What’s In My Camera Bag?

What's In My Camera Bag

Every photographer has a unique vision.  What they like to keep in their bag helps bring that vision alive.  Our goal is to make sure we have the best equipment for our wedding photography clients.  The day of each of our bride and groom is probably the most important day of their life and we need to do whatever we can to make it unique and memorable for them.  Having said that, here’s what’s in my camera bag:

The Camera Bodies

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera Body

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR

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Canon EOS 6D DLSR

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Sigma DP-1 Merrill Digital Camera with 46 Megapixel, FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor, Fixed 19mm f/2.8 Lens

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Our main camera body is Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR and Canon EOS-5D Mark IV DSLR. We also have Canon EOS 6D DLSR and Canon EOS 6D Mark II as additional bodies. For some ultra sharpness, we also utilize Sigma DP1 Merrill, which has a 46MP foveon pixel, which produces pictures at an amazing sharp and detailed level. Please visit "fun" section of our website to see some examples.

The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Quadcopter – Drone for Aerial Photography

DJI Mavic 2 Pro Aircraft

DJI MAVIC PRO 2

Our goal is to take amazing aerial photos and videos with this DJI Mavic 2 Pro aircraft. Equipped with a Hasselblad l1d-20c camera with a 20MP 1” CMOS sensor, The Mavic 2 lets you capture gorgeous aerial shots in stunning color detail. It has up to 31 minutes flight time, 44 mph max speed, 907G takeoff weight, 3-axis gimbal for steady shots, 8GB internal storage, & SD card support up to 128 GB. Other functions include active track 2.0, omnidirectional obstacle sensing, Hyper lapse, low-noise design, adjustable aperture, & HDR photos.

Gimbal for any DSLR

DJI Ronin-S

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DJI Ronin-S is a gimbal for any professional DSLR camera. It has 3.6kg of payload capacity with a battery life of up to 12 hours. We are using this gimbal with our Canon EOS-1D X Mark II to shoot buttery smooth 120 fps slow motion clips.

Memory Cards

Lexar 64GB Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 Memory Card

Lexar 128GB Professional 1066x CompactFlash Memory Card (UDMA 7)

SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Memory Card

SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB UHS-I Class 10 U3 V30 SDXC Memory Card

XIT 12 Piece Memory Card Hard Plastic Wallet Case For CF/SD/SDHC

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We carefully check the maximum writing capabilities of each of our DSLR cameras and get a memory card that goes with it. As per Canon's recommendations, all of our memory cards are able to write at faster speeds than what the body can. Our ultimate goal is not miss a single important shot.

Rechargeable Batteries

Turbo 3 Rechargeable Battery and Cable for Canon Kit

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Panasonic BK-3HCCA8BA eneloop pro AA High Capacity Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, 8 Pack

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When light is limited and my flash requires extensive usage, my rechargeable batteries come in for help. I can not be without them.

Extra Batteries

Battery Pack LP-E19 - Designed for the EOS-1D X Mark II, the LP-E19 is a high-capacity (2750 mAh) lithium-ion battery

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Watson LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1900mAh)

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For days when the photo sessions can run longer than expected, extra batteries are a must. I carry at least a couple of extras in my bag for any expected sessions. A must-have for every photographer.

Ring Flash & White Balance Filter

Polaroid Universal Macro LED Ring Flash

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ExpoImaging EXWBF277 ExpoDisc 2.0 77mm White Balance Filter

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Lastolite EZYBalance Gray/White Card - 20"

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A ring flash helps spread out light very evenly and can be very helpful in certain situations. It can provide even illumination that may be needed to preserve the image.

The Bag

Lowepro Pro Roller x200 AW

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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

Sugar Peach Evermore - Ladies' Camera Bag - The House of Flynn

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Urban Factory B-Colors Compact / Bridge And Reflex Camera Bag

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Ruggard Journey 34 Shoulder Bag

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Lowepro Pro is the perfect bag to carry majority of the time to most of my shoots, however, I do like to carry my ladies' camera bag made by the house of flynn, where I only need to carry some equipment for small shoots. On our engagement shoot photo sessions, we use urban factory b-colors compact camera bag, where I only need to carry one body and one primary lens.

