What’s in My Camera Bag?

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I’m not much of a gear head. As much as I’d love to be able to have endless disposable income to spend on lenses and lighting hand over fist, it just doesn’t happen. I’m not a full-time photographer, so the investment can be a little hard to justify. That being said, I have gathered up a few bits of essential gear over the past few years.

Camera Bag
Camera Gear

Lenses

Nikon AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

This is the first lens I owned, which came with my D70s body back in 2007. I don’t use it very often, in fact, I can’t remember the last time it was attached to my camera.

Brigus
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Nikon AF 50mm f/1.8 D
If anyone has a Nikon and doesn’t own this lens, they probably shouldn’t have a dSLR in the first place. This is, of course, my go-to lens for portraits and food photography.

Madison
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Vodka
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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X
This was my first lens purchase from another manufacturer. I opted for the Tokina instead of the Nikkor 12-24 AF-S DX not only because of price, but this quote from Ken Rockwell pretty much sums it up:

“This Tokina 11-16mm is the world’s fastest and sharpest ultrawide lens for small format digital cameras (Nikon DX and Canon 1.6x). Considering its bargain price of under $600, its the world’s best ultrawide lens for digital SLRs.”

Done deal! It’s been a joy to shoot with.

Blackhead
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Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.8D
I can’t review this lens much yet, because I just got it last week and I’ve been too busy to get out and shoot. Watch this space!

Filters

Some of these filters are B+W, and some are cheaper generic brand names I’ve had to pick up in a pinch.

77mm Circular Polarizer
77mm Neutral Density Grad filter
67mm Circular Polarizer
67mm UV filter
62mm -> 77mm step up ring

Lighting and Accessories

Two Nikon SB-600 Speedlites
I mostly use these for bounce flashes, but I occasionally pop them on a couple of lightstands, throw on some umbrellas and use the Nikon CLS to shoot.

Creative Recreation
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Two lightstands
One shoot through umbrella
One reflective umbrella
Collapsable gold/silver reflector
Remote control
SLIK tripod

Work Studio

Studio

While this gear isn’t mine, I did pick it out for the studio and can use it whenever I want. We’re moving soon, so excuse the mess in the photo. I can’t wait to get more gear and have a proper space in the new location!

Canon Rebel XTi
This camera’s been around the office long before I have. It comes with the terrible 18-55mm lens which feels more like a toy than a tool. Nevertheless, I’ve used it for a few studio shots when my personal camera’s been left at home. It gets the job done in a pinch (but just barely if I have to use that lens).

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM
Again, I don’t use the work camera often, but I have taken a few shots with this telephoto lens. A little soft, but a good first telephoto for beginners.

Prince Charles
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Three AlienBees B800 lights
I adore these. Straightforward, simple, portable, and powerful. I hope we can pick up a fourth light soon.

Rebecca
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Other studio gear
Shoot through umbrella
Reflective umbrella
Softbox
Three 107” seamless paper backdrops (Black, White, Thunder Gray)

Wishlist

While “everything” is a nice answer, realistically, these are things I’ll probably pick up at some point in the future.

AlienBees ABR800 Ringflash
Nikkor AF Micro 60mm f/2.8D
Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.4D
Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Zoom

Photo of Geri Coady

About Me

I’m Geri Coady — a designer and illustrator from St. John’s, Newfoundland — now living in Nottingham, UK. I've got an eye for detail, a passion for the web, and I'm ready to work with clients worldwide. Want to learn more?

40 Comments

RotoDavid
  • RotoDavid

Eh, just a few? :p

Great photography! Still in love with the water scene.

I would have cloned out the stray hair on old Charlie's forehead though, you know, because I'm awesome like that.

Prerak Patel
  • Prerak Patel

Geri, I have been following your shots for quite a bit. Absolutely love 'em. Just got a Nikon myself. Can't wait to put it to work. Might take a while to get as good as you are though ;)

hellogeri
  • hellogeri

Thanks Dave! Mind you, I have been gathering up this gear over 4 years, and all the office stuff isn't mine. I'm just glad I can use it whenever I want!

As for the hair, I totally had to leave it in. I thought it was really funny, especially since royalty is so obsessed with perfection. There's no taming that hair, though ;)

hellogeri
  • hellogeri

Thanks Prerak! I have some pretty old shots on Flickr, too. I feel like I only started to improve after I left college, which is the opposite of what you might expect…

Ashley Baxter
  • Ashley Baxter

I really like the bag and its contents.

Geri Coady
  • Geri Coady

Thanks Ashley! I kinda want a girlier bag, too, though. I hate lugging this one to fancier events.

jason
  • jason

Thanks for sharing what's in your camera bag, but I'd really like to know what kind of camera bag your camera bag is
It looks like a good size and nice design - can you tell me what brand/model it is please?
Thanks.

Geri Coady
  • Geri Coady

Hi Jason,

The bag is made by Crumpler and it's called the Six Million Dollar Home. It stores a ton of stuff but it can be tiresome to carry for a long time, a backpack would be better for long-term use.

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