Fotografare Matrimoni

Ho iniziato a fotografare matrimoni molto tempo fa. Ho sempre pensato di poter aggiungere un tocco speciale al matrimonio.
Ho iniziato a Milano poi il lago di Como, il Maggiore, il lago di Garda, le isole, Taormina,Venezia e quelli all’estero…

Ho amato la luce e la nascita di nuove famiglie… Cerco di restituire qualcosa di speciale… Una luce, un momento un attimo…
Se desiderate qualcuno di poco intrusivo e con un profondo amore per il matrimonio e per la fotografia siete sul sito giusto!!!

 

The Nikon D750 an AF nightmare on wedding… with an happy ending

As I told you in my previous post on micro 43 and wedding photography I started to evaluate other systems because I would like to have something with al little bit more low noise capability and little more tridimensionality (here you can see what I’m looking for in terms of depth of field). After a fast screening I start to think about Nikon D750 and Sony Alpha 7 R II. My friend Matteo has just bought the Sigma 24 1.4 art and he owns the 50 mm 1.4 Nikon so I decided to look for the less expensive combination. After reading a lot my choice would have been D750 and Nikon 24mm f 1.8 it’s really lightweight and not too expensive. So I set up a morning with Matteo to try his configuration the Nikon D750 and Sigma 24mm f 1.4 that is brand new, ready to be used in a real wedding.
First of all the camera is nice, Nikon style, everything is in the right place, the AF is really fast and the camera is not too heavy, I tried to use the screen to frame the picture and… Not usable in real life unless you are in a really quiet moment, the AF will be slow… and the camera very slow… and god I know really well the file my second shooter own a D610 with the same sensor (or very similar) and it’s really nice… not too big, great low light up to 12.800 and something more great dynamic range.

The Nikon D750 with the Sigma is too heavy for me (I’m coming from M43) and definitely I will prefer the 24mm f 1.8 that weights  300grams minus than the Sigma.

After playing around for a while I started to review the pictures on the screen and a nightmare appears… It seems that are out of focus with the lens used at 1.4…

NIKON D750 body 2 50mm f 1.4

NIKON D750 body 2 50mm f 1.4

Me and Matteo started to do more serious and consistent test with two bodies and… Unfortunately none of them was able to focus with the lens at f 1.4.  We grab the Nikon 50 mm f 1.4 and  the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 the bad surprises continues. It was a nightmare none of the cameras and lenses seems to be in focus, back focus and front focus occur…

51CZoB7fp3L._SL1000_

 

We discussed a little bit about the AF and we decided to buy the Datacolor Spyder LensCal and next week we will update this article with our calibrating experience.
We will see if this nightmare of Nikon D750 AF will end or not.
We call another wedding photographer who owns a D610 and he did some test with the Nikon 50mm f 1.4 and the camera is perfect.

I am an independent wedding photographer based in Milan Italy, these are my personal experience and thoughts. I’m not payed by someone for this. I hope this article will help others wedding photographers to be more happy with their gear and the producer to try to be more accurate. I really understand the costs involved in quality control, I’m doctor in business administration and I worked as CEO for a multinational company Certified ISO 9000. So I know that you can not deliver camera and lenses at a low price without sacrificing a little bit of quality but there is a limit….

22/02/2016 UPDATE — Calibration Day…  AF fine -tune

Ok after a while we started to try to understand what to do. So we end up buying the Datacolor and starting to check and to calibrate all cameras.
First of all there is a good news: the Nikon 610 AF is perfect with all the Nikon Lenses and need only a little adjustment with 24 mm f 1.4… The bad news is the we calibrated one Nikon D750 and we took the other one to te assistance to re arrange completely the AF system.
Calibrating is really an easy process (if you do not have to take the camera to the assistance) you have to find the AF fine -tune menu and use the lens and make little adjustment. Camera will remember up to 12 lens.

Nikon Calibration

Nikon Calibration

So here gear and results:

NIKON D610
50mm f 1.8 D PERFECT
50mm f 1.4 D PERFECT
17-35mm f 2.8 PERFECT
24mm f 1.4 SIGMA +5 CORRECTION in CAMERA ( this was the same lens that we used on the 2 D 750)

NIKON D750 Body 1
50mm f 1.4 D  CORRECTION IN CAMERA +15
24-70mm f 2.8 CORRECTION IN CAMERA +10
85mm f 1.8D CORRECTION IN CAMERA +10
24mm f 1.4 SIGMA  CORRECTION in CAMERA +20 ( this was the same lens that we used for all the cameras)

NIKON D750 Body 2 we took this body to the assistance in Milan PRAVO
50mm f 1.4 D  CORRECTION IN CAMERA -20 and it was not enough
24-70mm f 2.8 CORRECTION IN CAMERA -20 and it was not enough
85mm f 1.8D CORRECTION IN CAMERA -20 and it was not enough
24mm f 1.4 SIGMA  CORRECTION in CAMERA -20 ( this was the same lens that we used for all the cameras)

NIKON D750 body 2  50mm f 1.4

NIKON D750 body 2 50mm f 1.4

The two Nikon D750 were bought on Amazon with INTERNATIONAL warranty only. In Milan Italy we are really lucky because there is an authorized Nikon repair center that is independent from the national distributor and if you are a professional photographer or a wedding photographer you can have the repair job done quickly.

