Tomas Havel

Hi, my name is Tomas Havel. I am a landscape and travel photographer from the Czech Republic. I try to capture the most beautiful sceneries on our planet and motivate people to enjoy the natural beauty and discover new places with respect for nature.

Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by art and I was constantly creating something. I always wanted to be an architect or a painter.

I have spent most of my free time in nature and on the road. It turned out that I really liked the combination of being able to do something creative and being high in the mountains or deep in the forest (see forest photography tips here). 

I discovered a true love for photography during my first trip to Northern Norway.

My first camera was a Nikon D5100, then I upgraded to a Canon EOS 6D. Now it is one of the cheapest full-frame cameras on the market but still a great DSLR.

Now I am completely in love with the Sony mirrorless system and I truly believe it to be the best system available for my travels.

Gear I use for my travels


As a travel photographer, I always try to find a balance between weight, affordability, and quality.

Sony A7R II

This camera combines amazing flexibility with a stunning dynamic range and delivers impeccable images.

I need to produce high-resolution images for commercial projects. This full-frame with 42.4Mp CMOS sensor offers larger formats if needed for my prints and other work.

I also love its 4K S-Log recording at 100Mbps. It’s a small powerful tool at a reasonable price which feels well-built and confident in your hands.

Second body – Canon EOS 6D. Older but still a very good camera for my astrophotography and time-lapses while I am using my Sony.


Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM

I use this lens for almost 80% of my landscapes. I use my old Canon lenses alongside the Sony A7R II mirrorless camera. The adapter Sigma MC-11 certainly seems to do an incredible job on a7 II–series cameras as they do on native Canon DSLRs.

For a long time, I’ve been using this lens and I literally fell in love with its features; this lens makes such an amazing sun star effect and brilliant sharpening.

Usually, I have 1-2 lenses in my bag. I don’t need more.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Versatility. The perfect companion to any situation. I use this lens especially when I need more different images during a short moment without the need to constantly change the lens.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L USM

A telephoto lens for wildlife and details in nature. It is super heavy, but I absolutely adore the image quality. Therefore this lens often stays home when I plan to make a longer trek to the mountains.

🕵️‍♂️ Related: Best Canon Lenses of the year

Samyang 14mm f/2,8

I use this lens only for astrophotography.


I use a Manfrotto BeFree Advanced MKBFRTA4BL-BH and I am very satisfied with that light-weight tripod. However, I look forward to the Travel Tripod by Peak Design.


DJI Mavic 2 Pro  – I love the fancy new Hasselblad camera and large 1-inch sensor giving it the ability to take awesome photos and videos. Mavic 2 Pro is perfect for travel photographers. It’s super easy to pack and ideal for creating professional images.


There is no one best camera bag for every assignment. I carry Peak Design Travel Backpack (45l) + Camera Cube M for most of my shorter travels. I love that the bag is the right size for cabin baggage.

I also use the superior organizer, the Peak Design Tech Pouch together with the Wash Pouch.

In the mountains, I carry Osprey Aether AG 70 for multi-day and more challenging treks.

[👉  Related: Peak Design Travel Backpack Review]


LEE Filters ND 0,9 Gradual Soft + Filter Holder

Lee Big Stopper ND 3.0

Hoya Filter CIR-PL HD 77mm

Other accessories

GoPro HERO7 Black Edition

I love the compact size and incredible quality it produces. You can carry it everywhere you go. GoPro’s new “Hypersmooth” image stabilization feature is insane.

YouPro YP-870 Wireless Remote Shutter Release

SanDisk Extreme SDXC, Class 10, U3, V30

Peak Design Capture Camera Clip

Peak Design Slide

Equipment for editing and storage

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2016)

Lacie 2TB Rugged Hard Drive – Thunderbolt USB-C

Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphic Tablet (Medium)

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop | @tomashavel

Inside Tomas’s camera bag:

 Sony A7R II

Canon EOS 6D

 Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2

Samyang 14mm f/2.8

 Manfrotto BeFree Advanced

 DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Peak Design Tech Pouch

Peak Design Wash Pouch

 GoPro HERO7 Black Edition

LEE Filters

 Lee Big Stopper

Hoya 77mm

 SanDisk Extreme SDXC

 Peak Design Capture Camera Clip

Peak Design Slide

 Apple MacBook Pro

Lacie 2TB Rugged Hard Drive

Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphic Tablet

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop

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