Camera Gear

I am often asked, “What kind of camera equipment do you have?” So I thought it might be fun to put a polyvore collection together to show you my camera gear.

I think this will be when the velvet rope comes down, the curtain falls, and all of those other horrible cliches are put into play and you see I really don’t have an unattainable, or incredibly impressive “bag of tricks”. My camera gear has been collected since I started getting serious about my hobby roughly three and a half years ago.

I won’t lie, photography is an expensive hobby. Them’s the breaks. The more you get into it, the more expensive it gets. Yeah, I know, I said that a great photographer can take great pictures with a point and shoot. I stand by that! BUT most of the time, the automatic controls of a point and shoot can only make you happy for so long; if you’re like me, you will eventually want to play around with your focus and exposure. It’s all about control people (for me, anyway). And then, the lenses! Oh the lenses. I could make an entire wishlist filled completely with lenses I drool over on a daily basis. So, I decided to do just that. The first group of gear is what I currently have. The second? My dream gear. ::drool::

My Camera Gear

Canon Digital Rebel Xti
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM IF Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
Canon Speedlite 270EX Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Canon Wireless Remote Control RC1 for Canon XT/XTi, XSi, and T1i Digital SLR Cameras
Tamrac 3350 Aero 50 SLR Shoulder Camera Bag, Black, with Belt Loop & Carry Handle
Patriot Signature 8 GB 266x CompactFlash Memory Card (x2)
Kingston Elite Pro 4 GB 133x CompactFlash Memory Card
Sunpak Platinum Plus Tripod with 3-Way Fluid Head

I have this AWESOME camera strap, which I purchased at the etsy shop: HowardAvenue and I love it. It’s durable, long enough to wear my camera across my chest if necessary and just plain cute.
You will also find, among the litter and chapstick tubes, a lens brush and an orange lens cloth.

Now, the good stuff: My Dream Camera gear:

My Dream Camera Gear

What? A girl can dream, can’t she?
As always, I get nothing if you should buy anything from links provided.

11 comments to Camera Gear

  • Raven

    You know, I almost got a tripod just like yours at Goodwill. However, the grooves were stripped and the head wouldn’t stay in place, so I left it. Would have been quite a deal at $12, but not worth dropping my camera on the ground.

    And, while quality photos can be made with a point & shoot by those with talent, there are some things they just can’t do. Even a DSLR can’t. Like be still enough to take a photo of the moon without a tripod, or get a self portrait without a remote. So I will continue to search for good deals on those items and more, while I try to learn how to really use this camera I have. Thanks for the tips!

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    Natalie Reply:

    I got my tripod for around $10 at a closeout deal website (Woot.com) I’ll keep my eyes peeled and let you know if they start selling them again.

    You are absolutely right. There are just some things you can’t do w/ a p&s and I can’t go back. I love my DSLR.

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    Raven Reply:

    Yes, please! I would love to find a deal on one. A tripod is my next goal. And a remote. Then I might do one of those self portrait classes that are all over the interwebz. But first I need the tripod cause my arms are never quite long enough.

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    Natalie Reply:

    While I like the wireless remote, there IS a lag time w/ it, making portraits w/ squirmy kids hard, so I want to try to get a wired one just to see the difference.

    You know, when that money tree starts growing.

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  • Oh how I want all of this and more!
    AND I will be purchasing a bag and camera strap ASAP!
    Thanks for this post. It keeps me in the know on what you use!
    xo

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    Natalie Reply:

    I really should just go ahead and order the Ginger bag. I think the next shipment won’t go out until April, they are in such high demand. But I’m going to wait until my Birthday and treat myself :o) I’ve loved it for a long time, and I don’t think that love is going anywhere, so I may as well do it.
    I definitely want more, I just tried to keep it in check as to not be that greedy girl. I want lights and umbrellas and stands and everything for a “real” photoshoot.

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  • I am totally getting an Epiphanie bag for myself for my birthday. I think maybe the turquoise one.

    I would love an external flash (and a light meter) for my camera, but I would need a very thorough class in how to use them before it’s worth it.

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    Natalie Reply:

    I’ve pretty much decided that for my 30th birthday I WILL buy myself the Ginger. I’m going to be 30, dammit. That’s a big deal birthday, right?

    Really w/ the external flash, as long as you tilt it away from the subject, and let it bounce off a wall or ceiling, you’re going to get better light and less (to no) red-eye. I play around with mine a lot. My only complaint is that pictures are not quite as sharp as I like unless I use it outside where there is already a lot of natural light and as a fill-in flash. The Scott Kelby book is really helpful.

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  • If I ever become a fancy camera person, you are totally helping me pick out stuff. I already have a tripod though, so that is phase 1!

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    Natalie Reply:

    That would be a dream job.

    But if you currently have no desire to get a dslr, you can wait until I upgrade and then I will be offloading my camera cheap. :o)

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  • thanks for the great compliments on my camera straps! I truly appreciate those that appreciate my love of creating quality yet fun stuff for our cameras!

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