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favorite camera gear

Monday, February 03, 2014

I've been meaning to write up this post for a long time but kept putting it off because I'm always switching my supplies. I love trying out new lenses, bags, and accessories but I think I've finally found what's perfect for me. These are my favorites and what I shoot with daily...
1 // My main camera is the Canon 60D. I bought the 60D shortly after it came out a few years back and this might be the longest I have ever kept a camera before. I'm an avid fan of upgrading whenever possible but I just didn't feel the need to with this camera. It's wonderful, I have no complaints about it whatsoever. My favorite feature? That flip out screen! It's perfect for when I need to shoot something low to the ground (read : mushrooms + bugs!) but don't want to get my knees dirty, and I think the obvious reason I adore it is it makes outfit pictures a breeze.
2 // This shutter release is seriously one of the best things I've ever bought. You can either push+hold the button to take a single picture or set the timer to for it to shoot a few seconds later. If you put your camera in sports mode, and set the timer for a few seconds long it will take a continuous series of photos. It's a thousand times better than just a remote and an absolute must have if you take outfit pictures! It also makes taking long exposures easier. Using the shutter release minimizes the possibility of camera shake. We used the shutter release for these awesome long exposures.
3 // My go-to lens, the 40mm f2.8 is worth way more than the current price tag of under $200. This lens basically never leaves my camera. It's my absolute favorite. Word to the wise, lenses fluctuate in prices wildly keep and eye on them for a little while before purchasing to make sure you're getting the best price.
4 // It took me a really long time to finally decide I wanted to splurge on a real macro lens. I finally chose this one, a Canon 100mm f/2.8, and I couldn't be happier. It's Here are two posts featuring examples of what the lens can do - 1 + 2.

If you're not 100% sold on a lens, renting is always an option! It's a great way to test out a lens to make sure it's what you want before spending big bucks. I recommend BorrowLenses. You can even rent camera bodies!
My top two film cameras are the Pentax K1000 and the Canon T2. I love them both equally but know have figured out which works best for me in certain situations. The Pentax K1000 is a manual camera, you have to focus and adjust the setting properly yourself. It's an excellent camera to learn to shoot film on. The Canon T2, on the other hand, does have auto focus. It's my camera of choice when I know I'll be shooting animals (like at the deer park) and children since I'm still not that quick at focusing on my own. 

As far as 35mm film goes, I'm not that picky. I will shoot with anything I can get my hands on. I tend to most frequently purchase Fuji 35mm Superia X-TRA 400 because Amazon has it for a decent price.
I'm a lady of many camera bags. A while back I did a little review of the camera bags I own. Since that post was written I've acquired two new bags that have become my absolute favorites, Jo Totes Siena and this backpack style one made by Koolertron. Siena is my daily bag. It carry it with me when I run errands, go on trips, and basically just all the time. It's not very big which is exactly what I need in a daily bag, it comfortably holds my 60D with lens attached, as well as my wallet, numerous lip balms, keys, and a small notebook. You can find tons of photos of the bag being used by searching "Siena" here on the blog since it's appeared in many outfit posts.

The backpack is my utility bag. I use it when I need to carry a lot. I can more than comfortably carry my 60D, Canon T2, a land camera, and tons of extra film plus all my other essentials. Even with all that weight it's still comfortable enough to carry for hours at a time. 

My pride and joy, the land camera. This is my absolute FAVORITE camera. I bought mine from Film Photography Project on ebay two years ago or so when they were having a sale. They do currently have a few in their webstore. They're slightly pricey compared to what you'd find at a thrift store or estate sale but they have been tested and come with batteries. Plus they have really great service that I can attest to! When I first got the camera I had no idea what to do with but it actually came with an instructional DVD to help you out. Film can be found on amazon, black and white or color.  The black and white film was recently discontinued, hence the major price difference, so if you'd like some I'd stock up while you still can. You can find all my land camera photos here.

