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What’s In My Bag: 3 Lenses For Grand Landscapes

David Navia (@davidnavia) is an amateur landscape photographer who lives in a beautiful and wild area off the north coast of Spain. Since he started photography almost five years ago he’s always felt an incredible fascination for marine landscapes and trying to capture the beauty of the power of the sea. We sat down with Navia to check out what he carries in his camera bag when he’s out shooting!

David López García's photography kit

Landscape photographer David Navia uses this trio of lenses to capture massive marine landscapes that show the power of the sea.

Camera


Sony Alpha 7 III: My main camera is the Sony Alpha 7 III - I’ve had it for years and I couldn’t be happier with it. I’ve used Sony cameras since I started photography. My first camera was the Sony Alpha 6000, it was incredible but I ultimately upgraded to one that had a bit higher quality and more dynamic range; both of which the Alpha 7 III excels in. I love that this full-frame camera performs well with landscapes and night photography. I have found the 24 megapixels perfect, as I don’t need huge files.

Photo by David Navia. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 16-35mm f/4. 1/8-sec., f/22, ISO 100

Photo by David Navia. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 16-35mm f/4. 1/8-sec., f/22, ISO 100

Photo by David Navia. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 16-35mm f/4.

Photo by David Navia. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 16-35mm f/4.

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Sony 16-35mm f/4: This is the lens I carry on my camera most of the time. I really love it. it has amazing sharpness, in a small, lightweight body. Most of my shooting is during the day, so I don't need a lens with better low light performance. If you are looking for a landscape lens, for a moderate price, and without the need for that extra brightness, this is the lens for you. 16mm lenses are excellent for powerful close-ups and to give an extra boost to your composition.

Photo by David Navia. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 16-35mm f/4. 1/40-sec., f/9, ISO 100

Photo by David Navia. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 16-35mm f/4. 1/40-sec., f/9, ISO 100

Sony 24-105mm f/4 G: I find it the perfect complement to the 16-35mm a lightweight lens, with great sharpness all the way around and perfect to carry as a single travel lens. This is the lens I use when I want to get a bit closer to my subject or even for abstract shots.

Sony 50mm f/1.8: A super light and inexpensive lens that I always like to carry in my backpack. perfect for portraits, and with a very nice blur. I mainly use it to take pictures of my family,

Accessories

Tripod 1: Leofoto LS-324C and ball head LH-40 which is the one I use when I go to the mountains and I'm looking for a lighter tripod.

Tripod 2: KINGJOY C86+T40X Landscape Series. This is the tripod I use most of the time when weight is not an issue. A super sturdy tripod that gives me extra security when shooting seascapes.

Photo by David Navia. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 16-35mm f/4. 1/55-sec., f/10, ISO 100

Photo by David Navia. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 16-35mm f/4. 1/55-sec., f/10, ISO 100

Filters: I've been using NisI filters since I started photography. At the moment I use the 100mm v7 system. With the true color polarizer that I really love on seascapes and forest images, and a 6 stop neutral density filter which I use from time to time on coastal photos if I want to take long exposures.

Other: I always carry in my camera a microfibre towel to clean the camera in case it gets wet, a front light to illuminate at night and also a LED to illuminate night images, this last one from Sandmarc. I have also found that a cleaning kit and a remote trigger are indispensable.

See more of David’s work on Instagram @davidnavia.

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