My Urbex Gear
CAMERAS – TRIPODS – FLASHLIGHTS
Good urbex gear is important. Not only you need good photography gear, a flashlight, tripod and other tools are essential. Here is a list of equipment i use.
If you want to shoot stills or video, a good camera is one of the most important tools. The good thing is: there are no bad cameras. Its not the camera, only you can make your photos better. Better invest in a good tripod and a wide-angle lens.
I started photographing with an analogue Nikon F50. But my first urbex shoot was with a small Pentax compact camera. In 2005 I bought my first proper digital reflex camera, the D70 from Nikon. I replaced that camera in 2008 with a Nikon D300, which was replaced by the Nikon D700, my first full frame camera.
I had a Nikon D800 for a short time, but i sold it to buy the Nikon D750 in 2015. A fantastic camera. In 2020 I switched to the Nikon Z-series. The mirrorless camera is much lighter, also the lenses are lighter and smaller. Recent series are taken with the Nikon Z6.
I also use other cameras on my trips. I had the Fuji X100 and X70, but today I always take my Sony RX100 V from 2017. It’s a nice small camera that gives professional results. The best thing: it fits in my pocket!
Good lenses are important when you want to have good photos. If you shoot handheld, go for a f/2.8 lens. I always shoot from a tripod, so I’m happy with my f/4.0 lenses.
On my Nikon Z-series I use the Nikkor 14-30mm f/4.0 and I use the Irix 11mm f/4.0 for extreme wide-angle shots. On my D750, I mainly used the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8.
To take proper photos you need more good urbex gear. Like, for example, a steady but lightweight tripod. I have a Sirui carbon tripod. You also need a good flashlight to find your way in dark places. Today you can buy many good led-flashlights for a reasonable price.
For peace of mind, a first aid kit could be an important item. It will help you deal with everything from small cuts to open wounds. Be prepared, but also prevent accidents. Wear good boots and gloves and always take a phone with you if you travel alone.
Also take food and water with you on a trip and don’t forget antibacterial wipes to clean your hands.