Choosing the right photography gear can get overwhelming. Believe me, I know! When I started my education as a journalist, they handed each of us students a basic Nikon D3000D, which was great, but that was it. No choosing & no comparing. I can’t say they educated us in photography, either. They based the course on art history and press agencies rather than on the creative process. It’s years later, that I rediscovered my genuine passion for photography and started growing my collection.
Here’s the thing, it didn’t happen overnight. That’s saying it took me years and years to find my set up and it hasn’t changed in quite a while. So before we dig any deeper, please acknowledge that your gear does not define your creativity or your potential. Don’t let it discourage you. I took my best photos on my oldest cam, which was not even a full frame. It’s practice and genuine passion that builds confidence and skill. Without further ado, I let you peek inside my camera bag.
PS: None of the listed items were gifted! I purchased (and loved) everything myself 😉
The Camera body
I have two camera bodies – one main, one back up: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 60D. Now, I don’t mind experimenting with other brands, in fact, there are many incredible cameras out there. Just to be clear, I chose for Canon for the ease in workflow and durability when using it.
The lenses (all Canon)
- 50mm f/1.8 STM
- EF 16- 35mm f/2.8L II USM
- EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
- Back Up Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
- Optional: Canon EF 2.0x Extender III
- Canon Camera Grip
- 6 AA batteries
- 2 x CANON LP-E6NH batteries
- Peak Design Travel Tripod – Carbon
Although there are many less expensive Although there are many less expensive options to get the job done, I recommend this tripod. If you travel a lot, just like me, you’ll need something steady to keep that camera alive and those pictures razor sharp. Peak does that AND so much more. It rises to 60″ (150 cm) and can hold up 20 lbs (9 kg), which is insane! I’m telling you, after surviving the winds of Iceland, this bad boy became my BFF and we’re not parting soon!
- Canon Speedlight 600EX II-RT
The Film Camera
I don’t use them as often as I should, but I have a couple vintage film cameras and lenses around. Some of them are for decoration.
- Canon AE-1 Pro (50mm + 28-210mm lens)
- Minolta X-300
- Canon AE-1
- Jem Jr 120
- Frauka Solida Record
- Canon EF 2.0x Extender III
- Canon Self release remote
- SD Cards: SanDisk Extreme Pro & Transcend
Understanding how to shoot in manual and knowing how to choose ISO, shutter speed, aperture will get you further ahead than any purchase. My advice? Invest in knowledge first before upgrading to more complicated equipment. The more you learn, the more your gear will follow!