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What’s In My Bag: A Top-Tier Kit For Travel Photo & Video

Anthony Castro (@anthony.adventure) is an adventure and travel photographer and vlogger born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The Alpha Collective member says, “I am called to the mountains, the sea and any other adventure life has in store for me, while capturing every epic moment of it.” Whether it be the beauty in his own backyard or on his travels, he always has these items in his kit to successfully capture it all. Keep reading to see the gear in his bag for travel photo and video.

Anthony Castro's kit for travel photo and video

With a leading Sony Alpha and two 2nd-Gen G Masters, this adventure and travel photographer’s kit just might give you a little gear envy.

Cameras

Sony Alpha 1: The Alpha 1 is my main camera for image capturing. Not only does it deliver sharp images, it also has the highest quality output on hyperlapses and timelapses, which I include in all of my videos. This camera combined with my two second-generation G Master lenses covers everything I need.

Photo by Anthony Castro. Sony Alpha 1. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master II. 1/200-sec., f/7.1, ISO 100

Photo by Anthony Castro. Sony Alpha 1. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master II. 1/200-sec., f/7.1, ISO 100

Sony ZV-1: This little vlogger camera is my favorite for on-the-go video. It helps me capture talking head videos for my vlogs and any B-roll that comes to mind while out and about.

Lenses

Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master II: This lens along with the 70-200mm covers me for every scenario when I’m traveling. They are both incredibly fast and really good at tracking. Most of the time I have this one on my Alpha 1 for everyday scenarios and wider shooting to grasp more of the scene. It feels lighter and even the colors coming out of it seem better. These two lenses are one hundred percent my go to and you will never see me leave the house without them in my bag because with this pair I never feel like I’ll miss the shot.

Photo by Anthony Castro. Sony Alpha 1. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master II. 1/1000-sec., f/10, ISO 500

Photo by Anthony Castro. Sony Alpha 1. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master II. 1/1000-sec., f/10, ISO 500

Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master II: I would tend to switch to the 70-200mm for tighter portrait shots as well as making distant buildings and mountains appear much larger than the subject in the foreground. That is one of my favorite things about a telephoto lens, really bringing the distant subject into the shot versus tiny background decoration. When I’m shooting portraits, it locks on almost immediately and I don’t have to focus on anything on my own really. I also really love the bokeh with this lens. It’s nice to have your subject mid-range and then have something like flowers in the background and foreground to make your images more beautiful.

Photo by Anthony Castro. Sony Alpha 1. Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master II. 1/80-sec., f/2.8, ISO 2500

Photo by Anthony Castro. Sony Alpha 1. Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master II. 1/80-sec., f/2.8, ISO 2500

Accessories

ProTactic Lowepro Camera Bag: Fits everything I need and in an organized way.

Sony TOUGH Memory Cards: I carry about four or five of the 64GB ones.

Photo by Anthony Castro. Sony Alpha 1. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master II. 15-sec., f/13, ISO 160

Photo by Anthony Castro. Sony Alpha 1. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master II. 1/1000-sec., f/10, ISO 500

Manfrotto Tripod: A sturdy tripod to hold my camera.

Hammock: It’s great for photos…plus for relaxing!

See more of Anthony Castro’s work on his Alpha Universe Profile and on Instagram @anthony.adventure.

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