We get this question a LOT! And if you’ve landed on this blog post, we’re betting that you plan to invest in some new equipment in the near future. While we don’t consider ourselves experts when it comes to the technical side of how cameras work, we can share our own experiences as professional wedding photographers!
First up… CANON.
Michelle here! I’m a Canon user, and my two primary bodies are the 5D Mark III & the 5D Mark IV. I love the color profile of my Canon cameras, specifically my 5D Mark III, and never have any trouble editing to achieve the beautiful creamy skin tones and vibrant colors that define my style.
With the exception of one Sigma Art lens, all my lenses are from the Canon L series (the ones with the red ring). They are all tack sharp and weather-sealed (so I can shoot in the rain without worrying about damage). Plus, I love that they all match!
My favorite part about photographing with all Canon equipment is Canon’s repair and maintenance service called CPS. I pay a yearly membership fee, and if I ever have an issue with a camera or lens (drops/breaks/etc.), I can mail it in and they will fix it and ship it back to me within a week. As a CPS member, you can also send in your equipment once every year (for free!) to have it cleaned, checked, and calibrated. This peace of mind is super valuable to me, because as a wedding photographer, I always want to know that everything is working properly. Three cheers for Canon!
P.S. Canon has recently come out with a mirrorless system, similar to Sony’s that I’ll describe below… but since I’ve never used it, I can’t personally vouch for it. However, it seems promising!
Next up… NIKON.
Kelsie here! I shoot with Nikon, specifically the Nikon D750. I own three of these cameras and often use two at a time while shooting wedding ceremonies! The D750 has excellent low light capabilities, showing very little grain even at very high ISOs.
Perhaps the biggest advantage to choosing Nikon is the price. A Nikon D750 camera body costs less than $1500, while the popular Canon 5D Mark IV rings in at $2000 on sale. Rather than Nikon lenses, I use primarily Sigma Art series lenses made for Nikon. I find them to be a higher quality than Nikon brand lenses, and they are also less expensive than the Canon L series.
Finally, many of Canon’s dual card slot cameras require one CF card and one SD card. Nikon DSLRs (like the D750) simply require two SD cards. While this is not necessarily a pro or con in itself, SD cards are cheaper than CF cards- so for the budget conscious photographer, it may make a difference!
As you’ve probably gathered from reading through the post so far, neither of us actually shoot with Sony cameras! However, we have friends use Sony- and some of these friends have switched from Canon or Nikon and never looked back. Here’s what they’ve told us:
The mirrorless Sony cameras (specifically the Sony A7i) have a great reputation. They are much smaller and lighter than the traditional Canon or Nikon gear we mentioned above! If you’re a petite person, or would prefer not to haul around so much heavy equipment, a mirrorless option like Sony may be a great fit. The auto-focus capabilities are incredible, and especially due to their breakthrough face-tracking technology, our friends who use Sony say they never have a photo out of focus.
Leave a comment below… which camera brand do you use? We’d love to know!