What’s In My Camera Bag?

I’ve had my pink camera bag, Stella, for three years now and she’s still doing a good job carrying all that gear. This bag has been all over Louisville and has held up pretty well; only a few spots where the material has worn, but the hardware and grommets have hung there great. But that’s not what this post is about. Nope. Not about camera bags and/or purses. But more about what’s on the inside.

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The staples in my bag haven’t changed much over the past couple years, aside from the new camera body. But all my things tuck in quite nicely (and rounds out to a nice 10 pounds). And I’ve got zippered pouches for days! But I only use one… just not that many small things to squeeze inside I guess.

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But here it is: This is what’s in my camera bag.

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1. Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8  2. Strapbuddy  3. Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM  4. Extra Canon battery

5. Canon remote  6. Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM  7. Hakuba CF card holder  8. Cleaning cloth

A very simple system. One camera body and three lenses, two of which are primes. My favorite right now is the 35mm. I was excited to finally use the 50mm lens on a full frame camera… and I love it, it’s butter… but me and the 35mm are in a steady relationship now. It’s getting quite serious as it’s on the camera about 80% of time.

And then I have backups: extra battery, extra CF cards and a cleaning cloth for my lenses. You never know when you’re going to need more juice or memory. Or a clean cloth.

And then the “just in cases”: a remote and a strapbuddy. The remote has been such a great little investment, especially for shooting self-portraits. There’s still a lot of up-and-down trying to figure out the focus points, but not to reset the self-timer for every single shot. Strapbuddy is a little gadget that will turn a standard camera strap into a sling strap by connecting it to the bottom of the camera (where the screw mount is). I don’t use it often, great for vacation when there’s a lot of walking and shooting. It stays in the bag so I never lose it. ;)

And there you have it. It may change over time, but this has been my setup for the past couple years. I do sometimes leave the house with the camera and only one lens, for when I have an idea in my head or try some creative exercises, but this is the norm for this photographer. I happy to love my camera bag, inside and out.

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