Gear advise for portraits, product, food photography and wedding photography.

ironfreak

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Gear for portraits, product, food photography and wedding photography.

Hey all,
I’d need a bit advise from the fellow photographers. First I will state my background. I was a Nikon shooter till 2015 and owned D80 body, 18-135, 50/1.8, 70-300 VR. I was a hobby photographer and used to photograph landscape, street, portraits, etc. I started on doing business in photography by taking wedding assignments with rented gear as required. Stuck to Nikon initially, I have used D800, D7100, D7200 bodies with couple of lenses as necessary.
Some time ago, I tried hands on friend’s Canon 5D Mark III and 6D and 7D. I have really liked the Canon gear and over the time I got the chance to use 6D, 7D extensively. Now that I was relying on rental and friend’s gear for commercial work, I have decided to invest in Canon system for my future business expansion. Another reason going for Canon is that, all my friends own Canon gear, so it will be easy to exchange lenses when required.
My main subject will be fashion/model portfolio, advertising, product, food (table top) and wedding. I will also setup a small home studio.

Here is the list of gear I have decided. I think it is good to start into. Give your advise.

1) 6D + 24-105 kit
2) 70-200 F/4 IS
3) Tamron 90mm F/2.8 Vi DC Macro
4) Canon flash 430 EX III
5) Sandisk 95 MBPS 64GB SD
6) Elinchrom FRX 400 standard kit
7) Light boom stand
8) Rotalux octa (shallow or deep)
9) Backdrops with stand 8x10 (portable)

Regards
 

niels123

EOS RP
Jan 27, 2015
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The 70-200 makes you more flexible, however, did you look into the 135 f/2L? It makes a stunning portrait lens, is two stops faster than you 70-200 and really nice.
 

niels123

EOS RP
Jan 27, 2015
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Another possibility is to add the 85 f/1.8, which is also very nice. Although not as sharp as the 135 and it does suffer from chromatic abberration to a certain extent, is is a nice lens for a very good price.
 

d

EOS RP
Mar 8, 2015
417
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Hi Ironfreak,

If you're looking to shoot fashion and/or weddings, I think your choice of a 6D is going to leave you vulnerable in the area of autofocus performance. Particularly with weddings, you want to be nailing your focus first go and while the central AF point is pretty good, the rest of the points can be a little hit and miss. While you can focus/recompose with the central point, this isn't always ideal, so I'd be strongly considering a 5D MkIII as a primary body. Not only will you gain a much better and more reliable AF system, you'll get two card slots, so can have two copies of photos being recorded at once (great in case of a card failure or issue), and better build quality as well.

And depending on what lenses you have access to in your circle of friends, you might also consider adding a 50mm f/1.8 STM to your kit. It's a cheap little optic, but with it's f/1.8 aperture, gives you the ability to up the shutter speed in low light, and get a little more creative with OOF backgrounds as well - it can also be handy for table-top food photos as well.

Hope that's helpful!

Cheers,
d.
 

mb66energy

EOS 5D Mark IV
Dec 18, 2011
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Only about the portrait-product-food range (close to zero experience in wedding photography).

The Tamron macro has shurely very good IQ but I would compare the AF speed (and reliability if possible) with the Canon 100mm macros. I have the older EF 2.8 100 USM Macro which is very fast and reliable: It makes a great all round lens and results are amazingly good. In your case I think the IS version extends the usability into low light during weddings - the IQ difference seems to be marginal between the two USM 100mm Macros of Canon.

Just one puzzle part for your decision process ...! Good luck - Michael
 

ironfreak

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Mar 11, 2016
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d said:
Hi Ironfreak,

If you're looking to shoot fashion and/or weddings, I think your choice of a 6D is going to leave you vulnerable in the area of autofocus performance. Particularly with weddings, you want to be nailing your focus first go and while the central AF point is pretty good, the rest of the points can be a little hit and miss. While you can focus/recompose with the central point, this isn't always ideal, so I'd be strongly considering a 5D MkIII as a primary body. Not only will you gain a much better and more reliable AF system, you'll get two card slots, so can have two copies of photos being recorded at once (great in case of a card failure or issue), and better build quality as well.

Hi d,

I think you are right. 6D's af system is indeed inferior and I don't want to take risk. But 5DIII is much more expensive than 6D. That gives me choice of Nikon D750. I am confused, confused here!
 

kaswindell

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ironfreak said:
d said:
Hi Ironfreak,

If you're looking to shoot fashion and/or weddings, I think your choice of a 6D is going to leave you vulnerable in the area of autofocus performance. Particularly with weddings, you want to be nailing your focus first go and while the central AF point is pretty good, the rest of the points can be a little hit and miss. While you can focus/recompose with the central point, this isn't always ideal, so I'd be strongly considering a 5D MkIII as a primary body. Not only will you gain a much better and more reliable AF system, you'll get two card slots, so can have two copies of photos being recorded at once (great in case of a card failure or issue), and better build quality as well.

