My Blogging Equipment: Cameras, Lenses and Laptops…

I recently bought some amazing lenses for my camera and wanted to tell you about them but thought a whole blog post just about the lenses might be a bit dull…so I decided to do a post about all my blogging equipment! From laptop to cameras to lenses and all the bits in between.

My blogging equipment

First up is my MacBook, my pride and joy. My husband bought me this for Christmas as my old laptop was so slow I could only have 1 tab open at a time. When you spend 14+ hours a day on your computer, you need it to work! I didn’t even realise Apple did a gold MacBook but isn’t it beautiful? I’m still terrified I’ll break it at any moment, it’s so slim and dainty!

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The only issue with my Macbook being so slim is that there are no USB ports… which means that I need 2 cables to get files on or off my laptop (mostly used for transferring files from my SD card). Before people tell me, I know there is an official Apple contraption for this. I KNOW. I didn’t know when I bought these, but I know now.

Although it’s not the end of the world that there are no USB ports, it can be frustrating as the port for the external transfer is also the port for the charger so you have to choose which you need to use more! The below is the card reader I use, and below that is the external USB port (this isn’t the same model but is similar).

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I originally bought the Canon G7x because I wanted to get into vlogging and heard amazing things about this from Mikhila. However, since I’ve bought it it has become my most used, day to day blogging camera. Its video capabilities are incredible: great auto-focus, it finds light where there is none, along with a really clear picture. It’s dinky enough to fit in my handbag, has a flip up screen and a touch screen. I cannot rave about this camera enough, I wish I’d bought it sooner! I did buy a spare battery recently as vlogging can obviously drain it faster than just pictures (e.g. we went to France for a week for my birthday and I was vlogging every day and on our last day in Paris my battery died… which is still pretty good going I think!)

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The Nikon D5200 was my original blogging camera and I still love it, but it’s just so bulky that it’s hard to use anywhere out of the house. It does have video capability but the autofocus noise is so loud, I found I could only use it for videos with music or voiceovers. Apparently there are other lenses you can get that reduce the noise but they are *insert money-with-wings emoji* . This camera has now been discontinued and replaced with the Nikon D5500.

I actually hadn’t been using this camera much anymore until I bought the amazing lenses below…

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I had admired the photos of the lovely Trona for a long time and finally asked her what kit she used and she mentioned the below lenses (among other things) and when I saw that they were so cheap I was sold. You can find the Polaroid 4-Piece Close Up Camera Lens Filter Kit HERE. There are 4 lenses that range from +1 to +10, depending on how much you want to zoom in on your pictures. They just screw on to the front of your existing camera lens. For my every day blogging I tend to use +4 – it gives me that lovely out-of-focus background that we all love so much.

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What are you blogging tech must haves? I’m in the market for some lights that aren’t huge, are easy to put up and take down, and don’t take up too much room so leave your recommendations in the comments below please!

Lex

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23 Comments

    • Lex
      25th September 2016 / 6:46 pm

      Thank you Katie! I always love hearing about the tech other bloggers use!

  1. 28th August 2016 / 7:26 pm

    I have a Nikon D5200 too, find it really good for blog photos! I’ll have to have a look at those polaroid lenses though, I love the sound of them!

    • Lex
      25th September 2016 / 6:49 pm

      I love it too, such a great camera. I think those lenses made me fall back in love with it!

  2. bruisedpassports
    28th August 2016 / 7:50 pm

    I don’t know what I’d do without my Macbook, so I hear you. I had no clue they came in gold – now I want that 😉

    • Lex
      25th September 2016 / 6:50 pm

      I can’t even begin to imagine what I’d do if it broke or I lost it… doesn’t bear thinking about!

  3. 28th August 2016 / 10:41 pm

    My computer and my camera are most definitely something I couldn’t do with out, my camera died recently and it was a nightmare! x

    • Lex
      25th September 2016 / 6:51 pm

      Oh god I can’t even imagine how stressful that would be!

  4. 29th August 2016 / 1:04 pm

    I always find it fascinating what people use to blog with, I never ever go anywhere without my portable charger and leads which fit both my cameras and my iPhone x

    • Lex
      25th September 2016 / 7:11 pm

      Me too, I’m so nosey! Portable chargers are one of the best inventions ever.

  5. cheskaaanels
    29th August 2016 / 5:23 pm

    I love this! I’m a massive camera fan being a photographer! I love those close up caps that screw onto your existing lens, I may get some now 🙂

    • Lex
      25th September 2016 / 7:15 pm

      Those lenses helped me fall back in love with my camera, such a clever idea!

    • Lex
      25th September 2016 / 7:16 pm

      I love the freedom a laptop gives you, and this one is so light and portable. Definitely recommend!

  6. 29th August 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I just got a chromebook for blogging on the go as my iMac isn’t portable and I love it! Best thing I have invested in so far this year x

    • Lex
      25th September 2016 / 7:20 pm

      It’s so helpful to be able to blog anywhere isn’t it? This laptop is my baby!

  7. 30th August 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Such an interesting post – I love my little memory card reader! Saving for a Macbook….one day!

    • Lex
      25th September 2016 / 7:33 pm

      Thank you Claire, I love hearing what everyone else uses! I’m always on the hunt for the next bit of tech that will change my life

  8. 31st August 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Oh wow, never knew of those screw on lenses. That’s amazing! Love the equipment you have. I’m looking to upgrade my Nikon soon. I can’t wait!

    • Lex
      25th September 2016 / 7:36 pm

      I’d never heard of them either, they’re so clever and a lot cheaper than buying a macro lens!

  9. 1st September 2016 / 9:33 pm

    Wow, you’ve got an amazing stack!! I could do with one of those adapters for my cards and extrs USB ports. Good idea!!

    • Lex
      25th September 2016 / 7:40 pm

      They’re clever little inventions aren’t they? Make my life a lot easier!

  10. 5th October 2016 / 2:51 pm

    Love this, some times starting out you dont know what is needed or what others use to do this.. great photos too!

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