What’s in my camera bag these days

I must confess something, I am a photo equipment junkie. I know I have talked in the past how some of the most wonderful photos of all times being made with manual cameras and how without talent and knowledge a state of the art camera is useless.

There some reasons why I like to have new photo equipment one being the the constant improvement in noise reduction in the camera digital sensors which translates in the capability to be able to shoot weddings?in very dark places with minimal noise. I am not very concerned about megapixels as I firmly believe that 8 megapixels is plenty of resolution for more photo applications including wedding photography. In fact, I have 20×30 inch photo enlargements made from 4 megapixel cameras that have amazing detail. The second reason I like to have new equipment or rotate my cameras almost every year is because I don’t want to be distracted by the possibility of camera failure. Even though Canon cameras are rated in the thousands of frames I believe that it is only fair to my clients that I don’t take any chances. Camera failure at at wedding can be catastrophic to the couple and suicide from a business perspective.

Once I get new cameras I usually keep my old ones as a backup. Here is my current camera gear.

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1 Canon 1D Mark 2N: This is Canon newest and best 8.5 Megapixel camera. I love it. Its autofocus and frame speed are unbelievable. It is perfect for capturing the beautiful bride coming down the isle, the bouquet toss and all other fast action moments at the wedding.

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1 Canon 1D Mark 2: Just like the one above without a few features.
1 Canon 1D Mark 1 This is my very old 4 megapixel camera. I simply don’t have the heart to sell it yet.
1 Canon 5D: This is a full frame 12.8 megapixel camera. Beautiful high resolution images. It is the perfect camera for wedding portraits with amazing detail and color saturation.

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1 Canon 20D: A second camera for my wife. 8.5 Megapixels

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2 Canon 10D These are basically backup cameras and I think I will sell them soon and get one more Canon 5D for my wife.

Lens: I am also a sharpness junkie. All of our lens are L grade which means sharp, fast and expensive. We currently carry:
1 Sigma 8mm fish eye
1 Canon 10-22mm 3.5

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1 Canon 16-35mm 2.8L

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1 Canon 20-35mm 2.8L
1 Canon 24-70mm 2.8L

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1 Canon 70-200mm 2.8L with Image Stabilization: This is by far my favorite Canon Lens. It never leaves one of my cameras. It is sharp and the image stabilization feature allows to hold the lens using really slow shutter speeds.

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1 Canon 85 1.2L

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1 Canon 135 2.0L

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I know what some of you are thinking. How can he carry so much junk around. It literally take three rolling backs to carry all of our photo equipment plus some studio quality lighting, flashes, radio transmitters, tripods, monopods, stands. It can be heavy sometimes but who said that it was going to be easy :). At the end the results that we get is what counts and so far the we believe the effort and expense has been worth.

Others are thinking that they should buy Canon stock and make a fortune with the money that we spent buying photo equipment 🙂 Canon is the leader in the digital wedding photography?world. I am guilty of convincing many of my friends to swith to Canon. The quality, sharpness, and technological improvements from Canon are second to none. Juan Carlos Torres Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer

Juan Carlos
Very interesting to read you blog.
I ?d like to know, if you are allowed to keep just two camera and three lens, which are you going to keep? Which camera do you love most?
SimonThePhoto

Simon,
If I were to keep two cameras and three lens I will go for the Canon 1D Mark2 N and the Canon 5D. My lens selection will be my Canon 16-35, 24-70, and 70-200 Zoom lens with these three lens I feel I can shoot anything.
Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos
Hello, I just wanted to write to say that I throughly enjoyed your article. After about 5-years as an amateur photographer I decided to go pro with the encouragement from my friends. I used to try to figure out where my creative outlet was, and after trying just about everything else I found that I loved photography most of all. Not just photography though, but the technical aspects behind what make a good photo, a good photo. From that moment in my life photography became a passion for me to capture all the wonderful beauty of the world. A friend pointed me to this: http://ezinearticles.com/?Wedding-Photography:-How-to-Become-a-Successful-Wedding-Photographer&id=59407 website where I read your article and subsequently viewed your photographs. I must say that I was awe striken, and completely taken aback, with your photos. I shot my first professional wedding in the begining of February, and though the client was happy with the photos, I can see all the improvement that I need to make with respect to lighting more than anything else. I just wanted to drop a line to say thank you, and congratulations on the sureal photos on your site(s).
Lance

Lance,
Good luck?in your wedding photography career. It is a wonderful path for your life.Never forget that we all can learn and improve every day. Being part of a couple’s most important day and turn those memories into beautiful wedding photographs is priceless.
Juan Carlos

I thing you are the right person I should ask about it: i?m a freelance photographer, I shot a lot for enterprises in quite dark places and sometimes I shot weddings too. I?m choosing camera and my problem is 5D or Mark2? Could you tell me about your expeience with both cameras? Considering the price, full frame or 1.6x, frames per second, weight, etc, which one would you recomend? and personally which one you like most?
Carlos

Carlos,
I like the Mark2 N a lot. The focusing speed is just amazing. However the image quality of the 5D is incredible and combined with the full frame makes it to me the ideal wedding camera.
Juan Carlos

Hi,
That?s very good advice. I have just taken delivery of a Canon 5D digital SLR. I have a wedding to shoot on Saturday, so tips like yours are most welcome.

All the best,
James
(Brighton, UK)
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  • 2/27/2006 - 10:59 am

    SimonThePhoto - very interesting to read you blog.

    I ‘d like to know, if you are allowed to keep just two camera and three lens, which are you going to keep? Which camera do you love most?

  • 2/27/2006 - 11:05 am

    SimonThePhoto - very interesting!

    If you are allowed to keep only two cameras and three lens, what are you going to keep?
    Which camera and len you love most?

  • 3/7/2006 - 2:29 pm

    carlos - I thing you are the right person I should ask about it: i?m a freelance photographer, I shot a lot for enterprises in quite dark places and sometimes I shot weddings too. I?m choosing camera and my problem is 5D or Mark2? Could you tell me about your expeience with both cameras? Considering the price, full frame or 1.6x, frames per second, weight, etc, which one would you recomend? and personally which one you like most?

    carlos

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