Taking photos shouldn’t be a chore. Make it fun.
Danner Mountain 600 Low Hiking Boots ($160)
The best hikers protect your feet without feeling like cement blocks. The 600 Low fulfills both needs: it’s relatively light (two pounds per pair) yet burly, with a thick, water-proof suede outer and tough Vibram soles.
Flint and Tinder All-American Jeans ($98)
Good photographers kneel, crawl, jump, and climb to get the shot. These thick, 12-ounce denim jeans will stand up to all that abuse.
Mountainsmith FXpedition Monopod ($40)
Low-light shooting calls for a steady hand—and a bit of third-party support. That’s when you break out this quick-draw folding monopod. Perk: it doubles as a hiking pole.
Peak Design Everyday 20L Backpack ($260)
This is the most intelligently designed camera pack we’ve tried. Credit customizable dividers that let you organize to your heart’s content and easy-access side zips.
Patagonia Airshed Jacket ($119)
Think of this pullover as a poor-weather insurance policy. The stretchy layer packs down to the size of an apple but is still plenty tough to cut wind, add warmth, and hold off rain long enough for you to find shelter.
MacBook Pro Laptop ($2,399 and up)
Apple nailed the size-to-power ratio with its new 15-inch laptop. Weighing in at four pounds and merely 15.5 millimeters thick, it packs enough processing power to chew through big RAW files and lengthy segments of 4K video.
Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16—70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens ($1,000)
The only lens you’ll ever need. It has a massive range when paired with the a6500—from 24mm to 105mm—for capturing both wide landscapes and detailed portraits.
Sony a6500 Camera ($1,400)
If a DSLR and a point-and-shoot had a kid, this would be it. A crisp Zeiss lens, 11-frames-per-second machine-gun capture rate, and 24.2-megapixel sensor are packed in a body that weighs merely a pound.
Topo Designs Camera Strap ($29)
Your camera is only as safe as your strap. Buy this tough one from Topo, made from repurposed climbing rope.
Flylow Anderson Shirt ($60)
Antimicrobial bamboo and polyester keep the Anderson stink-free, while muted colors look good in the field.