Ever wonder what we use to bring you all of our adventure photos and videos while traveling as the Vegan Voyagers? Read on to see what equipment we are currently working with! We are always adding new equipment and items to our arsenal and will update this page once we’ve had a chance to test it out and provide some examples.
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If you follow our blog posts and social media, you can see that we are constantly taking photos while we are on our adventures. To make all of that magic come to life, we use quite an array of cameras, lenses, and accessories. Our main camera is currently the Nikon D3200 that Aaron purchased a few years ago shortly after he first moved to the San Juan Island in Washington. We’ve written up a full review detailing our pros and cons as well as some example shots we’ve taken with that camera here.
For our lenses, we switch between a Nikkor 18-55mm lens for our landscape shots, a Sigma 70-300mm lens for general and wildlife photography, and a Tamron 150-600mm lens for up close wildlife photography. We’ve put together some example shots that we’ve taken with each of those lenses and show the differences in size in our full post.
When we need to stabilize our shot even further or for night shots, we have a Manfrotto Compact MKC3-H01 tripod with a pistol grip which is really easy to setup and tear down. We have a Polaroid intervalometer that we use for timing our photos and for night shots. We also both take photos on our iPhones which we use primarily for our social media accounts and as backup shots or for different angles and view points in case our main camera doesn’t capture what we are hoping for.
All of our videos are being shot on a Go Pro Hero 4 Silver and edited with Final Cut Pro X. This allows us to get a lot of wide-angle shots as well as having the waterproof capabilities to take on our kayaks and our hikes. We are currently looking at replacing this with a more traditional handheld video camera for the majority of our video work and letting this be more of our action cam. We are also looking for a drone to add to our arsenal and have our eyes on a specific model. We will update this list once we’ve made our decision and purchased our drone.
On all of our hikes, we each carry Camelbak inserts in both of our hiking backpacks. Hayden carries an actual Camelbak backpack with our snacks, first aid kit, and other miscellaneous items while Aaron carries the REI Half-dome backpack with all of our camera equipment. For our kayaks, we both have Pelican Trailblazer 100 kayaks that we picked up on a really good sale while we were in Arkansas and they are working out perfectly for us. They are a great combination of ruggedness and affordability. When we go out on our hiking adventures, Aaron wears the Keen Men’s H2 Rialto Hiking Sandal and Hayden wears the Keen Women’s H2 Newport Hiking Sandal when we are doing any sort of hikes that involve crossing water.
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