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  • Andriy Zaritskyy

What is inside our camera bags or why gear matters? - AZAR Photography

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

Do you like what you see in the photo? That is not all our equipment.

Batteries, memory cards, flash controllers, and many accessories are not shown. Videography equipment not included here as well as some cameras and lenses.

Of course, cameras do not take photos by themselves. Many times I heard that a professional photographer could take good pictures with any camera, even a point and shoot or cellphone. At some point, it is accurate; however, the photographer will be very limited with creativity and quality those cameras could deliver. It is possible to take a few good photos during the event even with a cellphone (if the lighting is good.)

Wedding photography is a whole different story. During the wedding day, everything changes very fast. Usually, just a split second will make a big difference between, if we got a great shot or missed it. Candid moments generally last a split second. Many times low light during ceremony or reception challenges, even the best available on the market cameras to get fast and accurate focus. Cameras have to survive heat, low temperatures, dust, and rain.

Here are the essential requirements we have for our cameras and lenses we use:

1. Fast and accurate focus even at very low light

2. Reliable cameras and lenses must be able to survive dust, rain, high and low temperatures.

3. The ability of the camera to reproduce great colors even at poor light conditions ( white balance, low noise at high ISO)

4. Camera lifespan ( only in 2019 we took 400K+ images)

We don't like our creativity to be limited to photography equipment. That is why we invest in the best photography equipment, in our opinion, available at this time. We always bring back up gear to the wedding for everything: cameras, lenses, memory cards, flashes. Our camera bags get expensive. Usually, we bring to the wedding equipment worth $20K+

Here are a few examples:

NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens -$2800

Nikon D850-$2796

Nikon D5- $5496

Nikon Z6- $2243

NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens $1896

NIKKOR 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED Lens $1796

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens $899

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G $1596

NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S Lens $596

Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED $896

Repairs are expensive too. Once I dropped the camera from 1ft, and it cost me $800 to repair the camera and lens.

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