21.2.11

Kelly Moore Bags + My camera/lens favorites


My camera lens collection is slowly growing and I am realizing that I really really need a good camera bag that can last me a few years.  I have a Canon T1-i camera body and a 85mm F-1/8 lens that I use most of the time to achieve a really crisp foreground and a perfectly balanced bokeh background.  It took me an entire summer of nannying some of the craziest children I've ever nannied who would kick/hit/bite me and make me cry, 14-16 hours a day, 5 days a week, to buy my camera.  So if you are jealous you haven't been able to afford a nicer camera yet, don't worry, I paid my dues to get the goods.  I love kids, but some kids are just mean! Oof. 
Thankfully I no longer need to nanny and am an artist full time.  So I am currently in that funny period of life in your 20s when you are figuring out exactly what you want to pursue career wise and you are figuring out what you need to do to invest in your dreams.  For me, technology gadgets are what I need most.  I have had this list of tech-y things I really need for my business hanging on my wall for the past 3 years and I've only been able to check off maybe 1 thing a year haha.  But I think I am finally getting to a point where I can start saving faster for the tech-y things that I really need to keep my biz thriving. 
I was finally able to get some lens extenders for my camera 2 months ago so I could attach them to my fixed zoom lens, the 85mm F-1/8, so that I could super duper zoom in on my littlest jewelry pieces.  SO worth it.  If you need an affordable (affordable in camera land...) way to zoom super close in on your tiniest products, I totally recommend getting the Kenko Extension Tube set of 12, 20, and 36mm extenders.  You can attach them to any lens you already have to get an even closer zoom.  So awesome.
I finally was able to purchase the standard lens for my camera body this week.  As much fun as my fixed zoom lens is, it can drive me nuts when I have to stand a million miles away to try and get a wider shot.  So I just bought the basic 18-55mm lens.  Sometime far far into the future, probably in a year or two or 3, I'd love to get a nice big wide wide wide angle lens.  But I can wait on that.

So now that I have a great camera body, 2 lenses, and a stack of 3 lens extenders, plus some necessary gadgets like a remote and other little things, I really really need a good place to keep it all.  I am constantly running in and out of my house and in and out of my studio/garage to find where I put the extenders or the remote or the battery charger, blablabla.  Drives me nuts.  So I think it is time to start saving for a good camera bag that will last me a long time.  I really really want the gorgeous Libby Bag by Kelly Moore.  I love that it is feminine, chic, durable, can fit quite a few lenses plus it can hold my laptop.  I carry a backpack and not a pursue most often because I take my laptop with me everywhere.  So having a pocket for a laptop in my camera bag would be a wise choice.  I also love the Kelly Boy bag and the Classic Bag.  So, wish me luck that I can save and save to get one of these pretty bags soon so I don't somehow lose or break one of my camera goodies in the mean time.  Eek!

11 comments:

Suzanne said...

i treated myself to the Kelly Moore b-hobo bag (after a few successful yet stressful craft shows :) just after xmas and i'm kicking myself for not splurging sooner! it's seriously the best camera bag i've ever had and i love the fact that it looks like/can double as a purse - no more lugging around two bags!

Michelle Clement said...

Oooh...that mustard bag is *gorgeous*! My fingers are crossed for you saving up for one of these lovelies!

Theresa Cowan said...

If you want a great lens (it fits all of the professional Canon bodies) you should invest in the 24-70 f 2.8. Even though I really want a 100mm macro lens for SUPER close detail shots, the 24-70 is a great bread and butter lens that gets pretty close up. If you shoot at 2.8, you can get a wonderful focal point and let everything else slowly fade in detail. It makes for informative, yet artistic jewelry photos. Love, love, love that lens!

Diana said...

i really hope you get one soon. i love my bags but the only one i'm going to carry to travel is my kelly moore bag. seriously amazing.

my favorite lens is my canon 50mm, and my sigma fisheye. those are so fun to play with, although the fisheye is a bit hard to edit because of the focal points >_<

Megan V said...

We have practically the same gear!! Except I do not have the extenders yet. They sound like a smart investment, absolutely. Thanks for the recommendation! I have a 'sensible' but ugly camera bag that is black and padded and weather resistant. I'd love a pretty one, though!!

snowfawn said...

beautiful bags! and amazing blog...x

nova said...

I don't know what you think about this, but I've been considering buying a man's diaper bag for a camera bag, hahaha. They're less expensive with just as many cool pockets and designs.

woodlanddreams.net said...

I love the mustard bag!!! I have a T2i and I looooooove it so much. I have the 28-135mm lense and I also love my lense so much :) Also have the "nifty 50"!

renee kristine said...

ooh, i looove that mustard bag!

Laura Belle said...

Love em! thx girlie

Silvitanova said...

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