The technology available to wedding photographers is developing rapidly, with many new cameras esoteric features available at the high end of the market and with pro-sumer level cameras increasing in capabilities at low price points. A variety of factors may matter most to a particular wedding photographer. Is it most important to have the most pixels possible (most photographers say “no”)? Does it matter more to have dual card slots, creating a simultaneous backup of each image while photographing a wedding? Does the quality and variety of glass available in a particular lineup trump all? Each photographer must decide the priorities for his or herself.
Many wedding photographers agree, however, that lighter is better. Wedding photographers spend long days on their feet – often 8 or 12 hours at a time – and the heavier the gear, the worse the back problems. All those many camera bodies, lenses, flashes, stands, etc. add up in weight! That is why I believe that mirrors cameras are the future.
There are a number of good mirrorless camera systems out there. The Sony A7 has been very popular as a full-frame, light weight option. Personally, my favorite is the cropped sensor Fuji X mirrorless system.
Let’s start with the lenses. Fuji’s X-mount lenses are works of art in and of themselves. Think perfect glass with beautiful bokeh, quick focusing, and 1/3 of the weight of your Canon or Nikon professional lens. I am especially attached to my 56mm f1.2 (an 85mm equivalent), the best portrait lens that I’ve ever used. Fuji’s prime lens lineup is especially strong, but they are working on their zooms. Especially noteworthy is the recent 80-200mm 35mm equivalent lens they’ve released with a 2.8 aperture.
Professional wedding photographers do sometimes have a fixed-lens 100s in their kit, but if you are thinking of a full switch to Fuji, you will want to look at the Fuji X-T1, their most professional camera body released to date. The X-T1 is powerful, featuring a back-to-the-days-of-film feeling interface but with all the power of a modern DSLR. It’s not the perfect camera yet – in particular, wedding photographers should be aware that they are sacrificing the ability to write to two cards. But if that’s not a deal-breaker, the X-T1 may just save you from breaking your back with all that DSLR weight you’ve been lugging around. You can read a full review and comparison of the X-T1 here(http://shotkit.com/fujifilm-
Many professionals are switching these days. James Day, a photographer in Australia(http://www.daylight.com.au/), is now a 100% Fuji shooter. Andrew Hellmich, another Australian photographer and host of the popular PhotobizX Podcast (http://photobizx.com/), recently announced his switch. Others, like Seattle wedding photographer Liz Lui (http://lizlui.com), shoot primarily with a Canon or Nikon system but augment their setup with a Fuji X-series set of backup gear.
Whether or not you are ready to make the jump now, it is becoming increasingly clear that mirrorless cameras are the future. There is still a lot of work to be done for Sony and Fuji to catch these cameras up to the full capabilities of their DSLR big brothers, but it’s only so long before they will be the new standard.