Category: Gear

Best Travel Photography Lenses for Under $1000

Budget travel photography lenses are a hot topic. In today’s market, there are tons of great offerings and it’s sometimes hard to narrow down precisely what’s best. Really, what’s best depends on what sort of photography you’re into.

The lenses here assume you’re into a little bit of everything and want great images for less than $1,000. So here are some of the best travel lenses for under $1,000. We’ll look at a few DSLR lenses as well as a few mirrorless lenses. Regardless of what type of camera you are using, you should find something on this list.

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Best (and Best Bargain) Wildlife Lenses

Wildlife photography lenses come in a dizzying array of options, just like any other lens choice. The major factors I want to consider while shopping are whether the lens provides enough reach (focal length) for my shy and often distant subject. Weatherization to keep light rain and dust out of my lens is always handy in the outdoors. And image stabilization is nearly mandatory. So let’s look at some of the best (and best-for-the-money) wildlife lenses available today.

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Best Backpacks for the Landscape Photographer

When looking for a camera bag aesthetics, functionality, price, and durability all vie for our attention. Each bag here takes these factors into account and are highly rated as being some of the best bags for the landscape photographer. While other bags may look nicer, a leather bag won’t protect your sensitive electronics nearly as well as treated nylon in a sudden rain. Satchel bags are sometimes easier to access tools from but are not as comfortable as a backpack when hiking hours to your scenic vista. Therefore, the bags here are all backpacks using mostly durable synthetic blends that resist the elements and snagging branches.

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Tips for Buying Used Cameras and Lenses

Regardless of whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional, photography gear is expensive. Between camera bodies, lenses, filters, tripods, bags and backpacks, flashes and other accessories, there is no shortage of things to buy. Not only is there a lot to buy, but cameras and lenses can easily cost a significant amount even without all the other stuff. One of the best ways to save money on photography gear is to buy used equipment. There are several different ways to go about buying used gear, but the process can be intimidating and might even seem risky if you haven’t tried it before.

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How I Got a $600 Lens for $164

Last summer I was interested in buying the Canon 70-200mm f/4L USM lens, but I didn’t really want to spend $600 for it. I kept an eye on several different sites for a while to see if I could catch it on sale, but didn’t have any luck with that. Eventually, I decided to look into buying a used lens to save some money.

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Photo Backup and Storage for Landscape and Travel Photographers

Backing up and storing your photographs is very important, no matter what kind of photography you do. For landscape and travel photographers, there is a higher level of risk involved. Not only is it likely to be very difficult for you to return to a location to reshoot, but travelling often also means your equipment is likely to get knocked around and damaged from time to time. So, how do you deal with backing up your images when you’re on the move?

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Tripods, Monopods, and Image Stabilization

Image stabilization is an incredibly important tool that new and even intermediate photographers don’t always think about. Handheld photography is easier than ever nowadays and it just feels and looks natural. Plus, who wants to carry around a bulky tripod or even monopod? People who want the sharpest images possible, that’s who. We’re going to explore three of the most common forms of image stabilization below, but it’s also good to discuss what it is and why it matters as well.

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The Best Tripods for Landscape Photography

Tripods are some of the most important tools in a photographer’s kit. Image stabilization is important for maximizing image sharpness by using remote shutters to avoid shutter shock. Tripods also allow us to take long exposure images that would otherwise be impossible handheld.

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