I’m often asked what’s in my bag…camera bag that is and while it’s not everything I want, it’s a start. I’ll start with my bag. It’s a Quantarary Pro Backpack. It’s okay…a little bigger than I’d like to have but it’s been durable. If I could recommend one, it would be the Nikon Backpack that holds your DSLR camera, lenses, and even your laptop. Yes, I love Nikon. I haven’t tried anything else though. I need something durable and that can protect my equipment because not only do I have kids running around spilling stuff, I also live on a ranch where dust is your camera equipment’s worst enemy!
Before I get to the goods, I’ll show you the whole kit-n-kaboodle first so that you can see how it looks in a camera backpack. I’ve got all kinds of things in mine, however, my camera and lenses are rarely in there. I usually try to keep one lens on my desk just in case I need to switch out.
Mine is a Nikon D70s body.
Next up, the lenses. I own 3 lenses. I cannot stress enough that the quality of your lens is the most important thing.
I own the Nikon Nikkor 18-70mm aka wide angle lens. Great for open space…just capturing the broad picture.
Nikon 50mm Lens. Excellent portrait lens. This is probably one of the only ones you’re gonna find that is affordable but with outstanding quality! You can’t go wrong with this lens.
Nikon 55-200mm. Mine is a cheap lens and I only bought it because my other BIG lens broke. I needed something to replace my telephoto lens and this was within budget. I highly recommend that you save and spend the extra money to get a higher quality telephoto lens! This hardly ever leaves my camera. I miss my 300 lens more though:(
Nikon Battery Grip. Makes for a more powerful battery life as it uses two En-ENL9 batteries instead of the standard one. I LOVE this. Please note that it makes your camera heavier but for me, it gives for a better grip and I love not worrying about my battery life. It lasts forever by using both batteries!
Of course I also have memory cards. I recommend that you don’t skimp here either. You don’t want to chance losing your pictures due to a bad card! Not only that, a better memory card makes for a faster transfer when putting them on your computer. I recommend the SanDisk Compact Flash Extreme 111 Memory cards.
I also some cleaner, some polarized lenses and a few other little things.
NOW FOR MY NIKON WISH LIST
Now I would love a whole brand new set! New camera (since I bought mine used) and new lens! BUT since that probably won’t happen for a while, I’d be super happy with a Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom lens.
Nikon SB-800 Speedlight Flash. This is something that I truly need! I love natural light but for indoors, fast motion, this is a must!
Professional Tripod. I would like to have this for many reasons…..it’s obvious.
WHAT I RECOMMEND FOR YOU
If you are dying to have a DSLR, I recommend you go with a starter kit. My pick would be the Nikon D40 Bundle or to be technical Nikon D40 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX and 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens with 2 Nikon School DVD. You get the camera, 2 lenses and DVD’s to show you how to use it and techniques to improve your shots. You can get this whole bundle for $499 which is a great bargain and a great starter set!
OVER TO YOU
What do you have? What is your favorite lens? If you don’t own a dslr yet, what are you looking at or what will determine your decision?