Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What's in my (camera) Bag??


I get asked a lot what equipment I use, what are my favorite lenses, where'd I get that bag, blah blah.  So I thought it would be fun to share with all of you what I use to shoot weddings, portraits and just everyday stuff for myself!
Canon 5D Classic -This is my main body that is a nice little workhorse. I've been really happy with this camera and will probably use it until it can't go anymore. Many professiona photographers use this camera and never upgrade from this point.

Canon 50d -This is my second camera - which is what Gene shoots with exclusively. I really like some of the features of the 50D and if I were going to just buy a camera for personal use, I would probably go with the 50D for the price. It is a crop sensor so that has some good points and some bad points.  For pro work, I prefer the 5D.

Canon 135mm F2 - This is by far, my favorite long lens. I use it in dark churches to grab every bit of light possible - from the back of the church. I hate being part of the ceremony (in fact, I won't be no matter what) so I try to stay back with this lens.

Canon 50mm F1.4 - This is my newest lens in a medium range. I Looooove this lens. I'm sure I'd love the 50mm f1.2 more, but it's a bit of a price jump between those 2 lenses. However, the 1.2 is an L lens so I'm sure it's totally worth it! The F1.4 is on my camera pretty much all the time as my go-to lens.

Canon 50mm F1.8 I also have the 1.8 version which is usually the first prime lens most enthusiasts will purchase. Quite a little kick in a $100 lens. I think that's the "suck you in" lens. LOL Anyway, the down side to this lens is that I used it one day, and the next day it fell apart in my hands. That's not uncommon. However, I had it 4 years before it happened so it's not the end of the world for $25/year. I certainly got my money's worth. I ended up with this AGAIN after a "discussion" about lenses with Gene.  (long story).  So I have 2 at the 50mm range which is fine because Gene uses this lens a lot now.  In fact, at some point in my life, I'll have 2 of everthing.  GET OUT.

Canon 35mm F2 - In the slightly wider range, I really like the 35mm F2.  It was my go-to lens on the crop sensor (felt more like the 50mm really) but when I went to full frame I realized I really liked the medium range better.  Gene uses the 35mm now more than I do although it's great in tight spaces while the bride is getting ready.

Canon 70-200mm F4 - This is my longest range lens and my first "big" lens purchase.  I don't use it a lot now that I have the 135mm (mainly because of that F4).  I really should have held out and bought the F2.8 L but I was way too scared to drop so much cash so early on. Now I'm contemplating selling this piece, but every once in a while I pull it out for a nice long shot and realize that I'd probably miss it.

Canon 17-40mm F4 L - This is my widest ranged lens. I'm sort of ehhhh about it. Sometimes it's awesome, especially for those big wide sky shots I like to share. I used to really be into wide shots, but over time I've moved away from that. I almost exclusively use the 17-20 range. 17mm on a full format almost has a fisheye feel to it. Lots of distortion around the edges, but that's really kind of cool too. Just depends on the look you're going for. Sometimes I feel like this lens is soft, which IMO is annoying considering it's F4 L. I will probably keep it for now, but I will someday down the road sell it and go for the 24mm f1.4 prime.

Canon 18-55mm kit lens - Yep, I actually have my kit lens in my bag. Just for clarification, it's in my big rolly bag, not my bag on my shoulder. I still used it for semi-decent shots of rings, but since buying my extension tubes I really don't have much need for it anymore. I just keep it in my bag "just in case" Really, for a beginner walk around lens, its really not a bad little lens. I feel like I got much better close up shots with it than anything distant. My landscape shots were always soft, but I could get a nice sharp macro(ish) with it. Regardless, you can't use this on a full frame so don't try!

Canon Speedlite 430EXII - My flash is the speedlight 430EXII. I really need to pick up some more of these but will probably hold off until spring. These are pretty awesome flashes, although there is an upgraded version (580EXII). I've been fairly happy with the 430 so I will probably stick with that for now.

Shoot Sac Camera bag - This is my camera bag that I take with me on shoots. I really love this bag. It's made of neoprene and I don't worry about my stuff falling out. It's also not too big and bulky, really tucks close to my side. I have a strap cover on it, and the only thing I don't like is the cover slides, so I need to pin it on. I have a pretty burgandy cover for it, but I almost exclusively use the black cover. Sometimes when I'm out someplace doing sightseeing, I will ditch my purse and put my phone, cards, checkbook (yes I carry one of those still!) in one of the pockets.

I have a lot of other little misc pieces here and there, and someday I'll share those with you too.  I also need to work on my "wish list" lol, you know in case my husband wins the powerball sometime soon.

So if I show up with 2 Mark II's and a huge bag with $20K in lenses, suspect something big happened.

1 comment:

Jessie K said...

Great info! I've been looking around for a beginner DSLR. Somedays I think I'll go with the Canon T3 because of the price and others days it's the T3i because of the video. I realize that decision is mostly personal preference. But what I'd really like to know, or maybe you could post about, is what kind of lens should a beginner start with and maybe a whole list on how one should build a lens collection from the ground up. You know, what to buy first, second, third, so on. I can research this stuff all day, but since I don't have the experience it would be nice to hear it from someone who does.

The picture at the top is gorgeous, by the way!

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