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    My primary gear is Digital, just because that's what people expect.

    But when I do bring a film camera along I use the following.

    Portrait Work - Pentax 645 with the standard SMC Pentax-A 645 75mm 1:2.8 (I will be investing in a 150mm this year). Then usually Portra 400 or 160NC depending on the lighting. Then a Nikon F4 with a 50mm and 105mm lenses and various films, indoor Ilford Delta 3200 or TMZ. Or Portra 400 for better lighting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    If you are only shooting weddings occasionally then this does give you a bit more peace of mind as you can check the images. But people used to do occasional weddings before digital.

    From OP's question, I got a sense that this IS his first time. It was my first (and probably only) wedding, too. My aim was to avoid absolute worst outcome at any cost.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    I have actually shot weddings before just they were all digital. My setup as of now for my upcoming wedding is going to be a fe, rolleicord, 500cm. all have there uses. portra 400. Natural lighting as much as I can then some strobes when its gets too dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    I sometimes feel the same about parties I get invited to when I am asked to bring my guitar with me.

    For the eccentric wedding I mentioned above, when asked, I told my friend that I had decided never to do wedding photography but in his case I would make an exception. The other one was someone at work who just wanted a few snaps of him and his wife after the service.

    Neither of the weddings I have photographed could be described as 'normal' and in both cases I had the negatives processed and printed to 5x7 and gave them letters transferring copyright so they could get their own prints made if they wanted to.
    I surprised they didn't ask you to do both Steve.


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    I surprised they didn't ask you to do both Steve.
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    For my welding set-up I like to use a CO2/Argon mix and moderate wire feed . ....... oh! must get my eyes checked ... WEDDING.

    I've ended up covering a couple of weddings purely because the people involved were a) friends and b) cheapskates. One I did on an 'at cost' basis and the other I did as my present to the happy couple (who are since even more happily divorced, though my photography was not to blame for that). On those occasions, shooting 35mm, I used the standard 50mm lens and a wide during the ceremonies, but for the alcohol-fuelled receptions, a 135mm lens came into its own for candid shots. Flash was my ancient Hitachi. For one, I also shot a couple of rolls at the reception on my Pentax Espio 105SW P & S and the results from that proved very popular with the punters, many of whom had what appeared to be quite high end d*****l cameras but not a clue how to use them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Roberts View Post
    For my welding set-up I like to use a CO2/Argon mix and moderate wire feed . ....... oh! must get my eyes checked ... WEDDING.

    I've ended up covering a couple of weddings purely because the people involved were a) friends and b) cheapskates. One I did on an 'at cost' basis and the other I did as my present to the happy couple (who are since even more happily divorced, though my photography was not to blame for that). On those occasions, shooting 35mm, I used the standard 50mm lens and a wide during the ceremonies, but for the alcohol-fuelled receptions, a 135mm lens came into its own for candid shots. Flash was my ancient Hitachi. For one, I also shot a couple of rolls at the reception on my Pentax Espio 105SW P & S and the results from that proved very popular with the punters, many of whom had what appeared to be quite high end d*****l cameras but not a clue how to use them.

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    Since in Britain two out of three marriages end in divorce I wonder if there's an untapped market for divorce photography because there's a market for everything else to do with marriage, engagement, maternity etc.
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    Hi! This thread is really timely I hope you guys won't mind but I'm gonna be tagging along for a pre-nup and a bestman for my friend's wedding and I also have a couple of questions.

    Would you guys rather shoot HP5 or Neopan for a wedding? Also, as far as my set up goes, I have an Olympus OM1 with a 50mm 1.8 and a Vivitar 75-205 3.8, as well as a Minolta SRT-100B, Rokkor 28mm, 2.8 and hopefully by the end of August a 100mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4, and a 24mm 2.8, would those do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    Since in Britain two out of three marriages end in divorce I wonder if there's an untapped market for divorce photography because there's a market for everything else to do with marriage, engagement, maternity etc.
    Here's one attempt to capture that market http://www.weddingringcoffin.com/index.php

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    Would you guys rather shoot HP5 or Neopan for a wedding?
    Neopan if it's bright out, HP5 if you plan on shooting in dark conditions. I find that Neopan looks very nice with generous exposure and HP5 pushes better.

    Last time I shot a freebie wedding I used a brace of OMs.
    f/22 and be there.

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    I've done a couple for friends and used my Bronica ETRS along with my Leica CL. The ETRS is used for portraits and where the noise would not be intrusive. The CL got used for where the Bronica could be noticed due to the sound and for candids, alter shots, etc. Barely noticable and quiet and with the 40 and 90mm lenses a very good wedding camera for my shooting style.

    Also, I used the 35mm back on the Bronica as much as the 120 backs. At some point friendships have to be balanced against costs. The results were excellent when using the 35mm back on it. When I thought the shot may go beyond the 8x10 I slapped on the 120 back but mostly used the 35mm back.

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