Every day people ask me what gear I use to shoot. That's why i am sharing with you precisely what is in my "Camera Bag" so that you too can have the best gear to get the shots you want. If you decide to purchase through any of these links, we do receive a small commission. We disclose this information to be forthright and open. Your decision to do so would be greatly appreciated and the price through our site is directly from the Amazon website. I personally buy all of my gear from Amazon and not the other known camera retailers. The fact is - and I tell you this from personal experience - Amazon has BY FAR the best return policy and insurance offers. You're welcome to learn the hard way through B&H or Adorama but I've already been there and it's not fun. Trust me on this one. Those stores used to beat Amazon in pricing by 20% or more. Nowadays, the playing field has leveled and Amazon is without a doubt the best place to buy professional camera gear.
Here's what's in my CAMERA BAG:
The D810 is the primary body that I work on. I also added a link to the New Nikon D850 which is what I would personally buy today if given the choice due to it's 4k video capabilities. If video is not a priority for you, the D810 can now be purchased at as a bundle w/lens at a great value. The D810 has the following features:
- 36.3 MP FX-format CMOS sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF)
- 30% faster EXPEED 4 image processing engine
- 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
- ISO 64-12,800 expandable to 51,200
- Featuring a new RAW Small Size option, which produces 16MP images with much smaller file sizes
- Professional video and audio capabilities
The D7100 is my back-up body, just in case something goes wrong on a shoot - better to walk away with something than nothing. This is not a pro model and has a DX-format (cropped) sensor. I also use this camera to shoot time lapses for social media while I am shooting long exposures or other stills with my D810. Sometimes I just allow it sit idle on a tripod to shoot behind the scenes video. If possible, it is always beneficial to have a "second shooter" in your bag. The D7100 is now quite outdated, however, so the link I added is the for the 7500, which can be purchased with multiple lenses as a kit. This is the perfect "blogger" setup and a great "first real camera" option. The D7100 has the following features:
- 24.1 megapixed DX-format image sensor
- Shoot up to 6 frames per second for up to 100 continuous shots
- Wireless sharing and control with WU-1a adapter (not included)
- ISO range from 100 to 6400
- 1080p videos with full-time autofocus and built-in stereo mic
Since purchasing this lens I have fallen deeper and deeper in love with it. It is perfect for indoor and outdoor architecture, landscapes and any low light wide angle needs. Click below to view on Amazon.
This is one of my special occasion lenses. I use this lens for events and concerts. At just 147.5mm long and 755g—over 30% shorter and 1.5lbs lighter than its predecessor was the world's lightest 300mm full-frame AF lens at the time of launch. Click below to view on Amazon.
This is my most versatile lens and I use it all the time. Perfect for street shooting, travel and aerial work, the 24-120 can do almost anything. It also has a VR function (Vibration Reduction) which helps in helicopters or action shooting. Click below to view on Amazon.