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What’s in my camera bag?

Feb 22, 2021

Wedding Photography Gear ListWhat’s in my bag? Well, to start out, I’m a Canon girl through and through! When I started buying photo gear I would read blogs and reviews to make sure my purchase was a smart one, cameras and lenses can get CRAZY expensive! So please don’t think that’s what you need to start taking awesome photos.

When I first started out, I bought used lenses and rented gear. You can save so much money buying used gear, just make sure it’s from a respected dealer. (Shout out to B&H Photo for all my new and used purchases!) I also make sure to maximize my gear capabilities. Sure I would love all the L series lenses, who wouldn’t?!  But instead of spending tons on a new lens, I’d rather put it into my education. I can promise you that education is going to make a much bigger difference in your photos than an expensive lens.

Here is my list of gear that I have built up over the course of 5 years. I’ll continue to update post this as my gear changes.

Bags: Jo Totes Gracies Bag in Mint – This bag holds everything I need for sessions, so many compartments, and so much room, I love it! (it’s also great for traveling!)

Manfrotto Windsor Messenger

Camera Bodies: Canon 5D Mark IV  as my primary and a Canon 6D as backup

Lenses: Canon 35mm 1.4 / Canon 50mm 1.2 / Canon 85mm 1.4 and Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro.

Flashes and Stand:  Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlights (they sync wirelessly which is great for receptions) / Manfrotto Light Stand / Impact Lightstand (I love this so much more than my expensive Manfrotto stand, it’s very sturdy!)

Lighting Essentials: ExpoDisc / 5 in 1 Reflector / Gary Fong Collapsible Light Sphere

Memory Cards: I love the Lexar and SanDisk SD and CF cards. I own a variety of 32 and 64 GB of each.

Other: Canon Wireless Remote / Canon 5D Mark IV Battery Grip  / Extra Camera Batteries / Foto Camera Strap (Obsessed with their straps!) / Manfrotto Tripod / NARS lipstick in Anita – My favorite go-to lipstick! / Herringbone Camera Hand Strap

One thing I always suggest is trying out gear before you buy it. I personally love to use the website Borrow Lenses. I can schedule when I want to try out the gear and the prices are great! (Tip: They usually have good sales going, keep your eyes open!)

Questions about my gear? Let me know by sending an e-mail to hello@kirstenbarbara.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Cheers to geeking out on camera gear!


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