What’s in my Camera Bag?

Photo Credit: by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash
Article: by Jon Erives at Grand Archive Photography

In the spirit of  keeping it simple, I’ve created a list of my favorite gear with short descriptions about why I chose it. I purchase my gear based on the type of photography that I work on. That happens to be commercial projects, weddings and some of my own art photography.

I’m also frequently asked about the brands I choose. There are many great competing  brands in the world, but I can assure you there’s a method to my madness. I’ll share my thoughts on that in a future article.

With that out of the way, here’s a list of what’s in my camera bag:

CAMERA BODIES: The 5D Mark IV and Mark III are workhorses and I use them as my main camera bodies. At  events I will have 3 of either one, or a mix of both. I keep a 6D in my assistant’s bag just in case the stars align and burn a hole through our universe. I keep 4-5 camera bodies on hand at my events.

  • Canon 5D Mark IV (Main Camera Body 1)
  • Canon 5D Mark III (Main Camera Body 2)
  • Canon 6D (Camera Body 3)

LENSES: The 24-70 is my walk around lens for receptions and if I had to, I could shoot an entire wedding with this lens. Here’s a list of the lenses in my bag.

  • 70-200mm 2.8 L (Telephoto Lens, used mostly during ceremonies)
  • 24-70mm 2.8 L (Standard Zoom Lens, used as my walk around lens at receptions)
  • 100mm 2.8L (Macro, used for details such as rings)
  • 50mm 1.2L (My favorite lens for low ambient light conditions)


  • I use Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flashes on and off camera
  • I also keep 580’s and 430’s on hand.


  • Manfrotto MK290DUA3-3WUS 290 with a Dual 3-Way Head — I carry with me a Manfrotto brand tripod and monopod. Manfrotto is an Italian company that makes a serious tripod with a commanding presence. It’s versatile for many applications including group photos and macro shots.
  • Manfrotto 682B Monopod — This little guy is deceiving. It’s a monopod, but transforms into a tripod like a ninja. This is perfect for extra long events and ceremonies.

I will be posting additional information about photography gear, along with tips and tricks I learn along the way. I’d love to hear your thoughts on your favorite gear!



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