I love to see what gear other photographers are using, so I thought you might also like to have a sneaky peak inside my camera bag to see what gear I use. I've gone one step further than just listing equipment, so for the lenses, I've included images so you can see some examples of it in action, along with when and where I would use each one. Sound good? Let's go!
The Camera Body
Let me preface this section by saying I have too many lenses, and my lens stash is about to be culled by at least one, probably two lenses. (The trouble is, I can't decide which to get rid of, which is why I have been saying that for a few months now!)
The reason I have so many lenses is that I shoot with primes. Primes lenses are those that have a fixed focal length, in other words, you cannot zoom in and out. Although you can definitely shoot with just one or two primes quite easily, if you do a lot of different types of photography, you are probably going to want a few lenses, each one being better suited to a different job.
The reason I shoot with primes rather than just having one or two zooms is because I love to shoot with big apertures, and you can stop down lower with a prime than you can with a zoom. I also find I enjoy "zooming" with my feet - it feel it allows me to get more creative about shooting from different angles and so on. Of course, other people love zooms for exactly the opposite reasons! There is no right or wrong answer but if you unsure which is right for you, you can check out this post on zooms vs primes.
Also please bear in mind that I shoot with a full frame. If you shoot with a cropped frame camera, these lenses will perform differently. Again, I've got another post that explains the difference because of this "crop factor", understanding the lens numbers, which you may find helpful.
Because I always like to search for example images taken from lenses before I buy, I've added in a few shots that I've taken with each lens, so you can get an idea of how that particular lens performs too.
I have two camera bags. I think camera bags are important, because you might find yourself not taking your camera to certain places to protect it, or because it's too difficult to get in and out of your bag. It doesn't have to cost much to get a decent bag to carry your camera - the purse style ones tend to cost more naturally :)
The first bag is my Kelly Moore Hobo in Heather Grey. This is a purse style bag, and I use this when I want to carry a couple of extra lenses with me (it can hold camera with lens attached, and two spare lenses) It's also great for being able to just reach into your bag and easily pull the camera out. (It's also great for being able to reach in and pull out a spare lens and change lenses without putting the bag done) However, it's incredibly heavy when full, and because it is worn over your shoulder, quite uncomfortable to wear for extended periods when full. However, it's great and comfortable when just carrying a more sensible amount of gear.
I also have a back pack which I use for times when I am going to walking for longer, as I can carry this more comfortably than a purse style bag. This one fits my camera with attached lens, plus a spare lens, plus a top pocket for extras, which I use for snacks etc, but you could fit in another lens, or a flash unit.
I like to have two cards, so I can swap them out for uploading. I prefer a CF card because they write faster than a SD card, but they are a bit more expensive. I can't say I've noticed a difference between brands, so I'm guessing there is not much between them.
I don't often use a flash, but I have such dark rooms during the winter that occasionally I feel the need to supplement it. You can do some amazing things with flash, but I am not one of those people, I simply use it to add a little extra light (so never as the main light, or off camera) You can read more about using flash to add additional light to scenes here.
I do have some other bits and pieces - a Lenspen for cleaning lenses on the go and a reflector, plus a couple of nice camera straps, oh, and a interval timer, but apart from that, that is everything listed!
I hope that you have found this interesting - if you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch!