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Feb 14, 2012 08:31 |  #1

So I'm curious... does anyone on here shoot weddings entirely with primes?

I'm a portrait/film guy, so all I really want/have are primes (20 2.8,35L, 50 1.4, 85L). I only shoot maybe 3-4 weddings a year, and really don't want to invest in zooms. So I'm thinking of just shooting with my all prime set and going for it. I might just invest in something with more reach than an 85... (maybe a 135?).

Anyone else shoot with all primes and no zooms in their bag? Does anyone have any experience in doing so?


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Feb 14, 2012 08:41 |  #2

There are a lot of prime lovers here. I shoot all primes except my 16-35L which I wouldn't want to do without, but perhaps could if I had the 14L or much more affordable Rokinon 14 2.8.

It would be ideal to add the 135L and something wider than 20 (I assume you're shooting with a full frame camera). but you could definitely get away with what you listed.

I once shot an entire wedding with 50 1.4 on a 5D and 10-22 on a 50D. I had my other stuff with me, but that's all I ended up needing....

If you already have the 85L a cheaper alternative to the 135L would be to get a used crop camera like a 40D ($400 used). 40D + 85L = 135 F/1.2

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Feb 14, 2012 08:49 |  #3

All primes except the 16-35 and 70-200 when I need them.


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Feb 14, 2012 09:06 |  #4

I can't imagine shooting a wedding without my 16-35 and 70-200. Other than those two, yeah the 35L, 135L, 50 1.4, 85 1.8 do get their use. The 17-55 EF-S gets a decent amount of use on my 40D...actually that pretty much just stays on the 40D all day.


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Feb 14, 2012 09:11 as a reply to  @ Numenorean's post |  #5

I shot nothing but zooms. You just don't have time to swap lenses during a wedding, and everytime you do, you risk dust on the sensor. I used a 24-105L and kept it on all day, with another camera body having the 70-200 L f/2.8 in a balcony.


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Feb 14, 2012 10:04 |  #6

Entirely - no. I do prefer using the 35 and 85 pair as my "go to" setup. That said each wedding has its own demands and shooting conditions. When I can't move freely enough I will switch to zooms (primarily the 24-70).


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Feb 14, 2012 10:33 as a reply to  @ cristphoto's post |  #7

Got to admit

Last wedding we shot, the 24-70 hit the floor and broke before we got to the reception. So we had to shoot everything with primes. The 35L, 50mm,11-16, and 85mm were the only lens we used.

The images looked great. SO I have been doing a lot of thinking about primes. No Doubt, files are sharper. The thing I like about zooms is that i can frame the shot w/o having to resort to cropping to get the look i want, plis there are a lot of times where you cant physically get in there where as a zoom lets you in. Adantages to both.


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Feb 14, 2012 10:59 |  #8

I'm a big fan of the 35/85 combo
but if it's a smaller venue, I'll use the 24-70 more than the 35


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Feb 14, 2012 11:14 |  #9

good stuff, its nice to get some quality responses and experiences.


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Feb 14, 2012 11:24 |  #10

I shoot with my 50mm and 85mm most of the time. Only if I need large group shots, I'll pull out my 5D w/ 17-40L attached but I don't rely on it too often.


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Feb 14, 2012 13:01 |  #11

I use my 35L and 50L, but couldn't do a wedding without my 24-70. Things just happen too fast and that lens is too versatile not to use.


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Feb 14, 2012 17:23 |  #12

I pretty much shoot with all primes. I picked up a 16-35 recently, though. But typically I fall into the "all primes" category.


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Feb 14, 2012 18:30 |  #13

I'll sometimes shoot more prime focused other times more zoom orientated. In really depends on the environment/location as to which I'll choose to favour more.

The 70-200 L F2.8 IS MKII is always used though at some point or other.


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Feb 15, 2012 04:48 |  #14

Not one customer has ever asked what lens I used to take a picture with. Nor has one asked what camera. The only people who have ever asked are other photographers.


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Feb 15, 2012 06:54 |  #15

In general, I prefer zooms because I want to be able to respond quickly. That's why I keep a fisheye on an old Rebel XT so that it's always ready for me. If I had to put my FE on every time I saw an opportunity, I'd take no FE shots.

I do love my primes, but take them out meet specific needs.


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