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Thornton, Colorado | charles@cmartvisuals.com

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Whats in My Camera Bag?

As I gain more experience as a photographer, the amount of gear I own gets bigger and so does the bag. In this weeks blog post, I will go through what's in my camera bag and why it is in my bag.


The Camera

Currently, the camera body that I am using is the Nikon D850 which is a full frame DSLR that comes with an amazing 45.7 megapixels. This was a camera that I have really been wanting and I finally was able to purchase it in November of 2019 after using my Nikon D5300 since 2016. It was definitely time to upgrade to full frame body as I had started to push the limits of my crop sensor body. I am aware that the photography industry is rapidly switching towards mirrorless cameras, but I feel that the D850 was the best option for me and what I will use it for, but I will go into more details on why I chose a DSLR over mirrorless in a later blog post.

Nikon D850 | 50mm f/1.8 | 1/2500 sec | ISO 500

With the D850, I am really able to nail the focus on images which results in more sharpness and overall higher quality photos. The amount of detail that I can get from my shots is amazing. This is something that you will immediately notice when you take that step from crop sensor to full frame. To most people, all of this may not matter, but to those photographers who care about all the details of every shot they take, you will really appreciate this camera and all it has to offer.


The Glass

Next up is the lenses or "The Glass" as they are often referred to. Before I invested in my camera body, I spent about three years investing in full frame lenses that I would eventually use on my D850 but they also worked on my crop sensor D5300. One important thing to note here is that lenses make a huge difference in the quality of your photos and it is wise to first invest in glass before you think about upgrading to a full frame DSLR or mirrorless camera.


The image above was taken with Nikons 50mm f/1.8 which is my preferred lens when shooting solo portraits. This is an excellent lens that every photographer should have in their bag and it currently comes in at a low price of $196.95 on Amazon. This is probably my favorite lens and I think it will continue being in my bag for many years to come.


The next lens that is in my bag is my Sigma 35mm f/1.4 which is my preferred lens when shooting couples, families, or any kinds of portraits where I don't need super close headshots. I have tried using this lens for solo portraits but I prefer how tight of an image the 50mm is able to offer over the 35mm.

Nikon D850 | 35mm f/4.0 | 1/640 sec | ISO 100

Here is a shot from a recent couples shoot that was taken with my 35mm. As you can see, this lens offers a wider shot than the 50mm and it was able to nicely capture these two in the beautiful scene. The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is currently available on Amazon for $646 which is about $100 cheaper than I bought it for.


The third lens that is in my bag is Nikons 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 which is my goto lens when shooting landscapes or when I am traveling. When taking landscapes, you want to really capture the beauty of the whole scene and being able to shoot as wide as 18mm can really help with that while allowing you to zoom into 35mm if you need a bit of a tighter shot.


This beautiful lake sunset shot was taken in Steamboat Spring with the 18-35mm on my D5300. This image really proves the point that it is important to invest in lenses first. The Nikon 18-35mm f3.5-4.5 is currently available on Amazon for $746.

Those are currently my main essentials anytime I am out shooting. If you see an image of mine, it was most likely taken with either my D850 or D5300 along with one of these three lenses. The next piece of gear to add to my bag will probably be another drone or a nice telephone lens for animals and sports!

Until next time!













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