What’s In my Camera Bag (Then & Now)

August 22, 2019

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I’ve been blogging for over 10 years and my cameras have kind of grown up with me. Being a very visual platform, my first purchase when I started was a beginner’s Canon Camera and I’ve only upgraded twice since, the second time being in the last month when I saw a Canon 5D Mark IV come up as one of eBay’s Daily Deals!

I also bought my previous camera on eBay and a few lenses as well! It’s a source that some may look over, but I have been able to get some of the best deals on tech for our home (Also bought our Frame TV there!). You can buy new for a steal, or refurbished or used for even steeper discounts. I always ALWAYS make sure the seller has good ratings and check on shipping location and costs too.

Whether you are in the market for a budget friendly beginner camera, or feel comfortable using manual mode and want to upgrade or maybe taking pictures is a part of your livelihood and you want to go all out–here’s what’s in my camera bag, now (and then):

For the Trigger Happy Beginners (my first camera gear that served me well for years)

  1. Canon 4000D
  2. Cell Phone Tripod Adaptor (cell phones have come so far in photography–this tripod for them is a must have for any level!)
  3. Memory Card Holder (never ask, “where’s my card?” again)
  4. This handy drawstring bag for your camera or lens is perfect to protect your gear while fitting into your every day bag.

For the “I’m Not Scared of Manual” Shooter

5.  Canon 80D

6. Westcott Reflector (to bounce light around and block sun flares)

7. 50 mm prime lens (otherwise known as the “nifty fifty”–takes gorgeous photos!)

8. The Bowery Camera Bag by ONA holds a DSLR and lens, or a mirrorless camera with two lenses, as well as small accessories.

For the Seasoned Photographer

9. Canon 5D Mark iv (my new camera–she’s a masterpiece)

10. Manfrotto Tripod

11. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens (I had friends tell me for years this is the best lens out there, but it took me some time to save up for it and buy it. So now I’m telling you–it’s the best and I use it almost exclusively.

12. DSLR Camera Canvas Backpack Front Open Large Anti-shock SLR Travel Camera Bag — a really amazing price for a beautiful bag.


Of course there’s SO many options out there, but I can only back these products since they are what I actually have and love! Hopefully this helps give you lots of options wherever you are in your photography journey!


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  1. pkskys says:

    Hi, guys, I need the best camera for photography please suggest me the best camera?

  2. Chelsi says:

    Hi Julia,
    Can you please tell us where that beautiful shirt is from? Thanks!

  3. Nice article you have shared with us and i have enjoyed very much while reading this article.Keep writing such kind of blogs.

  4. Dan says:

    I have both those lenses as well but is the 24-70mm short enough for all your interior photos? I strugglein my space because some areas are tight and most areas are tall. I’ve been looking into wide angle lenses but can’t make a decision.

  5. Allison says:

    Not to nitpick, but on your list for the “I’m Not Scared of Manual” shooter, you have a Canon 80d listed which is an APS-C camera. In the same list, you recommend a 50 mm lens – which is a good option – but it wouldn’t really be considered a nifty fifty on a crop sensor. It’s more like an 80mm, and, if you’re googling what to buy, could lead to some confusion. If you’re looking to recreate a “nifty fifty” focal length you’d want a 30mm or 35mm lens.

  6. northerngirl says:

    Can you comment on why you use SLR over mirrorless? Would you recommend one over the other, or is one better for specific uses? Thanks!

  7. A good camera makes all the difference! And it really shows with your photos, they’re always so gorgeous.

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