Summer is finally here, which, for many, means travel plans are right around the corner. Whether you plan on spending your summer road tripping across the United States or exploring a new country overseas, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to capture your experience on camera. Travel photography is not only a great way to document a trip and provide yourself with tangible memories, but it also offers an incredible opportunity to improve as a photographer.
This summer, while you’re packing your bags full of bathing suits, hiking boots and sunscreen, don’t forget to pack the photo gear you’ll need as well. If you’re thinking about buying or renting a new camera body or lens for your summer vacation, look no further. Lumoid lets you rent camera equipment and try wearables and audio gear before buying. But that still leaves some questions: What’s the best camera and lens combination for my trip? And is it more cost effective to buy or to rent?
The Road Tripper:
If your summer plans include a packed van, Route 66 and stops at national parks and monuments, the Nikon D810 is the camera for you. This full frame, professional quality camera is great for every photographic opportunity you’ll have on the road. With ISO settings that range from 64 to 12800, you’ll be shooting from sunup until well after sundown. Weighing just under two pounds, it’s not the most compact or lightweight option, but with the majority of your traveling happening in the comfort of a car, you can afford to sacrifice portability for quality.
Pair it with the Nikon 24-70mm at f/2.8G to capture a large variety of shots while on the road. The wide focal length will be great for landscapes and night photography, while the zoom and shallow depth of field will be perfect for detail shots and portraits. Whether you’re shooting wildlife out of a car window or a landscape from the middle of the road, you won’t be disappointed with this all-around, versatile lens. Or, try our Road Trip Kit with a Canon EOS 6D, a Canon EF 17-40mm lens, and Canon EF 50mm lens.
The Backcountry Backpacker:
If you plan on spending your summer backpacking through the woods, swimming in isolated lakes or summiting mountains, you’re going to want a camera that can keep up and withstand the rugged conditions. The Leica X-U (Typ 113) Waterproof Digital Camera won’t let you down, and will stay as tough as you are. Its anti-slip, rubber exterior will keep it firmly stuck to your hands, but on the off chance you do drop it, don’t stress! The Leica is also shockproof, dustproof and waterproof, so you can shoot in virtually any condition with confidence. The body comes with a 35mm fixed lens with an aperture at a wide open f/1.7. The shallow depth of field will be great for capturing images at super-fast shutter speeds, as well as in low light situations.
The City Rat:
Summer is a great time to explore a city – whether it’s across the world and brand new to you, or one you’ve been to dozens of times. While wandering for miles through a concrete jungle under the hot summer sun, you’ll want a reliable, lightweight camera that will help you stay connected. The Canon EOS 6D full frame camera is the perfect option for every city slicker. This model is Canon’s most lightweight, full frame camera, so it won’t weigh you down too much on those long, hot days. It also features built in GPS and WiFi, which will be a lifesaver when you inevitably get lost or want to share updates from your trip on social media.
Pair it with the Canon EF 17- 40mm at f/4L to capture stunning cityscapes, skylines and street photography. At just over one pound, this lens won’t break your back or strain your neck, even after wandering for miles. The focal range will also give you a variety of options for when you get tired of shooting landscapes and want to shoot something a little less wide.
The Beach Bum:
There’s no better time than summer vacation for a trip to the beach, but with all of the sand and water, beaches can do serious damage to your camera. For your next beach excursion, stress less about water damaging an expensive camera body, and opt for a GoPro instead. With Lumoid’s GoPro UnderWater Explorer Kit, you’ll have the freedom and the equipment to investigate the ocean floor while capturing all of your discoveries with high definition photo and video. The waterproof casing will keep the GoPro safe and dry, while the floaty backdoor will ensure that, even if you drop the small camera underwater, it will always float back to the surface.
The Festival Goer:
Summertime means festival season! Music festivals are a wonderful opportunity to improve as a photographer, but there are usually strict rules about what kind of cameras are allowed inside the venue. Most festivals prohibit professional quality cameras with detachable lenses, which is why the Fujifilm X100T Digital Camera is the perfect option for every festival-goer. This super lightweight, portable camera doesn’t have a detachable lens, so you won’t have any problem getting it past security. It also has a sleek, retro style that will go perfectly with all of your festival outfits, and won’t weigh you down while you’re dancing and singing along to your favorite band.
Whether your summer plans include a staycation to the beach, exploring an American city you’ve never been to, or festival hopping across Europe, there’s a perfect camera and lens for you.