Ashlee’s camera bag

I wrote a blog about how to use Aperture to get great bokeh
that led into some questions about my gear, so here’s what I use
(plus some of my beginner gear that is more affordable!)

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MY LENS CHILD – Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART
I’ve had this lens for YEARS. 98% of what you see on my instagram right now is from this lens. It’s wonderful in low-light and has great depth of field. I love it so so much and I forgive it that it jumps focus sometimes. haha. Mine is taped up and tattered because it’s been through life with me. haha. Still working like a champ though! Price: $800

newborn baby so cute with bow photo taken with Sigma 35mm 1.4
Photo taken with the Sigma 35mm 1.4
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Photo taken with the Sigma 35mm 1.4

Canon 70-200 f/2.8
I LOVE this lens. Since it’s a telephoto lens, the f/2.8 is basically like having f/1 lol. It’s really pretty. Opt for stabilization because this thing is HEAVY. I use it for wedding ceremonies and we use it for all the stage photos at New Life Church. If you go to their instagram, you’ll see all the stage photos and sermon clips that are taken with this beast if a lens. It’s great for being discrete during wedding ceremonies. All the photos I get are from the back and nobody has to see me sneaking around haha. Price: $1,700

Taken with the Canon 70-200 f/2.8, photography, wedding photo, first kiss
Taken with the Canon 70-200 f/2.8! So sharp.

Canon 50mm f/1.2
I’ve never worked up the guts to afford it, but someday I’ll own this magnificent lens. Seth and I rent it every now and then and are fairly obsessed. Price: $1,300

MY CAMERA is the Canon 5d Mark iv. I LOVE it. I’ve had each of the Canon 5d’s and have loved them all. I buy body-only because I want to match it with my lenses that I love. Price: $2,300

My Camera harness
SAVES my neck. There was a 5 month span where I couldn’t move my head from side to side the weekend after each wedding because my neck was in so much pain. SO I switched to a harness and haven’t had that issue since then! Price: $220

My little black bag
I carry my camera body, two extra batteries and my Sigma 35mm in this bag. The rest of my gear goes in my backpack! The little black bag is my FAVORITE camera bag I’ve ever had. It’s tiny, barely fits my camera (which shouldn’t be a plus, but for me it is! haha). I love having such a small bag for my stuff! If you had a bigger lens, it might not work! Price: $100

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Seth is a videographer! We share gear a lot and our things are fairly interchangeable.

The gear I started photography with:

Canon 50mm 1.8
Cheap and efficient little guy. Honestly, It feels like a kids toy, but man this lens is great for the price. I used this lens for YEARS before I upgraded. A lot of missed focus and soft photos came from this little guy. haha BUT It served me well as a beginner. CHECK IT OUT

Canon 50mm 1.4
If you have a few more hundred dollars to spend, get this one instead of the 1.8! It’s the same idea as the Canon 50mm 1.8, but the f-stop is a little better and it doesn’t feel like a plastic toy. I also used this one for a few years, but eventually the focusing ring started messing up and I had to upgrade to my Sigma 35 at that point. This lens my favorite for SO long!

wedding photography bride being hugged by groom. used Canon 50mm 1.4 beautiful light
Taken with the Canon 50mm 1.4

Beginner cameras:

I haven’t used these. The camera bodies I used before my Canon 5ds are all not made anymore. SO I did a little research and these are some great options. Make sure the lenses you get are compatible before purchasing!
Canon SLR [EOS 80D] 
Canon EOS 6D Mark II

For travel or for fun:
If you’re looking for a camera that is really lightweight and takes great photos, but you’re not looking to make a career with it – I’ve also heard great things about these!

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Kit
Canon EOS M100 Mirrorless Camera

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