What's in my camera bag?!

Since being laid off from my engineering job since February and no photo sessions to go out and do because of COVID-19, I have been watching a lot of youtube videos on photographers I admire, as well as reading their blog posts. Almost every one of them has done a "What's in my camera bag?" video. It got me thinking about what my bag consists of. Seeing as I won't be shooting sports for a while, I started to think that I should switch its focus to another type of photography for a while. So I thought that I should share the contents with all of you! So without further ado, here's my camera bag contents!

Nikon D7200

I like the D7200, as an upgrade from my D5300 (which I still use as a second camera body every once in a while), because of the dual memory card slots and the newer filter. The D7200 performs much better in low light than the D5300, especially sicne I shoot a lot in community ice rinks with subpar lighting!

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

This is the lens that is almost always attached to my camera. I bought this all-in-one telephoto zoom lens back in 2017. When I started shooting hockey, I was using a Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6. What I discovered was that when I was shooting from the corner at ice level, I wasn't able to back out far enough when the play actually came into that corner. Without the luxury of two camera bodies, I needed a lens that could get the action in the corner and at center ice. I also like how it allows me to get both goals if I shoot from the stands at center ice!

Nikkor 35mm f/1.8

My first prime lens! I bought this when I started to do team and individual photos for hockey teams. I needed something that could give me the nicely blurred background to make the player's face the main focus. This is the lens that got me into the desire to improve my portrait work too, and its the lens that I always have pointed at my fiancee! (Sorry, Meghan, love you!)

Extra battery, camera USB cable, extra memory cards, white balance card, lens cleaning cloth

Always carry a spare battery! You never know when you'll realize you forgot to charge the one in the camera before a big game, and having a spare is a life saver! The same goes for extra memory cards! These are in the left side pouch of my camera bag, the "technical pouch" as I like to call it. They join the lens cleaning cloth (can never have too clean of a lens!) and the white balance card I have. That is basically just a white card you can sue to tell the camera what is white in the scene, but I mostly just use the ice surface at a hockey game for that!

Note pad and business cards

In the right side pouch, I have a note pad and pen, as well as business cards. You never know when you are going to need to write something down or who you will run into. Also, the first time your phone is dead and you don't have a notepad, you'll understand the importance!