Wedding Photography Equipment

One of the most common phrases you hear among photographers is “It’s Not The Camera, It’s The Photographer” However, when photographing once-in-a-lifetime events such as weddings, I believe both the equipment and the photographer should be top notch.

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

― Ansel Adams

So, if you are perusing this page, chances are you are jumping into the world of photography and wondering: What equipment do you need for wedding photography? In my opinion, you need at least two professional-grade cameras, fast memory cards, two flashes, and fast lenses ranging from wide angle to telephoto. 

I upgrade my set up every year, but here is the list of photography equipment I’m using in 2024 to photograph weddings:

Cameras for Weddings:

  • EOS R3: Definitely my workhorse. I can photograph with this camera rain or shine. 80% of my pictures are taken with it.
  • EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR Camera: This is the back-up to my main body. Still an amazing piece of equipment. 
  • Canon EOS R5: This is my second photographers main camera. Small body and amazing performance.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: My second photographer’s second camera. This is one of the best DSLR ever made by canon. 
  • Leica M11: What can I say, it’s a Leica! Read more about my first impressions using the Leica M11 for weddings.
  • Hasselblad Xpan II: I sometimes bring this panoramic film camera for outdoor weddings. You can read more about it here
  • Hasselblad 503CX: I have had this medium format film camera for 15 years now. I rarely use it nowadays but every once in a while I bring it to an event to capture black and white pictures with it. The quality is just unreal.

Photography Lenses for Weddings:

  • Canon 24-70 II 2.8 (2)
  • Canon 50mm F/1.2L USM (2)
  • Canon EF 85mm F/1.2L II USM
  • Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II
  • Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro
  • Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH
  • Leica 28mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH
  • Hasselblad XPan 90mm F4
  • Hasselblad Xpan 45mm F4
  • Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 Planar

Lighting Equipment for Wedding Photography:

  • Profoto B1x
  • Profoto A1x
  • Profoto A1 (2)
  • Profoto Air Remote TTL-C
  • Profoto OCF Beauty Dish (White, 24″)
  • Profoto Deep White Umbrella (Large, 51″)

Memory Cards For Weddings:

  • Lexar Compact Flash 128GB – 1066x (6)
  • Lexar CF Express 128GB – 1750MB/s (6)
  • Lexar SD Card 128GB – 1667x (8)
Profoto is the best lighting equipment for weddings. In the image, Elisa carrying the B1x during a winter photo session in freezing temperatures.

FAQ

I have tested multiple cameras over the years and believe no single camera is perfect for wedding photography. My best strategy has been to always use a combination of cameras to get all the features I’m looking for. For instance: I get fast focusing, weather resistance, great low light performance and durability with the EOS 1DX Mark III, but when I need a high resolution image I go for my Leica M11.

Profoto is hands down the best lighting equipment for wedding photography.

I have used Lexar memory cards for 10 years and I’ve never had any issues with them!

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