When I first started photographing weddings in 2010, I remember reading photographers’ blogs and studying what lenses they used. I would drool at the thought of so much glass! I must say, our collection is almost complete, but it’s taken us a while to get to this point. We feel strongly that having the best equipment is important for our brides and the quality of our photography. We primarily use the Canon “L” lenses because we feel they’re the best, and we only want to offer the best to our clients. Here’s a look at what’s in our bag!
– 2 Canon 5D Mark iii Camera Bodies: Troy and I both shoot with a Mark iii camera body. More on that later…
– 1 Canon 5D Camera Body: We always have an old 5d camera body with us as backup. We never know what will happen on a wedding day and as professionals, we always want to be prepared. This camera sits in our bag and almost never gets used, but we do make sure its batteries are charged before every wedding because YOU NEVER KNOW! Remember that ONE TIME we had to use our backup camera because we got caught in a downpour? It was a lifesaver. You can click here for the full story!
– Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens: Our “walkaround” lens. We use this for most full body shots as well as most reception details. It’s on my camera for the majority of the wedding day!
– Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens: We use the 35mm less than we used to although I often challenge myself to use it more. We always use it for large wedding parties as well as during ceremonies for wide shots of the room. It’s also helpful when we want an image that highlights the environment as well as our couple.
– Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens: We use the macro for all ring shots and most getting ready details. We use manual focus with this lens most of the time.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens: If we could only take one lens to a wedding, this would be it. It is forever our favorite. Some people complain about its weight; we don’t mind a bit! It’s on Troy’s camera for the majority of the wedding day and allows him to remain subtle while still getting the intimate shots we love!
– Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens: This was the first lens I ever bought! I just can’t part with it. Because it’s not from the “L” series, it’s the least used in our bag, but I admittedly pull it out every so often and surprise myself.
Besides lenses, we also use…
Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT: We both carry a speedlite, a.k.a. a flash, with us at all times. We love the 600s because of their wireless transmitters, allowing us to sync the flashes to use with our…
Westcott Rapid Box 26″ Octa Softbox: This may be our “where have you been all my life?” piece of equipment. Since purchasing it last year, we’ve used it at least once for every wedding! We connect it to our Speedlites and use it for all large group reception shots, shooting outside when it’s dark, and late night send offs.
Canon Speedlite 580EX Flash: And just like our camera body, we feel it’s imperative to have back-up flashes so we have two old Speedlites we keep in our bag JUST IN CASE!
AlienBees™ B1600 Flash Unit : We love our Alien Bees flash unit and set it up for all indoor family formals with an umbrella.
– SanDisk Extreme PRO 16GB Compact Flash Memory Cards: There is a debate amongst wedding photographers about what size compact flash cards to use. One side of the debate suggests the more you switch cards, the more chance you have to lose them. On the other hand, if your card has a glitch, it’s nice to know the entire wedding isn’t on one card. We found 16 GB cards to be a happy balance. We each use 2-3 cards per wedding.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB SDXC Flash Memory Cards: One advantage of our Mark iii camera bodies is that we can shoot with two cards at once. What does this mean to you? This means we have a backup card in our camera at all times if our primary card would quit working or develop a glitch. We each use a 64 GB card that stays in our camera throughout the wedding day.
Now, truth be told, there are plenty of other items in our bag– lens cleaner, batteries, etc., but we’ll save that for another post.
So what’s next for us? Certainly there must be SOME PIECE OF EQUIPMENT we have our eye on :)… Why of course.. and that would be the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for moments when a 24mm would come in handy!
Any questions? Comment below!