Inside My Camera Bag

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Inside by Camera bag from a professional photographer

Below, you’ll find the camera I currently shoot with, and the lenses I use. You’ll notice 2 different 85mm lenses. The 1.8 lens has been my favorite for portraits, but it kinda broke, and I upgraded to the 1.2 recently, which I’d been contemplating for 2 years. You can see why, it was a BIG purchase! I also have 2 50mm lenses, the first being the 1.8, which I recommend in my Say NO to Auto book, as being the best and least expensive learning lens, at $100. I used it for years, then upgraded to the 1.4 which is still pretty inexpensive for a nice lens. I only have the 1.8 listed below.

You might also enjoy some other accessories I have for photography: (Yes, I have TWO colorful camera bags.) These are similar styles, but exact colors






If you’re not sure what camera to buy to start with, I always say to buy a basic model, and get great lenses. Here are my tips and where I started with a comaera on this post: How to decide what camera to buy

How to decide what camera to buy

Any questions???

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  1. Jacqueline says:

    Yup, I have a question! What do you use the Tamron for?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I used to use it more. It was my travel lens before I got my 35mm. I have found that I don’t prefer it as much because the glass isn’t as good, and my images aren’t as crisp/sharp as I get with my prime/fixed lenses.

  2. Thanks for posting this! I always wondered what you shoot with. Have you ever tried shooting with a mirrorless? It feels like a toy camera after lunging around my dslr for years. But I LOVE it so much. Also, have you ever (like recently, since I’m sure you grew up with it) tried film? Or film dslr? Also (last point, I swear!) I love the colorful bags you use! My camera/ everything bag is bright blue! I just say it’ll be hard for people to steal!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Hey, I don’t mind lots of questions! I have not tried a mirrorless, but I’ve heard so much about them, I don’t try new things in photography very often! I did shoot film back in the day, but not recently. Does instax count? Ha ha! I do love bright bags, for sure…

  3. Sara says:

    I’m going back & forth between the Canon 70-200 2.8 or 4.0 (will get IS version of either one). Do you find that you get enough bokeh with the 4.0? I do like the price and the weight of the 4.0 far more! Most of my portraits are taken outdoors. Thanks!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Hey! Because it’s a zoom lens, yes, great bokeh even on just a 4.0. I started with the 2.8 and it was HEAVY, totally happy at 4.0 (unless it’s darker, but I’m mostly outside)

  4. great post! i just invested in a new camera and I’m loving it!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Glad it’s helpful! Join the Capturing Joy Photo Club on Facebook if you want more!

  5. Great stuff here! Thanks for sharing!

  6. A marvelous resource!

  7. Megan says:

    Perfect timing. I need to get a good reflector.