I am a detail guy. I love ring shots and cake shots and flower shots. You name it, if there is a detail, I want it captured. Details for me, make a beautiful wedding whole, by giving a full perspective of the day. What does this have to do with gear? The details concerning my gear are what make each piece shine.
Could I take photos with anything. Well, nowadays yes, we have phones and I am sure there is a toaster somewhere with a camera built in. So why then do I use a Canon 5D Mark III and 5D Mark II? For me, the answer is simple.
The first, and most important thing that makes the 5D cameras so great is their ISO performance. Basically, that keeps the messy grainy(not like pretty film grain, like white noise on an old TV) look in check even when I am in a dark area. Dark area= any wedding venue...ever. Seriously. It is because of this, ISO performance holds a special place in my heart because it keeps my images clean and noise free. Both of my cameras have killer ISO performance.
I love my cameras. They allow me to do things that other cameras cannot, and more importantly with high quality. In wedding photography quality is all there is. Anyone could hold down the shutter button on my camera and get quantity. But my experience, mixed with a great camera is where the quality can really begin to shine.
Now to the lenses. If I had a favorite handful of lenses they would be the Canon 70-200L 2.8 Mark II IS, Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art, and the Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro USM. I could confidently shoot any wedding with these three lenses. They're all fast(let in a metric TON of light), sharp, and this makes them perfect for weddings. I cannot give a high enough recommendation to these lenses. The 70-200 is a staple for weddings because of how versatile it is. I can be on the front row, take a photo of the first time the groom sees the bride, then turn and get the bride walking down the isle, and fill the frame both times. It's invaluable. This lens never ceases to amaze me. Then, my newest addition to the lens family my Sigma 50mm 1.4. I was skeptical of this thing at first. A lot of my friends recommended it, and being the Canon fanboy( #noshame) I am I had a hard time considering it at first. Questions like: What about the Canon 50mm 1.2L? Or the Canon 50mm 1.4? came up. The first time I used it though, I was sold. It is the sharpest lens I own by far, and not only that, it is that sharp wide open. It let's in WAY more light than my 70-200, all while retaining sharpness. So, in a controlled environment(I use this term loosely on wedding day) it is my go to. And I said earlier I love ring shots, so my 100mm 2.8 Macro lens is my go to. I can fill the frame with any ring, and it just rocks. Also, if you're looking for a great portrait lens, it doubles for that as well!
That's just a little about my gear. Like I said, I am a detail guy and could go on forever hashing out every detail of every lens and what it does for me. A photographer is by no means the measure and extent of their gear, but high quality gear is great, and helps me create images I could not otherwise. Find photographers with experience, nice gear, and you will be pleased with the result. Also, as a photographer, you should care about what you make images with, because whatever it is you're photographing deserves to be captured beautifully. If you have questions about any of my gear feel free to email me. I always love to help talk people through, and demystify all the silliness that surrounds camera gear.
Wishing you the best in all things,