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What’s in my photography bag? ~ Quad Cities Wedding Photographer

March 8, 2018

Hi, all! Today I want to tell you a little more about the tools I use to capture images. This is an extensive list, but remember, I have spent years acquiring these tools.

I get my equipment from a local camera store, The Camera Corner in Davenport, Iowa. Though visiting a brick and mortar store is not as convenient as merely ordering online, the customer service, troubleshooting, and assistance is well worth the drive time. I also use B&H and Amazon for occasional photography needs.

Below are the cameras, lenses, and tools I carry with me for any shoot, as well as the tools I use in-studio.

Camera bag:

Jo Totes Gracie Camera Bag in Marsala


Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Body


Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Lens Accessories:

Hoya 49mm Alpha MC UV filter

Canon ES 68 Lens Hood

Hoya 58mm Alpha MC UV filter

Canon ET 65 III Lens Hood

Tiffen 77mm UV Protector Filter


Shutter Huggers

ExpertImaging ExpoDisc 2.0 77mm White Balance Filter

Westcott 6-in-1 Illuminator Reflector Kit (42″)

Vello Rapid Lens Changer for Canon EF/ EF-S


Nissin Di700A Flash Kit with Air 1 Commander (2)


Manfrotto MT190X3 Aluminum Tripod

Tripod Head:

Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head

Memory Cards:

SanDisk 32GB Extreme UHS-I SDHC Memory Cards (6)

The world of cameras and lenses and accessories can be confusing and overwhelming. Do your research. Ask a lot of questions. Read reviews. And perhaps most importantly- remember that fancy devices don’t make the picture. Spend just as much money on education and training as equipment. It will pay off!

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