I don’t like to discuss gear, because usually that’s all about numbers and pixel peeping, but I do like to discuss gear choices, because that often that tells a lot about one thing I really enjoy: that photographer’s view, either on the subject or the context. It’s funny how my “hiking trip” gear evolved in a similar way as Andy’s, and for the same reasons. In its current iteration, that I took last year to Annapurna, it’s too built around the XF-16-80mm (my favorite nature lens for some time) and the XF70-300mm because of it’s a good compromise of size, weight and performance; along with the X-T5 makes a perfect combo. The thing I still avoid bringing along is the tripod!

“My Gear Essentials - 2024 Edition”