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Packing Light: Gear we travelled with on our Latest Trip to Colorado

Estes Park, Colorado

Back in December, we found a great deal on a direct flight from Lafayette, LA to Denver on Frontier Airlines. The airline seems to be known for its budget friendly tickets, but that cheaper ticket means there’s an extra charge for basically anything that you can’t sling over your shoulders. Since neither of us are too big on checking bags anyway, we knew space for gear would be limited, so choose wisely, we must!

Here’s What we brought (Affiliate Links included):

Sony A7iii Adorama / Amazon

Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 Adorama / Amazon

Canon 35mm F1.4 Adorama / Amazon

Canon 135mm f2.0 Adorama / Amazon

Metabones Adapter Adorama / Amazon

Sennheiser Memory Mic Adorama / Amazon

Peak Designs Camera Strap Adorama / Amazon

Tiffen ND Filter Adorama / Amazon

INCASE DSLR BACKPACk Adorama / Amazon

Sony A7iii

This has been a great camera in general, but was really great to travel with.

Here’s why we love it:

  • Battery life is great (especially compared to the a7S II)

  • Lightweight body (1 lb 7.0 oz)

  • Great in low light

  • Fast auto focus (especially eye auto focus)

  • Shoots 4K video and 60/120fps in 1080p

We had a hotel in Fort Collins, about an hour north of Denver, but we like to venture out when we go on trips! Strapped with our rental car, we cruised through the Rocky Mountain state, from Estes Park, Boulder, Longmont to Golden. Since this was a pseudo road trip for us, we knew I’d be behind the wheel and Sean would be behind the camera catching lots of mountainous road footage! He stuck with the Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 for most of these road shots. Check out some of our favorite Colorado moments shot with the 55mm!

Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8

The Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 was a great lens for road footage, but it got put to good use for some landscape and food photography.

What we like about this lens:

  • It’s lightweight (9.9 oz)

  • Being a native Sony lens, we didn’t need our adapter

  • Not needing the adapter means the camera/lens combo is even more lightweight

  • Good ‘in between’ focal length for a variety of shots/settings

  • Quick focus

Here are a couple shots taken with the Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8

Canon 35mm F1.4

The Canon 35mm F1.4 came in handy for some wider food shots.

The 35 is a little heavier than the 55 and requires an adapter (we have the Metabones Canon EF to Sony E Mount adapter). Even though this setup is a little more bulky, it’s a really great, versatile lens.

What we like about this lens:

  • Great quality lens

  • Slightly faster than the 55mm (f1.4 vs the Zeiss f1.8)

  • A little wider, so you can get closer to the subject

  • Nice lens flares (we love lens flares!)

Here are some shots taken with the Canon 35mm F1.4!

Canon 135mm f2.0

The Canon 135mm f2.0 is a great Telephoto lens. It’s great for shooting portraits with some really nice background blur. It’s also really nice for longer landscape shots, which really came in handy in the mountains. Again, since this was another Canon to Sony combo, we used our Metabones adapter.

What we like about this lens:

  • Great Telephoto Lens

  • Really sharp wide open

  • Great for portraits

  • But also captures some real nice longer landscape shots

Here are some shots taken with the Canon 135mm f2.0!

Sennheiser Memory Mic

This little Memory Mic has been one of our new favorite gadgets lately. The memory mic records quality audio that connects through bluetooth directly to your smartphone. We didn’t end up using the memory mic as much as we thought, but it would have been great for quick, impromptu interviews with some of the local brewers that we chatted with.

What we like about this Mic:

  • Easy to use

  • Small & fairly discreet

  • Great sound compared to other wireless lavs we’ve tried

  • Could be a main or back-up audio source

  • Great for picking up natural sounds



Peak Designs Camera Strap

We are big fans of Peak Designs, especially their camera straps! Like most other products from Peak Designs, the straps are sleek, stylish and well designed.

What we like about this strap:

  • Easy to adjust

  • ‘Anchor Link’ connections are easy to snap on/off

  • Sturdy/strong feel

  • Colorful & Stylish

On the Brightside…

We knew we had to be choosy when it came to packing our gear bag. If this were a true road trip, we would have ended up bringing a lot more gear. But not having your full lens kit at your disposal isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes, limiting your options can force you to be a little more creative with what you have. Maybe you miss out on that perfect shot, but maybe you capture something amazingly unexpected!


Affiliate Links

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Sony A7iii Adorama / Amazon

Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 Adorama / Amazon

Canon 35mm F1.4 Adorama / Amazon

Canon 135mm f2.0 Adorama / Amazon

Metabones Adapter Adorama / Amazon

Sennheiser Memory Mic Adorama / Amazon

Peak Designs Camera Strap Adorama / Amazon

Tiffen ND Filter Adorama / Amazon

INCASE DSLR BACKPACk Adorama / Amazon