X100v Travel Photography Gear, keeping things lightweight and simple for visiting countries and road trips.
- Fuji X100v
- Fuji XQ1
- LaCie 2TB external hard drive
- Rav Power portable battery
- Charging cables
- 3 Spare batteries [NPW126S]
- Manfrotto Evo II
- 2 x 64GB SD cards [spares]
Overlanding day trips don’t need a mountain of photography gear, instead I prefer to do things as minimal as possible, keeping things honest and simple just like the camera itself. On most trips out my camera gear consists of the X100v in the 5.11 bag with spare batteries, SD card and cables. The charger is kept in the Shogun along with the Fuji XQ1 which lives in the center console.
Visiting another country however is a whole different kettle of fish, our first visit back to the UK from Spain in 19 years meant organising the camera gear for carry on hand luggage as we were flying [this time], something we had not done for quite a while! Keeping all the gear together for safety and airport search meant a bigger bag so the Lowepro Protactic AW350 [original design] was brought back into action.
Using the X100v simplifies many things so it would be pointless to heave around a bag full of gear I was unlikely to use, the UK trip to see family was going to be all about showing our youngest some heritage, making the most of the short time we had there and taking a lot of images… Travelling light was key.
X100v Travel Photography Gear
One visit, two cameras, the XQ1 is long in the tooth for sure but it’s a capable little camera with a decent zoom, I always take it when I think I might need some ‘extra reach’ and simply as a back up or for someone else to shoot with, given it’s incredibly compact size and ability to shoot RAW if required it’s always in the line up somewhere.
Spare batteries, as any pre XT4 or X100 series owner will know are essential.
Spare SD cards and charging cables.
2TB external hard drive, even with a 128GB card in the X100 I always back up if it’s aything longer than a day trip, for a week long holiday then organising the files by day or location is pretty important to keep your sanity when it comes to sorting the files and post processing once you get home.
Portable power, in the form of a battery/USB/USBC, it just makes sense even though it’s the heaviest item in the bag.
Mini tripod for those family captures on the timer and long exposures.
Then there is the phone for video, nothing fancy, just an aging Samsung that does shoot 4k if needed. I can’t currently justify dropping the thick end of a grand on a camera like the G80 / 90 or used G9 for example just to shoot video.
All of our Youtube videos are shot on the phone and to be honest I don’t think it matters, it’s the content that counts.
- Lowepro Protactic backpack for flying & hiking
- 5.11 conversion for lightweight street/EDC