If my street photography setup is minimal at best – see what’s in my camera bag for street photography – my wedding setup is logically slightly bulkier. It does meet more needs and I like to deliver more variety in my pictures for this kind of shooting. Nonetheless, my setup is small enough to fit in my Ona Bowery bag and only weigh 1700 grs.
For weddings and photography in general, I firmly believe the photographer is more important than its gears. Especially in 2015, let’s admit it, no manufacturer produce any bad cameras. We all have preferences but it often comes down to personal choices more than camera performances. As far as I’m concerned, I do not need to justify my presence through my gears nor to impress people with a big setup. I know for a fact many colleagues who don’t feel like having a smaller camera than the guests at a wedding, feeling it would only result in being unprofessional. I strongly object and believe results make the professional, not its gears. Couples hire me because they like my work and not because a battery grip makes my camera more professional looking.
That being said, I use the Fuji x-pro 1 as main camera with the Fujinon 56mm F1.2 (not the APD version for reasons I’ll mention in a futur post), the Fujinon 35mm F1.4 and finally the Fujinon 18mm F2. I also use my x100s as second camera in order to take advantage of the 35mm equivalent focal length of the fixed x100s lens. I only use flash on the dance floor to create a slow shutter effect and the Fujifilm ef-x20 – more about this tiny flash – plugged to a off camera shoe cord does the job just fine. It is also really small and easy to carry.
Regarding the battery life of the x-pro 1 or the x-100s, one cycle gets me between 300 and 500 pictures. Much less than with a dslr. I personally take between 1000 to 1500 pictures on a wedding day and as a result only carry 3 batteries for the x-pro1 and 2 for the x100s. I do bring my charger with me though and always charge back a drained battery in case. Battery life with the Fuji’s is a non-issue for me.
It was really important for me to keep the weight down, having for too many years carrying heavy cameras resulting in back and neck issues. And being very mobile during a day that can last up to 12 hours, I hated being limited by my gears when shooting dslr in the past. Having a bag weighing only 1.7Kg with 2 cameras, 4 lenses, a flash and accessories (batteries, charger, shoe cord, etc) is really life changing. For comparison, 1700grs is the weight of a 5d mark III with a 24 – 70 lenses on.