What’s in my camera bag..
Curious what I shoot with? What tools you need to get started? Or my go-to gear? Check out the linked list below.
What’s In My Camera Bag and things…
Here it is!! Pretty much all the gear that comes with me on every trip, minus a few things. Take a look, click the link for info - Cheers!!!
Nikon D5 (Full Frame) This camera is just rad, and I use this for all of my weddings. Because of that, it usually stays home.
Nikon D3s (Full Frame) I love this camera, it’s one of my favorites and you could probably swoop one up for around $1,000!!
Nikon D810 (Full Frame) This is my flagship camera that I use 90% of the time on the trail.
Sony a6000 (APS-C) I use this for all of my quick images that I post on stories or video - it makes it easy to push to my phone with wifi.
Nikon 70-200 f2.8 - All time favorite lens for shooting autos with. It hardly ever leaves my Nikon cameras!!
Nikon 24-70 f2.8 - Easy walk around lens. Just my opinion, you don’t need the VR version, save yourself $600!)
Nikon 85 f1.4 - Great for portrait photography or that creamy bokeh shot at 1.4!
Nikon 50 f1.8 - Secondary 50mm, for a great price
Sigma 50 f1.4 - Another lens that doesn’t leave my camera! Great for all brands, Sony, Canon or Nikon!
Sigma 35 f1.4 - That 1.4 with a wide focal length, butter. Great for all brands, Sony, Canon or Nikon!
Sigma 16 f1.4 E Mount - This is what lives on my a6000
Compact Flash Cards / SD Cards / Card reader:
Tripod and Tripod Head
Filters, Card Holders, More Stuff, Etc.
B+W XS PRO Circular Polarizer 77mm - I have one of these on my 70-200 and 24-70 ALL THE TIME!
B+W Stepdown Ring 77mm to 62mm - Good for those smaller lenses like the 35 f1.4
B+W UV Filters - I use these on all of my lenses. You’ll need to purchase for each lens. I also like how thin they are!
Tiffen 6 Filter Pouch - Holds up to six filters and folds down crazy slim!
Think Tank CF Card Holder - I like the soft pouches, the hard cases are meh.
Think Tank SD Card Holder - I chose the orange one, so I can always tell which is which.
Think Tank Combo CF/SD Card Holder - For those smaller trips where you need both and pack light!
Think Tank Dual Battery Holder - Love this little guy.
Think Tank Quad Battery Holder - Bigger dude, for those big jobs!
SmallRig a6000/a6300 Rig Cage - Protect your gear! Cool little rig that you can attach a handle to while adding protection.
SmallRig Soft Handle - Way more comfortable than the cheese grader style.
JOBY GorillaPod 1K Kit - Easy to handle and holds the a6000/6300/6400/6500 perfect with the Sigma 16mm lens or any small shorter lenses.
The number one question I get asked is, “What camera should I start out with?” My answer to that is something you can afford. I started with a Sony Cybershot 1.3 megapixel, point and shoot camera back in 2001. Then I graduated to the 7D and so on…It’s what I could afford. The cameras listed are some of the best on the market and also affordable. I’ve also had some experience with the models I have recommended, not the most but some. Keep in mind, these are just recommendations, I don’t know spec for spec why which is better than the other. You’ll have to do some research.
APS-C Camera Bodies
Sony a6000 (APS-C) - One of the best cameras for the price, but this is only my opinion and what I shoot quick photos with that I post to IG stories.
Sony a6300 - Step up from a6000 - this literally came out right after I bought my a6000. Not much difference, but some good perks!
Sony a6500 - Great camera to start with if you’re willing to invest a little bit more, in body stabilization is legit!!
Sony a6500 w/ 16-70mm ZEIS - This is one of my favorite kits for the value!
Canon 7D MKII - Going back to my roots! My first DSLR was a Canon 20D - Fun fact, I shot Canon for 13 years!
Full Frame Camera Bodies
Nikon D750 - Still want one of these as a back up! Such a rad camera, a bit smaller than a D810/850 and packing the full frame heat!
Sony a7iii - Probably one of the best cameras on the market under $2,000
Canon 6D MKII - Haven’t tested this one, but my good friend shoots their 6D and it’s a beast. I’m sure the MKII is insane for the price!
These are some of the lenses that I would start with and possibly upgrade to when you’re ready. A lot of cameras these days come with kit lenses, and sometimes those are cool, but I usually opt for buying the body only, and spending a tad more on a lens that is actually going to be better in the long run. Check them out!
Sony 10-18mm F4 - I used this lens on my a6000 and loved it! It was a great walk around lens for vacation.
Sony 18-105mm F4 - I’ve never used this lens but, for the focal length, you’re able to get a bit more zoom, also a great walk around lens.
Sony 16-70mm F4 - This for the price and quality, is my favorite lens for any of the cropped Sony application mentioned above. It’s so crisp!
Sony 70-200 F4 - Without jumping into the big guns and spending a ton of money, the 70-200 f4 is an amazing lens!
Sigma 16 f1.4 E Mount - This is what lives on my a6000
Canon 50mm f1.8 (Nifty Fifty) - SUCH a great lens that EVERYONE should have in the bag!!
Nikon 50mm f1.8 - You need this lens, Paul needs this lens, everyone needs this lens.
Still working on this for other platforms! STAY TUNED!!
What I would purchase from Nikon, Canon or Sony
Here is a little something I put together from each manufacture. We all have our opinion on which company is better, personally, I don’t think it’s the camera or gear used. It’s you and what you’re able to do with it.
My Favorite Nikon Setup:
My Favorite Sony Setup:
My Favorite Canon Setup:
PixelFlash No-Bend Pins USB 3 CF Card Reader - Been using these dudes forever, love them.