Hello I’m Alex and I’m a gearhead, and I’ve always been as far as I can remember. I’ve always liked getting new things. It’s a little something like compulsive G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome) :)
Though my kit is fairly extensive, everything in it has its specific use and was bought out of a need for its unique capabilities.
So, I’m a Nikon dude, ever since I’ve got my first DSLR way back in 2006. We have 3 Nikon DSLRs, and I shoot with a 2 camera combo (Nikon D810/Nikon D750). My wifey, who is also my assistant/second shooter, uses another Nikon D750 body.
My all-time favorites and most used lenses are:
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART – paired with the Nikon D750.
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G – paired with the Nikon D810.
Also in my bag is a Nikon 16-35mm f/4 G and a monstrous Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART (which I freaking love).
My wife shoots with another Nikon D750 and her favorite lenses are the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro OS and the old trooper 70-200mm f/2.8 VR1.
The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART and Nikon 85mm f/1.4G are used for most of the shots for the pre-wedding shoot and the actual ceremony. Occasionally I throw in the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART for some close-up details and the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 G for some wide location shots.
For the formal shots I exclusively use the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART.
At the reception, I use a combo between the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 G and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART for the party shots and close-up action, and the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G for some slow dancing, romantic shots.
We got the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro OS just for the ring shots but my wifey loved it so much it ended up in her bag permanently!
Our old 70-200mm f/2.8 VR1 is used only for candids or when we both need longer focal lengths.
Our little Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 fisheye here only comes out to play when things go really crazy at the party.
We carry everything in 3 bags, with mine being the Thinktank Retrospective 30, and wifey’s is a National Geographic Rainforest and a Pelican Hard Case 1510 roller for the flashes, 70-200,chargers, cables and the rest of the small stuff.
Though we only use them for the reception and sometimes during the couple session, we fancy Godox flashes, and we’ve used them ever since they released their revolutionary v850 li-ion flash in 2015.
For diffusers we use only Roundflash, as it produces high quality images, and because it’s small and portable. Highly recommended!!
Sometimes when the ambient/natural light isn’t enough we use a continuous led light. I chose the Dedolight DLED 2.1BI for its ability to make a small spot light and of course the possibility of changing the color to match the ambient light, when needed.