What’s in my gear bag


Many brides (as well as other photographers) frequently ask what equipment I shoot with – and it’s a fair question! Today I’m happy to share a little peek into what I carry around in my ONA bag for a typical wedding:




Digital Gear:

Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 5D Mark II (backup and second camera)

Canon 35mm L f/1.4

Canon 50mm f/1.8

Canon 85mm f/1.8

Canon 100mm L macro f/2.8

Canon 200mm L f/2.8

Canon Speedlite 580EXII (x2)

Canon Speedlite 430EX

Pocketwizard Flex TT5 Transceiver (x2) and MiniTT1 Transmitter (not pictured)

ThinkTank Airport International V2.0 carry-on bag (not pictured)

extra rechargeable and AA batteries

a bazillion San Disk CF Extreme memory cards – 8GB, 16GB, and 32 GB (not pictured)


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Film Gear:

Pentax 645N

Contax RX

Contax 645 (I sometimes I rent this beautiful gal) with Zeiss 80mm f/2.0

Zeiss 50mm f/1.4

Pentax 75mm f/2.8

Pentax 120mm f/4

Sekonic L-358 light meter

FujiPro 400H film

Portra 400 film

Portra 800 film

Ilford HP5 400 film

Ilford 3200 film


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  1. JAMES STOKES says:

    Wondering if you notice a difference between your L glass and your non-L glass?
    Thanks for sharing :) We have the same bag.

    • Laurelyn says:

      Honestly, not too much! I do love the L series pieces that I have, but likely won’t go out of my way to replace the non-L with L series until they NEED replacing. I see the same sharpness and fast focus across the board in the lenses that I own, and have never had any major issues with my non-L lenses. The ONA bag is great isn’t it?! :) Thanks so much for the comment, James!!

  2. brittany says:

    Hey, wondering what bag you use to carry all of the above gear. The Ona is too small for all of that. I have been searching high and low for a solution (I have the same gear you have) right now I have about three different bags I have to carry. would love to find one that fits all and then a smaller running around bag. would love to know how you transport your gear to weddings. thanks !!

  3. Laurelyn says:

    Brittany, great question! I use the ThinkTank (airport carry-on size) for the majority of my gear, and typically keep 1-2 bodies and 2-3 lenses in my bag at one time. Those bodies and lenses are usually my 5D Mark III, 50mm lens, 85mm lens (or 100mm macro, depending on what I’m shooting at the time), my light meter, one of my film cameras, and the lens that’s attached to that body (most often a 50mm or 75mm). I definitely can’t fit everything into my ONA bag, but love to have it loaded with the few items I need at the time. The rest of my gear stays packed in the ThinkTank, and I (or my assistant) bring it to wherever we are shooting for weddings.