Wedding Photography Melbourne
Wedding Photography Equipment
Mark Dayman Photography
Wedding Photography Melbourne Cameras and Equipment
If you are curious to know what camera gear I use, I thought I would start this page, just to let you know a little about my gear and why I use Nikon. Here is a list of all the gear in my bag at any and every wedding I do. I used Nikon film cameras whilst studying photography after school and loved them. I always have a soft spot for film and still enjoy my Nikon FE2 on occasion. When digital came out I jumped into Canon for the first time, and it was certainly a love hate relationship.
Canon have beautiful colour and some fantastic lenses, however in low light, like at nearly every wedding I do they are quite noisy. About two years ago I made the bold decision to switch from Canon to Nikon. When you consider all the gear below I virtually had in Canon its a big move. but it had to be done as Canon was just too unreliable for professional use. It is just as well I live right near the Canon centre here in Melbourne because my lenses and cameras were constantly being re calibrated.
Canon Vs Nikon
I jumped in with 2 Nikon D3s bodies and all I can say is ‘wow’ this was and maybe will always be the best camera ever made. Amazing low light ability and absolutely bulletproof. In my 2 years with those bodies I took over 300,000 shots and not once ever did they need a service or adjustment. Nikon have all the features on the outside of the camera, so you have no need to go diving into menus all the time, this is very distracting whilst trying to shoot a wedding. Ergonomics are fantastic with Nikon, and now with my new D5 I can adjust anything I want without even taking my eye away from the action, so I miss very little.
The new Nikon D5 is a fantastic camera it has amazing Dynamic range (better detail in the shadows) and the colour rendition is far better than the D3s. I am warming to it but I do miss my D3s some days. But the D4 makes you be a better photographer by simply being so good at what it does. AF is almost too accurate and fast. In the end its the photographer that takes the shots and the cameras are just a tool. Nikon sure does make my life a lot easier than it was.
Just tools of the trade
Recently I had the chance to test the new Canon 1dx lent to me kindly by Canon Professional services. While it it truly an amazing camera, I tested it back to back with the D4 Nikon. Is there a winner? Well not really both cameras are state of the art and certainly not the limiting factor for any photography. Canon have come a long way since 2008 when we all saw a mass exodus to Nikon due to low light performance. I found the Nikon to be as good as the Canon in most areas while the Nikon D4 images had a bit less noise up to 6400 ISO and were generally sharper on all images except the ones taken with the Canon 24-70mm Mk11 lens attached.
Frame rate of the Canon is astounding and very addictive. Not really needed for my job though. Whilst I hear lots of talk about how good the AF on the Canon is I found the Nikon to be equal to the Canon in shots in focus. So no real winner except the people who own one of these flagship cameras. As a side note the Canon weighed in at 3.5kg with the 70-200mm without a flash .5kg up on the D4 with the 70-200mm. Wow it is a heavy camera!!
Nikon D4s FX DSLR 18 MP Cameras
Nikon D5 FX DSLR 20 MP Camera
Canon 5dMk3 21 MP Camera
Panasonic GH4 16mp Camera
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
SIGMA ART 24-105mm f/4G VR
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon SB 5000
Four x Nikon SB 910
Off Camera Flash
Phottix Odin Remote Triggers x 4
Phottix Odin Remote Controllers x 2
Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100 Watt Kit
Pocket Wizard Power ST4 TTL controller for Elinchrom
Elinchrom 90×90 Softbox
Lastolite Hot Rod Soft Box
Lowpro roller x300
3 x 32 GB Sandisc Extreme Pro CF Memory Cards
2 x Sony QXD Backup Memory Cards
Slik Monopod and Tripod
312 LED temperature adjustable continuous lighting
Hardware and Software
27″ iMac 3.4ghz, 32gb Ram, 3tb Fusion Drive, 2gb Graphics card
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Lightroom 5.3