Wedding Photography on a Pen Budget - Olympus Pen That is
|In addition to his primary body, John is able to carry a
second body easily on his hip with his Cotton Carrier.
My friend John Roberts from JR Photography was given the green light by one of his clients to shoot their entire wedding on the rangefinder like Olympus pen. An experienced wedding photographer, he convinced his clients that he would use his collection of legendary rangefinder lenses to shoot their wedding (Voigtlander and Carl Zeiss lenses). With additional support by the local Olympus rep, his equipment was topped up with additional bodies, lenses and wireless flash systems.
|2 bodies, several lenses and
multiple flashes in one case.
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I popped down to catch some shots of him working. The immediate thing I noticed was how compact his entire set-up. Considering in the past when I've done other event shoots and weddings, I usually had a trunk load of bags full of lighting equipment and camera bodies. The fact that his entire set-up fit in his single roller case is a testament of shooting with this combination of gear.
|Light weight imaging flexibility
|Getting shots at high angles, traditionally required step
ladders or alternate shooting techniques. Using the
LCD viewfinder eliminates that need
Part of John's experience is being a medium format shooter, so it helps with trying to use a live viewfinder to shoot at arms length. There's some advantages of shooting in this way as it's much easier to get your camera in angles that aren't as easy to do with a traditional SLR system.
The Olympus Pen system also supports Olympus' wireless flash system which extends the creative flexibility and lighting options of this compact Micro Four Thirds system. These flashes are the same flashes that are found on their professional dSLR E3 and E5 cameras.
|John's assistant holds a wireless softbox as he composes
his shot with the Olympus EPL2
One thing is certain, this shows that you don't have to have a complex system for wedding photography. Compact mirror-less systems like the Olympus Pen are certainly intriguing and simplifies things. For the cost of a couple of thousand dollars, it is easy to build a very nice system that can do events and weddings.
For more information on the progress of John and his Olympus journey, follow his blog postings here.