Brian Sims

What's in my bag?

I currently use Nikon cameras and process images with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop

People often ask "What do you shoot?" or "What gear do you use?", most of the time I feel this is used as some kind of score card or litmus test. For perspective, the best photographer I know uses a wooden box and roll of film to turn out pinhole photography to rival anything done with modern equipment so take this all with a grain of salt.   


The simple answer is, my bag will change with the job at hand. The different cameras and lenses I use are both tools of the trade and toys for my personal enjoyment. I do not always use the newest gear, I can not afford it. For me, being a photographer is investing in the right gear to get the job done. I am not brand loyal, that said, I went with Nikon long ago and stayed with it because of what I invested and the cost to change systems is substantial. It has been an amazing product for me, I enjoy using my lens inventory on my DSLR and my older 35mm film Nikon F cameras and now mirrorless cameras.

I'm a bit of a collector with over 40 cameras so I am not going to list off everything I own but here is what is most used for work and play...




Nikon D850 DSLR

Nikon D810 DSLR

35mm Film

Nikon F5 35mm SLR Film with MF-28

Medium Format Film

Pentax 645N AF

Large Format Film

Wisner 5x7 Pocket Expedition Field Camera

In the Air & Fun

Nikon Z fc 

Nikon D3500 (Kolari Infrared Conversion)

DJI Mavic Air 2 with 48MP CMOS 1/2 - inch sensor