Over the years of our travel, we seem to field the same questions over and over again. The top two questions we hear on an almost everyday basis are:

“what camera do you use?”

“what filter did you use?”

After answering the questions hundreds of times, you would think l would have written an answer for posterity here on the blog. Better late than never l guess. As you know, Federico is a professional photographer, and has been for over 14 years. He has been a loyal Nikon camera user from day one. His love for photography has rubbed off on me and l have become quite the enthusiast. Here are the equipment we use on an ongoing basis.


Our stash. There is even an F100 film camera in there. He sold the rest as it is quite expensive getting them developed.

People usually forget that it’s  the person behind the camera that makes for a great shot, not the filter or the camera :-) . The most expensive camera won’t necessarily make for an awesome shot. That being said, there is a notable difference between a point & shoot and a DSLR.  We know travelers who only shoot with their phones. I can’t say l blame them. They produce decent enough images and you don’t have to carry a bulky DSLR.

Our camera gear inventory:


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our camera gear iphone 4s

We currently have two iphone 4s. Yes, l know we are ages behind on technology, but we find the phones still work well after all these years and we intend on keeping them as long as we can. The camera especially takes really good panoramic images and is adequate for any casual user.

Update July 2017. While Federico still has his iphone, I have since moved on to the BQ Aquaris X phone which l love a lot and can highly recommend with confidence.

Nikon D5300

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For the hobbyist or medium level photographer like yours truly. I currently use the latest addition to our Nikon family, the Nikon D5300. This is hands down my favorite. It is not very heavy, even when attached to the 18-55mm lens that it comes with. It has built-in WiFi which is quite convenient and packs a whopping 24.2 megapixel. I especially love the fact that it has a swivel LCD, great for selfies or recording and l can shut it, preventing scratches  since l tend to just throw it in my bag :-) . The battery life is also very good.

Nikon D7000

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Better than most, faster, lightweight and quiet. This camera kicks ass. Most of the pictures on the site are shot with the D7000. Secretly, l think this is Federico’s favorite as it is almost always the one he takes whenever we travel. I have used it sometimes when l assisted him with weddings. The images are superb. Very professional.

Nikon D300s

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This is also a great camera for any professional or serious enthusiast. I was mostly using this till we purchased the D5300. I like it a lot as well, but l do prefer the lighter weight of my new love. Even though this is an older camera and has been discontinued by Nikon, it is still a work horse like all other Nikon cameras. Get a used one and save money.


The best part about sticking with the same company is that you can interchange lenses. A lot of cameras come with plastic lenses. These are fine, but to get quality images, l would suggest investing in quality glass lenses. Take care of it and it will surely last you for years. Camera bodies often change. A slight increase in megapixel, or the ISO and they charge you a ton of money. Better to invest in the glass and keep the old body. Federico still uses his Nikon D2Xs from 10 years ago. Put an image from it next to one taken by the latest Nikon D5 and the average person would be hard pressed to find the difference.

Nikon 50mm 1.8g

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This is a fixed lens that is perfect for portraits and little landscapes.

Sigma 18-50 2.8

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This lens is good for landscape and close-ups.

Sigma 24-70 2.8

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Nikon 12-24 f4

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This lens is for architectural landscape especially. It is an ultra wide, zoom lens.

Nikon 85 1.4D

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This is perfect for portraiture and low light.

Nikon 70-200 2.8

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This is an incredible lens for portraiture and sport photography. Definitely for a professional.


Nikon SB 800

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Even though this is a discontinued model, you can still find it used. It is a wonderful addition to your gear.

Light Meter:

Sekonic Dual Master L558

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There you have it! Our camera gear. If you’re wondering where we stock all these equipment, they all go into a very nice and sturdy Lowepro Roller x300. It comes with wheels which makes it very convenient. It also has a detachable backpack that you can use as a carry-on for when you don’t need to lug all your stuff.


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