what's in my camera bag?

I won’t pretend that people are asking me all the time about my life, and what I’m wearing, and where I shop. Nope, that’s not what I’m doing here - but one question I do get all the time is about my camera gear, or camera gear someone else should by. Here is what is in my bag, and I’ll do another blog post sometime on what I think novice photographers or newbies should purchase. Also, these links are all shoppable, so feel free to click the image to head to Amazon and check it out.


The Canon 6D Mark II - $1,499

A lot of professional photographers use the Canon Mark 5D III or above, but I struggled with that model when I test drove it for a week. It’s also super heavy. The 6D is heavy, but not as dramatically.

Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro

This lens is by far one of my favorites when it comes to close up detail shots. Wedding rings, animals, small things with lots of detail. I once took an image of a fly on a table across the deck from us and could see the hair on its back. Not kidding. It was gross and amazing, all at once.

The 50mm 1.4

Oh man, this lens did my head in when I was researching it. Canon has made a 1.8, 1.4, and 1.2 lens. But I suppose the different price points for one of the worlds most popular lenses makes sense. When I was researching it, the 1.2 was a little out of my price range - but a lot of people who had used both the 1.2 and 1.4 said they couldn’t tell the difference. I’m a little skeptical of that, especially with the difference in price, but I ended up going with the 1.4 in the end. There is a reason the world calls the 50mm, “The Nifty 50.” This lens can easily be your everyday go-to if you wanted it to be.

The 24-70mm 2.8 Zoom

Now this lens was one of the best investments I ever made! I use it ALL THE TIME. It’s perfect for portraits, and group shots, it has a zoom which makes it easy for dancing around a wedding. I can’t say anything about this lens at all, it’s easily my everyday lens and the one you’ll most often see me using.


A flash, just in case.

Batteries, you always need 'em.

I have the older version of this bag, but having a backpack to wear as your moving around is really helpful!

PhotographyJulie Maden