What’s In My Bag

As a photographer I am always wanting to upgrade my gear to have the best of the best for everything, but it can be a slow process. Here is a list of What’s In My Photography Bag and why I love it, or why I want to switch soon!

Canon EOS R6 – $2500

I switched to a mirrorless setup at the end of 2021 when the R6 bodies went on a (slight) sale for black Friday. I was reluctant to switch, but I am so glad I did and wish I did sooner. These cameras are lighter, can handle darkness extremely well and focus is instant. I did not switch all my lenses over to mirrorless, and I use a Canon lens adapter for most of them still and it works great. Mirrorless lenses tend to be larger and quite expensive, so it was good to know that I didn’t have to get all new gear when I switched bodies. I personally shoot with a dual harness and two camera bodies on me during elopements and outdoor sessions. During some weddings I have a second shooter who uses my third R6, so I have 3 of the same camera body. Backups are a must with shooting such special and important days, so it was no question to replace all my cameras with this new setup.

Canon 50mm f/1.4 – $400

I believe this is my oldest lens and still one of my favorites. I use an adapter to be able to use it on my mirrorless bodies and it is still sharp as a tack. If I could only shoot with one lens, I would probably choose the 50mm for anything.

Canon 35mm f/1.4 – $1999

Another one of my regular lenses that I use an adapter with. I love this thing, though it is a little big for a 35mm. I had the Sigma 35mm before this and sold it within a few months to get this one instead. It is a pricey lens but was so worth it compared to how poor quality my previous one was.

Canon RF 35mm 1.8 Macro Lens – $450

This 35mm lens and my only mirrorless lens. This is one of the cheaper series of mirrorless lenses that Canon came out with. This series is not as durable as regular lenses so you just need to be careful in wind or rain with these. This 35mm is also a macro lens, which is my only macro right now so it is super handy. There is a low cost 50mm like this one too, but reviews tend to make it seem like that one has focusing issues, and this one didn’t I decided to try it out and it works great and is super sharp. I have two 35mm lenses so if I want a 35mm and my second shooter does, than we both can have one. If he is not using one then I tend to mainly use this for the macro feature.

Sigma 24mm DG ART lens for Canon – $650

This 24mm is currently my only non-Canon lens. As I mentioned before I had the Sigma 35mm for a short time and it was not good. The 24mm works great, though I only use it when I am in tight spaces and need that extra width on my lens. Be careful with shooting with anything wider than a 35mm as scenery can get warped on the edges and depth of field just isn’t as fun as say a 50mm or 85mm.

Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 -$600

This old lens is my only non-prime lens. I love shooting with prime for the range in aperture and depth of field. Also, they are a must when shooting low light. I typically only pull this guy out during first looks and ceremonies so I can zoom in without being in the couples bubble. I have to use the adapter on this, which is already a longer lens, so the adapter makes it a little bigger of course.

Canon Speedlite 430EX II – $300

I don’t use speedlights too often, but I have two of these 430EX II flashes and they work great. I would say I have had them both for 12 years or so and have never had a problem. I use rechargeable AA energizer batteries on them to reduce waste, and they can go for quite a while without needing to be replaced.

I hope that after seeing What’s in My Bag helps you out with which lens setup or gear you want to buy next! Switching to mirrorless was a game changing decision for me and I was able to sell all my old bodies and certain lenses that I no longer wanted which helped offset some of the cost of buying 3 new camera bodes.

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