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THE IDEAL WEDDING PHOTO BAG

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PHOTO GEAR by KRISS on 22 january 2016

Kate and I cover weddings in duo for many reasons.
The first one is perhaps because we love it and work very well together, then because we get to live a bit of your wedding for ourselves (we are married and one could imagine it does grow old but it doesn’t).
Then of course, covering a wedding with two photographers guarantees to miss fewer shots and more importantly two different approaches, view etc…

If you have noticed, everything is multiplied by 2 and this also applies to the wedding material… We typically carry 2 camera bodies each, giving us a total of 4 camera bodies to choose from during a wedding.
This is the list of what’s usually in our bag :

Cameras

- Nikon D4s.
- Nikon D800E.
- Nikon D800.
Nikon D7100

Lenses

- Nikkor 70-200mm VRII.
- Nikkor 105mm VRII.
- Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART.
- Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART.
- Sigma 85mm f1.4 ART

On occasions, we might take an ultra wide angle such as a 24mm or Nikkor 16-35mm but none of us necessarily use it very often.
Of course, lots of memory cards, extra batteries, grips for the smaller camera bodies to get some extra juice and systems such as the Holdfast moneymaker to hold the gear into place.
A flash in case there is really something interesting to do with it but not my favorite tool in the box for a wedding.

The ideal combos are usually the D4s with the 70-200mm.
That’s a heavy combo but it will do a lot in pretty much any light.
A prime can replace it if the light gets weaker and with anything opened at f1.6 the D4s will work miracles.
We couple the D7100 with the 105 VRII unless Kate wants to take her favorite lens on another body for portraits.
That leaves the rest of the primes for the D800 and D800E which definitely need prime lenses in my opinion.

We are aware this is not necessarily the typical wedding bag most photographers work with.
Some have medium format, other only one camera body with one zoom and do fantastic results.
We started shooting weddings with only 2 cameras and only one body was professional.

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THE IDEAL WEDDING PHOTO BAG

THE IDEAL WEDDING PHOTO BAG

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COMMENTS

3 comments

Rich on 2016-02-23
Great combination of bodies and lenses. I shoot weddings and events with a d750 and d7100. Interested in your thoughts about the 105mm on the d7100. How are you using it (portraits?). Just curious and thanks very much. Rich

Kriss on 2016-02-24
Hi Rich thank you for your comment. From what I have read the d750 is not so far from the D4s in terms of high ISO so this seems like a good combo ! Most of the time, Kate my wife uses the 105mm either on the D4s or the D800E after ceremonies during the reception. It's a very versatile lens for portraits, fast, that produces a nice bokeh at 2.8 outdoors and since you can get as close as you want, she finds it very easy to work with. Besides at 2.8 you never go wrong in terms of out of focus nose, ears etc... Aside from portraiture we like to use it to document things like the decoration, details in the bride's room for her preparation, close ups on hair styles, rings etc...Now if you don't have a longer lens like a 70-200mm, screwed on your D7100 that gives you a 160mm more or less, allowing you to work with lots of discretion and for this it is great ! I can safely say this lens has produced its fair share of portraits families and friends have actually purchased after the wedding for themselves, more than the 85mm f1.4 that I pack especially for that !

Kriss on 2016-02-24
One more thing, it seems the combo D7100 with Nikkor 105mm VRII is less subject to green coloring than with the D800 and D800E as well !

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