Some of my favorite blog posts from fellow photographers are the ones where they let everyone take a peek inside their camera bag, and I especially love when I can go back and look at their posts from years prior to see how they have grown!!
If you are like I was (and still am at times), and have camera and lens envy when you read all of your favorite photographer’s blogs, fear not! Building your collection gradually is kind of a rite of passage, and while you continue to perfect your style and technique, your lenses and equipment will grow right along with you!
Okay, so let’s get to it! My very first camera was a Nikon D5000 and was gifted to me by my wonderful parents!! Unfortunately, it took a nice dip in the ocean and was then replaced with a Nikon D5100. I absolutely loved that camera and it was a fantastic one to begin learning on. I still have it because a part of me can’t part with it, but I am sure I will sell it eventually and let someone else love it as much as I did. It came with the standard kit lens, and I grew my collection of crop frame lenses to go with it.
After learning the basics of photography, and starting to feel like I was understanding composition a little better, I started to notice that my images were not exactly looking like the ones I was seeing on websites and blogs that I loved so much. I, of course, knew that this was because the people I admired had been running photography businesses for YEARS and in turn had years of practice. But they also were working with equipment that was a bit more advanced than mine. This was also around the time that I wanted to take my photography hobby to the next level and had begun researching cameras like it was my job. After a few months of asking tons of people their opinions and doing my own extensive googling, I welcomed the Nikon d810 and 24 – 70mm lens to my arsenal.
Now let me preface this by saying that you by no means need to make such a huge financial investment right off the bat in order to be successful in a business. I had help from my parents with this purchase and I will be completely up front about that. A lot of the time, photographer hobbyists switch from what is known as a Crop Sensor camera to a Full Frame Sensor camera. I will get into the differences between those another time, but there are many helpful blogs out there that explain it!
You can tell she’s served me well! (notice the dusty grip!) The next addition to my lens family was the 50 mm 1.4 (shown below)
The First Bag
When I got my second Nikon (the d5100), I had a wonderful camera bag with tons of padding in it that I had previously gotten as a Christmas present. It was a standard black bag, and it really did the job, but as with anything in my life, I’m always looking for color!
Shortly after, I purchased this beauty by Epiphane, and I don’t think it gets much more pink than this! I was IN LOVE.
Newest Lens and Bag Additions &
My Switch to Canon
So why the switch, you ask? I wish I had a long list of technical and mechanical reasons as to why I decided to switch from my Nikon D810 to my Canon 5D Mark III. Having used both camera brands in a variety of scenarios, I can definitely tell you that both of them are equally as outstanding in their own ways. Nikon’s focusing is so fast, and they definitely have Canon beat in that department. However, the color profile with Canon is just something that appeals to me more. Sometimes I myself don’t even know what it is or how to explain it. It could be the glass in the lenses or the way the skin tones look in camera without any post processing, but I just love the softness of what I see when I take a photo on a Canon. Plus, pretty much ALL of my favorite photographers shoot Canon, so I always felt there was something to be said for that. It all comes down to your personal style and many times people just stick with what they started their photography journey on because it makes the most financial sense. And that is SO understandable.
I still have my Nikon, and ADORE IT, so we will see what I decide to do with it moving forward. My Canon lens collection has just begun, and will be growing for awhile. If you are deciding to switch from brand to brand, or if you are thinking about a professional lens/camera to invest in to start your collection, my best advice would be to snag the 24-70 mm:
I just love it so much 🙂
If you have any other questions about this bag, making a brand switch or anything else, please feel free to contact me!