As photographers, we often get asked what cameras and lenses and gear we use…or use most often. I wish I could say there’s a magic bullet for making images compelling. But, there’s not. Don’t get me wrong, the gear is awesome…and I can do things with my my current camera bodies and lens line-up that I just wasn’t able to do in the past.
But, even with those lenses and cameras, there are some times that I still struggle. That I still have to work to find my creativity. That I have to find the frame that matches my vision. So, I work and I struggle…sometimes. But, the others? I totally dig what’s in my bag. So, here you go…My gear.
I now shoot with Sony camera bodies: a Sony a7Riii and a7iii. But, I’ve used and loved Canon, Nikon, and Fuji in the past. It’s really a Coke/Pepsi taste preference…they’ll all get you what you need in the end.
My camera bodies are my 3rd and 4th children. I use them constantly for both my personal and professional work. The a7iii is a low light monster and allows me to get images in places and times that I wouldn’t otherwise be able. The a7Riii is a resolution BEAST that is phenomenal for capturing detail in wider environmental portraits, and in all of my recent landscape imagery of the past year.
But the thing that remains unequivocal for me is the lightness and portability of my current gear. My current kit allows me the flexibility to take one or both cameras with me everywhere, so that I can document my family’s daily life on a more routine basis. And, let me just say this, the color renderings & dynamic range of the latest Sony Alpha lineup are BEAUTIFUL! I love the inconspicuous feeling of this kit…both camera bodies let me get close to my subjects (family or clients) without them feeling like there is a big, black monster of a machine in their faces. These two bad boys work beautifully together.
As much as I love my cameras, my lenses are what hold my affection. In the past, I’ve amassed an embarrassingly large collection of them. But, since my switch to Sony & my emphasis on keeping things light, I have focused on what I absolutely love and need. Sometimes, simplicity is king. Featured below are my dynamic duo of zoom lenses:
Sony 16-35 f/2.8 G Master
Sony 70-200 f/2.8 G Master
My zooms are on my cameras more often than not. But, when they’re not, I have a collection of primes and specialty lenses that pretty much rock my creative world.
Sony 28 f/2
Sony 85 f/1.8
Lensbaby Velvet 56
Usually I tote a few of these babies around in my trusty Mindshift camera backpack. But, when I’m not doing that, I use my super versatile Kelly Moore Woodstock bag. It doubles as a purse, and is an indiscreet way for me to carry all my daily crap and one camera body with lens attached. I pretty much love it!
So, that’s it. My gear. Stay tuned for travel gear recommendations for all your Summer adventures, may you safely have them!
Modern & Candid NY Family Photographer
Gina specializes in soulful, but modern family imagery. By focusing on the relationships of parents and their children, she is able to go beyond the standard pose and capture the true emotion of her clients’ relationships. Visit the Session Info page for more details.