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Photo equipment for your trip

Good advice and practical tips about your equipment and what not to forget.

The photo equipment that you pack is what you have to use on your trip - for better or worse. 

Our expeditions generally have a clear focus. It can everything from an Arctic flower on Svalbards Bjönøya, awe inspiring icy terrains in the Antarctic or diving sperm whales around the Azores. One of the common interests for our customers is that almost everyone is into photography or filming. It can be with one of Nikons flagship model, or it can be with a cell phone. No matter where the trip is, there are always moments that cannot be recreated and we would like to help you prepare your camera equipment in the best possible way. The following information is very general and should be seen as good advice and tips, instead of information that is carved in stone. 

We all have different ambition levels, but what is necessary to take with you comes down to a negotiation with yourself.

At the same time that the airlines are becoming more strict with the amount of kilos that you are able to check-in, the price for an extra bag has gotten slightly cheaper with quite a few flight companies. You can pack certain things in a hard and shock-resistant bag/box that can be placed within your checked-in baggage, or as a separate piece of baggage, but the majority of your camera will need to go in your hand baggage in order to avoid the worst of the impacts and low temperatures. Below you will find a helpful list of photography items that we think that you should think about before departing on your Exposure Expedition trip.

Think about what you want to photograph and test your equipment in advance!

Take some time and think about the type of photography that you would like to do while on your holiday so that you can choose the right equipment. Even more important is that you have tested the equipment ahead of time so that you know that it works. Don't forget to bring your camera manual in order to solve problems while away, something that can most likely be downloaded onto a laptop, iPad or telephone.


This packing list is only for photography equipment for your trip. More information about packing for underwater photography, diving, and snorkel equipment can be found under info in the top menu.

Download Photography Equipment Checklist PDF


  • Camera(s), charger, battery & manual
  • Normal zoom lens - landscape to portrait (focal length with large sensor ~ 24-70 mm)
  • Wide angle zoom lens - capture the grand landscape (focal length with large sensor ~ 16-35 mm)
  • Telezoom lens - photograph animals and nature (focal length with large sensor ~ 100-400 mm)
  • Memory card - take several as one may stop working
  • Computer - laptop, iPad or other device for downloading and looking at images during the trip
  • Transfer image files - memory card reader, cables


  • Macro lens - close up pictures (focal length with large sensor ~ 100-180 mm)
  • Filters - polarizing-, gradient-, ND filters and possibly diopters
  • Adaptor - always check to see what kind of sockets are available
  • External hard drive - always take plenty of storage with you
  • Extra camera - if an accident happens to your primary camera, or if one is in the uw-housing
  • Tripod - for landscape, tele and video shots
  • Action camera with accessories
  • Tele converter - x1.4 or x1.7
  • Maintenance - cloths for polishing, cleaning fluids, bellows...


  • Camera & Lenses - are safest packed in the hand baggage.
  • Camera bag - a good way to be able to take several more kilos on the plane.
  • Extra camera battery - long days of photography are possible without having to stop to recharge.
  • Power cord - turn one socket into three or four.
  • Manuals - download them in digital form and have them with you.

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