Wedding photographers! w00t! We're cool. Yeah...
Anyway I want to put together a thread that will go over the best choices for people doing Super 8 weddings. Please chime in if you can add to this.
I'll start with the two I use regularly, and what I would like:
Nikon R8 Super. Tough as nails. Has a great lens. You can over and under expose via a slider which is VERY useful. A little expensive, but worth it for the level of control. It'll pretty much read every available stock. I do often miss focus when shooting long though. It's hard to see in that little view finder. Anybody have a remedy for this? A little heavy and loud.
Pro8mm Refurbished Canon 814. Also tough, great lens. No macro, but bright and clear view finder. Pro8mm SAYS the meter has been set to read all available stocks, but the original version does not. Has anyone confirmed this? I have been hand metering with it so I can't say for sure. The trigger tends to 'jump' a little when half depressing it, and the meter doesn't catch as quickly as my Nikon R8. No ability to exposure compensate in automatic. The Pro8mm version had the T filter removed. A little heavy and loud.
Nizo 481 Macro. Sold it to pay for the Canon but I liked the camera. Great lens, dead simple operation. Accurate meter. Limited metering range though, so a handheld is a must.
What I would like: Quieter, obviously. Manual setting of ISO. Brighter, bigger finder so I stip blowing focus on tight shots. No more 1.35v cells, AAs to power the meter. Wider angle lens if possible. Any suggestions?
Can anybody write up the Nizo sound cameras as options? I see they meter a lot of different stocks and run on AAs only. How's the finder and are they quiet? Is a 220 degree shutter worth it for low light?