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Just A Thought....Ultimate Wedding Setup

 
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Dec 27, 2011 13:46 |  #1

What do my fellow POTN'rs think of this setup, budget willing?
1D Mark IV or 1Dx (when its released) combined with the Canon 28-300L and a second body with a fast prime of your choosing.
I would think that this setup would cover 90% of most wedding photographers needs especially with the high iso technology that these cameras now have and when low light becomes an issue, you could always switch over to fast primes.


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Dec 27, 2011 15:32 |  #2

ChadAndreo wrote in post #13605564 (external link)
What do my fellow POTN'rs think of this setup, budget willing?
1D Mark IV or 1Dx (when its released) combined with the Canon 28-300L and a second body with a fast prime of your choosing.
I would think that this setup would cover 90% of most wedding photographers needs especially with the high iso technology that these cameras now have and when low light becomes an issue, you could always switch over to fast primes.

Variable aperture lenses are fine for shooting wildlife or scenics but not weddings. Plus the bokah at f/5.6 is not as pretty.


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Dec 27, 2011 15:44 |  #3

I also have to imagine that (along with the flash that you didn't mention) this is a lot of weight to hold out in front of you for 8+ hours.

I much prefer my own set up (which is why I have it).


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Dec 27, 2011 15:49 |  #4

This is more of a hypothetical scenario to me.
I wouldn't use that setup all day or with a flash,
It would just cover all outdoors and adequate lighting situations and the second body with a fast prime would cover any speciality/bokeh shots.
I would go back to a "normal" setup for indoors and lowlight.

Right now my bread and butter consist of the 24L, 135L and 24-105L mounted on either a 5D or 7D to give me various focal lengths. That covers 90-95% of my photos taken.


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Dec 27, 2011 17:03 |  #5

I like your bread and butter a whole lot more than your hypothetical.

I'm a big believer in the right tool for the right job. Arguably, the 85 1.2 and the 100 2.8 Macro are somewhat redudant, but I have them both in the bag because each excel at different tasks. I'm always glad they're there whenever I reach for either for their intended purpose.


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Dec 27, 2011 17:09 |  #6

I would not choose one single thing from that list.




  
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Dec 27, 2011 17:13 as a reply to  @ Peacefield's post |  #7

There is a big reason why you see so many of us with fast zooms and fast primes. I dont know, some guys say they could shoot a whole wedding with a 50L others say they could do it with a 35L and an 85L. Im really with Tim when it comes to lens selections

Fast zooms

16-35,,24-70,,,70-200's

Fast primes

35L,,50L,,85L,,135L

or great reasonably priced alternatives

50mm1.4,,85mm 1.8,,100mm 2.0

I use a macro for my ring shots because i like the results and so do my clients

Camera bodies are another topic. But what you have will do the job very well. Personally, if i were you, before i spent money on the hypothetical set up,,,i would invest in better glass and determine what your gonna light with and invest in that direction as well.


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Dec 27, 2011 18:26 |  #8

ChadAndreo wrote in post #13605564 (external link)
What do my fellow POTN'rs think of this setup, budget willing?
1D Mark IV or 1Dx (when its released) combined with the Canon 28-300L and a second body with a fast prime of your choosing.

you've never shot a wedding

and

you should never shoot a wedding


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Dec 27, 2011 18:27 |  #9

quiksquirrel wrote in post #13606397 (external link)
I would not choose one single thing from that list.

the body is the only legit choice in there...


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Dec 27, 2011 18:40 as a reply to  @ SMP_Homer's post |  #10

Most wedding photographers use 5DII, 28-70 2.8L, 70-200 L 2.8 IS, 35 prime, than you can add what ever you want to suit your style and technique. But hey if the couple is happy with point and shoot than that can be used as well :)


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Dec 27, 2011 19:42 |  #11

This is what is in my bag lens/body wise

3x Canon EOS 5D MKII Cameras
Canon EF 15mm F2.8 Fisheye Lens
Canon EF 24mm II F1.4 L Lens
Canon EF 35mm F1.4 L Lens
Canon EF 45mm F2.8 TS-E Lens
Canon EF 50mm F1.2 L Lens
Canon EF 85mm II F1.2 L Lens
Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS Lens
Canon EF 135mm F2.0 L Lens
Canon EF 16-35mm II F2.8 L Lens
Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8 L Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm II F2.8 L IS Lens

Could I shoot a wedding on a 50L, hell yeah.

I have everything I have for a reason. Most of it gets used at least once at every wedding. As SMP_Homer said the body you listed is really the only legit choice...

Your hypothetical is incredibly limiting.


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Dec 27, 2011 19:53 |  #12

Aside from the fact that the 28-300 is too slow for what most wedding photographers would care to use, it has other problems. The rather hefty weight was mentioned. I'll also mention the rather long MFD for a wide angle.

Most of the time, when you are using the wide end of a wide angle for anything other than group shots, the subject will be close. The 28-300 can't deal with that like a 24mm prime or 24-70 can.


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Dec 27, 2011 20:21 as a reply to  @ JeffreyG's post |  #13

I don't think it needs to be that complicated to get started.

FF: 24-70L, 70-200 f2.8 IS MKI or MKII.
Crop: 17-55 IS, 70-200 f2.8 IS MKI or MKII.

Personally, I'd want to see 2 x FF, preferably the 5D2, with the 24-70 and 70-200. Then fill in with primes. I like 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm for primes, though I've recently acquired the 35L and it's growing on me...fast.

That said, I never use my 24-70L, opting for primes instead.




  
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Dec 27, 2011 21:07 |  #14

nicksan wrote in post #13607294 (external link)
That said, I never use my 24-70L, opting for primes instead.

WOW, I am insulted :) don't let this workhorse rot in your bag


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Dec 27, 2011 21:30 |  #15

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=Arman's Photography;13607500]W​OW, I am insulted :) don't let this workhorse rot in your bag

I just sold my 24-70 because i never use it. I just feel like when I'm using 2 bodies, the focal range doesn't really give me that much more flexibility. Being able to shoot with f/1.4 or f/2 on either body, however gives me a lot more utility--at least in the style that I like to shoot.

But as far as the OP, probably 1Dx x3 and then a 35L, 85L and 135L on each--just so I don't have to swap lenses. Or maybe 24L, 50L and 135L.


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