May 15, 2018 / Techy Tuesday
What's in my Bag? | Colorado Family Photographer
Woohoo! I’m really excited about this blog. As a Colorado Family Photographer I love sharing with people what I shoot with; not only because mine is somewhat different than a lot of photographers, but because I really believe in my gear. When I started shooting, I shot with Canon. Technically my first camera was a Camera point and shoot. An A6000 I believe. Loved that thing, so when I upgraded to a DSLR I stuck with Canon. Back then 11 years ago, I was shooting with a Canon Rebel XTI…with a terrible kit lens. I hate kit lenses, they’re better suited as a toddler’s 5 minute toy, or a paper weight maybe. Later I moved onto a 50mm 1.8, and there I learned the value of fixed lenses.
Listen, these pictures are going to kind of suck, but hey, there’s only so much time in the day, and today I focused on shopping for myself at Target and World Market because it’s almost my birthday….so….yeah.
A long time has passed, and a lot (like, A LOT) of cameras have gone in and out of my bag. Most notably, I’ve switched to Sony mirrorless, and I seriously could not be happier with my Sony A7, and later A7ii. Honestly, I don’t see myself ever going back to Canon or Nikon digital. Maybe one day, but now Fujifilm has a pretty sweet mirrorless now too. What I’m saying is, for me, it’s film or mirrorless, nothing else.
Any picture including my Sony is taken with my phone. Yes, I do need a second digital camera. Thinking about the a6000. Suggestions welcome! So my bag changes a lot (thanks to removable dividers) depending on the shoot. I use the LowePro ProTactic 450AW. I really love this bag, it’s very sturdy, and I feel very comfortable with my gear in it- I don’t see anything getting damaged or anything of that nature. That said, it’s pretty heavy without gear. It’s also annoying to get into, unlike a satchel or something. You have to take it off to get anything out…at least *I* do. There are three outside access points, but with my petiteness and lack of coordination, this just doesn’t happen. With a satchel or something, I think I’d have the perfect two bags :).
Time to do some gear cleaning. No judging, I don’t have time and I DO have tiny humans. This is my baby, the famous Sony A7ii. It’s hard to list all the things I love about it without starting a fire within my keyboard. But I’ll just list some of my favorites: 1) It’s crazy lightweight. That’s because of the whole mirrorless thing. It’s so freaking nice to shoot for hours on end and not feel like my arms are going to fall off. Not only that, but for simple portrait sessions with friends, I can stick this in just about any bag and have zero trouble carrying it around. 2) The live viewfinder is amazing and it saves me time and a lot of guess work. You see what you get right as you’re changing settings in the eye piece. Not only that, but the resolution is incredible, you can easily tell where you’re focused. 3) Image quality is just so crisp, and the tones are great, I love it. 4) AWESOME in low light situations. I’ll post examples sometimes, it will rock your world. Attached is my go-to lens for this camera the 55mm 1/8 Zeiss. Fantastic lens, nothing bad to say at all. *Click the pic or link above to see a full blog with images entirely taken with this camera and lens*
The Nikon F5 is currently my 35mm go-to. Love having AF for film, this thing is a work horse and feels like it in your hands– in a good way! This camera is a pleasure to shoot every time.
My favorite of all. Sorry Sony. If I had to choose one camera to shoot for the rest of my life, it would be the Pentax 645, hands down. There is a pure joy that comes with shooting 120 film that I can’t describe. The entire process from opening the film, to receiving final scans is a thrill. Beyond that, the experience one has handling a Pentax 645 is basically the same as laying in bed after a long, hard day and realizing your sheets are fresh out the dryer…every night. Okay, bad analogy, but you get it. TAnd if you don’t, try it, you’ll be forever grateful. You’re welcome. The way this camera feels in my hands, and the sound of the shutter clashing, is bliss.
This one I got for Christmas from the dear Hubby. Love this guy, mainly just for fun though :).
Film. That’s pretty self explanatory, can’t have film photography without it. These are some of my favorites though. My favorite black and white has always been a tie between TriX and Acros– guess now I don’t have to choose since they’ve stopped production of Acros :**(. My favorite color film for sure, is Portra 400. The best skin tones, and an overall warm feel. Love, love love it. The jury is still out for me on Portra 160, I’ll keep you updated on that. Lastly of course, there’s film for my instax :).
Batteries, because duh.
This is my Rokinon 24mm. I REALLY have become to love this lens, which I shoot on my A7ii. You gotta be okay with annual focus, which I totally am, thanks to focus peaking. What’s that Canon, Nikon? You don’t have that? Shame.
This is my flash. That’s about all I can say, it’s new. I’ve used Neewer flashes before, owned Speedlights, and all that, I find the Neewers do just as good a job at 1/3rd the price. I’m very happy with this one so far.
Lastly, I ALWAYS keep a reflector with me. It’s one of the most useful tools I have. A pen comes in handy, so does chapstick (Softlips), lotion for clients, lens caps, ibuprofen because I’m always hurting somewhere, and a few backup SD cards.
That’s about it for today folks!
Have a good one!