Friday, March 29, 2013

In My Camera Bag


So, I get questions on almost every shoot, whether it be clients or fellow teammates, on what equipment I use or would recommend.
And as much as I enjoy an air of mystery, I decided to finally do a post on what is in my camera bag. I'm not making this as a promotion to any of the things that I use, and honestly - if you're going into photography, I can tell you what my starting point was, but keep in mind that everyone has different preferences. [Also, I do not have a side in the ongoing Nikon vs. Canon debate.] The DSLR that I use for almost all of my shooting nowadays is one of the simplest, most inexpensive models that was on the market in late 2010 when I purchased it, and is even more so now. I emphasize this to everyone: it is NOT about the equipment you have, but how you use it. Anyone can buy an expensive camera, but utilizing it to its fullest is something that takes time and dedication and a whole lot of mess-ups. Do not be discouraged by fellow photographers or peers who have more 'elite' equipment than you do - I used to, and still find myself doing it every once in awhile, and it doesn't help anything. If you know your craft, than you can make do with anything handed to you. I'll be thrilled the day I can afford the latest and greatest, but until then - I'm just dandy with what I've got :)

So! Let's start with the bag! This is an Ephiphanie camera bag that I bought last summer. An increased amount of shooting brought about a need for something to tote around all of my equipment that didn't involve wrapping everything in sweatshirts and Trader Joes bags. It was definitely a splurge, but I can say that I have gotten a ton of mileage out of it, and know there are years, if not decades, left of use in it. It's made of vegan leather, has compartments that you can move around and arrange to suit your needs, and is quite stylin'. Also it has made quite a few treks in the rain, and still looks and feels like new.

And here's what it looks like on the inside on most days! Inside you will find my camera body, an 85mm f/1.4 lens, a 50mm f/1.8 lens, and the kit lens that came with my camera, an 18-55mm zoom. I honestly don't use the kit lens much these days, except to get the occasional wide angle, which is always useful! Also, a lot of people ask me what lens I'm using and it's almost always my 85mm. A word of caution to anyone looking to purchase one: They are quite heavy, and take a little wrangling. But worth every penny, and easily my favorite lens for my digital photography. [I own a 28mm Nikon lens for my 35mm film Nikkormat, and it is another favorite. Such a wonderful lens!]

Here's my camera by itself! [I feel like I'm narrating these like family vacation photo slides...sorry.]

And, the whole lens family. One of these days I'll do a post on all of my 35mm film equipment, and we'll have a whooole lot more photos and listing to go through. Maybe someday I can have a darkroom and I'll be able to shoot again more frequently on film. Such a wonderful art, but so pricy these days.
And that is it! I also carry around miscellaneous candy wrappers, receipts, business cards and, of course on shoots, my keys and phone. But that's the equipment I use on a daily basis! I feel like this is probably a little anticlimactic compared to a lot of similar posts I've seen like this, but this little group of equipment definitely gets the job done :)



1 comment:

  1. I could tell you used a 85mm! Those creamy backgrounds *-*