Alexis Gaurin (@alexis_gaurin) is a landscape, architecture and lifestyle photographer based in France. He believes that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer, and he likes to capture the incredible scenery he encounters on his travels with a minimal yet versatile collection of photo gear. “My gear is carefully chosen," he says. "One camera, two lenses, a solid tripod and filters allows me to show my vision of the world. I try to make beautiful images of some wonderful places that I have had the chance to enjoy. My gear allows me to express my creativity without limitation.” At the core of his bag is a Sony Alpha 7R III, the camera he uses since his switch from a Nikon DSLR. We caught up with Alexis to find out more about why he switched to Sony and the lenses he uss in his travels.
Can a single body and just two zooms be a perfect minimalist travel kit? See how this photographer does it with a full-frame Sony Alpha camera and two G Master zooms.
Sony Alpha 7R III: I gave up my full frame Nikon three years ago. I now use the Sony Alpha 7R III for its dynamic range, the high resolution, the ability to watch the final result in the viewfinder, the efficient autofocus and its compactness. The crop mode is interesting to increase the range of your lens without making your bag heavy. All buttons can be settled and you can optimize your settings in function of your workflow. All of these points make me choose Sony and especially the R series. The features of this new technology are game-changers. For all of these reasons this is the perfect tool for me.
Photo by Alexis Gaurin. Sony α7R III. Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master. 30-secs., f/6.3, ISO 100
Photo by Alexis Gaurin. Sony α7R III. Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master. 144-secs., f/8, ISO 100
Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master: My main proposal is landscape, architecture and lifestyle. I prefer all-in-one lenses because in difficult situations, it is dangerous to change lenses (dust on the sensor or on the lens). So if I take only one, it must be the best. So the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master is a natural choice. Ultra sharp and excellent through the entire range of the lens. The bokeh is smooth and the starburst is great due to its 11-rounded blades.
Photo by Alexis Gaurin. Sony α7R III. Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master. 8-secs., f/13, ISO 50
Photo by Alexis Gaurin. Sony α7R III. Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/60-sec., f/11, ISO 100
Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master: This telephoto lens is the best that I have tried. The range is comfortable and the aperture is enough for all my practices. I use it for close landscape pictures like mountains, minimalistic images or portraits and animals. Colors and sharpness are excellent and the bokeh is smooth.
Photo by Alexis Gaurin. Sony α7R III. Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master. 1/500-sec., f/5.6, ISO 160
Photo by Alexis Gaurin. Sony α7R III. Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master. 1/125-sec., f/5.6, ISO 12,800
Gitzo G4553S + Arca Swiss Z1dp: This is a tripod which will follow me all my life. Strong, compact, reliable and maintainable. In every condition, you can take pictures with tranquility. The Arca Swiss ball head allows panoramic images with the dual panoramic feature.
Nisi Filters: The Nisi S5 100mm system is very efficient. I use a polarized filter whenever there is water, ND64 for sunrise/sunset and ND1000 (+ND64) in the middle of the day and GND filter to correct the dynamic of the sky.
Photo by Alexis Gaurin. Sony α7R III. Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/80-sec., f/8, ISO 100
Lowepro Whistler 350: This bag is comfortable, spacious for gear and a great pocket in the front allows you to take wears or shoes for example and it is really sturdy.
Others Accessories: Peak Design Capture V3, L-plate, Sony NPFZ100, Peak Design Cuff, Pholsy Remote, Blowing Pear and Microfiber Cloths.