My Gear

What’s in my camera bag?  For that matter, what IS my camera bag?  If you’re curious about the stuff I use to take pictures, read on!  I currently use the Canon 80D, and love its “Dual Pixel” autofocus system.  I bought my Canon 80D with the Video Creator Kit and have created a few “test” videos you can see on my YouTube channel.


Canon 80D

This bad boy is solidly built. It’s weather sealed, and has “Dual Pixel” autofocus–which is one of my favorite features of the camera. It’s got headphone AND microphone jacks.  Wanna read more about it? Click the link:





Peak Design “Cuff”

My photography instructor was aghast when she saw I never used a camera strap. She insisted I use one, because she’s seen what happens when expensive photography gear gets dropped. I get it, but hate how those cheap camera straps feel on my neck! When they’re off my neck, the dangly things get in the way! So instead, I bought a comfortable wrist strap from Peak Design. If you hate generic neck straps like I do, you’ll LOVE this! Go check it out!!!

(Hint: They make more than just wrist straps!)

To check out Peak Design’s website, click here!

70-200mm70-200mm f/2.8

This Canon “L” (for “Luxury”) lens is HEAVY. Not only does it produce high quality images, you get a nice arm workout hefting it around! It’s HEAVY. Its official name is the “Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens”. It’s HEAVY. It’s my favorite lens! Oh, and did I mention, it’s HEAVY?



Canon50mm50mm f/1.8

The “Plastic Fantastic”. The “Nifty Fifty”. It has lots of names. And it’s an excellent addition to any camera bag. It’s light weight, and light on the wallet too! Getting this lens was a no-brainer!




24mm24mm f/2.8

“The Pancake”. (Who comes up with these pet names for lenses?). Anyway, this teensy weensy little lens is so small, another photographer once asked me why I was carrying around my camera with the mirror exposed! It’s a prime lens with a decently wide view–and it’s small and inexpensive. Again, a no-brainer!




The “kit lens” that came with my Canon 80D. It’s not a bad lens–it’s not a great lens–but it is a versatile lens. For most, this is a really good “walking around” lens. It’s my widest lens at 18mm–so when I need to shoot a landscape, or a “hero shot” of a car, it’s the one I grab.



Canon_24-70mm_f_2.8L_II24-70mm f/2.8 ii

It took me a while to save up for this lens, (which effectively replaces my my 24mm and 50mm primes)! The constant f/2.8 aperture is my favorite feature. Do I have any regrets? Yes—there’s no image stabilization—so I either have to use a tripod or bump up the shutter speed to get sharp shots.



This is my monopod. It’s like a tripod, but mono…because there aren’t three legs. There’s just the one…hence the name…¯\_(ツ)_/¯
This thing has so many adjustments, and twisty bits, I can get it to do just about everything I need it to do. Just don’t ask me to try and pronounce the brand name.



It has three legs. I mount my camera on it. It’s hefty and sturdy. The fluid video head is phenomenal. It’s got a half-ball just under the video head so I can get a level shot, even on uneven terrain!  It even has an illuminated bubble level! This thing rocks! Benro for the win!!!





15EverydayMessengerCamera Bag

Another massively cool item from Peak Design! Not only does this amazing bag hold my camera (with long lens attached), it also holds my 15″ MacBook Pro (and other junk) as well! Check out my blog post about it!  The folks at Peak Design are phenomenal designers. Their stuff is so well designed and constructed, I can’t imagine it ever falling apart. I’m not worried though, because Peak Design provides lifetime guarantees on all their products! Click here to check it out on Amazon. Click the “Pricing and Info” link to go to Peak Design’s web page.


IMG_3452.JPGDJI Osmo Mobile

Do you hate “shaky cam” iPhone video like I do? My first piece of film making gear was the DJI Osmo Mobile. This gimbal holds my iPhone steady so I can shoot watchable video that doesn’t make me sea sick. Gone are the days of me shooting “shaky cam” videos of my kids on Christmas morning!

FYI–There’s also a less expensive “version 2” of this gimbal: Click here to check it out!






Need a sturdy slider made from metal and carbon fiber–but don’t want to pay the high prices usually associated with those materials?  Check out this bad boy made by “Selens”. This is the “Nordic N1”, and while I have no idea where the whole Norse thing comes from, I can say it’s solidly built.  Just about every aspect of it is adjustable–so you get buttery smooth slides each time!


Gear from Back in the Day

Even though I don’t shoot Nikon anymore, I figured I’d show you what I used to use back in the day. They’re great cameras, but Nikon’s autofocus just can’t compare to Canon’s “Dual Pixel” technology, so I made the switch.

NikonD5600Nikon D5600

The Nikon D5600 has some surprising features for a camera at its price point, and was a nice step up from the D3300. I took it on vacation, and also shot photos and video of my kids’ sports. I really liked it’s flippy-outty touch screen, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.






“Nifty 50”

This prime lens is Nikon’s 50mm f/1.8. If you want those cool, blurry, “bokehlicious” backgrounds that make your subject “pop”, this lens will make you very happy!


Image 12-3-18 at 5.12 PMNikon 35mm

For a bit wider shot, with amazing clarity–I always made sure I had my Nikon 35mm f/1.8 prime lens.


Image 12-3-18 at 5.14 PM18-140mm Jack of all Trades

I really liked Nikon’s 18-140mm lens. It’s a good lens to have when you’re on the go because it gets decently wide at 18mm, and zooms in to 140mm. I bought mine “refurbished” and saved a couple hundred bucks! It’s a great “general purpose” lens, and more often than not, was the lens I had on my camera most of the time.



This is a great entry-level DSLR that takes some pretty amazing photos–especially with the “Prime” lenses I mentioned. There are newer versions of this camera so it isn’t as pricey as it used to be. If you don’t need a flippy-outty touch screen or Wi-Fi, then the D3300 is a quality, budget friendly option.




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