Have you ever wondered what's in a Professional Photographer's camera bag? Well, I'm going to give you a peek into mine! I use Nikon cameras and lenses for most of my photographic work (portraits, events & art). I received my first Nikon camera as a teenager and fell in love with the image quality, colors and tones it produced. When I started my professional career I decided to stick with the brand that I knew and loved.
Cameras and Lenses
- Nikon D800 36MP FX Camera Body - I love this camera body so much that I bought two, one new and one used!!!
- Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 ED VR Lens - This is my go-to-lens for events, weddings, concerts and some portraits. It's a power house, incredibly heavy and super super sharp - that's why I love it so.
- Tamron 24-70mm f./2.8 VR Lens - This is my second favorite lens for portraits, events + landscape and street art. When I bought this lens, I had every intention of replacing it with the Nikon model someday. Fast forward several years and I'm still using and loving it. I captured this bride and groom shot with this lens.
- Nikon 105mm f/2.8 ED Macro Lens - Details, details and even more details...I use it mostly for my close up nature work. It's a fantastic lens that requires patience and practice to really master it's focus sensitivity.
- Nikon 85mm f/1.8G Lens - This is my back up portrait lens. I tend to use my 24-70mm or my 70-200mm over this lens because this 85mm lacks vibration reduction. I like knowing that I have VR to help me produce crisp, tack sharp images.
- Nikon 50mm f/1.4GLens - This was one of my first lenses. It's lightweight and a great general use lens.
Lighting and Accessories
Gear I use in a variety of indoor and outdoor lighting situations:
- Nikon SB-800 Speedlights
- Nikon SB-700 Speedlight
- Gary Fong Collapsible Sphere Diffuser
- Phottix Wireless Odin TTL Trigger and Receivers - I did SO much research before I purchased this set. I'm so glad I did.
- Wescott Light Stands and Large Soft Boxes
Other Necessary Gear
- SanDisk 32GB & 64GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Cards
- Giottos Rocket Blower
- Manfrotto Tripod
And to carry it all, Camera Bags
I really should have taken a picture of my camera bags. A girl can never have enough bags! I use each one for different reasons....
- Jill-E Bag on Wheels - for portraits etc. so I can schlep more gear than I probably need :-) I love having wheels!
- (2) Tamrac waterproof backpacks - for nature and city outings
- Think Tank Shoot Bag - for events
- Kelly Moore fashion bag - for when I want to look like I'm carrying regular handbag.
Are you thinking about buying camera equipment? Here's my best advice:
- Do your due diligence! Take time to research the equipment you'll need for type of photography genre(s) you'll be shooting.
- Try before you buy, when possible. Find a local or online camera company that rents camera bodies, lenses and more.
- Invest in good quality lenses.
- Invest in a good quality tripod.
- Consider purchasing used gear instead of new gear to save money. Look for reputable companies that offer both used and new gear.