Fuji vs Sony vs Nikon For Wedding Photography | Which Camera Would You Buy? Viewer Question Answered

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  1. Your review is well thought out and objective as usual but I am shocked you didn't include th Sony A9. I don't own one or plan to buy one but from everything I"v seen and read it looks like the perfect wedding photography camera.

  2. We recently switched from Canon to Fuji XT2s and we are very happy with it. I love the Fuji film simulations, the EVF, and their lenses. The ISO hasn't been a problem, the auto focus is great in low light, and the EVF. Seriously, the EVF is beautiful. Plus, I really like the ergonomics of the camera. We use XT1s as backup, though I want an XPro2 in the future, because I love how it handles (or 3 depending on how far in the future).

  3. I use the d750 for weddings and events. 51pt AF that is very fast, great low light performance, rarely, if ever, misses a shot from AF standpoint or metering. Priced right at 1400 now. It has had issues with the shutter mechanism as I just had mine replaced at about 65,000 activations and Nikon fixed for free, but overall, a great camera. I shoot with one every week in low light, no flash in many cases and it performs flawlessly. I've gone thousands of images without a bad one. Using the Nikon 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8 VR1, Tokina 100mm 2.8, Nikon 50mm 1.8 and I have everything I need. Would I take a d4s over the d750, yes, in a heartbeat but remember, I'm talking 1,400 for a refurb. See if you can touch the performance/bang for the buck of the d750 in that price range. You could buy 2 of them for the cost of some of the other cameras. I don't need the mp of the d810 nor some of the other benefits.  You can't beat the d750. Just my opinion. I used a d7100 with the Nikon 17-55dx 2.8 to shoot a wedding and the images were superb, with and without external flash/lighting.

  4. I shoot Sony A7R2 and do weddings…and no it's not up to what you need to be safe on a wedding day shoot. Lack of dual card slots, the "not so good AF in low light", the big file size, the small batts all bummers for a wedding photographer. The ISO performance kicks XT-2 and D810 out of the water but that's not the most important thing when you shoot a wedding. At least not for me as I tend to have
    a photojournalistic style. I believe D4s or Canon 5D mark III/IV paired with an Xpro2 or Xt-2 will do great. Just my opinion. Cheers

  5. I would go with –
    1x Nikon D750 with Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 – Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 Nikkor 50mm F1.4 – ( around $4000 )
    2x Fuji XT-2 with 10-24mm wide angle – 56mm F1.2 – 18-55mm 16mm F1.4)
    – (around $6000 )

    Size and weight are important – so I would use the Fuji XT2 as much as possible = it has dual cards –

    I would say the output from the XT-2 in jpg is a bit nicer then form the Nikon D500 –
    I prefer to use LCD as much as I can – so therefore I prefer mirrorless over DSLR – but the Fuji 16-50mm F2.8 has no IS and the bokeh from the 50-140mm F2.8 is just not good for weddings –
    The Sony EF – A7/A9 range have their strengths – but also many weaknesses – but one thing to keep in mind is the cost of Lenses is Super High – like $2900 for the 70-200mm F2.8 when I think the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 for Nikon is darn good as well for just over $1000 – same with the Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 and it has IS –
    I do have the A7 and A7m2 – and really dod not care for them – slow focus – A7 has terrible shutter –
    The only one I would consider is the A7s m2 – for super low light ability – but then again glass for the FE mount is very expensive –
    The Nikon D750 is a smaller FF DSLR – 24mp – but very capable and well under $2000 – with good AF –
    Yes the Nikon D500 is fantastic – but LiveView focus not that fast –

    so a wedding kit is about $10.000-$12.000 with D750 and 2xFuji Xt2's and the needed lenses – but they are covering everything – and good lenses –

    The D4s is great – but heavy same with the D810 – D750 is plenty good –

    mount the D750 with Sigma 7-200mm F2.8 during ceremony as reach is very likely needed – once outside – the XT2's with 10-24 or 18-55 and 16mm f1.4
    then during reception which usually has lower light the Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 with IS and the 16mm F1.4 and 56mm f1.2

  6. This guy knows what he's talking about but I disagree with some of it. First off all Sony's have issues with lowlight autofocus, I switched from Canons (7D, 60D, 5D3 & 6D) to Sony's last year (A6300, A6000, A7R2, A72) and found their autofocus was troublesome for most wedding receptions and some churches; the Canon's are rated around -3EV with a 2.8 lens but the Sony's are -1EV and require an f/2 lens to work at the light level AND there are no native f/2 zooms. The A7s2 however does AF at -5EV but again only with an F/2 but the A7S2 only has CDAF which is slower compared to PDAF so even though it will acquire accurate auto focus in low light, you may be better off learning to manually focus quicker than rely on Sony's AF. There's at least a couple shots at every wedding that requires shooting from the hip to get the shot, I've done it many times with Canon's but simply can't with Sony.

