« on: June 16, 2012, 10:56:32 AM »
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)?
My personal recommendation is to keep your 60D as a backup camera and definitely use it at some point during the weddings. I would buy a 5D Mark II and get either the 580 or 600 flash (I just ordered the 600 yesterday). You will certainly need the 24-70L zoom lens, which is why I recommend the 5D Mk II. In weddings, from my experience, the 5D Mk III would be a diminishing returns type thing. If you shoot RAW don't worry about white balance so much. That is a minor issue. In an ideal world, you'd have the 5D Mk II with 600EX-RT flash, 24-70L zoom lens, and I would strongly encourage you to get a 50mm lens for the 60D and USE it. 50mm on a crop body is 80mm. Or, you could get an 85 f/1.8 to use on both cameras. It depends on your style of wedding shooting. I prefer a photojournalistic type approach more, but I would take 3 primes and the zoom lens, 2 cameras, and the flash. If you have any more questions please keep asking because there a LOT of people on here who do or did weddings. As long as you have the equipment described above and you know how to use that equipment, AND you get the exposures correct, you will be taking some awesome wedding photos! Good luck.