tom trinko: the numbers in the response are very odd.
1) 15k taxes on 50k income is a 30% average tax rate that seems high2) It appears that the photographer lives in the same place she processes her photos so unless she would otherwise live in a box under an overpass she really can't count that $72003) unless she only uses the car for business she really can't count the full $7200 car expense 4) i suspect the fraction of the time the photographer shoots weddings vs the time she wears those shoes is pretty small.5) I have no idea why she pays 2500 a year for high speed internet. I'd suspect something more like 50-100 a month6) the equipment cost is reasonable but when you add it up it's $11,300. Amortized over 24 weddings/year and 5 years that's $94/wedding.
On the other hand she is effectively charging ~$100/hr which is what you pay an automechanic who has a much higher overhead.
As a potential father of 3 brides I can assure you I won't pay $3k/wedding for photographers.
Very good point on the Part time. As in any profession - there is competition. I shoot because I love it, but do it part time because I make a lot more in my "Real" job. I take a lot longer in "post Prod" because I care to only put out a quality product. My clients usually love the end product - and I make the cost somewhat dependent on how fast they want the pictures. I can, but usually do not actually print the pictures, I provide a DVD. They can then print or post the photos online as they wish. The few I've printed, I charge per print and make less than minimum wage if you factor in time and cost of materials. But often they choose to get the DVD.
OK, let's talk about a "fair" minimum.$1000: 40 hrs post processing at a minimum X $25 Hr (I took 1500 total shots at the last weddding I shot - post processing down to the best and then editing took a lot more that 40 Hrs - but hey, maybe I'm just slow)$400: Day of Wedding 8 hrs (usually a lot longer) time and planning time with Bride and groom (often several planning meetings)$200: Fuel costs for the above at a minimum$200: All in equipment amortization$200: $200 miscellaneous business related expenses
Provide the DVD to the bride and let her take the photos elsewhere to get them printed at her leisure. If the Photographer does the printing - that can easily eat up the remaining $1000 in paper and ink and additional time to print and present the album.
actual hrly wage for the Photographer - ~$25 hr. This is not an exhorbitant wage.
MPA1: Is the eye point any higher than the D3s?
I have real problems seeing all the VF info with my glasses on in the D3s and another 3 or 4mm of eye point would be welcome.
Unless your eyes are really bad- use the diopter to change the viwewfinder to match your eye prescription - I find it works very well, and others do not borrow my camera because it always looks blurred to them. that way you will be able to see all the info you want.
MediaDigitalVideo: How long will the D4 stay before the next one will come 2 or 3 years. What will the P&S camera's and other DSLR's and mobilephone's brands do durings those 2 or 3 years. Innovation will continue. Has this one a bluetooth inside to communicate with Camera remote apps (Android/IOS) to send your jpeg file immediate to social media ? I've seen (holded) the Canon EOS 1DX. I'm not impressed by the latest flagships of Canon and Nikon. Hopefully Panasonic+Leica don't fall asleep. Just wondering. Marcel.
this camera is not for posting to social media - use your phone for that. Your comment unfortunately exposes your lack of understanding of the purposes of this type of camera.
Petka: After reading (some of) these posts it is quite clear that people writing them are not professional photographers, experienced photographers, or even photographers at all. Just gadget enthusiasts. Amazing lack of technical knowledge (why is bigger sensor better?) and real life action/news photography experience (iPhone can take just as good pictures).
Both D4 and EOS-D1X will be amazing cameras, best that is possible at the moment, and I will be getting one of them as soon as possible. It will help me to take better pictures, not so much because of super sensor but faster and more responsive autofocus, better low light sensitivity and high fps. These are the things that really count, not MegaPixels, missing Bluetooth, GPS etc. Do I need to get my shots immediately to social media, hell no! I need to have a camera which enables me to complete my assignment in the dark rain of real life with pictures fit for a full spread in a glossy magazine.
In 4 years better again, hooray!
Well put - I agree - Low light indoor sports is my main venue, and events that do not allow flash. The faster focus, higher ISO and increased presets interest me most. 1-2 additional FPS will not make that much difference. I will definitely test these features before buying.
Costaricabirdwatcher: As always giving us the very best advise for both our jobs and pockets. Just wondering??? how much better!! than D3s on high ISO, i shoot birds in Costa Rica's rainforest, therefore low light in comes in the package on my country. Could you please advise over this matter. ( by the way hope i made myself understood, since its not my first language.GraciasRandall Ortega Chaves
I have a D3s and will probably rent a D4 to check the performance difference in low light. Do not buy until you know there is improvement.
I have a D3s, and shoot in low light. It will take some convincing to make me believe this is better. Echoing some of the comments - the 2 different card types and lower battery life are definite minus'. While the D4 seems -video capability - conspiculously absent is it real time auto focus? Or the quasi-autofocus of the D3S? What I expected - the auto bracketing - let me set the auto bracketing to automatically use the continuous high or low shutter release to take the photos. (action sequences). I will want to see a serious Pro sport photog review of its performance. What does a low light action event shooter want to be able to do? preset as much as he can then focus, compose and shoot, otherwise he misses the action. Let me state a min shutter, and aperature range, and say where the guidelines should be for shutter. It picks within the range to capture at the lowest ISO in can preserving guidelines. Some - but not all is possible with the D3s. we are almost there.