What is in your camera bag? What's in your past camera bags? Show and Tell time!

in photography •  17 days ago 

Throughout my life, I have loved cameras. I struggle to remember how many I have used. My first start with a camera was a standard, run of the mill 35mm family Kodak. It did everything on its own.

It had no manual dials, fancy knobs, and had only a flash.

I got to use it at birthdays. That was the only time we got batteries and film.

My relationship with cameras changed dramatically when I was introduced to the Sony Mavica series cameras at school.

These cameras employed floppy disks and captured images at a resolution of 640*480. It was wonderful roaming around with a hard, plastic case of floppy disks, and this camera, as it felt like you could take almost unlimited images.

This was a time when USB wasn't a common, or popular format, and most digital cameras connected to computers via serial, parallel, SCSI, or other interfaces.

My next camera was a Kodak Easyshare CX-6200 (I couldn't remember the EXIF data, but my photographic archive can!)

Image taken from Amazon product page.

Here's a picture I took on it, when I used to roam around West Terrace Cemetery back in 2006.

Shot with a Kodak EasyShare CX-6200 West Terrace Cemetary, Adelaide, South Australia. , 12/10/2006.

Even though I upgraded at some point in 2003, or 2004, I kept that Kodak camera around for a while. My next move was a Canon, and it was a point and shoot. It had a manual mode, however; and that let me do more than I could on a literal point and shoot that couldn't do much at all.


Shot with my Canon Powershot A75, November 1, 2004.

This image was one of my first portfolio images, back when I was building a very, very basic portfolio. The main thing I went to go photograph was graveyards, as you can see.


Then, at some point, it was time to upgrade again. My next camera was more of a "prosumer" point and shoot - and this was a camera that I both loved, and hated. It was a Fuji Finepix S7000. I don't need to look at EXIF data to remember this camera's foibles and the issues that I experienced with it. While it produced beautiful skin-tones and colours straight out of the camera - and complied when shooting in manual mode - this is where my hatred for digital noise, chromatic aberration and high ISO shooting began.

I did a lot of work with this camera, and foolishly thought it could get me through university art school. I was so very, very wrong.


This was an image that I took, looking outside of a bus, on the way home from one of those University days. It dopesn't show my frustrations with the particular camera - but I honest cannot remember any brilliant photographs that I captured on this device.


Then, along came my first real grown up camera. A Nikon D-SLR. It was a D-80, and I toted a single lens for the longest time - a Nikkor 18-200 f3.5-5.6, which was an absolute workhorse of a lens and body combination for me. Most of the work I did through university came from this camera body, and it wasn't long until I extended my repertoire with a 50mm f/1.4 prime lens, which I still own (and use!) to this day.


This is an unedited shot from a studio session I did when I was failing to learn how to use studio lighting - straight from the camera! The D80 was a rugged, well used camera for me. It went with me on my travels to London, Europe, the and the United States.

Here's a shot I took using that D80 while in London:


Then, at some point, I upgraded to an even "bigger" camera, one which I still own today:


The D7000 is an astounding camera for something with a DX sensor. I've shot so many different subjects on this thing, and it is impressive inside and out. Its rugged, can withstand being dropped, is weather sealed, and it produces beautiful images. Here's a sample of what I've done on this little beast in the past, from portraiture, to landscape, to madly experimenting.





Finally, I've just upgraded to a something new in the last few weeks.


Expect to see further shots from this beautiful new piece of kit soon!

Photographers of Steem, what is in your camera bag, throughout your days as a photographer?

Use the tag #yourcamerabag so I can see what's in there!

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Good pictures. I Want to learn to use a nice camera sometime. I think video would be cool too. My iPhone camera is all I have.

Here is my pic from yesterday.



Great shot. Phone cameras can be incredible under the right conditions. I snapped this of some fibre optic fairy lights earlier tonight on my phone.

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Cool picture. Yeah sometime I think my camera on my phone is amazing and sometime it’s crap. Ha. Somethings in nature are just hard to replicate in pictures. @jarvie is one of the best photographers ever. Love his stuff.

