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Old 30th of April 2012 (Mon)   #1
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I am doing an engagement shoot for my sister in June and am trying to figure out which lenses would work best for the shoot. This is my first engagement shoot (I've done lots of family/little kiddos) so I was hoping maybe you guys could help me out a little bit.

We'll be going to a few locations which include a pier/lake (lakeside not actually in the lake), a field, and then we're taking her fiance's 1970 Cadillac for some photos. I plan on renting a few lenses for this so feel free to recommend anything. I shoot on a crop sensor, and currently have a 50mm 1.8, which works wonders. A few weeks ago I rented an 85mm and I LOVED the tack sharp photos I got from it... much better than the 50mm I currently have.

I'm looking to rent maybe the 70-200 2.8, a 24-70 or 17-55, and then I'll probably buy the 85mm. Do you think I need the 50mm over the 85 or vice versa? or bring both?

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Old 30th of April 2012 (Mon)   #2
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I would seriously considering either buying or renting a flash or two and learning how to use it/them properly. Then maybe just rent 1 good lens. I know I can do an entire engagement shoot with my 35L and 135L (full-frame).
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Old 30th of April 2012 (Mon)   #3
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135L or 70-200 @ 200

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Old 30th of April 2012 (Mon)   #4
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IMO, the 24-70 is a great all 'round lens that you could easily do the entire shoot with.
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Old 30th of April 2012 (Mon)   #5
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I had planned on bringing my flash with me and probably my reflector as well.

So, it sounds like I would be good with the 24-70 and the 70-200... That makes it easier on my camera bag (and on me) only bringing 2 lenses

Thanks for your help!
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Old 30th of April 2012 (Mon)   #6
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Hmmm...crop body. 15-85 has great IQ. That and the v2 70-200 2.8 is great
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It might help if you envisioned the shots you wanted in your head beforehand. As has been mentioned above an engagement session can consist of lots of different shots. I agree that for portrait stuff, longer is generally better. But there might be a shot in there where you can make wide angle perspective distortion work for you.
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my last e-shoot was 24-70 and 70-200
sometimes I'll take the 35 instead of the 24-70
and we're doing something indoor, then 35 and 85
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Gonzo- i have most of the shots already envisioned. We've been talking about this for a while and just set the date for it so now I'm getting into the gear part of it. I'm already positive I want something that will give me a wider angle, which is why I was leaning towards the 17-55 or the 24-70. I usually use my 50mm or the 85mm when I take photos of kiddos and my niece, and I know I can use either of those and be fine. I've heard the 70-200mm was better so I thought I'd ask and see if my train of thinking was on the right path.
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I cut myself off before I was finished. ha! sorry.

Since we're going to be on a lake, I wanted the wider angle so I can capture the whole scene around them... same with the field photos. I tend to like the negative space photos to get a feeling of being in a secluded place... feels a little 'romantic' to me I'm thinking the 70-200 would allow me to get away and let them kind of do their thing without realizing they're being photographed... but I can still get the photos that look like I was right there. I also assume the 70-200 would be okay for taking detail photos. I'd like some up close photos as well... I usually use my 50 or 85 for that, but if I can get the same shot with either of these lenses, then I won't worry about those. I'll probably bring my 50 with me just in case...
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On your crop, the 17-55 would be nice. Or since you have an 50 or 85 available, you can try the 10-22mm for even more dramatic scenic shots.
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95% of my engagement shots come from the 85L @ 1.2 so I'm bias for the 85L. =)





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I would actually suggest maybe also throwing in a second body into the mix for that second lens if that's economically feasible. I know that when I did it for a friend, there were definitely a few candid shots that I missed while doing a lens change (in retrospect, I should have just actually used my friend's rebel which we had there for emergency back-up). It'll also cut down/out lens changes (depending on how many you end up with).
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17-55 for those wide angle and environmental shot, coupled with a 70-200 2.8 for tight portrait.

You can swap the 70-200 with a mid-long prime such as a 85f1.8 or 135L.
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Old 1st of May 2012 (Tue)   #15
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Those are BEAUTIFUL photos!

I do have accessibility to another camera, so it's definitely a possibility. I know my last family shoot I spent a lot of time switching lenses. If my husband is there with me, it's pretty easy since he just hands me what I need but a 2nd camera might be easier... great suggestion! Thank you!

I LOVE the 85... it was SO sharp and I got some REALLY beautiful blurred backgrounds and tack sharp eyes from it. I've never shot with the 70-200 so that will be a new one to me. I'll probably rent it prior to the shoot so I can get a feel for it so it's not a learning process while I'm shooting.
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