Equipment Every Wedding Photographer should have

February 24, 2013  •  4 Comments

I keep a pretty close eye on the analytics of my website (tracking for how many people visit my website, from where they were referred, and what web searches they used to find it) and I've noticed almost once a day someone searched for "Equipment every wedding photographer should have" (if you just searched for that and found this, you're welcome :-)

I shoot practically any type of photography, but I do shoot many weddings, so here's a list of what gear I normally bring to a wedding, what I use each thing for, which is the most important, the basic advantages and disadvantages of an item, some advice for those looking at something in a specific range of gear and why I have chosen to use what I do, maybe I'll even add a "wish list" :-D Enjoy, and feel free to post comments or send me questions. Rather than explain every little technical term I'll just link certain things that some people may not be familiar with. I'll also link to reviews and descriptions of gear where I can. This post will be limited to the cameras, lenses and memory cards I use. Lighting equipment and other accessories will be discussed in another post.






Foto Nunta Brasov(non-registered)
I use for wedding this lenses:
Canon 35 f2 IS
Canon 100 mm Macro
Canon 24-105 f4 IS
Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L IS II

Thank you for the review.
Chicago Wedding Photographer(non-registered)
I think this is a great list/article. I think for anyone starting out, it's overwhelming, and should be noted, that maybe it's not necessary to have two full frames, or maybe renting would be a great idea. In any event, I chose the 6D as a backup as it outperforms the 5D2 in pretty much every way. Cheers.
Brendon Pinola Photography
Hi Greg! Thanks for commenting. It's kind of hard to stick a pin in exactly what you should get without knowing what range you're trying to stay within in terms of lump investment. I think the 6D is a excellent choice, especially coming from a lower end body. There's a website ( that is selling them considerably lower than b&h. Since I made this original post, I shot with a guy in ATL who just bought the Tamron 24-70 VC and I got a little hands-on time with it, which was the second time using one for me, and I can definitely say that unless I come into a ton of disposable cash, I'll probably be getting one myself. The IS (VC) works well, the lens is good and sharp, and the build quality seems like it will pass the test. I think finding a good two-lens combo might be your best bet in terms of getting good quality glass that you will find useful for years, while still covering all the focal lengths and apertures you'll need 99% of the time. 35mm and 70-200mm would be a great combo. Shoot me an email and let me know how much you're looking to spend (including the body) and I can give you a more precision recommendation.
I am so happy I found your blog. I am an amateur photographer looking to upgrade my equipment so I can continue to practice and one day start a small business on the side. I am committing to buying the Canon 6D for my first full frame camera. I figure in a year or two when I'm ready to get even more serious, the 6D will be a good backup camera. My dilemma right now is what lenses to purchase taking into consideration what I want to photograph and budget, as the 6D will already be quite a big purchase. And I know people always say invest in glass first, but I have really outgrown my rebel t2i a long time ago and really want to start working with a full frame sensor.
This blog post helped me a lot with adding more knowledge to what I already know and would love some more advice if you could give it. What standard zoom lens should be my first baby to work with? What should I buy first, 3 good prime lenses, 20/50/85? or a good standard zoom 24-70/24-105/70-200? Thanks.
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