  7. On the Nikon side, I'm surprised that you left out the D750. I've had one for a year and love it. It's a full frame 24 MP which seems a good compromise for work flow, high ISO performance, and image quality. I don't shoot as many weddings these days, as I used to, but it performs well for events, portraits, even commercial. I have about 50,000 frames on it and it's been dead reliable. And the price is a bargain.

  8. I don't know if this has been mentioned or not but a camera with 2 card slots is critical. I have had memory cards fail. I had one that would work great until it got half full then it would start banding the files. A camera with 2 card slots allows you to have a backup file written to another card in case a card fails. Before cameras had 2 cards photographers would use not all the eggs in one basket thinking. They would use several smaller cards so if one card failed they wouldn't lose the whole wedding. I prefer now not to risk losing a card and having to keep up with several cards. Make sure you carry spare batteries too.

  9. I have a pair of D800 bodies and I would not have any hesitation using them for a wedding if I were to get back into that. The image quality is off the charts and you can generate some awesome files for those images where is the potential for a wall sized print. I also have a Nikon D500. The D800/D810-D500 combo would be an unbeatable combination for weddings. I would use the D810 for all the formal and ceremony work where there is any potential for a wall print sale and use the D500 for the reception since it does really well in low light and is fast. I prefer not to change lenses at a fast paced wedding. I have found using 3 cameras with different lenses mounted. I didn't switch lenses, I switched cameras. I kept on camera mounted on some kind of custom bracket with a general purpose lens to catch those candid shots and the couple coming back down the isle. I would use the D800 or 810 on a tripod for low light ceremony shots with a 24-70mm 2.8 lens and maybe the 70-200mm 2.8 lens on the other body mounted on a tripod for closer shots. If you are shooting outdoors the D810/D800 will give you more dynamic range which you may need in high contrast situations. I am all about producing the absolutely best images quality. The D500 is a fine camera but it don't like blown highlights at all. If you blow out those highlights they are likely gone for good. I have found that I can recover more highlight and shadow detail with my D800 than I can with my D500. Eric gave you good advise but I wouldn't use 2 different camera systems like he said he would do. I get his reason because he already has those cameras. You want all your stuff at a wedding to be interchangeable. The batteries and the lens are all swapable between the D500 and D800. Both bodies also can use an SD card. If I could only afford one camera body for a wedding I would choose the D800 series camera with a D500 my second choice. You can use a D4 but you will spend more money from what I see even on a used on off ebay. Nikon is also expected to announce a replacement for the D810 this month so you will likely see a price drop when that happens. You can probably pick up a used D810 or a pair of them cheap soon as photographers look to upgrade. I never used the Fuji system but I hear nothing but rave reviews from everybody that has used them. I am just not totally sold on mirrorless myself. I would NOT consider the Sony system AT ALL. I have just been hearing too many nightmare stories about their build quality, banding issues and poor customer service. You NEED reliable equipment and backup equipment at a wedding. You really need to carry 2 of everything. You don't want to be telling a bride that you can't finish her wedding because you dropped your camera.

    That would be what I would do if I were to get back into weddings. One camera system you didn't mention that I would consider before I would consider Sony is Canon. Nikon and Canon has been going back and forth for years trying to outdo one another. Right now I think NIkon has the edge but I have seen many professional photographers use Canon equipment. For me I wouldn't even consider Sony. I am sort of married to Nikon with all the glass I have. The Fuji would not be a bad choice but from the things I have read and heard I think Nikon will kill it in low light performance and the buffer. You have to consider these things as many times in a reception you are working in some really crappy lighting, unless you rely on flash.

    Those are my thoughts and they are worth every penny you didn't pay.

  10. I would wait until the end of July when the D820 is announced and the D810 price drops even further and go for TWO D810s. Same batteries, good video, huge range of high quality lenses, great aftermarket value , huge used market in lenses too and the BEST value for money hands down right now. File size no problem most shoot jpegs anyway but you have the small raw too if you want to go there. I would take the D810 all day long.

