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#1 Shaun Stanich

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 09:28 PM

I am looking to get a mirrorless camera for wedding photography. I would like some advice by someone who has already made the switch. What is the best camera to go with? What do you use? Does it meet your and your clients expectations?


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Posted 13 April 2016 - 12:01 AM

I have a Sony a7rii and love the camera. Haven't shot any weddings, however, if you have a question about that body I will give my opinion. 



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Posted 18 April 2016 - 02:31 PM

will you also be photographing the reception? will off camera flash or bounce flash be of use?  if so, you might run into a few challenges that prevent someone from fully converting to mirrorless.  Seems like nothing can beat Canikon's offering of TTL Flashes and that seems to be the biggest compromise wedding shooters make.

 

both sony (if you are willing to shell out huge dollars) and fuji have their selection of fast zooms and fast primes that would work well in a wedding situation.



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Posted 01 May 2016 - 03:56 AM

Mirrorless and weddings=nightmare..

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Posted 01 May 2016 - 04:46 AM

I wouldn't go mirrorless for weddings ( assuming that you are the paid and main photographer ).
You are simply asking for troubles.



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Posted 06 May 2016 - 05:03 PM

Hah I'm glad steve and bill are honest.  I was just trying to be as politically correct as possible without pissing off any mirrorless users.

 

yes, mirrorless can be a nightmare for weddings.  from the horrible low light af, to the terrible AF tracking, crappy flash work arounds, a laggy and really noisy evf during receptions, and the horrible battery life, thats a huge compromise to make all for the potential weight savings.



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Posted 06 May 2016 - 07:47 PM

I have no problem pissing off mirrorless users or anyone really, when the truth is the truth.
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Posted 16 June 2016 - 06:27 AM

So what you are saying is stay away from them for weddings if you are the main photographer and they are inside. I love brutally honest people, it helps get the point across.lol. Thank you guys!


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Posted 16 June 2016 - 12:14 PM

I gave up doing  weddings when the term Bridezilla came into vogue, and I was using RZ67's :)  Gach!

Weddings became seriously not fun and high pressure after that.

 

However you don't want just 1 camera, or just 1 of anything you need backup for everything..

Multiple bodies, multiple lenses that can cover for each other, and yes ability to shoot with off-camera flash.

Incredibly competitive and cutthroat field, but the pay out can be huge as well, if you are good at sales and can up-sell during the final print sales.

 

Assuming you are about to do this for pay, you also will need a few things like 

Liability/business insurance, weddings have turned into a litigious annoyance where failure to perform (they did not like your images, or your equipment failed) can get into some nasty suites.

Often overlooked but you will need a tax number and a business license to operate legally.

Many in the business go for setting up as a LLC's or similar to reduce the risk in case of getting sued.

Consulting with an CPA and a lawyer to get started up properly in the first place can save a lot of headaches later on down the road.

 

Some very useful sites that can help you get running.

WPPI - Wedding & Portrait Photographers International http://www.wppionline.com/index.shtml

In the USA - PPoA - Professional Photographers of America http://www.ppa.com/

In Canada - PPoC - Professional Photographers of Canada https://www.ppoc.ca/

 

Just my opinion, but Sony support or rather lack of it for professionals is a major deal breaker.

With Canon you have CPS and Nikon has NPS being a member of them will get you repaired in a hurry or loner equipment until yours is fixed.

CPS http://www.cps.usa.canon.com/

NPS http://nps.nikonimaging.com/


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Posted 23 August 2016 - 10:54 AM

one of my friends pawned off his Nikon gear and switched to Fuji.  hes a wedding shooter.  and quite frankly, I have no idea why he did that.  he keeps saying its way better, and keeps telling me all these work around solutions for lack of flash (using third party, manual flash), and crappy autofocus (taking tons of pictures, using a narrow aperture, bursting), but I think at the end of the day he is justifying his switch..

 

I did bring my camera to a wedding where he was the professional shooter and I was the guest.  Hes a bit of a sensitive guy with a huge ego, so I didn't tell him this, but the bride and groom were not happy with his results, told me that he kept reshooting for various reasons (flash didn't go off, wanted another shot "just incase", didn't look too pleased when previewing the image) and the final results didn't come out as nice as they liked.  They ended up not ordering an album from him because they liked my pictures of the event more and only used his formal portrait shoots.  I could honestly see him losing clients and getting a bad rep down the road..

 

in a few years, I can see mirrorless for weddings but until then, dslr's are king of wedding photography.



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 04:19 PM

Canon EOS 6D is good for wedding i think. The price is around $1400 and this camera is worth its price. By the way you can check the article about choosing a camera for wedding photography - http://wedding-retou...t-weddings.html Or just use google and it'll solve your problem. Good luck :)







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