Here’s a question I hear a lot, “what’s in the bag?” I’m always interested in the psychology behind this question as I’ve also asked it many times early in my career. I think a gear check is a great way to see how a photographer approaches their photos and speaks to how they navigate challenges.

I wanted to share my full bag/studio list here so you can see which tools I use regularly when approaching my own photography.

In The Bag

5D Mark III
Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L (V1 – my favorite lens)
Canon 24-105 f/4 RF
Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
Canon 50 f/1.4
Canon 100 f/2.8
FlashPoint Xplor 300AD x 2
Flashpoint Remote for 300ADs
Canon 600ex-rt
Canon 430ex (radio models) x 2
Canon 430ex (non-radio) x2
Canon ST E3 RT Remote
Batteries for everything
Paul C Buff 51 inch Umbrella with diffusers
Extendable Stand
Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head
Lighting Gels

In The Studio (Too Big For The Bag)

Impact C-Stand with Boom Arm x 2
Alienbees 400 Strobe
Alienbees 800 Strobe
7 Foot Paul C. Buff Umbrella
30×60 Inch Paul C. Buff Softbox
Glow Parabolic Octobox
6×3 Foot Diffusion Panel
Several Other Softboxes and Umbrellas of Various Sizes and Manufacturers
Laptop/Computer – Tethered Shooting
Extra Stands
Extra Tripods
Various Backdrops with Hanging System

And that’s pretty much it. When I really need a lot of gear for a large, on-location commercial shoot I can usually fit it all into my car without much of a problem. Things like the C-Stands can get a little tricky when used outside of the studio, but when I need them they are ready to go.

So, what’s in your bag? Check us out at and drop a comment with your go-to gear!


Benjamin Lehman is a commercial photographer in the Canton, Akron, Cleveland, Massillon, and North Eastern Area of Ohio.