Tographer Tuesday: Equipment Series-Best Professional Equipment (Photography)
For photography equipment there is always the big debate over Nikon vs. Canon and now mirrored or mirrorless. After lots of research I have not switched or even invested in a mirrorless camera. After shooting with both at the same settings and same lens I found that the mirrored camera just was a better photo. I personally prefer to shoot portraits and weddings but also love nature and for me as a portrait photographer the subject just pops off of the background more then when using a mirrorless camera. The debate on mirror vs. mirrorless is one I will let you decide on when selecting the best camera for you.
So what do we use to shoot a wedding? Personally, I am a Canon fan (because when switching to full frame you don't have to buy all new lens like you do with Nikon) and shoot with the 5D Mark IV and my arsenal of lens which includes the 35mm 1.4, 50 mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm 2.8, and a 50mm 2.8 macro. I also use the Canon 600 flash system that includes one for camera, one for hand hold, and one for OCF. My backup cameras are a 5D Mark III and I also have the 6D as well.
Even for lens you will need to figure out what works best for you. When shooting weddings I prefer the low aperture prime lens so that I can open up the aperture more if I need to. I also prefer prime lens for portraits as well. Depending on the wedding I may also use the zoom lens. When traveling and flying I typically will only pack the 24-70mm and the 70-200mm because space in limited in a carry on bag that must fit under the seat and this gives me the most range (24-200mm) with still a relatively low aperture if I needed.
Now again this is what works for me and what I love to shoot with. Don't be afraid to second shoot with other photographers and rent different pieces of equipment to test them out. Doing this will allow you do determine which equipment pieces work best for you and which items you will want to invest in.