Do you want to try your hand at the wedding industry? We advise what camera and equipment should a wedding photographer have. You will spend less than PLN 5,000 for its completion!
Many people involved in amateur photography want to try their hand at professional work. Perhaps the easiest way to do this is wedding photography. In this text, we advise you on what equipment is best to be able to take pictures at weddings. We set a very low budget – 5,000 zlotys . What will you buy for it?
Mirrorless or SLR?
There is no doubt that the main item in our budget is the camera. Here the choice may vary between traditional SLR and mirrorless camera, i.e. a digital camera with exchangeable optics. They differ only in the presence of a mirror – in terms of the quality of the pictures they fall equally well. They differ in size (SLR is usually larger), visor (optical in the SLR, digital in mirrorless) and price. Usually mirrorless camera with similar parameters, we buy cheaper than a DSLR. Which camera is enough to start? I can recommend Canon EOS 77D with SLR cameras. It's a relatively fresh camera, and its advantage is that it combines solutions known from more expensive models, and at the same time is reasonably priced. Body buy for PLN 2850 . For this price, we get a camera with great ergonomics (including an additional top screen), good-quality AF mode and a matrix used in more expensive models of the Japanese manufacturer. In my opinion, the quality / price is, in my opinion, the most interesting proposition considering our limited budget.Among the mirrorless cameras we will find a slightly more expensive, but very interesting proposition. I am talking about the Fujifilm X-T20 model. As of today , we will get it for PLN 3560 the cheapest. This is not a low price, but the camera's capabilities are really big, and you can fall in love with the Fuji system. I know many photographers who have just moved from the SLR to the Fuji camera. This model has a great AF, a 24-megapixel sensor and a powerful processor. It is able to take up to 14 photos per second in serial mode, and in the case of wedding photography it is very useful. In addition, Fuji cameras have great color modes that simulate photographic films. Do not forget about the very stylish body. Fujifilm has also recently released the Fujifilm X-T100 budget model – it is a slightly simpler camera, but we will buy it for PLN 2,600 . Body is a bit simplistic, but we still find a lot of knobs on it to ensure comfortable work. Inside the camera we will find a good matrix and an efficient AF system. There are also no modes simulating photographic films. In serial mode, we will only take 6 photos in a second. Although the model is less advanced, it still performs better than many DSLRs and in the beginning it can be enough to take good pictures, and in a year or two it can become your second camera. For each of the models we have a good battery , which is very important in the work of the wedding photographer. The advantage of mirrorless cameras is that they are more handy, smaller and look great. Certainly, the compact size is an important issue at work. On the other hand, the SLR looks more professional. This may seem preposterous, but some clients rate the photographer, among others, in terms of what his camera looks like …
Lenses – buy at least two
Thinking about taking pictures at weddings is not worth bothering with kit lenses. It is better to buy the same body and stock up on bright stilts. Many photographers say that the stands are characterized by better optics. I believe that today it is not so noticeable, and sometimes it is better to have a "zoom", thanks to which you can change the focal length quickly, without the need to unscrew the lens. Why, then, do I recommend a constant after all? Of course, due to the price of the lenses. The fact is that when we have a low budget, buying a good, bright zoom can be a problem. What to look for? It would be ideal to have one wide-angle lens, some 50 mm standard, 85 mm for portraits and some zoom. But let's take our budget into account. Looking rationally, I think that we can equip ourselves with the two cheapest lenses with bright light. For most manufacturers, they are 35 mm f / 1.8 and 50 mm f / 1.8 . I know photographers who are able to prepare the whole reportage with the use of such glasses.Unfortunately, Fuji is losing in terms of lens prices. To find a clear lens of this producer at a good price is an unfeasible task. Therefore, for the beginning I would suggest buying one manual glass. For a little over PLN 400, we can buy a new lens Meike 35 mm f / 1.7 , which will provide nice effects. You can also buy Meike 50 mm f / 2 for a similar price. Or look for a system telephoto lens. At the time of writing, you can find a zoom Fujifilm Fujinon XC 50-230 mm f / 4.5-6.7 OIS for the price of one thousand zlotys. It is an interesting telephoto lens equipped with autofocus and stabilization. Its brightness is sufficient in daylight and well-lit rooms. In the case of Canon with lenses is much easier. The plastic stand 50 mm f / 1.8 can be bought for PLN 470. There are also slightly cheaper proposals from Yongnuo – these lenses are almost perfect for the original Canon glasses. We will get the lens Yongnuo 35 mm f / 2.0 for 450 PLN. Therefore, for 920 zlotys we have two bright glasses with AF. In the case of Fuji, for a similar price, we will only get manual glass.
