In your bag number 246, Jess Baumung
Jess, a photographer from Canada has put together a lovely bag shot for us all today. This really is a pro gear bag with only the essentials. Come and see.

The bag I use is a Lowepro Mini Trekker Classic that I’ve had for about 7 years now. I should probably upgrade it to something with wheels and a handle but since its mainly for storage it works great. I also have a ThinkTank Retrospective 10 which ends up being my every day camera bag. It doesn’t hold nearly as much stuff but I load it up with only what I know I am going to use for a specific shoot. Since a lot of the lenses overlap in focal lengths it mostly comes down to whether or not I want to use zooms or primes. Ok now onto the fun stuff.

01. Canon 5D MkII with Canon BG-E4 Battery Grip – This is the primary camera body that I use for most of my photography work. I have been debating on whether or not I should upgrade to the 5D MkIII recently. I don’t know if the MkIII is really that much better than the MkII but I have had this camera for a few years now and it gets a lot of use so I worry about it breaking down on me in the middle of a shoot.

02. Canon 28mm f2.8 – I got this lens because I wanted a lightweight wide angle lens when I didn’t feel like hauling the 16-35 around with me.

03. Canon 35mm f1.4L – This is one of the lenses in my bag that gets the most use. I enjoy shooting with primes whenever I can and the wide aperture really gives me a lot of flexibility in low light situations.

04. Canon 50mm f1.2L – Until recently this was the other lens in my bag that got the most use. Unfortunately there is a focusing issue built into the design of this lens so I decided to buy a Canon 50mm f1.4 to use as well so I can decide which one I prefer.

05. Canon 50mm f1.4 USM – I got this lens a few weeks ago to potentially replace my Canon 50mm f1.2L. I am going to use both of them for a while until I decide which one I prefer.

06. Canon 85mm f1.8 USM – As I mentioned before I prefer to use primes whenever I can and the 85mm f1.8 is usually the lens I go to whenever I need something longer than 50mm. I tend to shoot a lot of things with wider lenses so this one doesn’t get used nearly as often as the 35mm or the 50mm but it still sees a decent amount of action.

07. Canon 16-35 f2.8L – I use this lens a lot when I am shooting events and its usually closer to the 16mm end of the zoom range.

08. Canon 24-70 f2.8L – In certain shooting situations I find it to be a bit of a hassle to switch lenses whenever I need to change focal lengths which is when I use this lens.

09. Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS – The first thing you will notice is that this lens isn’t actually in the bag. That is because I have a Lowepro lens case that attaches to the outside of the bag which lets me maximize my storage space. Out of all the lenses I own this one gets used the least. I tend to prefer to shoot using wider focal lengths but there are times when you need a good zoom lens and its nice to know its there waiting for me whenever I may need it.

10. Canon 580EX II – This is my main flash and it gets used quite often. Canon just released an upgrade to this flash called the 600EX-RT but I haven’t had time to read up on it yet to see if there are any actual benefits to upgrading so for now I will keep using this one. There is a removable strip of velcro around the head of this particular flash which I use to attach things like bounce cards or color gels.

11. Canon 580EX II – Until recently this flash was sitting in a box broken. It had an unfortunate encounter with someones shoe at a Comeback Kid concert and it stopped working. I had it repaired last week and now it will be used as my backup in case something like that happens again.

12. Canon 540EZ – Since this flash is an EZ model it doesn’t work in E-TTL mode with any digital cameras so I use this flash at events if I feel like I need some back lighting. Now that I have the second 580EX II this one probably wont see nearly as much use though.

13. Memory Cards – I don’t use any specific fancy memory cards. I never shoot so fast that the card can’t keep up with me and I’ve never had a card fail in the 10 years I have been shooting so I just make sure I have enough memory to get me through whatever I am shooting. Right now I have 3 8GB cards, and 5 or 6 4GB cards. I have been thinking about getting a 16GB card recently just to make things easier.

14. External Battery Pack – I got this really inexpensive external battery pack in eBay and it works with all of my flashes. It takes 8 AA batteries and plugs directly into the flash. In increases the recycle time but mainly it just gives you 3 times the battery life which is handy if you are shooting a long event and need lots of flash power the whole time.

15. Backup Canon 5D – This camera isn’t in the picture but I have a Canon 5D as a backup just in case anything were to happen to the 5D MkII while I am shooting.

I also have an Olympus Stylus Epic 35mm film point and shoot that I use every now and then for fun as well as a Ricoh GXR with the 28mm lens module that I use for most of my street photography.
That about does it for whats in my camera bag. If you have any other questions feel free to ask away.

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Thanks for sharing your work bag with us Jess. It is always interesting to see inside the bag of a working photographer.
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