What's In Our Camera Bag?

 
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A Look At The Photography Equipment We couldn't do Without 

If you're like me, you probably love looking at what equipment other photographers use! I find it endlessly fascinating (although admittedly, I'm a photography nerd). So, since I totally dig it when other photographers share what equipment they're using, I wanted to do the same! I also wanted to let everyone know that we're super excited to start doing camera gear reviews in the near future! This post right here will be the first step, laying it all out on the table, and then we'll do a deeper dive into some of our equipment, the pros and cons, and what you can expect when using it! 

Camera Bodies

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    • We know some photographers strongly prefer full-frame sensors, and we can appreciate that for sure, but when it comes to low-light performance and noise reduction, it's hard to beat the Canon 7D Mark II, and ultimately, after trying out both the Canon 7D Mark II and the Canon 5D Mark III, we found that we preferred the low-light performance on the 7D, which was so important to us as photographers who are in a wide variety of lighting situations, some of them less than ideal.

Lenses

  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Lens
    • This is such a versatile lens, particularly for wedding photographers, and my go-to for formal portraits in particular, or tight spaces where you need a little more wiggle room on focal length 
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens for Canon
    • I have barely taken this lens off my camera since I got it! It's sharp, fast and accurate auto-focus, and has the dreamiest bokeh imaginable (seriously gorgeous) and the focal length also makes this a very versatile lens as well
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L Lens
    • We call this lens The Beast, and with good reason! It's not for the faint of heart, or weak of arm! It's a heavy but magnificent lens that's sharp, great for getting that close up feel I love during moments where perhaps we can't get that close (wedding ceremonies anyone?) Be prepared to have sore arms the next day! 
  • Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
    • While this is a lovely macro lens, I actually love it for all sorts of things, but especially portraits! This is also my go-to ring shot lens *heart eyes*
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Lens
    • This is a great portrait lens as well, though the auto-focus is a little slower than I would like. It's a great prime lens to use during wedding ceremonies! 
  • Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon
    • Admittedly, I don't show wide angle very often, as I tend to like to get up close and personal, but this lens is really fun to play with, and in particular, I love it for wide outdoor shots 

Lighting

  • Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT
    • I cannot say enough wonderful things about this flash. We have 4 of them, and coupled with a wireless transmitter, they create the easiest and quickest to use wireless lighting setup for off-camera flash imaginable! 
  • Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter
    • See above - this coupled with the Canon 600 Speedlite flash is a miracle-worker in tough lighting conditions and super easy and quick to setup and carry! 
  • Two 32" Convertible Umbrellas with Stands
    • While not every occasion calls for umbrellas, the ones that do really do, so I keep this kit (that goes with our 600 Speedlite flashes and Wireless Transmitter) at the ready at all times, just in case. No need to plug anything in, and can be set up in under 5 minutes

Accessories

  • Watson AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (about a million of them) and Charger
    • You can never have too many rechargeable batteries, and unlike when we first starting shooting, rechargeable batteries have come a long way and are now a very viable option for powering all manner of gadgets, such as those handy speedlite flashes mentioned above. The charger even has a car plug-in option, for charging on the go
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO Memory Card
    • You can also never have too many memory cards, and these are our favorites 
  • Epiphanie Camera Bags
    • The one I use is so old that you can't get it anymore, and it's clearly been loved to pieces, so I'm on the lookout for another of their styles that will work well for me! 

Photo Editing Software

  • Adobe Lightroom 
    • Lightroom for LIFE! I've been hooked ever since the Beta came out back in 2006, and although I've shopped around, nothing beats it for intuitive workflow

In Closing... 

I am so excited to share our camera bag info with you, and if there is anything in particular you'd like to see a review on, leave us a comment and let us know!