Here a stupid video of me and Matteo calibrating all the gear.

 

CONCLUSION

Better to control your AF with your lens before the wedding season starts if your own a DSRL. For Nikon the process of AF fine tuning is easy and not complicated (I believe that is the same with Canon). If I am going to buy a Nikon body I will do some test on the shop and I will do the AF fine tuning test at the beginning of every season. It seems that SIGMA lens need to be calibrated before using.
I start to think that going back from mirror less world it is a painful process…. 🙂 😉

 

Olympus and Panasonic micro 43 for wedding photography

What: M43, Micro 43, Panasonic, Olympus for wedding photography

I started to shoot wedding with M43 cameras back on the 2012. I use Olympus cameras, two OM-D E-M1 and a variety of lenses, most of them Panasonic Leica.  The cameras are great, robust and quick and lenses are super and, most of all batteries last for more than 800 shots. Now in 2016 the sensor seems to be a little bit out of date. My perspective it’s not the one of a crazy guy looking at pixels but the one of a professional photographer working to earn his bread through wedding photography.
So first we look at the good things about Micro 43 and then we look at what it is not working, those are personal thoughts.

AF for Wedding Photography with Olympus and Panasonic
Single Af it’s great both with OM-D Em-1 and Panasonic GH3 (I use it for one wedding when Panasonic borrow me the camera) it’s very close to Nikon, and of course there are some plus: 1) The focus is on the sensor so no back or front focus 2) With the tilt or articulated and touch screen you can easily work in perspective that are really great creating nice images.
Continuous AF with Olympus is not acceptable but I do not use it I did not tried Panasonic but with the new cameras (GH4 and GX8) a lot of people say that it’s greatly improved.
It’s time to get something new, Sony with his new A6300 showed to the world that right now Electronic viewfinder and AF are really better than DSLR.  I have the sensation that Olympus is not looking anymore to the professional world, it seems that they preferred the enthusiasts they are more profitable and less demanding.

Lenses
There are a lot of good lenses quick fast and well built it’s a system, I slightly prefer the Leica Panasonic because they are insuperable on skin toning but in the last few years a lot it’s happening and Nikon, Canon, Sigma and Fuji started to build lenses for professional at f 1.4 and this kind of approach let the professional wedding photographers to have a  lot of choices, Sony it’s starting now. Micro 43 professional weddings photographers are waiting for something more luminous (1.2 or 1)  for two distinct issues: 1) We need to fill a little bit the gap on noise and low light 2) Depth of field, we need to blurry a little bit more.
Panasonic and Olympus have a lot of lenses that are too similar they did not diversificate and now I’m a little bit tired to wait for something new… Something professional for wedding. I will need 12mm and 25mm really fast. Also Olympus  zoom the 7-14mm f 2.8 is too big and not the right lens for wedding it’s too big and too wide. Wedding photographers prefers something like 9-18 but  faster than the old 4-5.6.

Sensors
Let’s be serious physics it’s physics  with M43 you will stop at 3.200 ISO, I do not know but here it’s important to do something interesting, Oly and Pana must think out of the box and they have to find something to have usable files up to 6.400 ISO, I do not need more pixel but more low light capability yes. Is there anybody listening? Fuji is doing right… Now everybody can shoot up to 12.800 and more with Canon,Nikon, Fuji and Sony.

Flash
The Olympus FL600R is acceptable, not as quick as DSLR but acceptable.  It’s time to fill the gap, but it’s seems that Olympus it’ looking to enthusiasts, the new PEN F it’ gorgeous it’s a design object nothing really new under the hood.

VIDEO
Look at Panasonic…

Double Slot
Wedding professionals we’ll love it.

Assistance
Coming from Nikon here the gap it’s an ocean… It’s time to start a program for professionals, if you want professionals.

Future
The future is uncertain but I started to evaluate Sony and Fuji and also Nikon with his little D750 and really light 24mm f 1.8… It could be that for the next season I will have a new camera and sadly I will not be a Micro 43 unless something new and unexpected will appear soon. Sony and Fuji seem to take a serious look to the professional world and so I do I to their systems.

 

Those are personal thoughts on M43, Micro 43, Panasonic, Olympus for wedding photography. This is the perspective of a wedding photographer actually using this gear. No pixel peeping but real wedding consideration.