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Old Oct 15, 2008, 12:07 PM   #1
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I have 3 camera bodies (Sony A300, Sony A700 and Olympus 410) and I am starting out in wedding photography. I want to use both my Sony A700 and Olympus 410 for a wedding shoot. Does this seem like a good idea? I will use my Sony A700 with a 28mm 2.8 lens and I want to use the Olympus for wide angle shots (14-42 lens) and the zoom shots with zoom lens that comes in the kit. The reason is because Olympus has a better dust cleaning system, so I feel more comfortable changing lenses on the spot. Otherwise I'd use the A700 with the 28mm lens and use the A300 with my 18-70 lens and switch it with my 70-300 when I need zoom shots. Any insight or ideas? Will the 410 produce shots good enough for a wedding? My concerns are low light and noise levels.
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Old Oct 16, 2008, 6:32 PM   #2
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The most needed piece of equipment for a wedding is the Flash gun, If it rains and all evening shots you will be using flash, Also if it is very bright I use fill in flash a lot also. and you do need a good flash gun with q quick recycle time. as for lenses the standard 14-45mm (28-90mm) you can do a whole wedding with this lense if need be. other lenses are used for creative work. but rdo use bounce flash and not direct unless its fill in. maybay buy a good diffuser for the flash too.

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most shots taken with E330 and Fl50 Flash with 12-60mm lense, later shots with E3 and 12-60mm lense. I also have the 50-200mm swd too but not used halfe as much as the 12-60mm.

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Old Oct 16, 2008, 6:48 PM   #3
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Thanks. I know I need a flash that can bounce light. I really like the wide angle on the Olympus. I don't have any current weddings lined up, so that can give me time to get a flash.

This is a really hard transition, being that I primarily shoot fine art landscape. Any tips would be helpful.

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Old Oct 16, 2008, 7:56 PM   #4
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I took a quick look. Your 'gallery' link doesn't really do much except change the featured photo. But I looked through a number of those. I think you have a good artistic eye. The one area where your shots struggle is the low light shots. There's a lot of noise in the shots and white balance starts to suffer. There is where getting flash - and bracket (you can't always bounce) will help. You really shouldn't have that much noise in any wedding shots - you never know what shot a couple might like enlarged.

The key basics for wedding work is - crystal clear, well exposed shots.

Having said all that the one area you're possibly lacking is a long wide aperture lens for ceremony work. You can't count on using flash and anti-shake while very beneficial won't be enough with 5.6 lenses (and 28mm is too short of a 2.8). I would plan on investing in a 70-200 2.8 lens for your sony.

The biggest issue I see with the oly is the lesser dynamic range. I think with wedding work that could pose more of a problem than the anti-dust corrects. That's why your A700 needs to be the workhorse - better dynamic range, better high ISO.

Also a big downside to using 2 different systems is different lenses, different flashes etc. And since you need a backup for all equipment if you're going to do weddings that means buying 2 sony flashes, 2 oly flashes plus backup lenses for each system. Given you're already invested in Sony I don't see buying into ANY other system as a great move unless you were going to go full frame - and if you're going to do that, it just makes sense to get the A900 and keep it all in Sony. That's a lot of extra cash and hassle for an anti-dust system. And if you're careful changing lenses dust isn't a major problem. Unless you're going to be doing a lot of weddings on the beach.

Good luck, whatever you decide.
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Old Oct 16, 2008, 8:43 PM   #5
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One thing I do have is the other Sony A300. Also, I am looking into the sigma 28-70 2.8 lens. It keeps the aperture at 2.8 the entire range. As for my zoom lens (70-300), you don't think that would be good even with a flash?
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Old Oct 16, 2008, 9:01 PM   #6
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As for my zoom lens (70-300), you don't think that would be good even with a flash?
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The problem is ceremonies that don't allow flash. You need some reach to be able to shoot from the sides or back of the churches.
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Old Oct 16, 2008, 9:04 PM   #7
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What do you recommend? 70-200 2.8?
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Old Oct 16, 2008, 9:14 PM   #8
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Hello Estevan, I looked at your website and you have what I consider to be artistic skill (though I hope that not all of your shots are at 45 degrees!). I know that artistic commentary from a random person on the internet isn't of much value, but take from this what you may.

I have been the official amateur photographer at two weddings this year, using my E3, 12-60, 50-200 and FL36R. This is solid and flexible equipment, though I feel I missed many good shots due to a lack of skill. I also note that changing lenses takes a long time when the pressure is on! Still, my best outdoor shots are candids from the 50-200.

I agree with the others about backup equipment. This argues against mixing systems. I also agree that flash is sometimes necessary, though I wish it was not, since I don't produce particularly nice flash shots (despite bouncing off the ceiling or using bounce cards).

Together, I think this argues for extending your Sony investment, aiming for cleaner high ISO results.

Don't get me wrong; I think skill will triumph over equipment. But in wedding photography, the cost of failure is so high that I would argue for a conservative approach.

Best of luck!
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Old Oct 16, 2008, 9:27 PM   #9
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Well, I think I would use the Olympus sparingly, while my main shooter would be the A700. I like the Olympus because of the kit it came with. I don't really plan on investing on my Olympus. I just want to use it for the zoom purposes. If this doesn't seem like a good idea, then I plan on selling it on ebay, and just using the money for a better lens on my Sony.

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Thanks for all the comment and concerns. As for angled shots, I have more that are upright, I just like those shots. THX again
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Old Oct 17, 2008, 4:53 AM   #10
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Hi Estavan

I'd personally go with the A700 and A300 as the second camera becuase:

* As john mentioned, I would have the A700 as your main camera with the best lens you have because of its higher ISO and better DR. Have the wide angle 28mm on the A300 ?
* Share batteries, flash and lens for both the A700 and A300

You might want to keep the E410 in the car - just incase there's a problem with both Sony's.

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