Photographer Kit, whats in my bag?
A question I often get asked while photographing at Weddings and other events, what kit do I use? Sometimes theres a bit of Camera kit envy with the guests too when they see what kit you have!
So, heres my current Camera body and Camera lens kit. Note I occasionally hire in other kit too, such as another camera body or camera lens.
Canon 5D Mark IV Body
This is currently my main camera body, released last year it offers amazing quality, low noise, a near silent shutter and so many other features. I love this camera body and the photographs I produce from it.
Canon 5D Mark III Body
This used to be my main body, until the 5D4 was launched. Another amazing camera, used as a backup body and also during the ceremony so I can use two different lenses without the need to change mid way through.
Canon EF 17-40mm f4L USM Lens
A great wide angle lens often used to photograph the venue setup photos, the large group photo, and the wedding breakfast room photo. Its also one of the main lenses used in my landscape photography, with a great wide angle view that can capture even the most vast of landscapes.
Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM Lens
A great all round workhorse often used during the ceremony, and also for some of the group photographs. The zoom range enables me to stay virtually still during the ceremony and to be unnoticed by everyone. Great depth of field with the f2.8 aperture too.
Canon EF 50mm f1.2L Lens
One of my all time favourites lenses, with a f1.2 aperture - its like someone turning the light on in a dark venue/church. The depth of field on this is immense, however it has to be used with care. The slightest breath, and you will lose focus. The bokeh (blurry background!) this is produces is stunning too.
Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM II Lens
Another great workhorse allowing me to capture moments without you seeing, with the vast zoom range. Its a heavy chunk of glass and metal (and its known as the beast!). Amazing bokeh from this one too, another firm favourite from me.
Canon EF 135mm f2.0 L USM Lens
The newest addition to the lens family for me! This one needs a bit more thought composition wise as its another prime (fixed focal length) lens. However the results it produces are truly stunning, with its wide f2 aperture.
Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro USM Lens
One of the least used lenses, mainly because my second photographers often photograph the rings with their Macro lenses while with the groomsmen. However its a cracking lens for the money, again needs to be used with care as do all macro lenses.
Canon 24-105... ok its not really, its a Coffee Cup!
Extremely useful for holding coffee when editing! Keeps it warm too :)
CF and SD Cards
Finally, the vast selection of SD and Compact Flash cards I use. My camera bodies have dual slots and I use both all the time, as a backup in case of card failure. I use a mix of Sandisk Extreme and Lexar Professional - in a mix of 16Gb and 32Gb. Plenty of storage for an entire wedding or two!