Those are my favorite, and most commonly used photography related things. I also have a list of just for fun cameras that I love, you can read more here! Or if you're interested in instant photography (+with easily accessible film!) you can read more here.
xoxo

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  1. Love this post. Question: can you elaborate a bit more on why the shutter release is better than a remote??

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    1. Because I like it better? Haha.

      Um, I just like it because I don't have to hold the remote and after a string of unreliable remotes this thing is a breath of fresh air. I've had it for about two years and never had any problems with it.

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  2. I wish they would stop discontinuing film. It stinks. I knew I should have stocked up more on the black and white film. It is my favorite.

    Emily
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    1. You should still stock up now if you want some. There's still lots of it but once it the stock starts to dwindle the price will soar even higher, just like what happened with 600 film.

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  3. I really need to invest in a camera bag someday. And a film camera...oh, there's too much to buy as a photographer!

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    1. Nah! Just buy what you want! You don't need a fancy pants camera or a bunch of camera to take awesome pictures. You just have to find the one that's perfect for you.

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  4. Thanks for this post. I just found your blog and really love it. Mine is in the setting up stages still. I just had one question. Do you use a tripod on your outdoor outfit shots or do you take someone with you? This is kind of hanging me up and I'd love to know what you think. Thanks. :)

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  5. I'm actually pretty surprised to learn about your shutter release! I thought for sure you used a wireless remote, as I never see wires in any of your shoots. I've been looking around for wireless the whole time, but with such a cheap accessory, maybe the shutter release is worth a shot instead! Thanks so much for this post, it's super helpful!

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  6. I got that 40mm lens for xmas, its my new favorite thing ever. I love how much light it absorbs! Great for indoor shots.

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  7. This post is perfect! I've been thinking to upgrade my dslr when I save up a bit and hearing your thoughts on Canon 60D was really great for me. I really love all the gear you use with it also so I might check into those as well. I love shooting with film and usually manually and I really want Pentax K1000 but I haven't had any luck finding it yet, hopefully I will soon. Also I really love all your camera bags but the new ones you got are really cute <3 And why did they even discontinue bw land camera film? You should show them your photos maybe they'll reconsider lol.

    Chamomile Dealer

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    1. Because they like to make people miserable.

      I don't know, really. I like the B+W film so much more than the color but they're going to keep making that. So dumb.

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  8. The 60D is a lovely camera, I used to upgrade mine all the time but then had to sell all my gear to pay rent so I'm slowly working my way through gathering everything I loved all over again. I've always used wireless remotes, as apposed to shutter releases- I used to love that I could hide it in my hand! xo

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  9. Thank you for this write up! I've been looking into a timer but I think I may go with the sutter release. I hope it will work for my camera!

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  10. that shutter release sounds pretty neat! so is the 40mm what you've been using in outfit posts or do you still like the 35 for that? either way, it does sound like a steal!

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    1. I'm 40mm all the way, it basically never leaves my camera.

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  11. I shoot on a Sony Nex-5n, but my favorite lens is the 50mm f/1.8. For what I like to shoot, the lower the f stop, the better!

    And, I just bought a wide angle lens (16mm f/2.8) and a macro lens (30mm f/3.5) that I can't wait to test out. Impulse buys are the best!

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  12. What a great post, my dear! I was super curious about your gear! The Shutter release indeed is a must, I already am buying one. I also loved your new profile picture. <3

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  13. Can you do a "What's in my camera bag?" post with the Siena.

    I am considering it as a less expensive alternative to the ONA Brooklyn but I cannot find a good reference for what fits comfortably. Ideally I'd like to be able to carry my 60D + lens, extra lens, flash, iPad mini, moleskine sized sketchbook, phone, cards and some cash.

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  14. Hi - you have inspired me to get a canon DSLR and the pancake lens - but i am not sure what camera bag to put it in when its got the pancake lens on? could you recommend anything? - thanks!

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  15. Hi Kaylah,

    I love your blog, especially all your awesome photos. I have a question about printing! Where do you get your film developed and printed? I get nervous about bringing it into a pharmacy or even Target. Any tips?
    Thanks!
    Marissa

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