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THE RIGHT PHOTO EQUIPMENT FOR A WEDDING

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WEDDING by KRISS on 13 september 2015

THE RIGHT PHOTO EQUIPMENT FOR A WEDDING We often wonder what the right camera gear should be to shoot a wedding.

I honestly don't think there is a straight answer to that, some people will shoot a wedding with zooms, other with fixed lenses, some might even be lucky enough to shoot with medium format (and then a lot of light).

I'm going to try to break it down to the basic requirements for a safe wedding gear from our own experience.

We do take 2 bodies each to make sure for anything unplanned and since we work a lot with fixed vocals it saves the hassle to have to change the lenses every so often.
So we are usually set up this way :

Nikon D4s + Nikkor 70-200VRII. Nikon D800 + Sigma 85mm f1.4. Nikon D800E + Nikkor 16-35mm. Nikon D7100 + Nikkor 105mm macro.

First of all, the 70-200 mounted on the D4s makes perfect sense.
It is the big low light able and the lens only opens at f2.8.
No other body should carry this lens for us.
It gives enough light in most situations and you can work in a church within reasonable distance to the scene.
The D800 with the 85mm f1.4 is just a personal choice, I think this lens is beautiful with people, we used it a lot for modeling and it gives bride and groom the glow they deserve.
Plus it's a fast, good focusing lens that will not disappoint you in low light situations.
Be careful, using it at f1.4 is tempting but very tricky in situations when you will hardly get any face isolated.
The D800E with a wide angle is to be comfortable with groups and family photos which often happen outdoor when there is enough light not to be limited by the f4 stop.
In any case, I have my 35mm f1.4 ART by Sigma (the best 35mm there is - though a bit heavy) close by.
Finally, the D7100 with macro possibilities makes sense and again if you're not a shaker you can use the VRII to shoot at low speeds and get nice details even in low light.

There are many occasions when we have to change lenses (shooting the bride preparation for instance) but most of the time this setting gets the job done !

That's all for now folks

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