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Inside My Camera Bag
My camera bodies, lenses, and why I use each of them
I often get asked about what camera and lenses I use so here we go. This is not a sponsored post nor do I endorse any specific brands, but I’ll explain why I choose these specific tools when I work digitally.
(And of course my iPhone 13 Pro)
The D850 and the A7R III have similar sized sensors that are the same 3:2 format, but I have both because of differences in their size, weight, and speed.
The D850 is generally my camera when working in a studio with flash, making a portrait, or using flash on location. I like to strap the battery grip on it which makes it easier to handle when shooting vertical portraits. When working with flash, I also like to be able to see the mirrored image through the ‘single lens reflex’ set up. It's a true image compared to the digital image you get through a mirrorless set up. The D850 is a handful, but it’s a fast ergonomic tool that is responsive and pairs well with flash kit.
The A7RIII is my travel camera. If I am hopping on a plane, need to walk to locations, or shoot reportage work, I use the A7 because it's a lighter, more portable kit compared to the D850. I can squeeze in a small bag and it's size also makes it more unassuming, which attracts less attention. People don't think I am professional, which is the ideal.
The RX100 is my backup camera and I rarely shoot with it seriously. I carry it on trips so if my A7 breaks, I know I can pull off the remainder of an assignment on the RX100. It’s an insurance policy.
For Nikon F-mount -
For Sony E-mount
I’d guess that 90 percent of my photos are made with either a 35 mm lens or an 85 mm lens. For portraiture I use the 85 mm for tight portraits of faces, like this Time magazine cover. And for all my reportage work, or environmental portraiture, I use a 35 mm lens.
I prefer fixed focal length lenses over zooms. Working with one focal length over a set of images helps give them visual consistency, it’s like writing in one tense. The 28-75 mm is my back up lens when working with my Sony gear, I simply carry it as a spare in case my 35 mm or 85 mm breaks, or I know I’ll need to oscillate between focal lengths in a short period of time.
Occasionally I use the 50 mm for a landscape, or a portrait that I would like to feel wider than the perspective of the 85 mm.
Got any questions about this gear? Let me know in the comments.