Portrait Photographer's Bag

A Listmania! list by J. Rathbun "jay" (Denver)
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The list author says: "I made this list a few years ago with the intention of showing what I thought most photographers would need. I came back and updated this list to only show the things I already use or will someday use. The reason I have made this update is that I have found that what a photographer needs truly varies on the style they are looking to achieve. I have my opinions on why I like the lenses I do, and my own justifications for why I choose to buy what I buy, but I also can see the arguments for doing it a different way. It being different does not make choices less valid, but will achieve a different style. Hopefully you find my take on some of these items useful to however you plan to shoot."
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera (Body)
1.  Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera (Body) by Canon
The list author says:
  "This is the body for many professional photographers. Some of my favorites for wedding photography shoot this, and I believe this is one of the most popular sellers for full frame DSLRs. I switched from Nikon to Canon and think the layout to be slightly more logical, however I do miss the aperture control on the front of the camera."
$3,399.00   Used & New from: $1,750.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (478 customer reviews)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
2.  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens by Canon
The list author says:
  "This is basically a toy lens, but paired with a decent body you can get pretty amazing results. Even when i upgrade to the 50mm f/1.2L I will keep this lens as a back up and every day lens."
$125.00   Used & New from: $84.50
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,849 customer reviews)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
3.  Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "I have not owned this lens, but it is the next purchase list. Frankly, I am guessing wide open it is not the sharpest lens, however the bokeh will make portraits so smooth and creamy it won't matter."
$1,549.00   Used & New from: $760.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
4.  Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "If not number 1 on the purchase list, then number 2 at least. This is a wonderful all around lens for all types of portrait photography. It will also do just fine for landscapes, however I do not shoot as many landscapes. I love the way subjects look with this lens, especially opened up wide. Great lens. Have used, and WANT."
$1,479.00   Used & New from: $600.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
5.  Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "I love this lens. Incredibly sharp wide open, and a wonderful lens for shooting medium telephoto pictures. I use this lens at weddings pretty frequently and am in awe of the sharpness of the autofocus. A cheapER L lens, it is still no drop in the bucket. Great to have if you can afford it."
$1,049.00   Used & New from: $869.99
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
6.  Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "This is a pretty decent lens for the price. Much sharper than I anticipated wide open, and the build quality is not as plastic-y as I would have expected. I prefer to shoot at 50mm but 85mm is important length to have for portraits and medium telephoto needs."
$419.00   Used & New from: $300.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (604 customer reviews)

Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras
7.  Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "This is, as many other pro photographers have said, the best portrait lens I have seen. The L build quality is phenomenal and the focus is pretty sharp, even wide open. I have not owned but have used the lens. If you can afford it, grab it. But know the AF is SLOW. If you can't afford it, the 85mm f/1.8 works in a pinch."
$2,099.00   Used & New from: $890.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)

Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
8.  Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "Great flash for the price. Has all of the features I need out of a flash. I do some stylized photos with the flash and of course bust it out when necessary, but at times don't mind the added grain of the bumped ISO."
$249.00   Used & New from: $186.77
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (796 customer reviews)

Canon EF 35mm f/2 Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (OLD MODEL)
9.  Canon EF 35mm f/2 Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (OLD MODEL) by Canon
The list author says:
  "This lens' price point might attract you but I can assure you in this case it may not be worth it. The lens is good enough, but at times the AF is rather a let down, and this lens is a terrible performer when subjects are backlight. It can never seem to hit the focus when exposed correctly for backlight. Save up for the IS version, or better yet the L"
Used & New from: $305.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
10.  Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "Have not used this lens, but am not a huge fan of the big zoom lenses that would get me the 70-200 range. The form factor of this lens attracts me, as it is similar in size to the 135. I shoot in a tandem and would rather have this 200mm and the 135 than two 135s for the variety of the photos."
$779.00   Used & New from: $650.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

ONA "The Union Street Camera and Laptop Bag" - Ranger Tan
11.  ONA "The Union Street Camera and Laptop Bag" - Ranger Tan by Ona
The list author says:
  "I bought this bag for the aesthetic so it would not be quite as obvious I was carrying around a DSLR. Overall I do like the bag and feel the protection is more than adequate, having saved my camera from a couple of nasty falls. I do find the bag to be a bit bulky. Despite the bulk, I have been disappointed more than once with the amount I can carry in it."
$298.95
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

Shootsac Basic Black Shooters Kit, Neoprene Lens Location Bag
12.  Shootsac Basic Black Shooters Kit, Neoprene Lens Location Bag by Shootsac
The list author says:
  "On the flipside of the Ona, this bag is super compact. Generally, I would only use this if I was planning on carrying my body the whole time, and have found it to be quite useful at weddings as it is snug against the body and not at all bulky. But it's capacity is a definitely limitation, and should not be considered for a all around bag."
$179.00   Used & New from: $170.00
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Canon EOS 60D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera Body Only (discontinued by manufacturer)
13.  Canon EOS 60D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera Body Only (discontinued by manufacturer) by Canon
The list author says:
  "This is actually quite a little performer, especially at this price point. The AF system, while limited in points, is fairly accurate. I would prefer to shoot full frame, but have worked with this camera when I need a second body at a wedding, or want to take a DSLR but save a bit of space. The low light performance is no match to the 5d's."
$699.00   Used & New from: $470.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (825 customer reviews)

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
14.  Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Canon SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "I do not think you would find this in every pro's bag, nor do I think every pro should have this lens, but I will say Fisheye has it's place, and at times it can be nice to have one on hand. I do not have this exact lens, but do carry a fisheye. The one I carry has issues on a full frame body, though. This one performs well for full frame and has better AF performance"
Used & New from: $733.51
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
15.  Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Lens for Canon SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "Similarly to the fisheye, I do not think every photographer will have a tilt shift, however they are rather fun and if you are looking to be adventurous, this is a good way to do it. This type again has its time and place and I often wish I had this lens for the creative options it presents. I selected the 45mm TS for it's price point. You could also consider the 24 or 17mm options"
$1,399.00   Used & New from: $999.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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