What’s in My Camera Bag


I am a full-time photographer and videographer based in London, Ontario, Canada. I’ve been a professional, working photographer for over 15 years, so I’ve owned a lot of different camera equipment and a ton of different lighting setups. I tend to shift my focus (yep, I just did that!) every 4-5 years and work in different areas of photo and video and I need different gear to accommodate what I’m shooting.

Julie Whelan Photography Selling the Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 24-105mm f4.
Selling the Canon 5D Mark III & the Canon 24-105mm f/4.0.

I’ve recently switched from shooting hockey using the Canon 5D Mark III and Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 to shooting active lifestyle and fitness using the Sony a7 III as my main photography camera and a Panasonic Lumix G9 as my main video camera. I also have access to the Panasonic GH5 as that’s my YouTuber Hubby’s main rig and I use it when I need a two camera video set up.


Making the switch from DSLR cameras to a Mirrorless system has been a bit of a learning curve for me. For a more detailed look into what my experience switching camera systems has been like and what I think about my new mirrorless system and prime lenses, read Switching from a DSLR to a Mirrorless Camera.

What’s in My Camera Bag – My New Camera Equipment

Here’s a detailed look into my camera bag in 2018. Every piece of equipment listed has a link if you want to purchase something for yourself.

Julie Whelan Photography Photo & Video Gear 2018: Sony a7 III; Sony 85mm f1.8; Sigma 35mm f1.4; Panasonic Lumix G9; Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f2.8; Godox TT350; Godox AD200.

Sony a7 III – I love this camera. It’s light, the placement of the dials and buttons make it easy to work with, and it is super quick to focus. I love the Eye AF when photographing people and I have piece of mind that it’s weather-sealed for my outdoor shoots.

Sony 85mm f/1.8 – The 85mm is small, light, and inexpensive. With no distortion, it’s a great portrait lens, it’s really sharp from edge to edge, and has very quiet autofocus.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 – I decided on a Sigma Art lens for this focal length because its quality is high, and its price was affordable. Thanks to the large aperture, it’s great in low-light and I can easily isolate my subjects from the background with a shallow depth of field, which also makes for some creamy bokeh.

Panasonic Lumix G9 – I’m loving this hybrid camera for shooting both stills and video. It’s a micro 4/3 as opposed to a full-frame sensor and has a High-Resolution mode that can make an 80MP file when you need a higher resolution. The G9 is light, durable being dust/weather sealed, and the articulating screen has made low-to-the-ground photos and shooting video (especially of myself) an absolute breeze!

Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO II 12-35mm f/2.8 – This is a great lens. It’s sharp, compact, quiet, and the perfect walk-around lens to travel with.

GODOX TT350S Speedlite Flash for Sony – The Godox flash system was perfect when I was transitioning brands from Canon to Sony & Panasonic because even with different brand mounts, the flashes can still work together. Also, being so affordable, I was able to buy the small TT350 flash for on-camera control for the Sony a7 III and at the time, my Canon 5D Mark III. When I bought the Panasonic G9, I sold the Canon mount Godox TT350(C) for an Olympus/Panasonic mount, the Godox TT350(O) without losing a lot of money.

GODOX TT350O Speedlite Flash for Olympus/Panasonic – As I mentioned above, even though my two Godox TT350’s are different brands, they still work together to make a complete lighting set. When I’m shooting with my Panasonic Lumix G9, I have the TT350(O) on camera and it controls the TT350(S) for Sony and the AD200 Strobes via wireless sync. I can change the power settings for all the flashes on the on-camera flash.

Godox AD200 Flash Strobes (2) – Even though the AD200 is light and portable, these flashes look and feel like studio strobes with a modeling light and the power to light a room. The battery life is long, as I haven’t been able to drain one during a shoot and I’m really pleased with the price.

Accessories

Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Backpack – By far the best camera bag I’ve ever owned! I can literally fit my entire kit in this bag, strap my tripod to the outside, and then carry it on my back. The zippers are heavy duty, it’s big enough to use a ton of different configurations inside but still light and comfy with padded straps to carry on my back.

Think Tank Mirrorless Mover Shoulder Bag – This is a great little over-the-shoulder bag to use when I’m out shooting personal work. It holds everything I need for an outing and I can even access my equipment while walking.

My Mirrorless Cameras, the Sony a7 III and the Panasonic Lumix G9, in the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover.

Peak Design Slide Lite Camera Strap – This strap is fantastic because it comes with enough anchor mounts for two cameras, so I can easily switch which body I need it on out in the field. It’s also comfortable and easy to adjust.

Eneloop Pro AA Rechargeable Batteries – I originally bought these to power my Canon Speedlites and now I use them in my GODOX flashes. Fully charged, the batteries have no problems on a 2-hour shoot even with the flashes at full power.

SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC V30 Memory Cards (4) – I have two of these cards for my Sony a7 III and two for my Panasonic Lumix G9. If you want to know all you need to know about memory cards, check out this video: The BEST SD Card for VIDEO & What Do The Numbers Mean?

My Old Camera Equipment – 2013 – 2018

For those of you that buy used or would like to know what I used to shoot with before I switched to mirrorless cameras, here’s what was in my camera bag from 2013 to 2018.

Julie Whelan Photography Camera & Lighting Equipment including Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 7D Mark II, lenses, and Canon Flashes.

Canon 5D Mark III – This camera served me well for over five years and I loved it. I always found it to be intuitive even when I first started using it: I could easily find the buttons and navigate the menu.

Canon 7D Mark II – This was a great backup camera to the 5D Mark III. Being a sports shooter, I loved the anti-flicker and the crop sensor to get a little extra zoom when I needed it.

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 – This lens is a work horse. I photographed many a hockey game with this lens and I loved the fact that I could capture the action out on the ice and pull out and get the moments on the bench as well.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 – I originally bought this lens to use with the Canon 7D Mark II as a backup system to the 5D Mark III and Sigma 120-300mm and ended up using it way more than anticipated. I loved it for shooting different sports and on portrait shoots, and it was lighter and easier to carry around for personal work.

Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 – This was the best ‘kit’ lens I’ve ever owned. I used it for landscapes, environmental and group portraits, and in personal work and I really liked the versatility. There were a lot of outings where that lens did everything I needed.

Canon 600EX-RT Speedlites (3) – I used the Canon Speedlites on-location both outside and inside as part of a portable studio. They are very powerful and surprisingly rugged. The only drawback to them is the price as there are other flash options for less than half the price of the Canon Speedlites.

Canon 430EX-RT Speedlite – The 430EX-RT is a bit smaller and less powerful than the 600EX-RT so it was perfect in my setup as the on-camera flash to control the three 600EX-RT’s set on light stands.

My Kit

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My Photo Kit

My Video Kit


About Julie Whelan

Julie Whelan, professional photographer of over fifteen years, has had the opportunity to shoot all over the globe--from capturing portraits in Vanuatu to shooting off rooftops in Maui to photographing products in Calgary. She now finds herself in Ontario photographing outdoor adventures and the active lifestyles of athletic individuals and athletes in competition & training. Julie has also worked with professional athletes such as Don Cherry, Darryl Sittler, and Roberto Alomar. When not behind the lens, Julie likes to unwind with a good book or spending time in the garden.

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