In My Camera Bag – My Camera Gear through the Years

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The other day I opened my camera bag…well, all of them.  I pulled out all the gear I had and from a photographer perspective, this isn’t really that impressive.  However, I felt like someone, somewhere might find it interesting.

From left to right you are witnessing the evolution of my photography journey.  That Minolta is a film camera and I’d venture to guess that it has less than 100 clicks on it.  Film cost money!  Ha ha.  I just recently bought a new battery for it but I have yet to purchase film.  It’s a pretty standard point and shoot camera without the buttons to manually adjust exposure.

There is one camera missing. My very first digital camera was an Olympus 500 SP UZ.  It wasn’t even a DSLR but it was a great camera.  I’ve sold prints of photos taken with that camera.

Next up is a Sony A200, my first DSLR! I had two kit lenses, 18-55 and 70-200mm.   I picked up my Sony within the last couple years and took it on an off-road ride.  I’m a bit embarrassed how dirty it was when I pulled it out of the bag.  Probably why I didn’t notice I’m missing the 70-200 in this photo.  Where could that be?  Hmmm.

“I’ll never shoot people” she said.  “I’m only going to shoot landscapes” she said.  “Well, maybe a couple people” she said.

Enter the debate…Nikon or Canon?

Truly at this point in my life, when it came down to deciding what camera system I wanted to upgrade to, I had no real understanding of camera bodies. I knew I wanted something better, something that could handle low-light better, faster, sharper, etc.  But ultimately, when it came down to deciding what I wanted it really came down to price.

I loved my Sony camera.  I still do, it’s a beast.  The Sony cameras are gorgeous and if money were no object, I’d buy a complete system.  But the problem with Sony is market share, there’s not a lot of retailers or repair places and the problem with me is budget.

Canon is known for great lenses but they cost more too.  I was researching all of my favorite photographers at the time and they all shot with Nikon.  I was combing through forums and discussions and the Nikon cameras were faster focusing and better at hitting focus and they were sharper.  I chose the Nikon D7000.

I worked that camera to death.  It has a problem and I should probably get a quote to get it fixed but since I have the Nikon D600 I haven’t been too eager to spend the money.  I also killed my first prime lens the 50mm 1.8.  Highly recommend a 50mm lens as an initial investment 1.2 is the best, 1.4 would be ideal, 1.8 if it’s all you can afford.

The Nikon D600 had a rough start…the dreaded oil spot issue.  Something about the mechanism caused oil spots on the sensor.  No bueno!  This model was eventually recalled and replaced with the D610.  I didn’t really notice a problem, I may have had an issue, but had my camera cleaned and haven’t noticed anything since.   I really love this camera, it is my first full frame.  If you can afford it, go full frame.  The downside to this camera is that it is noisy in low light.  It hasn’t stopped me from shooting weddings with it, but there are just other cameras out there that handle low light so much better.  Now that I’m shooting indoors in a house with very little natural light, I’m getting a little frustrated with this camera.   (Side note: my BFF has a Canon 6d, we were both shooting a baby shower in a terribly lit hotel ballroom, the Canon blew my Nikon away.)

I have the following lenses for my D600:  24-85mm, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8 (my favorite), Tamron Macro 90mm (used rarely)

The last camera I’ve recently added to my inventory is the Panasonic GX-7.  I wanted a camera that I could carry around in my purse for the everyday moments.  And doesn’t it just look cool?   We have a 14-70mm lens and we purchased an Olympus 45mm prime lens that looks the equivalent of an 85mm portrait lens.  The GX-7 is a mirrorless digital camera system.  We really liked it for it’s video quality but it’s become the go-to camera for family memories.

I also have 2 speedlights, one is a Nikon SB-700 and the other is a Yongnuo Flash compatible with the Panasonic.

And lastly, there is one more camera in the house…a Canon Powershot A2200. Perfect for little fingers.

What cameras do you have? Are you considering an upgrade or buying your first DSLR? Oh, the choices!!   I’d love to hear from you, leave us a note in the comments below.

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