As a professional wedding photographer, I have always been on the lookout for the best tools to capture the special moments of my clients’ big day. For years, I have bounced between camera systems to explore what’s going to be best – ending up using the excellent Fujifilm cameras and lenses, all of which have served me well. However, during 2019 I finally made the switch to the latest Sony Mirrorless cameras first with the class-of-2019 flagship of the Sony A9 and now, with the unbeatable A1 along with a selection of Sony’s incredible fast prime lenses. As a bit of a round up from the previous posts I thought I’d throw a few words together to explain why as switching to Sony mirrorless was probably one of the most exciting technology-related decisions I’ve made in a long time!
First and foremost, Sony mirrorless bodies are a game-changer in terms of speed and performance. The A9 at the time and now the A1 have lightning-fast autofocus systems that allow me to capture moments as they happen with incredible accuracy. The A1 camera’s burst mode is ridiculously impressive, allowing me to shoot up to 30 frames per second and capturing the most incredible of moments. 30fps doesn’t come out to play very often as I rarely need 100’s of similar images, but it can be handy for confetti helping ensure we capture the perfect shot!
Another reason I switched to Sony was the availability of fast prime lenses. Sony has an excellent selection of prime lenses that are perfect for wedding photography. I now shoot with the Sony G-Master 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm 1.2 and 135mm f/1.8, and they have all exceeded my expectations. The fast aperture of these lenses allows me to capture beautiful images in low light, and the bokeh they produce is simply stunning.
Finally, the Sony A1 has an impressive dynamic range, which allows me to capture more details in both shadows and highlights. This is particularly useful when shooting in challenging lighting conditions, such as during outdoor ceremonies or receptions.
In summary, while Fujifilm cameras and lenses are still excellent tools for wedding photography and loved by many, I have found that the latest Sony Mirrorless cameras with the A1 and fast prime lenses have taken my work to the next level. Would recommend them to anyone!