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What’s in my bag? – Seattle Wedding Photographer

I have had several people ask me which lenses and camera body I use, so I thought I would share in a blog post.

I never had to make the choice about which brand I would use because I married into Nikon. It just seemed silly to start getting equipment that wasn’t compatible with Dan’s. So, it looks like I’m a Nikon girl!

My current camera body is the Nikon D700 (I took this image with my first camera body, which was the Nikon D80): 

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My favorite portrait lens that I have is the Nikon 85mm 1.8. I LOVE this lens because it is super sharp, has gorgeous bokeh, and, in my opinion, creates the perfect amount of compression for closer portrait shots. (I have tested the 85 1.4, but it focused so slowly and I honestly liked my 85 1.8 images better. This was a relief because now I don’t feel the need to spend an additional $1100 on the 1.4! I was curious what others thought about the 1.8 in comparison to the 1.4 and Niel van Niekerk does a nice comparison blog entry here.)

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While I prefer the 85, I also love my Nikon 50mm 1.4D, especially if I’m in too tight of a space to use my 85.

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The Nikon 24-70 2.8 is one of my go-to lenses for wedding ceremonies and receptions (my other go-to is the 70-200, but I still rent it for each wedding–I’ll be purchasing it this year, though :)).

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My current macro lens is the Sigma 50mm 2.8. This lens has been good to us (it was Dan’s first non-kit lens), but I plan to upgrade to the Nikon 105mm macro soon. The 105 will allow me to be a further distance from the subject (i.e. wedding ring)  so that I can use creative lighting and achieve sharp images with different angles in general. Here is the Sigma 50 2.8:

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My speedlight is the Nikon SB-910. I love this flash and I have never had it overheat!

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When using off-camera flash, I rely heavily on this Seconic L-358 light meter. It takes away the guesswork and helps me to cut down the time it takes me to get the shots I want. This is especially helpful during weddings when we have limited time for portraits!

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For white balance, I really love the Expodisc! It basically turns your camera into an incident meter. It is super easy to use and it helps me cut down on post-processing time because the white balance is always spot on. You just have to remember to re-set the balance each time the light changes.

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Something I NEVER go to a photo shoot without is a reflector. I have the Wescott 5-in-1, but I also use pieces of polystyrene that I got a Home Depot. They are usually used for home insulation, but they are perfect reflectors. They are white on one side and silver on the other and I LOVE them! They are what I use the most when I am lighting a subject. In fact, in my little in-home studio, the reflectors are the only things I use aside from natural window light. Here are some examples:

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I still have some other lenses I would like to add to my collection one day, including the Nikon 10-24, but I have a feeling I will be adding to my lens collection for the rest of my life!

Nikki Closser, Seattle Wedding Photographer, Glamour Portrait Photographer
February 14, 2013 - 10:23 pm

Kristen Driscoll - Thanks for aharing Nikki – great post :)

February 14, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Alora - Thanks for sharing! Out of all the the Restart crew it’s good to know someone else is with a Nikon like myself! :)

February 15, 2013 - 12:27 am

laura - Hey Nikki,

Love the post.
I too am a Nikon User…
I have been using my NIKON D90 for a year and a half and want to upgrade…after 2 more weddings…yipppee!!
I have been lookin into the D700 or the D800 thoughts???
Would love your opinion.

You have been soooo amazing on re-start love it and you!


February 16, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Tanja - :) I feel like everyone who uses the expo disk is part of the Zach & Jody club. Us too!! The 105 mm is an awesome lense for ring shots! (And, when enough light is available, a surprisingly awesome portrait lens)

February 17, 2013 - 9:52 pm

Kasey - Thanks for sharing what’s in your bag, it’s always neat to see what other photographers are using. You sparked my attention especially with the Expodisc! Do you use the neutral or portrait one or do you have both? Am thinking about investing in this :)

February 17, 2013 - 9:59 pm

nikkiclosser - Hi Kasey! I use the neutral disc :)

February 17, 2013 - 10:01 pm

nikkiclosser - Hi Laura! I haven’t used the D800, so I’m sure I’m the best person to give advice about it. That being said, do you want video capabilities? That is the only thing that bothers me about the D700…it’s doesn’t have it :( My friend has the D800 and her only complaint so far has been that the file sizes are HUGE. Maybe google search D700 vs D800 and see what others say? I really don’t think you can go wrong! Thanks for the sweet words, by the way :)

February 17, 2013 - 10:02 pm
February 17, 2013 - 10:02 pm

nikkiclosser - No problem! It was fun!

April 6, 2013 - 6:11 am

Mark Martinez - Great post Nikki! I love my D700’s and wouldn’t trade them for anything. You will love the Nikon 105 Macro. I use mine mostly for ring shots but it is probably my sharpest lens from edge to edge.

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