As wedding season begins again, it's always perfectly timed with new releases from some of my favorite brands like Canon and Leica. This year we're excited to have on order the brand new Canon 5D Mark IV that arrives on September 9th. While I don't agree or disagree that I suffer from "Gear Acquisition Syndrome" (Gear Acquisition Syndrome (sometimes Guitar Acquisition Syndrome, is a term used to describe an urge to acquire and accumulate lots of gear.) it's always important to arrive at a job with the best possible equipment. The Canon 5D range has been a solid among wedding photographers for over a decade now. It's the lightest and most versatile full frame digital SLR available, and Canon have the best option for wide aperture prime lenses on the market. With dual card slots, they allow for duplicate writing that is a hugely important part of securely creating backed up content. The new cameras will surely have improved low light capabilities that will help capture cleaner and brighter natural light images in dark wedding venues. Along with low light improvement the new 5D Mark IV has improved focus and faster frame rate that will increase the number of tack sharp images that can be delivered to a bride and groom.
My team work with whatever cameras are best suited for their shooting style, which is often Canon or Nikon full frame DSLR. I work with a couple of digital Leica's that add a certain look that I think fits well into the overall style of our wedding photography. I don't shoot film anymore for a few reasons. There isn't really any reason to go for that "look" or "quality", it is easily reproducible with digital negatives and it's rare for me to see an image shot with film that supersedes that of digital. I would argue that only some 4x5 film and polaroid films really create an effect that is better than digital. As we shoot most wedding like photojournalists that are documenting the fast pace action that's happening, we aren't able to slow down enough to use those formats. If you're looking for some 4x5 or 8x10 large format portraits, I have some fantastic photographers I can recommend. I have a Fuji polaroid camera that I can bring to a wedding, and I've seen it best used when paired with a guest book for people to add polaroid "selfies" into.