Does Gear Matter to Me?
Why do I choose to have the latest and greatest? Because I never want to miss a moment because of the gear I use. Having the very best that a company offers allows me to photograph what I see. There are many different lighting environments and restrictions during the wedding day. Dark Ceremonies where no flash is allowed and quite moments where flash would be a distraction. Fast moving moments where focus needs to be maintained for every image. Large groups photographs where distortion is not desired or wanted. Distractions that can be limited by throwing them out of focus and keeping the main subject sharp. All of these and many more reasons is why I want the very best equipment for my weddings that I photograph. You will never hear me say “If I only had better gear, faster lenses, more flashes, bigger – faster media cards, etc. I could have captured that image.”
What I noticed going from the Nikon D3s to D4 is, faster focusing, seems lighter and better ergonomics. I like having the XQD card slot included for faster speed and construction/design of the card. I think it would be VERY cool if Nikon allowed users to swap out the CF card for a second XQD slot. The D800 has medium format sized files in a DSLR body. The D800 will be used for all portraits and scene setters. I did buy the grip in order to have a similar feeling to the D4 and it’s nice having two batteries. I’m really happy with the performance of the Nikon SB-910′s with no over heating issues and they do work perfect with the Pocket Wizards Flex TT5 and Mini TT1′s. Wish list from Nikon. Please make a 135 1.8/2 VRII lens and radio SB flashes. Then my ultimate wedding kit will be complete.