Yay!! A what’s in my gear bag blog post! So excited to talk about my favorite lenses and cameras, well because they are basically my children. So I’ll start with what I use as my main camera body!

I own two Nikon D750’s, I primarily only use one camera body when shooting unless I’m the solo shooter at a wedding, then I have two bodies on me at all times. The Nikon 750 is a full frame camera, 24.3-megapixel camera and runs for about 1,800 new on Amazon. It’s known for how incredible it can handle low light, and I will say I have to agree that it is amazing. This camera has never failed me.

The two main lenses on my camera are the 85 1.8 Nikon, as well as the 58mm 1.4 Nikon. I’m a huge fan of lenses and love trying new things. These lenses have both won me over again and again.

For the 58, it stops down as low as 1.4, has the creamy swirly bokeh, and is tack sharp. I used to use the sigma art series lenses and while they were extremely sharp, it was always a hit or miss when it came to being in focus. Nikon is much more reliable and I’ll never look back. The 58mm has a hefty price tag at about $1,600 – while most of my gear I buy used, this was the one lens I purchased at full price. Mainly because the used price wasn’t a huge discount, and because 50mm (or 58mm in this case) is my go-to focal length.

Below image was shot with my 58mm.

photography gear whats in my gear bag carlee secor photography

photography gear whats in my gear bag carlee secor photography

The 85 1.8 is extremely sharp as well. This lens, from day one, has NEVER let me down. It doesn’t skip a beat and the images are always beautiful. The downfall is the focal length can be a little limiting since it is a longer lens, so it doesn’t capture those “intimate” couple portraits as well as my 58 or 35mm, it does create bokeh like no other lens I own. You may be wondering why I didn’t buy the 85 1.4. Mainly because reviews compared these two lenses, at a 1,000 difference it wasn’t worth it for me. Some may say the 1.8 is better 😉 I purchased the 85 1.8 on Amazon for around $500.

photography gear whats in my gear bag carlee secor photography

photography gear whats in my gear bag carlee secor photography

Now onto the lenses that I don’t use as much and other fun gear!

My 35 1.8 by Tamron, this is a very recent purchase of mine and I’m extremely happy. The macro capabilities are incredible and I do not need a macro lens because of it! It’s also wide but not too wide. I love this for couple portraits as it really captures the more intimate shots. This runs for about $600 new. I needed a wide lens that was sharp and reliable and this was exactly that.

photography gear whats in my gear bag carlee secor photography

WHATS IN MY GEAR BAG - Carlee Secor Photography

24mm 1.8 Nikon, I needed a super wide angle for certain situations and this is my favorite! I use it in my couple portraits for more dramatic shots but it really does capture a lot in a tiny space! It is super lightweight as well. I recently purchased this one, but it has impressed me so far none the less. I debated on getting the 1.4, but I figured it wasn’t worth the price tag to invest in a lens I don’t use as often. This is priced at $750 new and I purchased it on Amazon.

photography gear whats in my gear bag carlee secor photography

photography gear whats in my gear bag carlee secor photography

I also own the 50mm 1.4 Nikon which I haven’t used since I got the 58mm but I’m still a fan. An extremely affordable lens that produces great quality. I purchased this on Amazon for around $450. Great starter lens for anyone.

photography gear whats in my gear bag carlee secor photography

The 70-200 Tamron and the 24-35 sigma art lens are also in my bag technically, but they are for sale if anyone is interested! The 70-200 has been used literally twice, the length just isn’t my style. For the sigma lens, since I own those focal lengths in prime lenses I no longer need it.

For my flashes, I use Flashpoints zoom lion R2 TTL by Adorama, as well as the flashpoint transmitter. These are priced at $180 a piece and I got them for $90 a piece on Black Friday. This may seem like a killer deal, and it is. So with flashes that cheap won’t you get a cheap outcome? I disagree… I read a lot of reviews and did my research and I’d say I’m in love. This flash has never ever given me issues, rechargeable lithium batteries and extremely fast recycle time. These flashes never skip a beat.

One of my favorite products of all time is the mag mod sphere, so I bought two. These are around $50 a piece and they diffuse the light from the flash so beautifully that I’ll never look back. I swear by mag mod.

And last but not least my bag is by Thinktank and it can hold nearly everything I mentioned. I’ll never ever get a different bag again, having wheels has saved my back from countless hours of pain. Worth every penny and the sacrifice of not having a cute camera bag ‍♀️

Hope this helps in your decision-making process, I know buying gear can be so stressful because you truly don’t know if its the lens for you. (I’ve made my fair share of purchasing mistakes) But everything I mentioned, I swear by! I’m so happy with my collection, thanks for tuning in 🙂

 

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