What’s in my camera bag?

by Julia

I couldn’t figure out what to write for this post for 2 days! I had many ideas in mind but none of them let me be creative (which is what I’m craving right now). So I decided to show ya’ll what I carry in my camera bag (which is getting too small for all my stuff)- but I decided to be creative about it ūüôā I won’t be too technical because I know that some people won’t understand my “photographer lingo”
Here goes nothing:

Camera 1: Canon EOS 5D Mk II

This is my baby, my main trooper which I use for all of my sessions. Our love began quite unexpectedly-I received this as a birthday gift (was never expecting it!) and it was love at first sight.
The good: it has a full-frame sensor (in English this means that you get better quality and you capture more of the scene)
The not-so- good:¬†9 point Auto Focus system (compared to the Canon 1D camera which¬†¬†has a 61-point system. This means with the 5D you have to keep shifting around after you focus, but with a camera like the 1D, you need to only click the shutter and you’re good!)

Camera 2: Canon EOS Rebel XSi

I am very excited to show you this camera because this is my very first dSLR camera. This is what started Julia Gauberg Photography and I am forever grateful to this cute little camera. I took the photo of my other camera (5D) with this camera, so compare the quality!
The good:¬†This camera is excellent for those who are transitioning into the “professional” camera world. It is a very easy camera to use and get used to
The not-so-good:¬†This camera sucks in extremely low light – turn out slightly grainy is you pump up all it’s settings

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 USM

This was my very first lens (not counting my kit lens). It’s a cute little lens which makes your images look super sharp and detailed. Great little lens
The good: This lens is CHEAP. It was around $130 for me- it is probably the cheapest lens you will find. For the price, the quality is amazing and if you are just starting out, I would highly recommend this
The-not-so-good: It feels very plastic-y and cheap and the blur is not very soft with this camera

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM

This is my holy grail lens. It can take wide-angle shots, it can zoom in pretty close. I work with children so this really saves me some energy because I don’t have too keep running back and forth to get a shot, I can just zoom in and out.
The good: This is an amaaazing, versatile lens. It is part of the canon L series (L for Luxury. OoOooOO) and this means they use really nice, great quality glass for the lens.
The not-so-good: Because of the better quality glass, this lens is not cheap!! However, to me it was totally worth the money because it lets you do everything .

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

This is one of my newest additions to the bag. It is a prime lens which means you can’t zoom, it is stuck on 85mm and you have to move around to frame your subjects.
The good: This camera works very well in low light conditions and it is PERFECT for portraits
The not-so-good: It is not as good as the 85mm f1.2 L II lens (again, part of the L series), but that lens is a bajillion dollars and I though this lens was better for the price.



Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM

Again, another prime lens, except this one is a wider angle. This is a wonderful lens for wedding photography and portraits. It’s great because you can take a photo of your model and have the entire background included in your image.
The good: This is the best lens (out of the ones I have) for working in low light (due to the f/1.4)
The not-so-good: This is a very specific lens, if you want an all-purpose lens, get the 24-105mm I showed above

 

Reflector

I carry this around with me everywhere. It has a white side (shown) and a metallic side (peaking out from the back). I use this to bounce light back on to my subjects if I am taking a photograph which has the light behind them. Don’t mind the plant- I just opened up the reflector and shot the plant from above.
The good: This is the go-to tool for outdoor, natural light photography.
The not-so-good:¬†If you don’t have an assistant or a stand for the reflector, it becomes a little bit useless because you can’t work the camera and hold this up at the same time

Miscellaneous

Transmitter for my studio lights

An extra CF memory card

This memory card isn’t the best, actually. I purchased it because it was cheap and I got what I paid for, no doubt. I use it as a backup now and the main one I use is the SanDisk Ultra 8GB (much better)

Some things I didn’t take photographs of that are in my bag are: extra batteries, my charger, and my camera remote (which I use to take self-portraits)

Alright, I hope you enjoyed this post! I would love to hear what gear YOU own, you can tell me int he comments. Also, if you have any questions or gear suggestions, I would love to hear that as well!!

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