Diffuser

Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible with Speed Mount (Generation 5)

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Flash Bounce Diffuser Cover For Canon 600EX-RT,Yongnuo YN600EX-RT Speedlite

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When there's too much light on the subject at weddings and receptions and it needs to be scattered and diffused, we use a flash diffuser that helps scatter the light.

Tripod

70" Full Size Professional Heavy Duty Tripod fits all Photo / Video Cameras

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A must have when you need an image that needs perfect focus and super sharp. Every photographer must have one for certain sessions.

Camera Harness

RL Handcrafts - Dual Camera Harness – Clydesdale Pro-DLX

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Handcrafted with top-quality leather, the Clydesdale Dual Camera Harness is designed for photographers needing access to 2-3 cameras with lens attached. The DLX model is stitched and padded in the shoulder region for all-day comfort. The patent pending 6-Point Rotation System conforms to your body and provides all day comfort. This is the perfect camera harness to carry two heavy camera bodies on all-day shoots and being able to use any of the cameras on the fly.

Prism Photography

10 Inch Optical Crystal Glass

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Some photographers may or may not like to have this in their camera bag. We use it to produce some artistic effect(s) matching the type of photo session.

Reflectors

43″ 5-in-1 Photography Studio Collapsable Light Reflector DX

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A must have to balance light in unfavorable conditions. These are every photographers' best friends.

Conclusion

“What’s in my camera bag” defines every photographer in a particular way.  We have world renowned photographers with photography equipment from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma, Pentax, and many more.  DARS Photography decided to go with the Canon lineup after initially trying out few entry-level DSLRs. We have been extremely happy with the results of our photos, but we never stop learning.  We are constantly looking for new ways to enhance our photos to achieve the desired look by our clients.

Saving photos after each part of the wedding is saving a couple’s lifetime memories. We make two copies of all of our photos until one copy is delivered to the client.  One copy is kept with us if our clients are in need anytime in the future. Long-lasting and rechargeable eneloop batteries by Panasonic and our tripod come in handy at each of our weddings. The Turbo 3 battery by Quantum is a must-have for your flash. Our camera harness, Clydesdale Pro-DLX by RL Handcrafts is such a time-saver when we need to have access to two different lenses in just moments.  Both camera bodies can be hanging and ready to use in an instant. For some artistic and creative photography, we keep our prism with us in our camera bag. At times of a pre-wedding shoot with harsh sun in the sky, our reflectors come and play a primary role. A camera bag that allows to switch camera bodies and organizes your lenses is extremely important for any professional photographer. Expodisc in our camera bag gives us the most natural white balance.  

Besides all the photography equipment, what helps me the most is my second photographer. We are able to coordinate different angles to make sure everything is covered in the most natural as well as in an artistic way. In a world of photography, one must envision changes and look for inspirations everywhere to make each event unique. With help of our equipment and perception, we try very hard to make every wedding memorable for each of our brides and grooms in a photojournalistic way. 

Is there something we’re missing in our camera bag that may be useful? Please leave us a comment. Are you a wedding vendor or photography enthusiast looking to collaborate? Drop us a line. Follow us on Instagram. Like us on Facebook.

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    2 Comments

    1. DARS Photography Wedding Photographer
      July 22, 2018

      Thank you for your kind words Dan! I just checked out your new single “Reason” as well! Fantastic music! You’re super-talented & it’s only a matter of time before the world recognizes it! We wish you all the best.

      Cheers,
      DARS

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      July 22, 2018

      What a great set of gear, although it would mean nothing unless in the hands of a talented artist such as Darshana. Her work speaks for itself, as can be easily seen from her superb portfolio and the many happy clients. Keep inspiring us through your wonderful work!

      P.S. To those into electronic dance music, my new single “Reason” is now available on iTunes and others – inspiredan.com/music.html

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