However, the quality has been significantly
improved during the last few years and now these cameras are successfully
used by many photographers, especially those shooting thousands
of photos at a wedding.
Main advantages: fast - easy to operate, focus
and shoot; significantly improved quality of enlargements - most
people can hardly tell the difference between a medium format and
a 35mm. Disadvantages: increasing costs for processing the film;
the film can again be damaged or lost.
Using digital cameras for shooting weddings has been a viable alternative
for eight years now. The technology has evolved so much that it
rivals and even beats that of medium format cameras. In fact, many
wedding photographers that used medium format have switched to digital.
Advantages: the possibility to review the photos immediately; cutting
the costs of film and processing (though this may be offset by the
high amount of time spent to process the images on the computer);
higher control on the final result - a rotation or cropping is much
quicker and easier than with film. Disadvantages: the technology
is rapidly evolving and is hard to keep updated (though this does
not necessarily affect the consumer); memory cards can be easily
lost compared to films (ask the photographer how he makes sure that
the photos arrive safely at the studio).
All in all, any of these formats can produce great
results. Many photographers use several types of cameras during
a wedding. For example, they use a medium format camera for the
formals and switch to 35mm for the ceremony and reception. Or they
can mainly use a digital camera but bring along a film camera as
a backup. The most important thing is to ask the photographer to
show you some enlargements made with the same camera that will be
used for your wedding. If you like the colors and quality then it
is a good choice.