What's in my bag?

Recently I've had people, both photographers and non-photographers, asking me what camera equipment I use, what my favorite lens' are, and what I use most often, so I thought it'd be fun to give you a glimpse of those things!

I'm a Nikon user. Not because I hate Cannon or other brands, but because I fell into using Nikon. When I bought my first DSLR camera before going on vacation to Alaska in 2010, we researched and Matt found a great deal on a Nikon d5000. We bought it, I loved it, so from that moment, I became a Nikon user. I honestly don't even know much about other brands to comment if they're better or not.

I have three cameras that I use: two Nikon d810's and one Nikon d800. My Nikon 800 was my main camera for over three years, and I had a d610 as my backup. But a few of months ago I sold my d610 and bought a lightly used d810 and a brand new d810. The brand new d810 is now my main camera. It. Is. AWESOME. When I'm shooting solo, I use both of the d810's. When my second shooter (my hubby Matt) is shooting with me, he uses one of the d810's and I use the other d810 and the d800.

Attached to my camera you will find...

50mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.8 - The 1.4 is my most used lens. I LOVE this thing. Everything from close up details, to portraits, to couples, dancing... let's just say, it's rare that I don't have this lens on one of my cameras during a wedding day. Oh, this is also what I primarily use when photographing families and high school seniors.

24-70mm f/2.8 - My other go-to lens. Great for small rooms while brides/grooms are getting ready, awesome wide angles during ceremonies and receptions, and also awesome for large family photos.

35mm f/1.4 - My newest lens (which I literally got in the mail three days ago), and most likely soon to be my new go-to lens for portraits. I used it for the first time at a senior session yesterday and WOW. I am in love! It is incredible! So sharp and bright!

70-200mm f/2.8 - This is primarily used during wedding ceremonies and speeches at receptions. I love the zoom I get with this one.

(Sigma) 85mm f/1.4 - A lens that I LOVE, but I admit that I don't use enough. It's an incredible lens. Crisp, clean, and clear. When I do use it, it's usually during receptions, the occasional ceremony, or with couples.

(Sigma) 105mm macro f/2.8 - Rings. I got this lens basically to get some wonderful close up ring shots. It definitely serves it's purpose! But I'll be honest, it's not my favorite lens, and it struggles with my d810's so I have to use it with my d800, but I have trouble justifying spending a large chunk of money on a better quality macro lens, simply for the purpose of getting ring shots. Once my d800 kicks the bucket, then I'll probably change my mind (haha).

17-35mm f/2.8 - I cannot remember the last time I used this lens... Matt uses it a lot when he's second shooting with me. It's great for SUPER wide angle photos, which isn't our style, so it's rare that we ever pull it back to 17mm.

(Three) Nikon Sb-700 AF Speedlight and one Nikon Sb-900 AF Speedlight - Each of my camera body's have a speedlight attached, just in case we need a little extra light (I don't usually use flash until receptions). At the reception (and usually when Matt's time is done shooting with me), I set up two lights around the room in case I need them and/or for some fun flash shots.

So there you have it! Whether professional or not, what's in YOUR camera bag?!

Jackie WildComment