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Photographer Jay Cassario is serious when it comes to his equipment! As a wedding photographer and contributor to SLR Lounge, Jay knows his stuff. Wondering what’s in that bag? Okay, we’ll tell you!

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Camera bodies: Nikon Df, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 5D Mark III
Lenses: Nikon 58mm f/1.4G, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G, Modified Nikon 50mm f/1.8D forfreelensingCanon 50mm f/1.2L and Canon 35mm f/1.4L.
Out of the bag: Mamiya RZ67 with 120 film back and Polaroid film back. Proline Tripod.
Bag: ThinkTank Airport Navigator
What Jay has to say:
I rarely travel lightly, and all of my gear is used for different purposes. I have shot with both Nikon and Canon gear for a little over a year now, and have found a way to use them both differently. I bring my favorite gear when I travel for personal reasons, so what you see in my bag is usually what I bring, except for the film gear. I only occasionally bring my film gear.
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I use the Nikon Df at night and when indoors, its a great camera for low light. It’s usually mounted with the newer 58mm f/1.4 lens. During the day, especially if its sunny outside, I use my Canon 5D Mark III and alternate between the 35mm f/1.4 and the 50mm f/1.2 lens, all depending on what I’m shooting. I also use the Mark II for freelensing with the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D. Since I’m not mounting the lens, it doesn’t matter that it’s not a Nikon body, and since I don’t use the Mark II for professional work I don’t mind a little dust getting on the sensor.
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I packed this bag for a specific trip to Cape May, NJ. We spent a lot of time on the beach near the lighthouse and WWII bunkers which are great for photos. I brought my 5D Mark II with the 35mm f/1.4 mounted on it, along with all my film gear. Since most of our trips out of the house included a stop at the beach, I stuck with the Mark II + 35mm combo most of the trip.
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To see more of Jay’s work, check out his personal blog – he frequently writes reviews and photography tips. Enjoy!

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