flash). The wide angle to mid-range telephoto coverage makes it a perfect all in one lens.

Telephoto lenses

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM

This is a fast and high-quality telephoto lens! I love to use this lens and it produced very sharp photos. It's obviously not the best lens to travel with since it's bigger and heavier than the previous lenses, but I usually never leave this lens at home.

Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS

It's not the cheapest lens in my collection of Canon lenses but I love the lens and it was worth the money. I decided to buy this lens for my wildlife photography. The 100-400mm lens is a perfect choice for wildlife, motorsport, airshows, and more.

Prime Lens & other

Canon 50mm f/1.8

Other cameras

iPhone 11 PRO

GOPRO Hero 5 Black


Camera essentials & accessories

NISI Filterset

Canon Speedlite 580EXII

Hahnel Captur Remote

Benro Travel Tripod

Joby Gorillapod

Stealth Gear Beanbag

BlackRapid Cross shot

External HardDrive

Benro Traveller 300

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