What's In My Camera Bag

What's In My Camera Bag

I've been asked numerous times what kind of camera I use or what I recommend, so I figured I'd finally sit down and right a blog post about it. I definitely have a simplistic approach to photography and the equipment it entails, and I do not think you have to spend thousands to achieve the quality you're looking for. Listed below is everything, I repeat everything, in my camera bag currently. Well besides batteries, chargers, camera cards, etc. I highly recommend the current model of my camera body (listed below in detail) and the prime lens (listed below). My kit lens is also listed- you shouldn't purchase this. It's typically included with whatever camera you purchase, and it is a lower quality lens. I rarely use mine. It's also possible to purchase only the camera body (instead of the camera body/kit lens bundle), and I recommend this purchase option to anyone that wants to save additional money. Obviously if you choose this option, you will need to buy a lens separately to use your camera. So make sure you understand your options before you buy!
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- Nikon D3100 -
Amazon | $496.95  

I purchased five years ago and I cannot complain about performance whatsoever. It's still clicking along the way it did straight out of the box. The current model is the D3400- it's Nikon's entry level model and it's the cheapest. This is what I recommend to anyone starting out- well to anyone period. I personally don't think you need a higher end model to capture beautiful photos- others may disagree, but that's my stance. This is the exact camera I used while in business too- wedding photography included.
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- AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm F1.8G -
Amazon |  $196.95

Lenses are so much more important than most people think. In fact, they're MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR CAMERA. There, I said it. This is where you need to spend your money. This is where you INVEST. A quality lens is crucial to producing quality photographs. This is the lens I recommend to everyone who asks. It's the absolute best bang for your buck- the cheapest lens you can buy for the quality it produces. Just look at the five star rating on Amazon if you aren't convinced already. Note: The only downfall of this lens is that it does not zoom- you have to physically move closer or further away from your subject. This is referred to as a prime lens since it does not zoom.
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- AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G - 

This is the kit lens that was bundled with my camera. I rarely use it- only for family selfies actually. This is the only reason I still have it too. Whatever camera you decide on will more than likely include a kit lens, so this is not something you will want to purchase separately!
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I hope this points you in the right direction. Feel free to contact me with any further questions- I really don't mind. OH- and I'm thinking about starting a photography series, so let me know what you want to hear more about! UPDATE: You can read my tips on photographing kids here.

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4 comments

  1. So that's the secret behind your beautiful photographs, eh? Looks like the contents of your camera bag are definitely working for you. Nice work!

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  2. I'm terrible at taking pictures. I have a fancy camera but to be honest without looking I don't know what it is. I really want to learn how to take better pics with it though.

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  3. This was a really helpful post...we are looking to upgrade our camera! We are currently using an Olympus but I am thinking Nikon this time around!

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  4. So true, the lens is so important. A good lens is essential to taking great photos. Save the money on buying an expensive camera and go for a quality prime lens. I love your advice, and your photos!

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