I’ve been using the Nikon D3s for around a year now as my primary stills camera for weddings. I also use a Nikon D800 for formal shots (high resolution) and Video (excellent video output) and the Fuji X-Pro 1 for when discretion is key, but in terms of speed, durability, ergonomics and low light capability, you can’t really beat the Nikon D3s. I’m not a camera reviewer, but below are a few reasons I love it:
It shoots at 9fps, which is perfect for the critical moments. If you keep your finger on the shutter release for the moment of the kiss, then you will certainly get the right (perfect image).
Before getting this camera I always set my exposure manually (Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO). I always found that i could produce better results than the cameras automatic metering would. But with this camera, the metering and way it deals with light are so spot on that I often shoot in Aperture Priority Mode and set the ISO to Auto. The camera does a lot more of the work and allows me to concentrate on framing.
I can shoot an entire wedding on one battery. Enough said.
Low Light Performance:
The images are usable up to ISO12800, which makes this camera so useful for weddings. Usually no thought is given to photography when the night time venue is set-up and the DJ is playing. Understandably people want it dark and atmospheric. But i refuse to use a flash. I hate the look of flashes. But with this camera I’m able to get usable images in terrible low light situations.
Please feel free to email me and ask any questions you have about this camera and how it relates to wedding photography. I’ll be happy to share my experiences.