Selling my D800E for WHAT?!?

Started Jun 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
NomadMark Contributing Member • Posts: 603
Re: Strange question.

nandbytes wrote:

NomadMark wrote:

nandbytes wrote:

DFPanno wrote:

At a wedding you are being paid to do just that and an A7R brings nothing to the table to help you meet your responsibilities to the client.

I don't know about A7r, but I feel A7 is certainly good enough to nail the moments. I am not going to lie, I missed focus on a shot here or there (could have been my error or camera's I don't remember) but given that I have over 1000 photos from the 2 day event (yes Indian weddings are long too along with the chaos lol), and only a fraction of them make it to the album. In grand scheme of things my few out of focus shots don't matter much.

Like I said my parents' wedding album is spectacular and it was taken in film days using manual focus. Nailing moments is about prediction and timing. i am sure the photographer missed a few shots too back then but when you are delivering an album your end product is what matters not a few shots you may or may not have nailed with better equipment.

Having said that if i was doing wedding i'd probably go buy the new A77m2 or some other camera with better AF LOL.

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Focus on what you have, not on what you don't.

I understand your points and I would tend to agree but for one significant (IMO) truth.

Times change and with them expectations and standards

Yes; many social events were successfully shot with MF cameras but today they are shot with AF and AF stands to (in the right hands) increase the odds of not missing the critical shots.

Prestigious pros tend to use SOTA equipment designed for the task at hand. True whether you are a photographer or cardiovascular surgeon.

I can see a MILC as a second or specialty camera but not as the lead gun in event photography -

Best -

The lead gun needs dual card slots.
Losing a card full of images can ruin you.

Just going to toss that out there.

yeah already read your blurb about 2nd card slot. Its not hard to have the images upload once in a while using wifi, NFC etc.

Anyway I will consider this seriously when an SD card fails on me someday. I punish so much from having stepped on them multiple times to having washed them in my clothes and they still work perfectly. The chances of a good SD suddenly failing in the event while its been working is probably smaller than me getting hit by a bus or car in London.

Then again my life and career don't depend on having 2 SD card slots lol, if and when they do I may think differently.

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Focus on what you have, not on what you don't.

I'm happy you have never had a card fail or corrupt. I have, and I use good cards. Sometimes it's a card issue, sometimes it's a camera issue. Either way, dual card slots generally mitigate the issue almost entirely. It's why you are offered 2 card slots in top tier cameras - serious photographers who survive solely on the use of their cameras generally demand it. And I'll take it over wifi and NFC any day as my back-up/assurance that I won't lose pictures due to a failure.

If it's not a worry for you, great. It should be for any serious wedding shooter, and is part of what separates the pro's from the am's. And a good business model, from a weak one. And as I see it, the best wedding shooters have contingency plans, extra checks, and redundancy built into their kit and routine so that they can incur a glitch and move past it without the client even knowing there was one. Anything else, is unprofessional, and bad business. And as extra protection, many have contracts that limit liability, and insurance to cover their bottoms just incase.

Many people figure a law suit isn't much to worry about. They happen more frequently than you might expect. And you might think because you don't have a lot , than you can't lose a lot. But, you can be sued for future earning, too.

Not trying to put fear in anyone, but if it's your profession/livelihood, these factors should be taken seriously.

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