  11. Go fuji, super creamy bokeh is so overrated nowadays, everyone is doing it. plus has lots of support to their products.

    plus fuji lenses are solid and worth their price.

  12. d810 (big prints), d500 (event), 24-70, 70-200, and 85 1.4 = your set, no need to carry hundreds of batteries or swapping lenses mid shooting, for a wedding photographer its about getting the shot and not fiddling around with swapping batteries, lenses, gear porn, etc… Just get it done and buy into Nikons fantastic line up.

    This coming from a current a7rii user and previous x-pro 2 and x-t2 user.

  13. I would go the Fuji XT-2 route if I was starting fresh. It is the most well rounded of the bunch and the mechanical shutter is very quiet. Their are now good speedlights available for the Fuji system.

  14. Agree that one needs at least two cameras to photograph the wedding. By not bringing two cameras, I think a wedding photog is committing a malpractice. Because a camera can always fail, even the best camera. it is a piece of electronics. And if you only have one body, and it dies in the middle of the wedding, you can't stop the wedding to run to a store to buy another camera. The wedding won't stop. So shooting wedding with less than 2 cameras is bad.

    Now having owned all of the cameras in question, and A7RII for a long time, I would recommend Fuji XT2 over A7RII. Here are my reasons. 1) A7RII has one card slot. 2) A7RII has horrible battery life and you will be cursing swiping these batteries. I routinely would get 150-200 shots per battery, no more than that. You may say, so what, carry more batteries, and I did, but it gets really tiring keeping switching batteries. And you have to remember which batteries you already charged and which you did not. 3) AF – A7RII is a very good AF but not very good for quickly moving things. In fact with my always running child, A7RII was missing a lot, and often. A7RII is great in finding focus in very low light. It will outperform many cameras and find focus, but it takes its sweet time to do it.

    XT2 has faster AF no question (so is XT20 but I know Eric does not agree with me on this), 2 card slots, pretty good buffer, and now viable flash choices (finally). I'd trust XT2 (or XT20) over A7RII for getting that shot in difficult light. Again coming from someone who shot in excess of 20,000 with each. Or maybe 30,000 shots, at least with A7RII

    Now going to Nikon, or any other DSLR for that matter, my next question is, are you going to shoot any video at at a wedding. If the answer is yes, I'd stay away from DSLRs at this point. Here is why, if you planning to shoot videos during your wedding, and you will be outside in a daylight on a sunny day, forget shooting video with DSLR. You won't see what you are shooting. EVF is a king here, with mirrorless you press the camera to your eyes and see the video that you are shooting. It is a day and night difference, and anyone who has to shoot a lot on sunny days and shoots videos, would agree.

    If video is not concern, All modern Nikon bodies have great AF, but D500 has phenomenal AF. I owned D500 and shot it along XT2 last year for few months, but ultimately decided I did not need it for my needs, however, AF is superb, battery life is great, and you have 2 cards. Image quality and noise levels are at least as good as last generation of full frame cameras in my opinion, irrespective of what DXO tells you. In fact it is amazing.

    Getting back to Sony, honestly, the fact remains is that today the only Sony with two card slots is A9 and it is a phenomenal camera that I own now along my Fuji, but it is pricey compared to other choices here

  15. For Sony, the A9. It has dual card slots unlike the A7-series which only has one and you don't want to lose someone's wedding photos.
    For Nikon, the D750. Tilting screen and full-frame look.
    For Canon, the 5D mark III or IV, tried and true.
    For Fuji, X-T2, no brainer.

  16. I use two Nikon D750's at weddings – same price as the X-T2, slap some sandisks extreme pros in there shooting RAW and your good to go, its the jack of all trades for weddings, amazing lowlight autofocus, iso and insane dynamic range. I like Sony but would never shoot a wedding with one memory card, the new A9 has covered that issue. I may be moving to the X-T2 soon as its an amazing little beast and the new update has made the autofocus tracking a lot better.

  17. Nice recommendations but for wedding Canon 5d blows all the cameras down its beast and work hours and has adequate autofocus if you insist on nikon then d750 is good option , and fujifilm xt2 is very good , personally I use canon 5d and fujifilm xt2 in wedding, the sony a7r is very slow