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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What's in my camera bag

From time to time people as me about my camera gear, so I decided to do a post on what is currently in my camera bag.

This includes everything I use to take my self portraits, though to be honest, in the winter any time I can get someone else to be my photographer I do. It's no fun to be out in the cold alone!

What's in my camera bag

Canon EOS 60D 18 MP Digital SLR Camera, $800 at Target - The Canon 60D has been my camera for the past year. The pivoting screen makes self portraits a lot easier!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 Lens, $359 at Amazon - My main squeeze, this is a relatively inexpensive lens that takes gorgeous photos when wide open. If you are looking for that dramatic blurred background, this is an excellent choice. The 1.8 for $100 isn't bad either, but the plastic construction isn't very durable. 

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens, $679 at Amazon - This lens is used mainly for landscape photography, but I've taken some fun outfit photos with it on a few occasions.

Opteka Rc-4 Wireless Remote Control, $7 at Amazon - An essential piece of equipment for anyone taking self portraits. It's dirt cheap at under $7 and works right out of the box. Plus the battery lasts years. The range could be better and it never seems to want to work half as well in the cold, but it's tiny and wireless and the best solution if you are your own photographer.

Roma DSLR Camera Insert Bag Organizer, $60 at ONA - My solution to the chic camera bag problem - on the cheap! This $60 insert allows you to turn any bag into a camera bag. Keep in mind a bag with a boxy shape and a lot of structure will work the best.

London Fog Women's Knightsbridge Tote, $150 at Nordstrom - Lately I've been using this tote, as it has ample room for my camera as well as all my other things.

Manfrotto MK394-PQ Ball Head Tripod, $80 at B&H Photo Video - This is the newer version of the tripod I use, the 725B which was discontinued several years ago. It's light weight, can be set up and broken down in seconds, and once you have a tripod with a ball head, you'll never want any other kind.


Alissa said...

The 50mm is my definite favorite lens for portraits! I love that cute camera bag you have also!

Btw, I am going to edit and include your specific group, how silly of me to overlook the obvious!

Closet Fashionista said...

Woohoo!! Your magic camera bag that makes me look 10x better ;)

Ali Hval said...

I really need a new wireless remote for the same reason you said--a range that could be better. I feel like half the time I have to click 4 times just to get it to shoot once, and then I don't really even have the time to pose. Mrf!

Style Journey said...

You have some really nice gear. I want a remote control. Kayla will be heading off to college and won't be around to take my photos! Heather

Always Maylee said...

You have such a cute camera bag!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Camera twins! I also have the 50 mm 1.4 lenses and it takes beautiful shots!

Do you think your landscape lenses is worth the splurge? I'll get a tripod and new camera insert (never buy one that is TOO big) when I visit in a few months.

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

p.s. Have you ever had problems with the built in flash raising? My flash hasn't risen in a while. I fixed an earlier error 5? by pressing the sensor down around the area where you attach an external flash. Now there is no error, but the flash doesn't raise at all.
Sigh, I'll have to bring it in for repair some time...

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Lauren said...

Your tote is fabulous! Such a great, chic and fashionable camera bag. I kind of want it for my everyday bag :P This post also makes me want a nice camera for my blog :P xo

vogueandheels said...

Love that camera. I have a good one but I need to upgrade.


Courtney Erin said...

Wow, you have such great equipment...I really need to upgrade some of my stuff. Especially my tripod and remote...which stink.

Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

A Fine Balance said...

I just bought the canon Rebel T3 is there a lens you could suggest for that for that dramatic blurred background look and good portraits?

Just purchasing the remote

Very exciting!

Lorena said...

WOW you are fully equipped !
I throw my Canon in my purse and hope for the best...
then again that is why your pictures are so awesome!

Annie said...

That tote is SO cute, I love that it's your camera bag!

The Other Side of Gray

Laura Go said...

I love that camera bags are so very stylish these days! Yours is gorgeous!
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taylor casto said...

that camera bag is TOO cute!!! thanks for sharing!


Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Fabulous camera! I have a Canon Rebel and love mine. Yours is better!

Juneli said...

Thanks for sharing, Lydia! This kind of info is great or amateurs like myself!
Can't believe that you've been taking all those gorgeous photographs yourself!!
Juneli from Fashionably Yours

amanda tinsley said...

This is a great how-to for me since I am new to blogging but also to photography.


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Shen Dove said...

Your camera bag is so stylish! I need a new tripod, I will definitely look into the brand you recommend.

Alexandra Shook said...

I desperately need a new tripod! Maybe I will get this one, I know Manfrotto makes very good ones.

KERRIN said...

cool blog, let's follow each other! xx


great post!


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Melina said...

Ummmm, how completely stupid do I feel for NOT using the swivel screen when taking self-portrait outfit shots??

Like you just changed my world. (Or I am an idiot...) Sooo, thanks for the new tip!

Wendy said...

Thanks for sharing Lyddie - I love seeing what other photographers and style bloggers keep in their camera bag as well as their actual camera bags.

Katie Q. said...

I always love seeing what other people use to shoot their pictures. I usually set my camera on a timer, are the remotes easier to use? (I've heard that they're tricky with the focus.) I really like your tripod, I've been looking for one to replace mine now that it's being help together with duct tape, is your's metal or plastic? (The ball head does look really nice, so easy!) And your "camera" bag is so cute!

Am2Pm Chic said...

Canon n Olympus are my two fav brand for camera, such a cute camera tote.


Am2Pm Chic said...

Canon n Olympus are my two fav brand for camera, such a cute camera tote.


Krystal said...

super cute camera tote!

N@NY said...

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Ali of Dressing Ken said...

I have the Cannon Rebel T3i but no bag for it yet!

Ali of


Lyosha said...

very nice camera :)

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Valerie said...

Thanks for sharing your "tools of the trade!" I think I am going to be asking for a big girl camera so I can take better photos (my digital point and shoot is just not cutting it!)

Shawna Walker said...

Cutest camera bag ever!!


allmouthandtrousers said...

aaaaaaand I just ordered the remote. will be WAY easier than rapid shot - you can TOTALLY tell which pics I took myself because 1. the background never changes and 2. I'm out of focus because I'm not in the frame when I push the button. CAN'T WAIT to play with this little guy. Thanks for sharing!!!!


Jill said...

Thanks for the peek inside! A new lens is always a treat!