Hi d,

I think you are right. 6D's af system is indeed inferior and I don't want to take risk. But 5DIII is much more expensive than 6D. That gives me choice of Nikon D750. I am confused, confused here!

Canon has a good deal on a refurb 5D3 with the 24-105 (got mine a year ago) but even at that the D750 appears to be a bit less expensive than the 5D3, and is a capable camera (my brother owns one). It really comes down to whether the you prefer Canon's ergonomics and if the ability to swap lenses with your friends will save you enough in gear you don't have to buy now to cover the higher initial acquisition cost.
 

d

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Mar 8, 2015
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ironfreak said:
Hi d,

I think you are right. 6D's af system is indeed inferior and I don't want to take risk. But 5DIII is much more expensive than 6D. That gives me choice of Nikon D750. I am confused, confused here!

Yeah, difficult choice. I too switched from Nikon to Canon (my first DSLR was a D80, then D200...D3...then Canon!) and while I'm really happy with my Canon stuff, Nikon have been releasing some great bodies the past few years, and I sometimes toy with the idea of trying to run both systems.

But the 5D3 is a solid body still, and very popular with wedding shooters - it's just a great all around performer. Until late last year I was managing a studio of six photographers, and we were shooting 5D3's all day every day - they just perform. Maybe you could hold off on purchasing the Tamron lens for the time being, to help funds stretch a bit further towards a 5D3?

Good luck trying to decide!
 

mrzero

EOS RP
Jun 12, 2012
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Chicago
I suggest you go with the 600EX flash, as you will benefit from the greater power over the 430 series (faster recycle time, less overheating, more light when necessary). Especially if you will have a studio strobe set-up at home, I think the smaller flash will leave you wanting more light on the road.

If the Tamron macro is only intended for food/product photography, consider using extension tubes (Canon originals with electronic connections) for closer focus on the zoom lenses until you have enough of a business line to justify buying a true macro lens or a tilt-shift. If you also want the Tamron to double as a fast-aperture portrait lens, consider the Canon 100mm macros (L with IS, or USM without) for better autofocus performance.

You will absolutely need more than one memory card. I love my 6D for personal use but if I was going pro, I'd go for a 5DIII so I could have dual card slots. You can't reshoot the first kiss at a wedding in the event of card failure. The better autofocus specs would also be nice.
 

kphoto99

EOS RP
Nov 7, 2012
317
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If you are going to follow the advice of getting extension tubs, skip Canon ones and get Kenko. They are build very well and they perform the same. No need to pay for Canon air.

For flash take a look at the Yougnuo 600EX-RT, you can get 3 for the price of 1 Canon. I have 4 of them and I'm very satisfied with them.
 

Drum

EOS 90D
Feb 21, 2013
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I would second the yongnuo's over the 430ex at least till you get money coming in from your photography (also available for Nikon if you go that route )
I've never had a problem in over 3 years use. The build quality in MY units is very good, and they work in both ETTL and manual modes. I have 2 565exii and a 568 which I use as a master controller or for HSS.
If you are planning to be a professional then get the 5d3, I also bought the Tamron 70-200 over the Canon F4IS which you might consider.
 

ironfreak

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Mar 11, 2016
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mrzero said:
If the Tamron macro is only intended for food/product photography, consider using extension tubes (Canon originals with electronic connections) for closer focus on the zoom lenses until you have enough of a business line to justify buying a true macro lens or a tilt-shift. If you also want the Tamron to double as a fast-aperture portrait lens, consider the Canon 100mm macros (L with IS, or USM without) for better autofocus performance.

You will absolutely need more than one memory card. I love my 6D for personal use but if I was going pro, I'd go for a 5DIII so I could have dual card slots. You can't reshoot the first kiss at a wedding in the event of card failure. The better autofocus specs would also be nice.
Tamron macro is intended for both product and portraits. Also I can click close shots of jewelry during wedding with bokeh and blur background, people here in India love these shots. 5D has dual card slot is definitely advantage but single slot of 6D will suffice me with a good, fast 64gb SDHC. Of course, I will buy one extra. Actually, Im waiting really for 5D4, but till then I have to begin career with some camera. So, 6D. :)
 

ironfreak

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Mar 11, 2016
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d said:
ironfreak said:
Hi d,

I think you are right. 6D's af system is indeed inferior and I don't want to take risk. But 5DIII is much more expensive than 6D. That gives me choice of Nikon D750. I am confused, confused here!

