I thought maybe it was time to do a blog on “What’s in my Bag” or essentially “what equipment do I use and love”. Now to many of my regular readers this really won’t mean a great deal but bear with me as you never know what piece of trivia you’ll pick up 🙂
Before we get into it let me tell you, you don’t have to have the latest and greatest gear (contrary to popular belief). I was taught, actually had it drilled into me, that it is the photographer that makes the photo not the gear – you can definitely create magic without having to buy the biggest and best.
I am a Nikon girl and before I get any email unsubscribes from my Canon followers ( 🙂 you know who you are), Nikon is the brand I graduated to purely due to how it felt in my hand at the time. Once you invest in a brand it is just too hard to justify the lost dollars to change over!
Back to the question: “What’s in my Bag?” I shoot with a Nikon D700, a nice full frame camera which was introduced by Nikon in July 2008, as I stated above it’s not the latest and greatest but I know my baby inside out and can shoot stunning and amazing photos with it (even if I say so myself). I have a few (about 4) lens – all Nikon brand, a nice 50mm prime lens, which is great for thinking outside the box and actually zooming with your feet; flashes (also called speedlites); a Bowens studio lighting kit; reflectors; plus, of course, cleaning gear. Oh and lots of accessories like filters, bags, batteries, cables etc. Honestly if I listed every single piece of photographic gear you would still be sitting here reading next week 😉
But wait, there’s more! What’s my favourite piece of gear? Well, at the end of last year I commented to my lovely husband that I was frustrated about missing photo opportunities when out and about in my normal Monday to Friday life as I felt it was just not possible to carry my Nikon gear with me all the time. After some research (well truthfully that really involved hearing about and testing another photographer’s gear) I decided to add another “little” baby to my collection. The baby I chose was the the mirror-less, micro four-thirds, Olympus OMD-EM5 with a 12-50mm lens (a lens which also boasts a macro function!) I named my ‘baby’ “OLY” and she (yes, I don’t know why but it is a she) has truly impressed and inspired me. Although OLY may look like a toy camera, there is nothing toy-like about her other than her size. This little baby fits nicely in my handbag and goes with me 24/7.
I am only really beginning my journey with OLY but so far she is outstanding when it comes to performance. I have created some stunning images with her including some sunsets I’m very proud of. She even has the ability to make panoramic or stitched photos so easily without loosing quality in the final image.
I also love that due to her size, weighing in under 150 grams, I’ve discovered I can operate her at shutter speeds I would normally need a tripod for with my Nikon D700. She is and will remain a vital piece of equipment within my bag and will be worthy of her own further in-depth review shortly 🙂
Until next week.