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...

    50 / 1.8
    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(?)

  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.

  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.
  10. I'm only an aspiring wedding photographer. By that I mean I am not LnC. I have however shot a good few weddings now and am tireless working towards becoming official. I always carry at least two nikons. My main camera is a Nikon d3300 and my second body is a d40. My main lens is a 17-50 f2.8 and my secondary is a 55-300 4.5. These aren't the best lenses nor the best bodies available, however it is what I can afford. I try to shoot natural light but do on occasion use a cheap ring flash and handmade a fill light out of a standing shop box light a couple hangers and white sheet. It works in really poor lit rooms as a bounce light. I am limited by my equipment. I am very upfront about it to the clients and charge a rate relative to my situation, if I charge at all. My plan is to aquire the experience and reputation while still building up equipment and over I feel I can guarantee my work, I will license and insure myself.
    Things I need would include a good speed flash, a70-200 f2.8, a second higher model camera to replace the d40(works great just not as nice a shot). More camera batteries (lots). I also need a nicer computer. I use a mac pro however it is limited when it comes to loading or batch editing over 1k in images at a time.
  11. Canon FT/QL--and it was only a couple years out of production... :rolleyes: Two lenses, the 55mm 1.8 and 135mm 3.5--both FL series. Later I had a pair of Minolta SRT 101's and even a ZOOM! When I finally hung it up and refused to have anything to do with the insanity of weddings in 1989, I was shooting a pair of Canon A-1's with the MA drive on each.
  12. Leica M Rangefinder film cameras and a Canon film camera of some sort, plus, like a lot of wedding shooters back then, I also did some formal work with a Hasselblad V camera ... eventually the Canon became a Contax film camera and I didn't return to Canon until digital cameras became usable for weddings. I think my first Canon digital was 3 meg crop frame ... LOL! (The photo below was shot with that first Canon digital). Wedding Gallery-81.jpg

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