While it is not something everyone asks about, some people familiar with
photography equipment will ask about the cameras we use. We own quite a
selection of equipment, ranging from expensive Leica rangefinder cameras
to a large format "view camera" that uses individual negatives
that are 8 by 10 inches in size.
For weddings, we generally
use Contax professional cameras
because of the very high quality of their Zeiss
lenses. These tend to give sharper images (based on scientific measurement)
with more saturated color and more dramatic black and white than the other
major brands. We also have a Mamiya medium format system, perhaps the most
used system by high end fashion photographers. But we think the Contax gives
slightly better results.
Many wedding photographers
make a big deal about using Hasselblad cameras (which are so good because
they also use lenses made by Zeiss), but the truth today is that these cameras
have been somewhat overshadowed by Mamiya and Contax in the professional
I usually use a Contax
medium format camera to shoot the traditional wedding shots or for bigger
enlargements, and a Contax 35mm for the candid coverage because of its greater
mobility and flexibility. There is one particular lens that is my favorite
because in close-ups, it makes people look much better. All our wedding
photography is shot on film, as its resolution is still higher than digital.