The Gear Behind The Girl

If you have seen my video post on Facebook, you will know that I’m a Canon girl. If you haven’t watched that video, please DON’T watch it. It’s the worst video ever made!! Hahaha, but for real, it’s terrible. I tried my hand at live video for the first time and I’ve never heard so many “um’s” in my entire life!! Anywho, people ask me all the time, what gear I use and what is my favorite lens, SO I figured I would just let everyone know right here.

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Right now in my camera bag I have a Canon 5D Mark II. I would love to upgrade that to a 5D Mark IV soon. The reason I shoot with Canon and not something else? It’s not a very technical answer. I started out shooting canon. Canons are lighter than most other brands. Not because they aren’t as good and can’t do as much, just because they are built with different materials. People say they are the women’s camera. Maybe so. That’s just what I started out with and once you have lenses that go with one you don’t really want to switch out and go a different direction…they are pricey.


My go to lens for forever has been the Canon 50mm F1.4. This lens has been my baby for the better part of 10 years. I LOVE this lens. I love the shallow depth of field I can get with this lens, it’s beautiful for my portraits. I hardly ever take this lens off my camera, until recently. I also have a Canon 16-35mm F2.8L. This is a wide angle lens that I absolutely love. Photos with this lens just show a full view that I cannot get with a 50mm. It’s a beautiful piece of glass. I’ve recently added a Tamron SP 45mm F1.8. This lens is technically supposed to replace my 50mm since I’ve been having some sharpness issues with it but I’m I just can’t bring myself to get rid of the 50mm. The Tamron is sharp and crisp. It’s a very quiet lens and also has a stabilizer which is very nice.

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One very old school Canon Speedlite 550EX and TT 560 Speedlite. The TT560 Speedlite is what I use most of the time when I need a flash and it was really inexpensive. It works great and has all the functions that I will need since I’m a natural light photographer.

Extras To Take Note Of:

  • Rain sleeve. I carry this at all times. I live in Colorado now but I used to live in Washington State and this was a must.
  • Shutter Hugger. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SL8UXS/ref=twister_B0080D60E4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 – This little guy helps me keep the attention of all the little kiddos if they get distracted.
  • Compact Flash Cards and Batteries – you can never have too many!
  • Light meter
  • Remote Shutter Release/Timer
  • Lens cloths

Do you have any questions about what to put in your camera bag? What is your favorite lens to use?


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