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09-20-2010, 05:47 PM   #1
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Wedding guest photography - which camera?

I'm going to be attending my husband's cousin's wedding in a couple of weeks and would like to bring along a camera, but not be obnoxious. She has planned things meticulously and I'm sure has picked out a wonderful photographer.

I'm wondering if toting along a small film camera would be less intrusive and might get me some more unique photos. I'm not even sure that I would want to take more than one lens.

Any thoughts? I can bring along the K-1000 with a M 50/1.4. The 31/1.8 would be nice, but might defeat the point of being low key. I could also just bring the Retina iiC (Classic Cameras profile: Mike Elek: Kodak Retina IIC). I'm kind of leaning towards that since it is so small and quiet.

The other options I have are all a bit big for the job - like the Pentax 6x7 and my Rollei.

It doesn't need to fit into a pocket - purses are both the bane and the luxury of being female.

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Lol @ the 67, take the Retina and fast film
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Lol @ the 67, take the Retina and fast film
Yeah, trying to be low key with the 6x7 would be awesome. The family already suspects that I might be a little nuts.
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Self-advertising be damned, I wrote this short article some time ago, you might enjoy it;

Top tips for the guest wedding photographer

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Yeah, trying to be low key with the 6x7 would be awesome. The family already suspects that I might be a little nuts.
The K with the 31 would actually be perfect both for groups and individuals and a lot better if the light goes down inside. What Asa are you planning on taking 800 or 400 or B&W and you can push if needed?

That's a good read beery thanks for the write up.
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I'm not sure if the reception is inside or out, so I was thinking of throwing a couple rolls of Delta 100 and Delta 400 in the bag to be prepared.
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If you can scan and post when you have time B&W images are so timeless.
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Personally I'd take a slightly longer lens because as a guest you get the chance to snap the informal images of what people are up to that the official 'tog won't have a chance to get. If you take the FA31 don't worry about it being 'obtrusive' as everyone will be asking you why you are still shooting film!

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Yeah, but that 6x7 would put any of your small format images to shame in terms of IQ. I'd have no reservations taking my Hasselblad or my 67 with a WLF on it to that event. No big deal on the camera size. They'll get over it.
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Personally I'd take a slightly longer lens because as a guest you get the chance to snap the informal images of what people are up to that the official 'tog won't have a chance to get. If you take the FA31 don't worry about it being 'obtrusive' as everyone will be asking you why you are still shooting film!

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That makes me think that the 50/1.4 or even 77/1.8 would be nice. Hmm... the 31/1.8 and 77/1.8 would definitely fit into my purse.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TiJean Quote
That makes me think that the 50/1.4 or even 77/1.8 would be nice. Hmm... the 31/1.8 and 77/1.8 would definitely fit into my purse.
The 31 and 77 would make a good combination. For anything in between you can use your Mk 1 zoom (aka... your legs!).

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Don't skimp on the film. A good portrait film will give warm, pleasing skin tones.

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Don't skimp on the film. A good portrait film will give warm, pleasing skin tones.

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What would you recommend? I shot BW film last time I attended a wedding for the perverse reason that I didn't think any one else would be! That, and I am a sucker for monochrome.
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What would you recommend?
I shot Fuji 400H at the last wedding I went to and am happy with the results. I expect that anything with a reputation as a "pro wedding film" from the days when all weddings were shot on film will give good results and a different look than the paid photographer's digital photos.

I pulled up sample shots on Flickr for half a dozen different films I was considering.
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One of the Kodak Portra films would be a good choice.

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