Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
ShootSac Lens Bag
This is the perfect bag for shooting a wedding. I arrive at the wedding venue with my big Lowepro X200 roller case, which carries practically every bit of kit I own. I then put all my essentials in the much more portable ShootSac (£117/$179, www.shootsac.com).
It has three neoprene pockets that will fill with my 70-200mm f/2.8, my 50mm f/1.4 and my 85mm f/1.4. But I’ll also use it for my memory cards, my car keys, my phone and the notes I have made about the wedding (such as the timings for everything). The bag is black, but there’s a range of interchangeable patterned flap covers, which each have a lens cleaning cloth on the back.
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR
I use this fast telephoto zoom for most of my shots with the wedding couple. It means that I am not in their face, so it is easier for them to relax as they have lots of space. I don’t like using wide lenses for weddings, as I hate distorted shots. The current version of this lens costs around £1600 ($2400), but you could always just hire one for around £60/$90 for the weekend.
I really hate neckstraps, but found this great handstrap in the States (£18/$27, www.camdapter.com). It is comfortable and actually made of leather. It’s available in a number of different colours, and can even be bought with an optional tripod plate built in!
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