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My partner is the one that's into photography (though he hasn't done any for a while, we don't go out often enough and he ended up playing a lot of Magic again as it's easier). He has a bunch of camera bodies and lenses (just don't ask me what they are, one kind of looks like a telescope and he's rather scornful of my favourite lens XD). He did buy me a Nikon that looks similar to the two you posted because he wanted me to have a proper camera, however I ended up just using my phone as at the time I was lugging a LOT of gear around (had small children at the time) and really didn't need the extra gear that came with lugging a camera.

I probably could carry it around now that the kids have been big enough to carry their own bags (and probably should so I can at least pretend I know how to play around with the virtual cameras in Blender) but I'm lazy XD


I'm thoroughly enjoying using grown up cameras again!

Sadly, I had to sell my old d800 and lenses. I miss that camera so much - one day I might reinvest when I have the cash to burn, but I've become used to not having to lug it around in favour of the smaller advanced compact bodies like the Panasonic LX100. Might look into MILCs or M4/3 bodies or something similar when I do.

What's weird, though, is that instead of a progression of images and cameras, I have a progression of camera bags. Cheap ones I bought to carry my stuff when we still carried separate mp3 players and charging bricks for them, and my first point and shoot had AA batteries.

Then I got a prosumer and needed a bigger bag. Then I got a tablet and needed a tablet bag. Then a photo messenger when I got the d5100, but that hurt my back so I got a Tenba backpack. Then I stopped lugging all my gear and got a small sling bag, then upgraded lenses and needed a larger one, then I got too addicted and bought two from Peak Design even though I never once used them before selling my gear, before finally buying a smaller sling for the LX100 for gigs.

And now I have all these bags lying around like a monument to GAS!

I'm not jealous.

(Yes I am). 😂

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I was actually thinking about you when I was thinking about lenses. Firearm optics and camera lenses aren't too far apart in their manufacturing processes!

I only have 2 lenses, hope to get more in future!


I'll have three. I've got one more on the way. My collection will be the (almost!) holy trinity.

24-70 f/2.8 (this should arrive soon!)
70-200 f/2.8 (this has been used for one shoot so far!)
50mm f/1.4 (this is old!)

I've also previously owned a 10-20mm lens, but I rarely, if ever used it.


That's so awesome!!

I had a powershoot. I think I started with the same one as you, but it broke and I used a warranty to get a new one. The newer one used 2 batteries instead of 4 and was more powerful in all specs. It's amazing how far those things have come.


I forgot to mention my 35mm SLR in the above post, and a Panasonic micro-four thirds camera that I also owned for a short time. :D

That Powershot was my budget way into learning the magical exposure triangle of manual photography.

Modern compacts are pretty amazing, but the truth from the adage still holds - the best camera is the camera you have with you.


Sounds good. You inspired me to ask my relative for her Powershot SX500 IS. I'm trying it out now. It has 30X optical zoom, but other than that, so far I've noticed, compared to a galaxy S8, it's auto feature is awful. I'm going to have to re-learn manual settings to get the most from it, or zoom shots during day where it's an obvious winner.

I'm a hobbyist amateur photographer at best.. 😬🤔 But I do own a canon 1000d, a canon ix185 and of course my Huawei 16mp phone. You can judge whether I can take a picture or not by looking on my account.. 😂 I live in Mauritius so I tend to photograph the beaches.. Old buildings and lots of graffiti. I dream of a nifty newer camera at some point.

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That's pretty cool post about the progression of cameras. Mine would be boring since the last 8-10 have all been Nikon dslrs which all look pretty similar


That's pretty much my latest 3!

I've got too much invested in the glass now to go any other avenue.

The tamron 70-200 2.8 is incredible.

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Love the animal photos the best, i Will do a bag shot but i also wanted to show my set up not in work mode yet but just for fun ,


Sweet - such great photo's man and great adventure as the technology progressed.

Funny, even though the technology gives clearly better colour etc, I like the picture with the CX6200 just as much as the others - being a point and shooter for me its about lucking the light and experimenting with angles...I'm so not a Pro photographer.


I found one in a second hand store the other day. It was a bit nostalgic.

As always the best camera is the one you have with you. :)

It's all just focusing light on an excitable, recordable surface.

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