One question I get from fellow photographers and people shooting for fun is, ” What do you shoot with?”
Well, I’m here to share with you a list of what is in my bag!
I’ve always been a Nikon girl. I got my first dSLR in 2007 and it’s been love every since. For years I shot with a D750 (full frame dSLR) but this year I switched to a Z6 (full frame mirrorless) and I am loving it.
For years I carried around an excessive amount of gear but I’ve recently taken a more minimalistic approach. I mean, after shooting weddings for 12 years one tends to figure out what works and doesn’t. For me, I keep it simple. Two camera bodies, 2 prime lenses, zoom lens, and lighting equipment (stored in the back of my car). I find this is what works best for me.
I carry this in either my House of Flynn mini Evermore or my Gatta Lola Meil. I own a Pelican roller case as well to hold my gear for travel or the off-season.
You may be wondering – “what if something fails during a session or wedding?!”
Good question! Most weddings have a 2nd shooter and my main 2nd shooter also shoots Nikon. And because my lenses offer a decent range I can easily accommodate any failures. If my trusty 85mm stops working, I have the 24-70mm that would work!
Without further ado, here is my current camera gear situation.
Nikon Z6: I went with a Z6 over the Z7 because the perks of the Z7 just didn’t outway the price tag. I bought a Z6 with a 24-70mm f/4. It’s a great “kit” lens and worth the extra purchase. It’s great for receptions and sessions with little kids. I usually shoot with primes, but I do love the 24-70 way more than expected!
This kit also comes with an adaptor so you can use other Nikon F mount lenses.
I own two Z6 bodies.
Sony QXD cards: The price tag is a bit disconcerting, especially without cheap SD cards are but these puppies are amazing so don’t let the switch scare you. They have a great reputation for reliably and read super fast!
Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S: I love my primes. I fell in love with my old 35mm so knew I needed to go ahead and get the Z mount 35mm.
Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8: Oh my baby. I love a good 85mm. I don’t go anywhere without her 😉
Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3: I bought this lens for personal use and for receptions. It has a stellar range and for a DX lens is amazing. It’s made out of plastic so it’s super lightweight.
Z Mount Lens Extension Tube: I bought this strictly for the macro feature. It’s a great little addition to my bag.
Holdfast MoneyMaker Harness: THIS IS GOLDEN. Y’all, it is work every penny. Not only does my back and neck thank me, but I can have two cameras’s on me comfortably at all times. I’ve had hip holsters as well but nothing beats my Moneymaker. It also allows me the freedom to be silly (see photo at the top of this post 😉 )
Light Kit: This kit is great for receptions, especially exits!, and for family portraits where natural lighting is limited.
Yongnuo Professional Flash Trigger: These are cheap triggers but they do the trick for my SB700s.
Amazon Basic Tripods: Again, these are cheap but they do the trick. I’ve bought ones that are significantly more expensive that aren’t as sturdy.