With so much gear out there, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with your options. What is the best camera system? The best lens? While there isn’t one right answer to these questions, there’s definitely some gear that performs better than others. I’ve shot over 50 weddings and 50 engagements with the below gear and absolutely love it! It has served me so well, and I don’t see myself changing out anything any time soon.
Camera Body: Sony A7iii // I’m in love with the Sony cameras! They are so light weight, sharp on focus, and the live-preview allows you to see how your settings effect your image before you even take it!
Lens: Sony 85mm 1.8 // My go-to portrait lens
Lens: Sony 55mm 1.8 // My “backup” lens in case the 85 or 35 ever act up
Lens: Sigma 35mm 1.4 // Love this lens for details, group portraits, and dance floor shots
Flash: Godox TT685s // Super powerful flash but a tad on the slow side to recharge between shots.
Backpack: Zecti Canvas Camera Bag // I find that backpacks are easier to carry around on the wedding day. The main compartment has adjustable paneling and fits all my gear!
Camera Straps: Dual Camera Strap Harness // A great option for those who are vegan or prefer to not use leather.
Memory Cards: San Disk Exreme Pro 128gb SD card // This size works great for me, and the images write to the card super fast. I rarely shoot over a 128gb card when using two cameras.
Extra Camera Batteries: SmilePowo Rechargeable Battery // Inexpensive and dependable!
Extra Flash Batteries: Amazon Basics AA rechargeable // A perfect option for those who hate throwing out batteries after every few weddings.
Other things I carry to weddings:
Water bottle, cleaning clothes for lens/camera back, mints, sewing kit, cereal bars, chap stick, business cards, wedding styling kit (check out my post about those items here), tissues, hairbrush, lint roller
There are a few pieces of gear I have my eye on to add to my collection this year!
Lens: Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 // This is a range-finder lens. Which, to be honest, I still don’t know what that means. BUT. I had the chance to play around with this lens at the 1.1 aperture is INSANE. It looks very “filmy” to me, and I can’t wait to test it out more.
Lens: Sony 135mm 1.8 GM // I’m hoping this lens will help me capture closer shots during church ceremonies where you can’t get as close to the bride & groom.
I hope that was helpful in seeing exactly what gear I use to capture my couple’s special moments. Stay tuned for a future post where I do a deep dive into my lenses, and what parts of the wedding day I use them for. Be sure to hop over to more of my Photographer page to see more helpful tips and tricks. Cheers!
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