This page is primarily geared towards other photographers. Typically, clients don't seem to care what gear I use - just that I make great images. However, I know that like myself other photographers can obsess about what’s in the camera bag. So here it is:


Cameras:

I have two Fuji X-T1’s as my primary cameras. The amazingly huge viewfinder and excellent focus tracking make the cameras perfect companions for the lenses I use. Ultimately, these cameras are around half the size and weight of my old Nikon kit and I can easily shoot a full-day wedding without any back or neck issues. Crucially though, they get me in close.

I also use a Fuji X100s. If I could only have one camera in the whole world it would be this. These cameras are deadly quiet (zero noise on exposure), they use a leaf shutter so you can shoot as fast as you can press the button essentially and they are almost invisible.

Lastly, in my Think Tank Airport International rolling gear bag is a Fuji X-T10 with a 35mm f2.0 and 16-55mm f2.8 lenses. This is my back-up to a back-up camera. It’s there just in case the whole world goes to hell and I find my other three cameras have died.

When I was shooting full frame Nikon, no-one ever bothered to ask what camera system I was using. With the Fuji’s I literally get asked at every wedding. With their small footprint and retro style they are easily confused with older film style cameras of days gone by.

 

Straps / Bags:

I keep my main Fuji X-T1 with a Fuji 23mm f2.0 lens around my neck and always at the ready. I also wear a small Tamrac messenger style bag that carries the other Fuji X-T1 with a Fuji 56mm f1.2 attached and of course my secret weapon, the Fuji X100s.

I also bring along the Think Tank Airport International gear rolling gear bag. It’s a great bag for carrying spare gear; memory cards, batteries, chargers, flashes, video light and all the other little odds and ends that pop up through the day. It also has a nice exterior locking system that allows the main compartment to be secured and a cable system I use to fasten it to a church pew, column support, etc… 

As I mentioned above I do have a neck camera strap on my main Fuji X-T1. The remaining cameras all have wrist straps attached. I tried the Black Rapid dual camera strap set-up. These are popular among wedding photographers and are a shoulder based harness that allow two cameras to hang down at your sides ready for use. I found that all I did was bang the cameras into walls, furniture and little kids heads. So, for the sake of my insurance carrier I’ve opted to keep the gear a bit tighter and closer.

Lenses:

For my main lenses that are housed on the two Fuji X-T1’s, I use the Fuji 23mm f2.0 lens and the Fuji 56mm 1.2 lens. These give a full frame equivalent range of 35 & 85mm's. The lenses are optically spectacular but are light and uncombersome in terms of size.

The Fuji X100s has a fixed 23mm f2.0 lens that offers a 35mm full frame equivalent field of view. This is a great story telling lens and being silent it's perfectly suited for the bridal prep and ceremony.

Also in rolling bag are the Fuji 35mm f2.0 for an X-T10 if needed, the Fuji 16-55mm f2.8 and Fuji MCEX-16 macro attachment for those ring shots. The Fuji 35mm f2.0 has a 50mm full frame equivalent field of view which is a great lens for those scenarios where I want something light and fast that can do it all. It’s little bit of a jack of all trades and master of none. 

With these small lenses you can wander around silently looking for those moments to happen.

 

Lighting:

I shoot almost all of my wedding work using available light. I do take along with me a Nissen I40 flash to to give a little kiss of light when needed. For the reception I bring along two Nikon SB600’s that are mounted to stands and triggered via radio transmitters to provide some light on the dance floor once the venue lights are turned down low.

That’s pretty much it. Size, speed and image quality is all that counts to me. If you have any questions about my gear choice; feel free to ask. I love talking about cameras!

It matters little how much equipment we use; it matters much that we be masters of all we do use.
— Sam Abell