« on: June 16, 2012, 01:59:12 PM »
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So I've decided to get into the pro wedding business for real. I got to know a guy who - if my luck persists - will tell me the tricks of the local trade and coach me through my first contracts.
Until now, I shot purely for fun and learning, and now have a general idea where the shutter button is located. But in the future it'll business all over, at least that's the idea. And while it'll take a while to set me up, I'll have to get my new working gear now to become familiar with it, while keeping the cost-income relationship somewhat sane.
- Conditions: From what I'm hearing, the basic idea when starting out is to get the job done, capture the important moments, the atmosphere and to get shots of all guests and esp. the relatives, so everyone is happy. The clients I'll be acquiring when starting off won't be concerned with corner sharpness, complicated flash setups or life-size prints.
- My current gear: I've got the 60d as a backup body and the 100L for portraits, might be nice as a 160/2.8 on the crop body, too. I don't think the 70-300L is adequate for weddings, but from what I'm hearing, the local conditions don't necessarily call for a $2000+ 70-200 anyway. I'll have to get an uwa & some 24-70 lens and might ask about this in a separate thread - but with what body/flash?
BODY: I'll need a somewhat affordable high-iso ff body, so a 5d seems to make sense.
- 5d2. It's half the price of the successor, and if using focus/recompose people seem to have used this successfully for wedding occasions.
- 5d3. It's said to have higher iso performance, but looking at the raw samples I hardly can see an improvement? Is better awb, more fps (or quiet shutter), dual cards and the updated af system a noticeable improvement for weddings?
FLASH: For wedding run & gun, I guess I'll need one fast recycling flash with a battery pack, so my 430ex2 won't suffice. While shooting w/o flash might be preferable, as far as I understand it there's hardly any way around it.
- 580ex2. Isn't sold new anymore, and obsolete ir technology. Seems to have a bug when using hss extensively. But great if combined with 3rd party triggers, esp. since these can trigger dumb ttl flashes, too.
- 600rt. This is currently the must-have choice for the 5d3, but seems to be compatible with the 5d2 as well - and except the price there are no drawbacks (it can work with 3rd party triggers too)?
Even a 5D MK II and a 60D or D7 as a backup is still good insurance.
As I wrote above: "I've got the 60d as a backup body", so that's covered. It's certainly nice of people answering, but reading the original post does help :-p ... I just don't know if I'll prefer to shoot with two cameras simultaneously or just keep my 60d for backup.The advantage of a 5D MK III is the dual memory cards, but two bodies, each with their own memory card can prevent total disaster.
Indeed - but my question was about experiences of the other added advantages of the 5d3 for weddings, too. If it's only the dual memory cards, double the price of the 5d2 would clearly indicate "not worth it" for me.
I love it - I say what my 'opinion' is - and I get accused of stating it as fact
I ask a simple question and I get quoted the Canon marketing release - so obviously no opinion there then.
There is someone that has offered me his 1Ds Mark III that was his backup body for $4000.
Rather than a 1Ds3 for $4000 I'd way prefer to see you with another 5D3 with BG-E11 for a couple of hundred dollars less. It's new and will have full warranty. The 1Ds3 does have the 1-Series handling advantages, but will lose out in a big way on IQ, AF and ISO. You know this already as you have a 5D3.
I've always liked working with two identical bodies. There is no mental shift required when you move from one to the other.
I use the 200 f/2 for portraits. Quite, quite stunning - makes the 135 f/2 look like a (v. good) budget lens
Of course, if you can afford the 200/2.0, you can probably afford a studio big enough to use it...
I've used a Zeiss Sonnar 180/2.8 for gigs, about 10m to the stage makes for nice head-shots on my 7D...
(but if I could get my hands on one of those Nikkor 300 f/2.0 instead of buying a house, that'd be a tough choice to make...)