What's in my Bag?

I've had a few people ask me what's in my camera bag, and I thought I'd share! 

First off, let me just say that I am a minimalist (half by choice and half by necessity) so if you're looking for gadgets and techy items, I probably won't excite you much. But this all goes to show you don't need much to take good photos! As world and humanitarian photographer, David duChemin stresses all the time--vision is better! :) 

First off, the bag. Bags are important y'all. :) I have two bags that I love and have had for some time:

 Jo Totes - "Betsy"

Jo Totes - "Betsy"

 Crumpler - "5 Million Dollar Bag"

Crumpler - "5 Million Dollar Bag"

I've had my Crumpler bag now for six years and have practically brought it everywhere with no issues ever. It's a fantastic bag that I love taking on flights as it fits underneath the seats and it's a great bag for underdeveloped countries as it doesn't easily look dirty or look like a camera bag. There are tons of pockets to stash memory cards, gadgets, lenses, pens, etc. inside, as well as fits my camera with a lens attached and two prime lenses easy. It's a great bag. Good job Crumpler. 

My Jo Totes bag I have only used a little bit. I bought it three years ago because I didn't want to bring my Crumpler to weddings anymore--while it's an awesome bag, it's just not all that pretty. :) So I opted for a mustard yellow camera bag that looks like a pretty purse! This bag is great as it has tons of pockets to stash all kinds of stuff, fits my camera with a lens attached and two prime lenses, and even can fit comfortably up to a 15" laptop if I wanted to. Even with all of that stuff, it still looks nice and not overstuffed. 

 Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark II

Okay, now gear. Again, I'm a minimalist.

The Canon 5D Mark II is a great camera. Yes, it is no longer being made as there is the Canon 5D Mark III and IV, but I will use this camera until it dies. Full frame, light, heavy duty, and takes great pictures in low lighting. 

I've had it now for five years and it has never given me any issues. It's gotten wet, been in dusty, dirty places, and has been dropped a few times (whoopsies), but it's still going strong! I love this camera and so glad that I got it as it's seriously a great camera. 

The lenses I carry always are:

 

 

 

 Canon 50mm f/1.4

Canon 50mm f/1.4

 Canon 24mm f/2.8

Canon 24mm f/2.8

 Canon 85mm f/1.8

Canon 85mm f/1.8

When my Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 died on me, I decided to go all prime and I'm so glad I did. The quality of primes is excellent and once you get used to shooting with them, it's easy and you find yourself being more creative (especially since you are the zoom!). Sometimes I do wish I had a zoom lens, but for the kind of work I do it's not something I think about all the time. 

The 24mm is the lens I've been using primarily for my fatherhood project, which gives me those wide angles that I'm looking for. The 50mm has been great for street photography and portraits. The 85mm is also good for portraits and getting closer to longer-distanced subjects, but I don't find myself pulling it out of my bag as often as the other two. It might be something I sell one of these days.

The other noteable thing that I carry in my bag with me at all times is this handy gadget I bought off of Amazon--a shutter release! These are great for portraits that you want to be in and for taking pictures on a tripod that have a slow shutter speed. Speaking of tripod's, this is my favorite tripod I've ever owned by MeFoto. It is a fantastic tripod that is stable and has never dropped my camera or fallen over. 

 Off Brand Shutter Release

Off Brand Shutter Release

 MeFoto Tripod

MeFoto Tripod

I do have a lens reflector that I use on shoots at times, as well as off camera strobes, triggers, etc., but they're something I don't always pull out. The things listed above are items that I use consistently all the time and have had great success with.

So that's all I carry and have in the realm of equipment! :) Feel free to ask me any questions about it. 

-Ashley