What's In My Bag - My Daily Photo Gear
In my recent camera buying tips post I mentioned you should ask your friends what they use and like. To follow up on that I thought I would share what I typically use in my bag.
My daily kit does change depending on my goals for the day. For example I usually don't take my Rode Videomic or 300mm lens when I only plan on shooting portraits, but altogether this is the workhorse gear that covers 95% of my work.
The main thing that is always in my bag is my Nikon D750, which I picked up when Nikon released it in September 2014. It is a fantastic do-it-all camera. Picture quality and low-light performance is outstanding, and it has very workable video in a pinch. I love this camera and even being almost 4 years old I would still recommend it.
Panasonic Lumix GX85
My secondary digital camera is the micro four-thirds GX85. It's been a very capable camera with honestly incredible image stabilization(both in-body and in-lens). While great I am actually in the process of selling this camera to put money towards something more video focused. That said the 4k video on this is great, but it doesn't have a mic jack.
My main film camera is a Nikon F100. If you want to get hands-down the best value film camera available, find an F100. This will take modern auto-focus lenses and all the way back. If you have experience with a DSLR it is extremely easy to pick one of these up and start using it.
Zenza Bronica SQ-A
When I'm feeling especially artsy and hipster I'll pull out the Bronica SQ-A, a medium format square film camera. It's really something special to check out a medium format negative, and it's really hard to describe the experience of shooting one of these and seeing the tangible results.
Polaroid Land Camera
My last camera on this list is my polaroid camera. I've talked extensively about these cameras in this blog post and I certainly recommend you give them a try!
I go through moods with my lenses, and I'll start favoring one over the others for awhile. All of them have their place in my bag, but if I had to nail down my absolute favorites right now it would be the following three:
- Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 G2
- Nikon 85mm f/1.8 G
- Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART
As primarily a portrait photographer, these 3 lenses fit almost every portrait situation I normally encounter. The rest of my kit includes:
I carry around my gear in a black ThinkTank Retrospective 40 camera bag and an Amazon Basics camera backpack. I record audio on a RØDE VideoMic, xoom h1 handy recorders, and an ATR3350iS lav mic. I use an Induro travel tripod on the go and an Amazon Basics video tripod when I don't have to move far. I usually always keep lens cleaning pens, batteries, a notebook, and some 5-in-1 reflectors handy.
Have any gear questions? What's in your bag? What would your dream bag look like? Let me know in the comments!