There are various bits of gear I would recommend for travel photographers interested in landscape photography. You could start with the basics and slowly build your collection as you go. Here are some of the important bits of kit I recommend.
A decent DSLR or mirrorless camera body
You need a camera which allows you to control it manually. A fast shutter speed, decent sensor size and easy handling are all really important features to look for when you are buying yours.
If your budget is the lower end, I would recommend a Nikon D5600 or a Sony A6000 to start with. Both are decent reliable cameras which produce great photos. I used a Nikon D5500 for years before it was updated with the 6500 version and produced some of my best photos with it. The Sony A6000 has a great reputation and is a lot smaller and lighter if you are looking for something more compact. If you need more inspiration to help you choose a camera, read my travel camera buying guide!
If you can splash the cash a little more then a good option would be a Sony A6500 mirrorless camera or even better, the Sony A7iii which is the camera I use these days. The later is a full-frame camera which means its sensor is capable of absorbing a lot more information with every photo. It’s a professional standard camera and isn’t necessary if you are just starting out. But if you’ve been dabbling for a while then I highly recommend it. Here’s a picture I took with it recently in Iceland…
A Good Wide Angle Lens for Landscape Photography
Landscape photography is best done with a wide-angle lens so you can fit more of the landscape into your frame. Budget cameras are usually crop – sensor which means that the images are cropped by 50% therefore, a 12mm lens on a crop sensor camera is the equivalent of 18mm lens on a full-frame camera. It’s important you take this into consideration when buying a lens.
Many kit lenses start at 18mm wide. Remember on a budget camera, that’s the equivalent of 27mm. I’d, therefore, recommend investing in another lens specifically designed for wide-angle photography. For a full-frame camera, 16mm will be ideal. For a crop sensor camera, you should be looking for something a bit wider eg 11-12mm. Anything wider is more likely to distort the photo and make it look a little ‘fish-eye.’
If your camera is a budget crop sensor DSLR, I’d recommend the Tokina 11-16mm lens which can be used with Nikon and Canon Cameras.
If you have a crop sensor Sony mirrorless camera such as the A6000 or A6500 then something like the Sony 10-18mm lens would be perfect.
I personally now use the Sony 16-35mm lens which is pricey but very good quality. You only need a lens like this if you already have a full frame camera like mine, the Sony A7iii.