View Full Version : Need advice on lenses for portrait and weddings
26th of December 2009 (Sat), 21:55
A cousin has asked me about taking pictures for their wedding researsal and also will be beginning to do portraits next year. I am wondering, both of my lenses are F4..not exactly fast..for weddings and such. I have read alot about the line of 70-200 lenses and obviously the 2.8 IS seems to be the crown of the portrait/wedding lenses(unless you use prime..but i like the versatility of zooms) I am curious, IF i did somehow get the 2.8 IS, is it fast enough not to need a flash? Just thought I might ask cause i had the thought of selling both lenses to get a 2.8 is..am i crazy? Would the IS version of the F4 be enough?...i may be able to get that without selling the wide angle..
27th of December 2009 (Sun), 15:16
If you sell both lenses, what will you do for a wide angle lens?
The 2.8 is going to be good enough to not use flash at some points. The catch is that you aren't going to want to do away with your flash because I could make an argument that one should use a flash on every shot.
If you want a different option in that range, check out the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS for around $1000, or the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Macro for around $700 (although it lacks IS of any sort). I can speak for the Tamron being an outstanding lens, optically speaking.
Some people get very caught up in having to have f/2.8; I shot plenty of a couple weddings with a 28-135mm IS and 10-22mm - neither of which are f/2.8. I did use an 18-50mm f/2.8, and had a friend who was using a 70-200 f/2.8, so we were definitely low-light capable. About the only lens I used during the reception was the 10-22.
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