cori’s camera bag

What’s in my camera bag? These are my essentials, the “don’t leave home without ’em” things…

Cameras Bodies and Lenses

Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark II

I carry two of these fantastic camera bodies. In my opinion, well worth the moolah. This camera is so good with higher ISOs and I love the quickness and the great color. Sharp great images come from this camera when paired with great lenses.

Canon 50mm 1.2L lens

Canon 50mm 1.2L Lens

My trusty (and most often used) 50mm lens. It seems this lens is always on one of my cameras. It is my go to lens in a newborn shoot as well as my go to lens in a family or child outdoor shoot. Great lens, especially on a full frame camera.

Canon 85mm 1.2L Lens

Canon 85mm 1.2L Lens

A great lens for the more close up expressive shots. I use this mostly on my outdoor child and family shoots.

Canon 35mm 1.4L Lens

Canon 35mm 1.4L Lens

A lovely lens for the wide angle shots. This lens is fantastic for wide shots of a family or children in an orchard. I also use it for wide family newborn shots where they want the cribs or other furniture in the picture.

Canon 100mm Macro 2.8L Lens

Canon 100mm Macro 2.8L Lens

This lens is perfect for babies’ fingers, toes, lips, and close ups of beautiful little faces. Though it can be used for much more, that’s when I find myself using it primarily.

Accessories

White Balance Target

White Balance Target

A white balance target. I take this on every shoot. I use it almost every time. Realistically I don’t always use it when I’m with my own kids. My camera is often on auto white balance in my daily life, but for a photo shoot it’s on custom and I’m using my target.

SanDisk 8gb Compact Flash

SanDisk 8gb Compact Flash

Memory cards are obviously very important. I have more than a dozen. Most of mine are these San Disk 8GB cards.

Canon Camera Batteries

Canon Camera Batteries

Extra camera batteries are also very important. I have four, two per camera.

Shootsac Camera Bag

Shootsac Camera Bag

I wear my shootsac on every¬†photo shoot. It keeps my lenses, memory cards, batteries, and more accessible while I’m shooting. The rest of my goods stay in my large camera bag when they’re not needed for a particular shoot. The shootsac¬†also has fun, stylish covers.

Lowepro Camera Bag

Lowepro Camera Bag

This is my big camera bag. I love Lowepro. They’re fantastic and such good quality.

Canon 580 EX II Flash

Canon 580 EX II Flash

I have one of these and one 580ex (the first edition). I don’t use them much except for weddings with my pocket wizards but I always bring them along in my big camera bag because you never know when you just may some extra light.

by Cori Derksen

8 comments

April 20, 2011 - 3:06 pm

kera i just sent a email from your website about answering some questions then i saw this on your blog. Thanks for this page this helps a lot. I would love to get the white balance prop. I still would like ot know some of the other questions if you have time. thanks again kera

June 2, 2011 - 10:45 am

Shannon Hi Cori!

I’d like to find out if you’ll be having another workshop. I take lots and lots of pictures, in auto! I want to learn how to use my manual settings and a friend of mine took your workshop and loved it! I hope you will be having another soon…

thanks!

Shannon Stewart

June 2, 2011 - 11:59 am

Cori Derksen Yes! I’m having two workshops this summer! One in June and one in July and there are only a couple more spots available in each workshop. You can see the info here:
http://bruisesandbandaids.com/2011/two-summer-workshops/

August 15, 2011 - 9:02 am

Anisa ray Hi cori,

I’ve been following your posts and Facebook or quite some time. I’m quite new at manual mode. I have the basics down thankfully. Just recently my darling husband bought me a 5D Mark II as a birthday gift. I LOVE this camera for the awesomeness in low light settings without a flash. however, I want a flash for other instances. Unlike the 7D, the 5D’s doesn’t have a built in transmitter so I am purchasing a 430ex II and I want to fire the flash off the camera like say someone is holding it towards my subject for a portrait. How do I do that at the lowest price? Or does the flash produces ok photos when mounted on the camera?

Any tips would help. Thank you

Anisa

August 16, 2011 - 10:38 am

Cori Derksen Anisa,
I have the 580 ex flash and I use it both on camera and off camera. It works great on camera but I prefer to diffuse the flash a bit as well as bounce it off the ceiling or walls to make the light softer. When using the flash off camera I use pocket wizards to fire the flashes. Check them out.
http://www.pocketwizard.com/

Good luck!
cori

August 17, 2011 - 10:35 am

Anisa Ray Thanks so much for the information Cori.. one last question, I hope. lol Are UV filters necessary? I am considering getting one just for protection of my lens.

August 21, 2011 - 9:41 pm

cori I for sure put UV filters on every one of my lenses for protection. If the camera gets dropped on the lens, the filter will hopefully break and not the glass on the lens. :)

July 10, 2012 - 6:02 pm

Allie Hi Cori

I love your site! I am just getting started but have learnt so much already reading your articles
Thanks

Allie

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