What’s In My Camera Bag | Northampton Family Photographer

[Nikon d800 with the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens]


I like to keep my camera gear as simple as possible and relevant to the work at hand. While I have separate bags for my digital and film cameras, I thought I would cover my digital first.

To keep my bag lightweight and efficient, I use a Lowepro shoulder bag I can comfortably wear across my shoulder. 

Whether I’m working in the studio or on location, the contents of my digital camera bag are the same. My bag includes a Nikon d800, a full frame 35mm camera with 3 main lens for my portraiture work. My favorite lens is a 50 mm f/1.8 lens, which renders true to our eye’s perspective. Next in line is a wide angle, 35mm f/2 lens, offering a slightly wider perspective that is still flattering without being too distorting in portraits. Last is a telephoto  zoom 70-300 mm f/4.5 lens. I love this lens for portraits, especially outdoors. The fourth lens that I have but don’t often carry is a short telephoto macro 60mm f/2.8 lens for close up work.

[Nikon d800 with the Nikkor 35mm f/2 lens]


I always use a light meter in the studio and often on location, a Sekonic L-358 Flash Meter, for accurate light readings.

For location work that doesn’t require studio strobes, I carry a Nikon 600b flash that I mount on a tripod to add extra fill light when necessary. By bouncing the light off a window, white wall, or white ceiling corner I am able to create a soft light source. A small piece of bubble wrap is tucked into the flash case to diffuse the flash on my camera, along with a wide rubber band to hold the bubble wrap in place, and AA batteries to power the flash. 

[Nikon d800 with the Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5 lens]


To keep my lenses clean, I always have a lens pen in my bag.

Battery charger for my Nikon d800. 

Two memory cards in camera plus an extra set up backups: SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB Compact Flash card and SanDish SDHC 16 GB card.

Lip balm. 

That’s it for the digital bag. 

Stay tuned to find out what’s in my film bag…

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