When I was thinking about whether to create a “My Camera Bag” page I was thinking to myself, “who would want to see what’s in my camera bag?”. Then it dawned on me, “well, I would.” The Camera Bag section is one of my favorite pages to check out on other blogs. Each person has their own favorite tools, tricks, brands, etc. and no two are identical. So here is a peak at what’s inside mine.
Now I feel like I need to explain a few things (feel free to skip down to my gear, it won’t hurt my feelings):
- I knew nothing about photography in general before I started The Sugar Coated Cottage in 2015. I was a “point and shoot” camera girl. It took me lots and lots of book reading, internet searching, YouTube watching and most of all practice, practice, practice. And guess what I am still learning, I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface. But if I can do it, anyone can, seriously!
- For the first two years I used a modestly priced mirrorless camera with a kit lens. It is a digital camera with a smaller, lighter body. The advantage, is that it shoots in RAW and has the ISO, Aperture and shutter speed settings just like the big DSLR’s. This is a great camera to learn on and I would highly recommend it to anyone starting out. You’ll see it below.
- Fast forward to May 2017. Through much thought, research and pondering. It was time to upgrade. I had a much better understanding of photography in general. And through the last 2 + years Food Photography has turned into a real passion for me. The decision was not made lightly, I researched for a long time, watched videos, reviews, etc. I would recommend you do the same. Educate yourself. A camera is an investment, possibly a financed one, I sold my Sea Doo wave runner to upgrade my camera and for me it was worth it, mostly 😉 , I do miss my wave runner.
- Don’t be afraid to buy gently “used” or “open box” items, I’ve done it myself. You can save a substantial amount of money by doing so but please go with a reputable seller that has a return policy and warranty if you choose to go this route.
Here’s what I am currently using….
Sony a7R Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera – You guys Sony cameras are no joke! The picture quality is amazing and it works superbly. This camera (with the lens’ below) has made me see food in a whole new light and see my food photography with a new set of eyes so to speak. It has an app option through Sony to turn your smart phone into a wireless remote. It is lightweight and did I mention it’s mirrorless? I got a little attached to the mirrorless camera system starting out and ended up with one again.
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8-22 Macro G OSS – This lens is the bomb.com, dramatic I know but I wanted to get your attention! The G Master lenses are professional grade lenses hence the hefty price tag. This is the lens you didn’t know you were missing, this is the “where have you been all my life” lens. This lens gets up close and personal with food, it gets that gooey shot that makes you think you can reach through the monitor and take a bite. And guess what, its an amazing portrait lens as well. I have taken photos of my daughter and they look top notch and I have no portrait training. And one more thing, the bokeh is beautiful!
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens – This lens is exceptional and all the good things I said about the macro lens can be said about this lens and it to is a G Master. The 24-70mm gives the freedom of being able to zoom in and out. Once again the image quality this lens produces is amazing. It’s not however lightweight or small, its heavy and quite large (FYI – the Canon equivalent is almost the same size/weight) but its no bother when I see the results.
Sunpak Platinum Plus by Sunpak 5858D Photo/Video Tripod (Black) – I always thought I had steady hands and then I started taking pictures and realized I shake a bit. The tripod is my best friend. This is the same tripod I started out with. It is priced right and it works great and I have no complaints. The legs are retractable if you are shooting low and also extend for higher shots.
Samsung NX300 20.3MP CMOS Smart WiFi Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens – This was my first camera, the one I mentioned in the beginning, the one I started this blog with. The Samsung NX300 has served me well and I highly recommend it to anyone! I still use this camera especially when traveling due to its small size, it fits in my purse with the lens attached. I was lucky enough to get mine on a super sale ($300) at Best Buy so shop around for the best price. I notice this camera has somewhat of a good following and the price fluctuates up and down. Please note: this camera does not have an optical view finder (meaning you can’t put the camera up to your eye), you have to rely on the 3.3 inch touch screen to view your subject. This was never a bother to me but thought it worth mentioning.
Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG – Laugh if you will at the girl who gushes over Sony pro cameras and lenses above and then reveals she is storing all her gear in a Canon camera bag. I get it, I chuckle every time I see it. The Canon bag has all the right compartments to hold both camera systems. I also felt it had a little more padding than the others which was huge for me, I’m clumsy and need a bag/backpack that can take a few bumps while protecting my gear.
There you have it! I do not profess to be an expert I am only telling you what I love, whats working for me, what’s in my camera bag and my experiences with the camera gear above. Any questions let me know!