10 MUST HAVE Gadgets and Gears for Travel Junkies & Photography Enthusiasts in 2016!

2016 is literally hours away. Are you ready to finally get out of your shell and see the world? If your answer is a resounding YES, then here’s a list I made, to ensure your kick-ass trips are well documented. Sharing with you 10 tried and tested items which I really LOVE using:

1. Joby Magnetic GorillaPod

Joby Gorillapod Mae Ilagan  (8 of 15)

Joby’s revolutionary and flexible magnetic tripods allow photographers and adventurers to mount their gears in any way possible. The tripod can be mounted on any surface imaginable. The GorillaPod is also made of superb quality materials to ensure that it’ll be up to the rigors of everyday use. From a tree branch to a steel rail, mounting your cameras had never been easier. With Joby’s GorillaPod, taking pictures in any kind of situation is now possible. 

Read: www.wheninmanila.com/joby-griptight-magnetic-gorillapod-for-smartphones-nothing-beats-the-original/

2. Tamron 16-300mm All-in-One lens


Syempre, iba parin ang photos that are produced by a DSLR Camera. If you travel a lot, it pays to have an all-in-one lens so you won’t have to switch in between shoots and also carry extra weight. With the Tamron 16-300 mm All-in-One, say goodbye to the hassle of too many bulky lens.

With a 15.3-inch focus and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9, this versatile lens is also equipped with a PZD motor, which Tamron claims to be their quietest and fastest. It also has a built-in Vibration Compensation and a sleek “high-end” finish. So, whether it’ll be macroshots of food, or portraits of friends you meet on the road, Tamron 16-300 mm All-in-one Lens will create stunning and crisp images all in one go!

For more info, visit www.facebook.com/tamronphl

3. Lowepro Camera Bags

Lowepro Photo Hatchback

Of course, we need a durable and lightweight bag for our weapons. All Weather AW Cover, that’s like a raincoat for all your gears, and FormShell which delivers superior impact protection, are some of Lowepro Bags’ features. Lowepro Camera Bags are designed to keep your precious gadgets safe and sound while on the move.

4. Black Rapid Camera Strap


There are moments when adventurers need to go hands-free, so, the need for comfortable and sturdy straps. Unlike other camera straps, Black Rapid Camera Straps are curved to fit the shoulders and has a small auxiliary strap that goes under the arm, keeping the strap stable and preventing it from riding up towards the neck or sliding down off the arm. It is also padded enough to prevent you from getting burns and cuts from wearing it all day. Get Black Rapid Camera Straps to comfortably prevent cameras from falling to their doom.

5. Quikpod Monopods


Here’s Frank when he first held a quikpod… lols

For the sariling-sikap friend who absolutely loves to take selfies. With Selfie Sticks built for DSLRs, Action Cameras, and Smartphones, there will be no more awkward half-faces and too-short-arms, because everyone will be in the picture when Quikpod is used.


If you’re the type who loves watersports, there’s the Quikpod Sport that’s fully salt waterproof!


For more info, visit www.facebook.com/QuikPodPH


6. GoPro Hero4 Session


HERO4 Session packs the power of GoPro into the smallest, lightest, most convenient camera yet, featuring a rugged and waterproof design, easy one-button control, revolutionary battery efficiency, 1080p60 video and 8MP photos. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/gopro.ph

7. Gouache Waxed-Canvas Bags


If you desire a camera bag that’s more stylish chic/semi formal, go and check out Gouache Waxed-Canvas bags. The brand seeks to introduce canvas waxing to the local bag industry, a technique that requires each bag to be meticulously handcrafted. This guarantees a unique finish for each piece. No two Gouache creations are exactly the same. And like good leather, your waxed-canvas bags age and grow more interesting as you wear them.

Gouache bags are specifically made to be versatile to help you get ready for your city and outdoor adventures!For more info, visit, www.facebook.com/GouacheWaxedCanvas

8. Benro System Go Tripod


Perfect for taking time lapse photos and long-exposure shots. Benro Tripods are made with lighter but stronger materials. With the “Photographer’s Companion” Awardee,  you’re sure to avoid the shaky image and get that perfect “billion-star hotel” shot.

9. Huawei Nexus 6P the #KingOfAndroid

I won this in a raffle last week and ’til now, I still can’t believe I’m using the BEST Android in the market now! I was skeptical at first but after reading reviews and trying it myself… WOW… simply WOW.

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If you’re looking for an android smartphone with the best camera, this is it!

Here are sample shots without filter:



Here’s a video I found on YouTube comparing the Nexus 6P to other brands…


for more info, visit www.facebook.com/HuaweiDevicePH

10. Nikon 1 AW1 (Shockproof, Waterproof, Dustproof, Underwater Camera)


This newest addition to Nikon’s line of cameras combines the ease of a point-and-shoot with the function set of a DSLR. Not only is AW1 waterproof up to 15 meters (49 feet), it is also shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof. It has a resolution of 14.2 mp and records HD videos at 1920 x 1080p up to 60fps with stereo audio.

Here’s a video we made when we went to Boracay… grabe ang tibay!

A win-win combo for the adventurer who’s keen on taking Instagram-worthy photos every time!


For more info, visit www.facebook.com/nikonphilippines

Oh Wait! Before I forget, here’s a useful tip which I always do each time I travel:

Most hotels/resorts have limited sockets, so to be sure I get to charge all gadgets, invest in an extension cord and usb hub for your laptop, phone, camera and powerbank chargers. I swear you’ll thank me for this!

Also, to those who have been asking me on where to learn photography, I recommend my teacher Sir James Nicolay. He offers the MOST AFFORDABLE (around only P1,000) Photography classes in Manila! Visit his site at https://sirnicolay.blogspot.com/


Wishing you another year filled with awesome trips and fun memories! 

To know more about our adventures and misadventures, visit us on EATS A DATE!

To read more of our WHEN IN MANILA adventures, click HERE

ALL photos Taken using NIKON D7000 with Tamron 16-300mm & 90mm f/2.8 macro lenses 

10 MUST HAVE Gadgets and Gears for Travel Junkies & Photography Enthusiasts in 2016!

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