What equipment did you have when you started shooting weddings?

Discussion in 'Wedding and Event' started by firemachine69, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. Hi folks, new here. What did you guys have when you started shooting weddings? What do you have now (for that purpose)? I'm thinking of jumping in, but I'm only DX, mind you, all Nikon stuff... D300 12-24 50 / 1.8 18-200 2x SB-600, likely an SB-900 soon diffusers, stands/umbrellas for flashes, 10x10 paper backdrop for portraits, etc. Thinking maybe one of the older Nikon 35mm 1.4 Ai-F if I can pick one up at a decent price(?) Thoughts?
  2. First wedding I ever shot was way, way back in the eighties - Cosina completely manual SLR, Kiron 28-105 zoom lens, Tri-X uprated to 800, and available light. Tony
  3. Second body would be the most important or a second shooter. Oh and 2 bodies or more and various lenses. Lots of film. Lol
  4. Canon F1N was my first camera and I used it for quite a few years! Mary Ball
  5. I'm not sure that my advice will help much . . . I started shooting with RB67 bodies, 90, 65 and 180 lenses, QFlashes . . . By the time digital came around, I had been shooting Nikon for over 20 years and had bags full of lenses. I still shoot Nikon, DX in fact (I don't think that should slow you down at all) . . . The 18-200 is my "all day lens" for flash photography. If I was forced to carry a very limited kit today, it would be the 18-200, my 50f1.4 and 80-200f2.8. I think that you have a good starter kit and what you need next really depends on the style that you want to shoot. If you are talking about bringing a backdrop for portraits, I would suggest a better portrait lens than anything you have listed. An 85f1.8 will do wonders but I like the 1.4 and my 80-200 far better.
  6. It really doesn't matter what camera one starts off with as long as he or she knows how to use it. Event photography is more than just knowing the technical or having equipment. Experience is what makes you good. The more you just go out and do it and practice the better you become. The equipment is secondary. That said you buy what you can afford and when you make money you may choose to upgrade. But to answer your question directly, I started off with film cameras both Hasselblad and canon. Today, like everyone else I have converted to digital. I buy what I can afford but I can do just as good a job with a cheaper camera. Having experience brings confidence and allows you to trouble shoot in stressful situations. Experience means you are facing a situation that you faced before and made a mistake the first time and hopefully you learned by it.
  7. Shot my first wedding in the 1970s with a Russian-made Kalimar SLR with a 50, a 28 and a 135 and a little Vivitar 102 pocket-size flash. Junk equipment but it got the job done. Later I had a Nikon FM and F2 plus 28, 50, 105 and 200 primes and Vivitar 283/285 flash. Today on the rare occasion that I shoot a wedding (and only as a second shooter) it's a Nikon D200 and D7000 with 12-24, 24-70, 70-200, SB-900. I also have a basement full of other lenses, flash, studio strobe, modifiers, backdrops, etc. if I need them. But it's far more about the photographer than the gear.
  8. A Bronica ETRSi and Canon EOS 1N both duplicated for backup. All film then.
  9. When I first started wedding photography it was with a Yashica Mat 124 G, then to a Rollieflex and always with a Nikon F2. My preferred camera in medium format is still an RB 67 with 127 and 180 lenses. Digitally I shoot with a D200 or 300 and even still use a D1-X on occasion. I'm considering going back to full frame though. It all works well and gives good results as long as you do your part. Rick H.

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