Yeah, difficult choice. I too switched from Nikon to Canon (my first DSLR was a D80, then D200...D3...then Canon!) and while I'm really happy with my Canon stuff, Nikon have been releasing some great bodies the past few years, and I sometimes toy with the idea of trying to run both systems.

But the 5D3 is a solid body still, and very popular with wedding shooters - it's just a great all around performer. Until late last year I was managing a studio of six photographers, and we were shooting 5D3's all day every day - they just perform. Maybe you could hold off on purchasing the Tamron lens for the time being, to help funds stretch a bit further towards a 5D3?

Good luck trying to decide!

Oh I forgot to mention that I'm here in India. The difference in 5D3 and 6D price is 80,000 rupees which equals roughly US$1200. I can buy whole lot of stuff in that money. My plan is to buy 6D to begin career with and later upgrade to 5D4/X in 2017. I will have to compromise on the AF system but I think I can live with that, I find 6D capable body otherwise. Weddings don't have low light generally so won't be a problem. Also, 6D will give nice results for product/food with 24-105 and Tamron 90mm macro 2.8 lens. Value for money than 5D3. That's the reason going for 6D over 5D3. And when business grows in a year, I will upgrade to 5D Mark IV in 2017. Being optimistic. :)
 

ironfreak

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Mar 11, 2016
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kphoto99 said:
Drum said:
I would second the yongnuo's over the 430ex at least till you get money coming in from your photography (also available for Nikon if you go that route )
I've never had a problem in over 3 years use. The build quality in MY units is very good, and they work in both ETTL and manual modes. I have 2 565exii and a 568 which I use as a master controller or for HSS.
If you are planning to be a professional then get the 5d3, I also bought the Tamron 70-200 over the Canon F4IS which you might consider.
For flash take a look at the Yougnuo 600EX-RT, you can get 3 for the price of 1 Canon. I have 4 of them and I'm very satisfied with them.
Man the yongnuo flash is insanely cheap. :D I will start reading the reviews. I just want a flash to fire when I click pictures of family group in wedding and, decent power, fast recycle time, good battery life. Not using any radio/remote feature.
 

ishootbokeh

Stunning Wedding Photography, Lancashire & Beyond
The Canon 6D is my main wedding body even though I have a 5dmk3 too. The 5D is mainly used when i need to track movement like the precessional or kids dashing about but in the main I love the clean high ISO the 6D gives and that -3 EV centre focus point is amazing! Plus its lighter which is good and servo using the centre AF is suprisingly good even with shallow DOF.

I'd say the 6D (65%) 5D (35%) on an all day gig.

For lenses I love the 50L 1.2 and the look it delivers, some of my best wedding images have come from this lens, its magical.

I have a couple of Youngnou 600RTs Flashes, pretty good but they have let me down now and again without any warning so I have a couple of Canon's too just in case. Perfect for any off camera work, cheap and cheerful.

But kit is only part of the story as I've learnt from weddings....
 

d

EOS RP
Mar 8, 2015
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ironfreak said:
Man the yongnuo flash is insanely cheap. :D I will start reading the reviews. I just want a flash to fire when I click pictures of family group in wedding and, decent power, fast recycle time, good battery life. Not using any radio/remote feature.

A few years ago I was working in a camera shop that sold a lot of Yongnuo accessories, including their flashes, and I'd be very hesitant to rely solely on one for any paying gig. QC seemed pretty hit and miss - we'd randomly unpack some flash and radio triggers and find assembly faults, different coloured LEDs in different positions across flashes, and they were one of the most common items to be returned. There's a reason why they're so cheap, and one dying halfway through a wedding would do nothing towards building your image as a pro.

d.
 

JohnUSA

EOS M6 Mark II
Jun 14, 2013
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I'm also eyeing a second full frame body for weddings. Currently I'm shooting with a 5D3 and 50D/T2i as backup. Don't laugh at the the T2i, for some reason the T2i shadows can be pushed many stops without banding, it's almost like shooting a Sony sensor camera... not so with the 50D. I mainly use the 5D3 99% of the time.

Anyway after reading this thread and many more I'm going with the 6D, mainly to have a camera with an additional lens ready. Maybe next year I'll update to the 5D4 but with all the 6D rebates and my 5D3 going strong I don't feel I need to wait and upgrade to the 5D4.

Also this wedding photography couple love the 6D: http://shotkit.com/stark-photography/?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost