Ben Yew

Wedding | Last Updated: November 26, 2020

I am actually a late starter and never knew photography can be a career path. My wife got me into photography and I started taking on a few weddings as most would. I then ventured into commercial photography and realized wedding suit me better because of the adrenaline rush, the excitement before and during the wedding and the challenges I face every wedding is different.

It took me some time to realise that photography is not just about making pretty pictures, but it’s the real moment, the real emotions and the finest moment for all my awesome couples. I specialized in weddings, engagements or couple lifestyle portraits because I love working with couples. I want to create something that viewers can feel the chemistry between the couple.

My current favorite lens is the Nikon 50mm f/1.2, it’s a manual focus lens. It is because I manual focus a lot and this manual focus ring is awesome to work with.

The reason I chose Nikon D800 is because of the size of the camera and the large megapixels. I have considered Nikon D4 at first, but because of the battery grip that makes it bulkier, I decided to go with the 2 D800’s. Its a good camera but I am considering getting the new Nikon D4s to have better ISO and megapixel reduction, even if it means a bigger camera to lug around. I came to realise that the large megapixel slows down my processing speed in camera even with the fastest card and the back up of RAW files would be too large for weddings. So I guess the Nikon D4s is my next list to purchase to replace one of my Nikon D800.

Why I chose the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is because of the reviews. I have read from blogs and it shows that the performance is better than Nikon and it’s also cheaper. Hence, the better deal. I am very impressed with the results on the Sigmas and the next Sigma purchase would be the Sigma 50mm f/1.4, lots of awesome reviews as well. I work mostly with a 50mm. Started with the Nikon 50mm f/1.8, then upgraded to the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G, then now the Nikon 50mm 1f/.2 manual focus and waiting now for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4. Minimum focusing for the new Sigma is better than all the Nikons. I am still waiting for Nikon or Sigma to launch the new 50mm 1.2 auto focus lens, but I am not sure if it would every arrive.

In regards to the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC, this is pretty new to me and I love it. It’s the only full frame for Nikon with vibration reduction/control at this range with constant 2.8. Weird that Nikon do not have this.

The D700 is just a backup camera that I keep, just in case one of my camera fail. It was the camera I used before the Nikon D800 ’s.

My goal is to reduce the number of gear as its better for travelling and I do better specialising only with just 1-2 lenses.

My gear list:

Nikon D800 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2
Nikon D800 with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC
Nikon D700 (back up camera)
Sigma 35mm f/1.4
Sigma 85mm f/1.4
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
Nikon SB-900
Nikon SB-800
PocketWizard Mini TT1 & Flex TT5
In Case DSLR Sling Pack
SanDisk Secure Memory Card Case
ThinkTank Pixel Pocket Rocket
Holdfast Money Maker

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  1. James Grist on March 21, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Great stuff Ben, keep up the good work

  2. Ben Yew on March 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing Shokit! :) Awesome website for photographers to learn more about gears.

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