I’m Pedro, a documentary photographer. Some years ago, I embarked on a road of no return: photography. I started working as a photojournalist in the local newspaper in my city, where I learned the importance of deciding if you go fishing or hunting, if you wait for your prey or if you put a bait on it to fall into your clutches. I am a “photos fisherman”. I work as a documentary photographer in all areas, from personal stories reports to wedding photography.
My equipment is becoming more and more simple, and especially light. I now work with two Nikon D600, which I think is the best camera out, not as heavy as the Nikon D4 or with files as big as Nikon D800. Working using light and comfortable equipment allows me to work more at ease. This camera’s ISO is brutal – I don’t need anything else, and the focus, if it is well set, is fast and sensitive for use in continuous shots.
I always carry two cameras with me, one with the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lens, faster focused than the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 and especially lighter, and another with a Sigma 35mm f/1.4, cheaper than the equivalent Nikon, and, in my opinion, with a more complete performance.
In my workflow, I usually use a flash unit separate from the camera, a Nikon SB-910 that I shoot with PocketWizard Plus III in manual mode. In photos in which the couple are too far away, I use a third Pocket Wizard in RP mode, to amplify the signal.
Right now, in my determination to work with the lightest possible equipment, I am trying the Fujifilm X-T1, with the Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 and with Fujifilm 18mm f/2, and it is really amazing equipment. I’m thinking of jumping ship from Nikon to Fuji… Just saying.
The little Rollei 35 is just a hobby. It comes with a black and white Kodak Tri-x 400 and I usually take one or two photos in each wedding. But that’s another project and will be told another time….
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Good Wedding Photography, i also use the Sigma 35mm
Gauthier, I am quite smitten with my Fuji cameras. There’s nothing wrong with walking around with 2 Full Frame DSLRs but the XT-1 will give you most of what you need in a much smaller form factor. Your back and shoulders will thank you at the end of the night!
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I just have a “simple” question for you Pedro. I’m also a wedding photographer and I use nearly the same stuff. I’ve a d800 + d5200 with the 85 1.8, 35 1.4 art and the 50 1.4 from Nikon. I also have the holdfast and instead of the rollei I’ve a Mamiya. So my question is : would you recommend me to switch from the d800 + d5200 to two d610 ? The d800 is nice but as you said its files are so heavy… And the d610 is doing better in low light. It’s still under warranty so I can get a good price on it. Or maybe you recommend going full Fuji ? Haha :-)
Thank you !
I’m not Pedro, but if I were you, I’d definitely get two d610s. Why ? First of all, D800 is a great camera, D5200 as well, but not as good as d610.
As I can see, you have nice lenses. They are all FX lenses, so if you use them with DX camera you don’t get as much as you could get out of it on full frame camera.
So here is my opinion:
1.Sell D800 get D610 = you won’t see much different about image quality, I even think D610 is better at high ISO.
2.Sell D5200 get D610 = you will see a huge different! and you can rock that wedding with two FF cameras! you won’t have to change lenses during ceremony, so you will not miss any important moments! That’s what I do with my D610s, (35 1.4 on one, and 85 1.8G on second) Great gear for wedding photography :)
Have a nice day! :)
Thank you :)