The flash is the basis
The third most important element of the wedding photographer's equipment. While in many churches we can do without a lamp, in the room it will prove necessary. The photographers, in addition to the camera lamp, usually have two additional seats placed on different places in the room. They work wirelessly and are used to get a nice counter. We start with one lamp, because the budget is limited.What is worth looking for? Replacements! Currently, many good lamps are produced, which are not produced by camera manufacturers, and they do as well, costing significantly less than the originals. The ideal choice for Canon are Yongnuo lamps. The cheapest lamps for Canon cost even just over PLN 200. I suggest a slightly better, but still cheap model. Yongnuo YN-685 offers really good light and is doing very well, and you can buy it for 430 PLN. At the beginning, it is enough. In the case of Fuji cameras, at the beginning I recommend a lamp Quadralite Stroboss 36 . This simple model is doing quite well, and costs just PLN 315. Once you know the world of flashlights better, then you can look for more expensive and more advanced models. At the beginning, however, he can do it.
Additions, or card, battery, filter
In fact, at the very beginning the camera, two lenses and a flash lamp are enough to be able to perform the first wedding orders. But there are a few more things to use. Above all, a memory card. It's good to be fast and good brand – it must be sure. Many think that it's better to have two small cards than one large one. Thanks to this, we will lose less material in case of problems. It is worth to buy at least two 32 GB cards at the beginning, although I recommend buying one in three. We will buy a good card Sandisk 32 GB for PLN 43. Three cards cost PLN 130. It is also good to have at least one, preferably two spare batteries. Contrary to popular opinion, they do not have to be expensive originals. Cheap replacements are doing really well. For replacement for Canon 77D we will pay about PLN 45. Two batteries with a shipment are around PLN 100. The cheapest alternatives to Fuji are even cheaper and you can buy them for as little as PLN 30. So for about PLN 80 we have two additional batteries.Due to the fact that you will often take photos in the sun, it is worth getting an ND filter. It will help to avoid x-rays and give the possibility of wider opening of the aperture. Works like sunglasses. ND filters can be really expensive. However, simple models can be purchased for around PLN 50 per piece . Two filters is therefore a cost of 100 PLN. At the end it is worth to buy a bag in which we will keep all the equipment. It is not worth overpaying for it. A relatively large bag, in which the equipment will be safe , will be purchased for approximately PLN 100 . When the equipment arrives, it is worth thinking about a photo backpack.
Photographic equipment up to 5000 PLN
We simplified the equipment to the beginning of the adventure with professional photography. Thanks to the low budget, the equipment will pay back even if you take symbolic amounts for orders at the beginning. The full set with the Canon will cost PLN 4630 . So there is still a spare. In the case of Fujifilm X-T20, to fit in the budget of 5,000. PLN, when submitting that we buy 2 manual lenses, we have to opt out of photo filters and bags. We stay with batteries and memory cards. Still, we have a great camera that copes best with those presented in this text. If you choose Fujifilm X-T100, along with two manual lenses and all accessories, the whole set will cost 4255 PLN . Assuming we give up 50 and instead opt for a telephoto with AF and image stabilization, the price will be PLN 4841 . Again, we're in the budget. As you can see, a relatively small amount is enough to start with and you can try your hand at wedding photography – and once you find yourself in business, you can freely expand your equipment. Good luck!
I hope that I helped you choose good and useful equipment. I also encourage you to look at our other TOP-10 lists .