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Which lens is better for wedding photography?

 
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Apr 26, 2010 09:15 |  #1

I currently own the 18-55- kit lens, a 50mm F1.8, a 300mm zoom....I am somewhat new to wedding photography and find I really need a fast zoom and fast focusing lens that is also sharp etc....I know that the 70-200 is the popular choice, but the IS makes it quite expensive! Is the IS that worth it? I have heard it's also very heavy and that the old 80-200 2.8 L might be a good choice as well? Any thoughts? Thanx!:oops:




  
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Apr 26, 2010 09:24 |  #2

IS on your zoom is worth it. without it, it's game over. on the other hand fast primes will get the job done, especially when the only light source is pretty much that of the table top candles.


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Apr 26, 2010 09:26 |  #3

Yeah, my 50mm was good for the low light. but not for zoomed-in candids!...What about the 85L 1.2?




  
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Apr 26, 2010 09:28 |  #4

In my opinion, you're going to struggle with image-blur with only f/2.8 in a dark church without the help of IS or a flash. What camera will you be using it on? I've used an 85mm at f/2 plenty of times at iso1600 in really dark situations on a 20D. Then again, that's a stop faster, and on the short end of your focal length range. How do your images look at high-iso's on your camera? If a flash is allowed, use it.

Also, you may be better off investing in better wide glass. It depends on your shooting style, but I would personally find the kit lens limiting, and you can always move closer during the ceremony, but you can't always back up during the reception.

Other people will have other opinions and say a 70-200 is a necessity, but I think most of those people would agree that something faster and wider would also be necessary.




  
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Apr 26, 2010 09:35 |  #5

What lens would be faster and wider?....I only have a Rebel XT, cannot afford a 5D right now...I am basically 'free' for those brides looking to save money and realize my limitations...
Would the old version 80-200 2.8L be a good lens?...I guess it would not have IS, though...




  
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Apr 26, 2010 09:42 |  #6

I'm a little biased, but if it were me, I would go for something like a 28/30mm and 85/100mm prime combo...or if you would really like a zoom, most people will recommend a 17-55 f/2.8 paired with something longer and faster like a 100 f/2 for candids and ceremony.

Have you ever done a wedding? A good way to go about finding what lenses you need is to shoot as a second to an established photographer and buy lenses as you need them. Once you feel confident that you have what it takes to do it on your own (both skill and gear...), then go for it! Have fun and good luck!




  
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Apr 26, 2010 09:45 |  #7

Hi, yes...I have done 3 weddings so far...I love my 50mm for portraits....The problem I am running into is my 300mm zoom is taking forever to focus for indoor candids!




  
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Apr 26, 2010 09:48 |  #8

IS is essential for that length lens in a church. Do the math, without IS on a crop your minimum handheld speed is 1/300 or so at full zoom. With IS you can get that down to about 1/60 or so. Do you think you can get indoor shots in a church at 1/300 at 2.8? Nope.




  
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Apr 26, 2010 09:52 |  #9

Yeah at ISO 1600/3200 :lol:




  
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Apr 26, 2010 09:55 |  #10

How about this....since I am cramped for money....keep my 300mm lens for extreme zoom situations and get the 100mm F2/?....Would that lens be a good choice for indoor candids?




  
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Apr 26, 2010 09:56 |  #11

Katalyst wrote in post #10067471 (external link)
Yeah at ISO 1600/3200 :lol:

Some of our local churches wouldnt even get you there at 3200.




  
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Apr 26, 2010 10:02 |  #12

Honestly, you shouldn't be doing weddings (especially indoors) unless you can invest in a proper kit. Borrow the money, or start with engagements, etc and invest the profits. I would say at minimum you are going to need a fast standard zoom, fast telephoto prime or IS zoom, fast wider prime, 2 cameras, lighting, tripod, etc. Don't go into this thinking "what is the cheapest and lowest end gear I can barely make work". Think "what is the gear I need to consistently produce professional results".


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Apr 26, 2010 10:05 as a reply to  @ tkbslc's post |  #13

Is there place where you rent lenses? that may be route to explore.




  
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Apr 26, 2010 10:13 |  #14

right now, the 85ƒ/1.8 sounds like your type of lens. lets see, thats a 1.6 crop you got there... sooo, yea. I say, go with the 85.


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Apr 26, 2010 10:15 as a reply to  @ Tyg3r's post |  #15

Respectively...thanx! I do know that I need better equipment. My brides have been VERY happy w/ my results! I charge a very minimal price! In this economy, people are looking for the cheapest. I need to upgrade....Which lens should be my next lens? Any thoughts on the 17-55? is this fast enough and good in low light reception situations for candid shots?:oops:




  
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