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joshr03
15th of August 2009 (Sat), 23:16
Excuse me if this belongs in the lenses section but I am considering selling my 100mm macro and 70-300 f/4-5.6 to fund a 70-200 f/4 IS for an upcoming wedding I've been asked to shoot. I was planning on getting the 70-200 eventually anyway but I am now questioning if I would be better off just renting the 70-200 f/2.8 IS instead. Would the results be that much better with the 2.8 vs the f/4? The wedding is going to be indoors and I will have a 580ex 2 flash. I'd appreciate some opinions from experienced wedding shooters.

tim
15th of August 2009 (Sat), 23:28
If you plan to shoot ambient or on camera flash rent the 2.8 IS. If you plan to use radio triggered flashes then you can get whatever you want, but i'd recommend an IS lens.

joshr03
15th of August 2009 (Sat), 23:32
I meant to say IS for both lenses and I will be shooting on camera flash. Thanks for the suggestion

joshr03
15th of August 2009 (Sat), 23:49
Also, why do you suggest I use the 2.8 for shooting on camera flash?

tim
15th of August 2009 (Sat), 23:51
One stop isn't a massive difference, especially if you can use flash, and bounce flash is good. I'd probably suggest the F4 IS and some Skyport radio triggers (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/505381-REG/Elinchrom_EL_19360_EL_Skyport_Universal_Radio_Slav e.html/BI/2312/KBID/3114).

tim
15th of August 2009 (Sat), 23:52
Also, why do you suggest I use the 2.8 for shooting on camera flash?

Because when I shoot on camera flash I want the flash to be fill, not the main light.

joshr03
16th of August 2009 (Sun), 00:01
Appreciate the trigger suggestion, I really wasn't sure what to go with for off camera flash and that set is affordable. Thanks a lot

tim
16th of August 2009 (Sun), 00:13
I have three skyport universal sets, they've never let me down. Only thing to be careful of is they don't get knocked off the hotshoe, as they don't have a screw lock. I'd buy them again despite that though, they're small and reliable.

You can also go with AlienBee triggers, decent quality but shipping could be expensive for you. Cactus V4 triggers are meant to be ok, but they're entry level.