CAMERA BODIES AND LENSES
Hasselblad X1D – http://goo.gl/jFYx8e
The is the latest member of our Hasselblad family and we are super excited about this particular one. We invested in this system with the idea to replace all the H system bodies, which are design mainly for studio work, but have done fantastic job for us all around the globe in various conditions. The new X1D is super small and compact and it perfectly matches all our needs.
This is the main camera that we used to have with us everywhere we go. I guess there are not too many people using these big and heavy medium format cameras when traveling, but the quality and the look of these files is such, that every time I open them on the computer I am blown away. The color depth, tonal range and the details are absolutely outstanding.
Hasselblad H1: Film back
I recently fell in love with shooting on film. I have had this camera body pretty much since I purchased my digital one, but never really used it. But few months ago, I decided to give a try to a whole new (or old) approach to taking pictures.
Canon EOS 7D
This is the camera that I used to work with before I started working with Hasselblad. I don’t use it any more for any of the travel work that we do, but we have it pretty much all the time with us taking behind the scenes photos. It served me well in the past and it is still a very good camera, and if you are on a budget and want to get a pretty fast camera, this one might be a good choice.
Hasselblad HC 35mm f/3.5 – https://goo.gl/kg4egq
This is the widest lens in my kit and is the equivalent of 24mm lens on a full frame (35mm format) cameras. It is not a lens that I use with a great regularity as I tend to compose a bit tighter, but it is definitely a “MUST HAVE” lens in every travel photographer’s kit.
Hasselblad HC 80mm f/2.8 – https://goo.gl/V1RdN5
The angle of view of 80mm lens on a medium format system is roughly the same as the 50mm lens on a 35mm DSLR. In other words, this is the standard focal length for the medium format. I think this is the most versatile lens in my kit and I am using it in pretty much in all kind of scenarios – from landscapes and architecture to portraits and food. It is also the second brightest Hasselblad lens, which make is the number one choice in a low light conditions.
Hasselblad HC 120mm macro f/4 – https://goo.gl/bYCd7m
Incredibly sharp lens, without question it is my most favorite lens. The level of detail of this piece of glass is out of this world, absolutely astonishing. It is a great choice for portraits, especially if you want to get closer and tighter with your composition. It is the perfect lens for all kind of still life shots. The only down side is, that it has been design for macro work and for this reason the autofocus is quite a bit slow, especially in low light conditions.
Hasselblad HC 150mm f/3.5 – https://goo.gl/1ra9fq
My favorite lens for portraits. It gives you a very shallow depth of field when needed, which is great if you want to isolate the subject from the background. And bokeh that this lens creates is so beautiful, very soft and creamy. It is also one of the fastest (if not the fastest) Hasselblad lenses in terms of auto focus and I never go on a trip without having this glass in my kit.
Hasselblad HC 210mm f/4 – https://goo.gl/PNaXDa
This is the longest telephoto lens that I have. Unfortunately, I don’t always have it with me when traveling, simply because it is not as fast the the 150mm, also it is less bright, but the extra length gives you a very nice compression between the elements on the foreground and the background. Happy to have it my kit tough.
LIGHTING AND ACCESSORIES
Broncolor Move 1200L – https://goo.gl/Akn78C
Speaking of travel photography that automatically translates into using natural light or whatever light is available. But in many situation additional light is an absolutely critical, and this is exactly where the Broncolor move pack comes in handy. It is very powerful and extremely fast. It is also quite compact and it perfectly fits in a regular backpack along with an extra head.
Canon 430EX II Speedlight – https://goo.gl/Piy1h7
Not my favorite piece of equipment, especially when it comes down to color accuracy, but it is quite small and compact, and it has extremely fast flash duration. I never know when I would need it so I always pack it when going on a trip.
Collapsable Reflector –
Ok, if there is only one thing to bring with you on trip apart of your camera, that would be it. It is incredibly useful, very light and compact and very cheap as well. So if you are on a budget and want to get better travel photos, this is your best friend.
Hasselblad 13mm extension tube – https://goo.gl/bCz5FZ
Extension tubes are a great solution when you need to get closer, but you don’t have a macro lens. I am using this 13mm extension tube in congestion mainly with my 80mm lens, but sometimes when shooting portraits and can use it with my 150mm lens as well. Great and inexpensive way to give your normal lens macro capabilities.
External Hard drive – https://goo.gl/1okd8o
I always pack up et least one hard drive when going on a trip. Backing up and organizing files is one of the most important habits I have learnt for my workflow. You never know what it may happen when you are abroad, so don’t rely only on your laptop and make sure you have at least one copy of your work.
This isn’t relevant anymore as we use the built-in wifi features of our gear and have to worry about cables, cords or any remote triggers. But there are plenty of option available on the market for almost every camera manufacturer. You can find one on ebay for a few bucks.