A great question way to get a feel for the skill-level of any professional you’re considering working with (not just a prospective photographer) is to ask about the quality of their equipment. This holds especially true for a wedding photographer.
Although I am of the school of thought that an expensive camera doesn’t make the person holding it a photographer, it’s very important that the professional photographing your wedding is using only the best of equipment to capture your day.
Often when couples ask me this question, the emphasis is on what type of camera I use. However, I’m a big fan of pointing out that the actual camera body plays less of a role in capturing the image, than the quality and choice of the lens on that camera body. For what it’s worth, every member of our team uses a near identical equipment set, and we all use two very high end camera bodies – but it’s our choice of lenses, and how we utilize them throughout a day that matters more in the end, than the camera itself.
Here’s a nice little run-down of the equipment we shoot with on a given wedding day. If you’re a pro, or an aspiring photographer, feel free to pick my brain on the list – I’ve included the brands I use as a reference for other shooters who are looking for recommendations. Although the numbers and specs listed might seem strange if you’re new to the photography world, a quick Google search will give you an idea of the quality of the gear we are privileged to work with. As you’ll see, we’ve invested heavily in both high-end camera bodies as well as quality lenses – we believe that having the right glass on the front of a camera is very important.
- Two Canon 5D MkIII’s – 21.1 MegaPixel DSLR (we have two – because you always need an equivalent backup!)
- Polaroid Land Camera (A cheapy – but a classic!)
- Canon EF 2.0L 200 IS
- Canon EF 2.8L 70-200 IS
- Canon EF 1.4L 24
- Canon EF 1.4L 35
- Canon EF 1.2L 50 Mark II
- Canon EF 1.2L 85 Mark II
- Canon TS-E 24L Mark II
- Canon EF 17-40
- Canon EF 2.8 15 – Fisheye
- Canon EF 3.5L 180L Macro
- 2 Profoto D1 Strobes
- 2 Canon 600EX-RT Flash Units
- A crap ton of diffusers / softboxes / wireless triggers
Please feel free to inquire further if you have any questions!