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What’s In My Bag: A 4-Zoom Kit For Capturing Sweeping Nature Scenes

Claudio Bordin (@claudio__bordin) is a landscape and nature photographer as well as a nature guide. He has combined his love of mountaineering, adventure and photography to share stories of the natural world with others. For treks into the back country and where he captures epic vistas and elusive wildlife, Bordin uses a pair of Sony Alpha bodies and a tight group of Sony G Master and G zooms. He takes us through his bag and explains his go-to gear below.

Claudio Bordin's gear for landscape and nature photography

A mountaineering and adventure photographer takes us through his bag and gives us a look at the 4 go-to Sony zooms he uses to create and share epic adventures.

Cameras

Sony Alpha 7R IV: This is my main camera. And it is everything I’ve ever wanted in a camera. The 61 megapixel sensor and the incredible dynamic range are perfect for landscape photography. The LCD display and electronic viewfinder are just amazing.

Photo by Claudio Bordin. Sony Alpha 7R IV. Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/100-sec., f/13, ISO 100

Photo by Claudio Bordin. Sony Alpha 7R IV. Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/100-sec., f/13, ISO 100

Sony Alpha 7 III: The right camera for every situation. I mainly use it for night photography and wildlife photography. I love its ability to handle a high ISO. I don’t consider this to be my “backup” camera, but rather my “specific use” camera.

Photo by Claudio Bordin. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master. 5-sec., f/10, ISO 800

Photo by Claudio Bordin. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master. 5-sec., f/10, ISO 800

Lenses

Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master: The best lens for landscapes – ultra sharp and excellent throughout the entire range of the lens. F/2.8 is also perfect for night and northern lights photography. Sony did it – they made the perfect wide angle lens!

Photo by Claudio Bordin. Sony Alpha 7R IV. Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/20-sec., f/13, ISO 100

Photo by Claudio Bordin. Sony Alpha 7R IV. Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/20-sec., f/13, ISO 100

Sony 24-105mm f/4 G: Another good lens for landscapes and perfect for details at 105mm. It has excellent sharpness, especially at f/8 and f/11. It’s a great all-around lens.

Photo by Claudio Bordin. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-105mm f/4 G. 1/50-sec., f/13, ISO 100

Photo by Claudio Bordin. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 24-105mm f/4 G. 1/50-sec., f/13, ISO 100

Sony 70-200mm f/4 G: This was my first telephoto lens. I don’t use it for wildlife, but for the details in landscape photography. This lens is perfect for the elements in the distance, like peaks, waterfalls, glaciers, etc. It is great when combined with Sony 24-105mm.

Photo by Claudio Bordin. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 70-200mm f/4 G. 1/125-sec., f/8, ISO 100

Photo by Claudio Bordin. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 70-200mm f/4 G. 1/125-sec., f/8, ISO 100

Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G: The ideal telephoto lens for wildlife photography. It was a game-changer – this focal range with this sharpness has never been seen before.

Photo by Claudio Bordin. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G. 1/1000-sec., f/6.3, ISO 1600

Photo by Claudio Bordin. Sony Alpha 7 III. Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G. 1/1000-sec., f/6.3, ISO 1600

Accessories

Backpack: F-stop Tilopa 50L: An excellent camera backpack. It is perfect for hiking, traveling, wildlife and can hold everything I need.
 
Drone: Enough to capture some aerial photography.
 
Tripod: I use the Artcise CS90C.
 
See more of Claudio Bordin’s work on Instagram @claudio__bordin.

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