About my Camera Equipment for Mountain Photography

The photographic gear I take during a mountain trip is always a trade-off between weight, flexibility and image quality. I basically have three standard sets I choose from depending on the difficulty of the trip.

Very challenging and long climb close to my limits

In the case of a climb that is very demanding for me, I choose to be light and I lose a lot of flexibility, without suffering too much on image quality.

My set-up for these type of climbs is a Sigma DP1x with one space battery. I carry this camera in a small chalk bag on my waist. The DP1x weights 290 g and produces stunning images at a fixed focal length of 28 mm (in 35 mm format). Sometimes I also take a very small tripod with me.

Challenging and long trip but not at my limits

This type of trips / climbs is the normal type of tours I generally do. In this case, I am not climbing at my limits and a bit of more weight is not a serious issue.

My set-up for these type of climbs is a Fuji XE-1 with several space batteries and the XF 14 mm and the XF 27 mm lenses from Fuji. Both lenses are fantastic and cover the wide angle range (21 mm in 35 mm format) and the normal range (41 mm in 35 mm format). I have a small camera bag, that is big enough for the camera and the lenses plus a very small tripod. I always carry this bag on my waist, in order to be able to take photos at any time.

If I want some reach, I take a third lens with me: the XC 50-230 mm lens from Fuji that only weights 375 g. The complete set-up weights approximately 700 g with two lenses and 1100 g with the three lenses.

Easy trips

In the case of easy trips, that are way below my climbing limits and to not require to be fast, I usually take the Fuji XT-1 including several lenses, a tripod, space batteries, and sometimes even a space camera. The weight of this set-up is above 2 kg.