What's in your camera bag?

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  1. KyPink

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    I am new to photography and shopping for my first SLR. I've pretty much decided on the Canon T1i. The kit lens will do me for a while but what other lens (or lenses) are must haves. I plan to do some portraits and outdoor photography.

    Thanks, Jenny
     
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    I have a T1i as well. My first extra lens was the EFS 55-250. Recently I picked up an EF 70-300 IS USM. I might get a good quality mid-lens to replace the 18-55 "kit" lens that came with the camera. Also in my bag are some absolute necessities- extra battery, 4x neutral density filter, circular polarizer filter, spare storage card, assorted cables, and an old flash.
     
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    In my bag (which is a Domke F2, BTW) you will find:

    (Cameras)
    Canon 350D
    Canon 10s (35mm)

    (Lenses)
    (All Canon)
    50mm 1.4
    85mm1.8
    100mm 2.8 Macro
    135mm 2.8
    70-200mm 4.0 L (non IS)

    (Filters)
    B+W 092 (IR)
    B+W 093 (IR)
    B+W CPL
    B+W 6 pt Star

    (Other Stuff)
    Macro Coupler
    Various Step Up/Down Rings
    Film
    Batteries/Chargers/USB Cable
    Multi-tool (Gerber)
    Cleaning Kit (for lenses & sensor)
    Manuals & other handy reference material
    WhiBal


    There's probably a few more things in there too, but that's what I use often enough to know it's there, lol.

    I have a few more lenses and other stuff, but I don't keep them in the bag. (They don't see much use.)
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Nikon D1X, D300, D200, D90, D60.

    A bunch of Nikon lens and speedlights.

    Though you've decided on the T1i, Nikon's D90 blows it out of the water when it comes to image quality. You may think I'm biased but I say that based on testing results by an independent lab.

    You can review the labs test results right here.

    The test is about image quality (RAW) only, they don't compare other features.

    Couple that with Nikon's built-in CLS (Creative Lighting System) that lets you control and trigger off camera speedlights in 2 separate groups and I would suggest for portraiture, at least, the D90 might serve your purposes better.
     
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    I would recommend a macro lens, they are fun.
     
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    Canon EOS Rebel T1i
    Canon 50mm f1.4
    Canon 85mm F1.8
    Tamron 70mm-300mm F4-5.6 Macro
    Tokina 12mm-24mm F4
    Canon 18mm-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS

    kenko 2x teleconverter
    Canon 250d closeup lense
    Sunpak xx42 flash ( some model number I forget specifically )

    Circular polarizer filters
    ND8 filters
     
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    I've recently realized having an air can in your bag is pretty useful as well for quickly removing dust/debris from the lens glass.
     
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    Portraits: 50mm f1.4 (if you can afford it, else the 1.8) This is a "Must Have" for portraits IMO. The f1.2L is a waste of money, but would be fun to have!

    Outdoor Photos: what kind? Landscapes/wildlife: 70-200, 70-300, 75-300
    If its street shooting you'll more than likely find a medium zoom works 24-105 or 28-135.

    Before spending too much money on lenses, determine you shooting style, then you will know if you need telephoto or zoom or primes.
     
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    Whenever I'm out shooting for the paper, I've got two 7D's around my shoulders with my 24-70/2.8 and 70-200/2.8 on. If I'm indoors, I switch the 70-200/2.8 for my 10-22/3.5-4.5. The other lens stays in the bag. On top of that I have two water bottles, a 580EXII flash, two sets of spare batteries for the flash, my Presslite Vertex, four spare 8GB cards (I got two for free by purchasing the 7D's, though they're slowish), all manner of gels for my flash, Tiffen lintless cloths, some lens cleaning solution, and a Munsell colour card. Oh, and gaf tape. Those are the most important things, anyway.

    Ask a broad question, get a broad answer.

    Nature and wildlife ("outdoors") demands long glass. As for portraits, I'd suggest picking-up a 50/1.4 USM. And if you're really set on portraits, I'd plan on more primes, like an 85mm.
     
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    Be careful with the air can, it's overkill and can force dust and debris INTO your lens even if the're sealed, and NEVER use it inside your camera body unless you don't mind paying hundreds of $$$ to replace shreaded shutter curtains.

    Use a manual squeeze blower and a natural brisle brush to remove dust from your lens.
     
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    Nikon D700 - Gripped
    Nikon D300
    Nikon 24-70 F2.8
    Nikon 70-200 F2.8
    Nikon 60mm F2.8 Macro
    Nikon 50mm F1.4
    LensBaby 3

    Sekonic L358 Light Meter
    B+W CPL
    Arctic Butterfly sensor cleaner
    12 CF Cards 4 Gig Extreme III
    Battery Charger
    Spare batteries
    Rocket Blower
    Lens Pens
    USB Card Reader
    Aspire One Netbook as a backup device

    Nikon SB-800 Flash
    Nikon SB-600 Flash
     
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    I've been using canned air for some twenty years and have never had a problem with dust being forced into the lens. Having said that, I guess that it could happen. I agree wholeheartedly with your camera body comment.

    Another concern in carrying the can around is that it could get inadvertently shaken and that results in liquid being sprayed. I have no clue if the liquid is damaging but it's probably not good for lenses.
     

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