wedding photo equipment question

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Gauthier Michel, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Gauthier Michel

    Not4wood Guest

    |
    | | > I will be going into wedding photography bandwagon in the spring and
    need
    | to
    | > purchase some equipment.
    | >
    | > This question is NOT about what approach i should take, or a suggestion
    | not
    | > to do it, but rather about help maximising my tiny budget to start such
    a
    | > project.
    | >
    | > I am a canon fan. I have used the 30D with the 24-70mm 2.8F L lens with
    | the
    | > 430 flash for quite a while, at work shooting several event, and I can
    | > absolutely love it.
    | >
    | > so my questions is...what start up set up is best:
    | >
    | > Canon 40D
    | > Canon 17-85 mm lens 3.5-5.6f IS lens
    | > 50 mm 1.4 lens
    | > 430 flash
    | > and the bells and whisle (8 gb card, tripod etc)
    | >
    | > or
    | > Canon 40D
    | > Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 Di XR LD ASL IF
    | > 50 mm 1.4 lens
    | > 430 flash
    | > and the bells and whisle (8 gb card, tripod etc)
    | >
    | > or
    | > Canon XTI
    | > Canon 24-70 F2.8 L lens
    | > 50 mm 1.4 lens
    | > 430 flash
    | > and the bells and whisle (8 gb card, tripod etc)
    | >
    | > or
    | > Canon XTI
    | > Canon 24-70 F2.8 L lens
    | > 50 mm 1.8 lens
    | > 580 flash
    | > and the bells and whisle (8 gb card, tripod etc)
    | >
    | > or
    | > Canon 5D
    | > Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 Di XR LD ASL IF
    | > 430 flash
    | > and LIMITED bells and whistle (cheap card, cheap tripod, cheap filter,
    | cheap
    | > filter etc)
    | >
    | > Thank you for your input
    | >
    | > Mike
    | >
    |
    | Christ, you want to shoot wedding, but know nothing about Cameras, this is
    | worrying.
    |
    | Wedding photography has had the arse knocked out of it, I only offer the
    | price of an album these days.
    |


    The interesting thing about Weddings is that its starting to make a good
    comback and people are getting fed up with the videos. That after the
    Videos have warn out its welcome, the DVD/VHS will now sit in a draw and
    gather dust. Nothing there to look at or show off, so, people are getting
    back into either Albums/Portraits and something to put back on the walls.

    Now this makes for an interesting comeback with the use of Digital.
    Photography itself has matured greatly and well defined. Most amatures now
    have P&S in one form or another and the competition to create great Photos
    to keep the Pro's and Amatures at arms length has magnified percentage wise.
    Not saying Amatures can not get great shots, its the Pro's job of continuing
    the Art Form of Posing and Exposures. To create Classic shots that
    everybody will be proud of to show off. We used to use Medium Format
    Cameras to keep up the change in quality between Wedding Pros and the 35mm
    crew. Now becuase of the change in technology, is the standard 35mm Digital
    Camera being used for Weddings?? Or is the Medium Format making a comeback
    in the Digital Variety?? I have no information about this, since I've been
    out of the Wedding Loop for a very long time. But to question the equipment
    because of a lack of knowledge its not a good time to start to think of
    shooting Weddings. You have to know and already have the equipment before
    you can even think of shooting Weddings. I would say, take more time to
    learn whats the standard for this particular shooting events and then go out
    and use this equipment to get a handle on what it can and cant do.
     
    Not4wood, Feb 2, 2008
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  2. Gauthier Michel

    Ken Hart Guest

    snip
    The best camera kit is the one that will do the job. Personaly, if I were to
    go back into weddings (I won't), I'd stay with my 6x7cm kit (Koni Omega
    Rapid M) and a couple of studio strobes for the big group shots.
    Wedding photography is not the place to learn about your camera gear. You
    need to be intimately familiar with the equipment you are using, so that you
    don't have to think about it. You need to devote all your attention to the
    wedding itself.
    As for your budget, medium format gear is going cheap on eBay, and the
    quality you can get from it will set your work apart from all those weekend
    shooters with their fancy dSLR's
     
    Ken Hart, Feb 2, 2008
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