What’s In My Camera Bag + Review of My New Nikon D850

About once a week I get asked “What Camera do you use? What Lens is that?” So, today I am answering not only the cameras and lenses I use, but also my camera bag, card reader, camera strap, and my favorite shooting-shoes! This post contains affiliate links for the Nikon gear I’ve purchased from Amazon.

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Nikon D850 – I am so lucky because Nikon just released it’s newest camera, the Nikon D850 and I put my name in at Mike Crivello’s and got one a few days ago. My first reaction to the Nikon D850 is in the words of Beck, “Wow!”

Since they are still hard to come by, I figured I would write a brief review on my initial thoughts. I have only had it for a few days but have used it at home, for a family session, and for some food photography.

It is truly an amazing camera. I am in complete amazement of high ISO capabilities, weather-sealed body, crazy resolution, and the superior dynamic range. I love the silent shooting live-mode and hope to take full advantage of the touch-tilt-LCD-screen when I am doing flat-lay photos.

I do not mind the re-loation of the ISO button, but I know it might slow me down a bit since I also still will be shooting with dual cameras on wedding days. My second camera is the Nikon D810 or the Nikon DF. We have three 810s and one DF in our arsenal of gear. When you are traveling and shooting as much as we do, I always like knowing if any one of our cameras has any issues we have plenty of back-ups on hand so we can still do our job without any stress or interruptions.

Nikon D810 – Both Caleb and I love this camera so much, we have three of them.

Nikon DF –  I love the image quality, ease of use, weight and classic look of this camera SO MUCH!

Nikon 50 mm – My favorite lens. I could (and do)photograph an entire wedding with this guy. I shoot families, food, products, babies, kids, dogs, products, and landscapes – literally this is my baby and I never leave it behind.

Nikon 85 mm – I use this for headshots and high school portrait sessions.

Sigma 10-20mm – I use this for photographing interiors.

Nikon 24-70mm – Great for family formals on wedding day & for capturing wide angles of the entire wedding party.

Sigma 50mm Art – The bokeh from this lens is just everything.

Nikon 58mm – I love this lens for wedding party group photos, individual portraits, food photography, and family sessions.

Nikon 35mm – I use this for family sessions, bridal prep, group photos, and for pets.

Nikon 70-200mm – Caleb uses this telescope to photograph intimate details during the ceremony such as the ring exchange, first kiss, and crowd reactions.

Tarion “Vintage” Camera Strap – I have this on my 810 so that I can tell the difference between Caleb’s camera and our backup camera.

Altura Flash – Both Caleb and I have one of these. We are natural light photographers and only pull out our flashes when absolutely necessary. These are inexpensive and have amazing recycle time.

Reflector – This little guy is so handy! I bring it to all my newborn sessions just in case!

SD + XQD Cards – Memory cards, nothing special.

Sony XQD + SD Memory Card Reader – Reads cards quickly, nothing special.

ONA Camera Bag – Fits a camera body, two lenses, a flash, and a laptop. It is a great bag for traveling and the leather is very durable and looks super-duper cool. This is the bag I use to carry my gear when I do family, commercial, or newborn sessions and Caleb uses it on wedding days.

Fjallraven Kranken Backpack + Camera Bag Insert – I love Fjallraven so much! This is my camera bag for traveling and on wedding days.

Canon AE-1– My favorite film camera.

Monochrome Converse – 99% of the time you can find me shooting in my converse.

I’ve included links within this post so you can go ahead and purchase the gear I use from amazon and try it out. If you have any specific questions feel free to leave them in the comments below.


This post may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission. Don’t worry, you won’t be charged anything extra. This just helps me buy my morning coffee. 

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