What's in My Camera Bag?

January 22, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

what's-in-my-camera-bag-jlwhat's-in-my-camera-bag-jl 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. 


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  • 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 

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Other Necessary Gear

  • SanDisk 32GB & 64GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Cards
  • Giottos Rocket Blower
  • Manfrotto Tripod 

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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:

  1. Do your due diligence! Take time to research the equipment you'll need for type of photography genre(s) you'll be shooting.
  2. Try before you buy, when possible. Find a local or online camera company that rents camera bodies, lenses and more.
  3. Invest in good quality lenses.
  4. Invest in a good quality tripod.
  5. Consider purchasing used gear instead of new gear to save money. Look for reputable companies that offer both used and new gear.   




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