While we all know that I’m the worst at editing my photos in a timely fashion, I do get a lot of love on my photos (when I eventually post them), so I thought it would be fun to talk about what’s in my camera bag when I travel! While I have a small mirrorless camera, today I’m talking about my Canon system. For reference, I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II.
Photography is definitely one of my passions, but it’s not cheap. I was really excited when I found the Canon refurbished lens site; I ordered one lens to try it out last year. It was sharp as a tack and absolutely perfect! I have no qualms about recommend that you use this site, particularly when they have the additional 15% off sales!
What’s In My Camera Bag – Prime Lenses
This is my go-to lens. It’s never what’s in my camera bag, it’s what’s on my camera almost all the time. Before I upgraded to the f/1.2 version, I used the nifty fifty, upgraded to the slightly better version, and eventually bought the bullet and purchased the real thing. This lens does a great job in any and all lighting conditions, but it is particularly powerful in low light situations. I love the way that I can make the colors pop or fade into bright sunlight. I’ve gotten so much mileage out of this lens that it’s the first thing I recommend to people who want to take their photography to the next level.
When I did wedding photography, I absolutely loved the 85mm for candid shots during the reception. It has beautiful bokeh when you shoot wide open, it’s sharp, and the price is fairly budget-friendly. It’s a great addition to the 50mm (once you master it). I’ve never shot with the (much) more expensive version, but I’ve heard it’s really heavy. Personally, with the lens, I’ve never thought I needed to upgrade what’s in my camera bag. This is an awesome lens for portraits and AND travel. I just LOVE it.
Guys. This lens is heavy. Really heavy. I’m thinking about buying the 135mm to see if it’s any lighter, but the 200mm is tough to travel with. I haven’t used the 200mm too often – in fact, this is the first picture I’ve downloaded from it – but it is very, very sharp. I have had a hard time using it with a tripod (because of the weight), but if you’ve got strong arm muscles, this would be a great option if you want to shoot long-range distances or detail shots. This picture is a close up of the details of the astronomical clock in Prague. I can’t wait to edit more pictures from this lens though – I think I’ve got some keepers to share!
My mom just got me this lens for Christmas and I can’t wait to try it out!! My friend Erin said it will change my life, and it did. I love it as much (if not more than) my 50mm. I need more time with it, but this picture from the Pizzale Michelangelo is a game changer!
Tom got me this lens for Christmas, even though my wide angle lens covers this focal lengths, I’m excited to have the additional aperture range similar to what I have on the 35mm and the 50mm. This sun flare in Florence made me a believer in this lens! It’s so fun to experiment with.
What’s in My Camera Bag – Wide Angle Lens
My wide angle lens is my second most used lens! It’s fairly lightweight for L-glass and it’s extremely versatile. I LOVE it for travel photography, but there can be a little bit of distortion when you shoot extremely wide. It also doesn’t have the same aperture range as the prime lenses, but it does really well in low light. This lens did an awesome job shooting fireworks when we were at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain for the 4th of July. One of the reasons I really love this lens is because of the different ways you can frame shots. Believe it or not, the picture below was shot using the my wide lens, not a zoom lens!
What’s in your camera bag when you travel? Do you have a favorite lens?? Are there any gems that I’ve missed?
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