If you want to know the lists of best full frame camera for wedding photographer in 2018 and the next 5 years than ready my story here. By the way I’m Bima and I working as well in wedding photography industries since 2008 so here in my blog I’m gonna share to you about my journey and photography gears that I ever used during my photo shoot.
Bringing the best photography gears during the photo shoot is a dream for any photographers but sometimes, a newbie photographer has no idea about what cameras that should they have, and if you want to focus on professional niche than buy only the best full frame camera is the best decision for you.
I tried 2 camera system which non-full frame and full frame and once you try the full frames one than you sure don’t want back to your non-full frames camera.
I shots pre wedding in Lux* Maldives in 2014 and when I compare my RAW and JPEG files using the full frame camera, it’s totally different, especially if you want to take them into post production process using Lightroom or Photoshop.
Lists of 7 Best Full Frame Camera
In a short way I’m gonna show you the lists of awesome camera that suitable for your wedding photography business,
- Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR – US$3296.95
- Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR – US$3849
- Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR – US$2196.95
- Sony Alpha 7 III Full-Frame Mirrorless – US$1998
- Nikon D5 20.8 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera, Dual CF Slots – US$6496.95
- Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR – Wi-Fi Enabled – US$999
- Canon EOS-1DX Mark II DSLR Camera – US$5499
Why you should have full-frame camera on your hand?
Generally there 4 reasons about why you should have full-frame camera,
It’s about Low-light performance, if you using a full-frame camera than it comes with less noise even in a high ISO, now you may try the same situation with other non full-frame camera that you will got tons of noise on your picture.
Second thing is about Depth-of-field, no matter you use 1.8 or 1.2 high end lens for your camera, full-frame sensor is larger (35mm equivalent) so when you use it that would be more shallow apparent depth of field than the APS-C camera.
Third one is Post production step, when using a full-frame camera than you will able to retouch your photo easily even it got really dark area that you need to adjust, comparing with the non full-frame than you will be upset with it.
Look at the picture below, I using my 5D Mark IV camera cost US$3849 in a RAW picture set, it was inside the bathroom of Lux* Maldives, area inside is little bit dark comparing with outdoors but when you see the final result than I still able to adjust all the colors, contrast, shadow, and highlight in my photoshop.
Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR – Buy it for US$3296.95
D850 it’s a brand new high-end series Nikon camera, with 45.7 MP than you are able to capture every single moments and incredible landscape no matter where you are. Be happy too cause with its 9fps continuous shooting than you able to set which area that you need to be sharp.
It’s a tilt touchscreen and come with 4K Ultra HD video recording, slow motion up to 120 fps at 1080
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR – Buy it for US$3849
I often use 5D in my entire photo shoot, I bring it to Bali, Maldives, and Hong Kong, I love the 5D from its first generation and here, their 4th generation is coming with 30.4MP, up to 7 fps, and 61 point of AF system super excellent feature to set the focus on camera.
Another awesome things are, it comes with ISO100-32000 and able to expand till 102400 and it was amazing, you definitely can shoot in a low light and make awesome milky way too, and the last….you wouldn’t miss its 4K video it’s totally awesome to make great wedding videos.
Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR – Grab it now for US$2196.95
If you ever try the D600 than this D750 will be beyond your expectation, through this cool camera you just like holding a smaller DSLR with result quality as a Nikon D5.
If you ever had a D610 on your own than this D750 has a super tracking ability of moving objects especially for you who working in a wild life photography such as bird flying, it is one of ridiculous thing to catch and with its 24.3 MP and 6.5 fps than you will everything that you need to work on.
Sony Alpha 7 III Full-Frame Mirrorless – Buy it for US$1998
When regional Sony invited me to try their brand new Sony Alpha 9 than it was so cool but you should consider its price if you just starting your photography business, but here with Sony Alpha 7 III that you can had for just US$1998 you could do (almost) the same thing that the Alpha 9.
This one of the best full frame camera hat I recommend you to buy, it’s totally insane!
Nikon D5 20.8 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera, Dual CF Slots – Grab it now for US$6496.95
If you think about the D5 that you’ll get the MONSTER on your hand, with its 20.8 MP, 4K Ultra HD video and 12 fps than no one can move from your eyes.
D5 it’s a dream for any Nikonian so when you got enough money on your pocket that this monster will belong to your best friends ever!
Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Wi-Fi Enabled – Buy it simply as US$999
Another best full frame camera if you just starting your photography career is this Canon 6D (it just US$999 on Amazon), it’s not a brand new even I use it couple years ago but the result was insane, it simply lighter than 5D mark IV so when you are a person who love light DSLR than this 6 D is belong to you
Canon EOS-1DX Mark II DSLR Camera – Grab it fast for just US$5499
If the D5 meet this 1DX Mark II that it just like two monster coming in, it’s a star wars! With fast shooting mode up to 14 fps (which is totally crazy) and it able to burst up to 170 in RAW, it’s a freakin’ hot feature you will get everything that you need to capture.
If you are professional video maker who sell your footage online such as in Shutterstock, than this EOS 1DX will suit on you, grab it for US$5499 and it ship in free to all US area
That’s all 7 best full frame camera that I personally recommend you to have, you may choose which one that suitable for your needs and business. It’s not the end cause I’m gonna share to you some tips to work professional as a wedding photographer.
Starting your photographer career
I just begin my wedding photography business in 2008 and it was the most confusing period in my entire life, I’m stuck for what I’m gonna do following my graduation. One word that I could say is I love photography so bad! so I choose to be a photographer rather than an architect.
I shooting wedding both in Indonesia and worldwide and serve hundreds of client who coming from worldwide area. I twice heading to Maldives for photo shooting and several times to Hong Kong for portrait.
If you are in a wedding and portrait niche than capturing moment will be your priority so I don’t wanna lose even just 1 simple moment so I surely need the best full frame camera and high quality memory card, and these below are amazing card that I recommend you to have…
Learn from the best, is your next thing to do, here I learn so much from Ricky Salim, World 20 Wedding Photographer and Joe Buissink, an excellent person who become a wedding photographer for high profile client such as celebrity and VIP person in this globe.
Starting your studio at home ins’t problem, I did it and definitely worth it to do for several few years. Here you can save your money rather to rent an expensive space but you can get a workshop, buy some photography eBook, or buy another gears or accessories that can be support your business.
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It’s NOT Fastest Way to Get Rich
If you just think how to get rich quick in photography than just leave this business immediately (I think all business will be the same). Real business is need a hard work and creativity and you can’t make a short cut through it.
Here you have to pass your own path of life, feel the failure even bankruptcy and keep learning how to promote your services. I’m not a person who growing up from businessman family so knowing how to sell my products or services is realy hard at the first time. All I can do during that period is streaming on youtube, join a photography course, and also read a marketing book.
I can suggest you with 1 incredible marketing book that I bought several months ago directly from Amazon, it’s Ca$hvertising by Drew Eric W. and you can buy it for just US$12.79 from Amazon, it’s paper back!
It’s the end of my best full frame camera recommendation and I hope it can help you to choose what camera that suitable on your need, just leave a comment if you want to ask anything about wedding photography and I’ll try to reply your comment as possible as I can.
Cheers guys, you rock!