Travel Gear

What’s In My Camera Bag

FF9B2512-8285-4B1C-99E2-EB0FD2DD2638.jpegA question that I get asked a lot is: “What camera and lenses do you use?” I use the Canon 5D Mark II. I bought it years ago when it was top of the line. It isn’t anymore, but I still love it and it takes beautiful pictures. I would love to upgrade to a camera body that does better in low light, but for now, this thing is just like an extension of me. I don’t have to think much, I just adjust and shoot.

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I primarily use two lenses. The 35mm 1.2 and the 85mm 1.8. The 85mm takes stunning portraits and the bokeh is gorgeous. The 35mm is perfect for traveling when you need a wide angle to get shots of the city and scenery. I have sold all of my zoom lenses. They just aren’t as crisp and it drives me insane, so I prefer fixed lenses.

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I also use my iPhone 8+ more and more to quickly capture videos and moments when I don’t think I’ll have time to get my “big girl” camera ready. The iPhone picture quality is getting better all the time and I love the new portrait feature on this phone.

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My favorite CF card is the Hoodman Compact Flash. It’s pricier than SanDisk, but I’ve never, ever had one fail. That piece of mind was worth it to me when I was a professional family photographer, and it’s worth it to me now on our travels.

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Other must-have accessories are:

A card reader

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A wireless remote 

A tripod 

Laptop

Photoshop and Lightroom for editing

Jo Totes camera bag

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That’s about it! Let me know if you have any questions.

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