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Mar 09, 2012 16:42 |  #1

Hey!

A bit curious as to what your "wedding kit" is like, the popular options seem to be this:
50mm 1.4, 17-55, 70-200 IS 2.8

A: What's in YOUR kit?

B: What lens do you think is the one you "cannot live without" when it comes to wedding photography and why? (Eg Wide angle or the 70-200 tele because of groups or reach).

My sis' wedding is coming up and although there is a pro hired I would like to take some pics myself and am just looking for info. As my nick suggests I am a newb, lay your wisdom and experience on me!:D:cool:


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Mar 09, 2012 16:45 |  #2

I shoot all primes, 20 2.8; 28 2.8; 50 1.4; 85 1.8 and a 200 2.8
I take two 40D's and a 5D with me.
My could not live without lens would be a tie between the 50 and the 85...


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Mar 09, 2012 16:48 |  #3

Thanks for replying!

I think you are the first guy who I have heard of who shoots in all primes (which is fantastic because after all I started this thread to know how different people do things for the "same event")

3 cameras! How do you carry them? That must be quite a PITA!


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Mar 09, 2012 16:50 |  #4

I pretty much use everything in my gear list except the 24-70L, which is in the bag as a backup.




  
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Mar 09, 2012 16:53 |  #5

nicksan wrote in post #14058284 (external link)
I pretty much use everything in my gear list except the 24-70L, which is in the bag as a backup.

But what do you take to the venue... surely you cant be lugging ALL that equipment there!:eek:


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Mar 09, 2012 17:08 |  #6

I just started shooting weddings, so my experience is limited. My lenses include three zooms (10-22, 24-70 & 70-200) and three primes (24L, 60 macro & 100f/2). I don't have a fast fifty, but I will probably add one in the future.

If I had to use only one lens for a wedding, it would be the 24-70 on a full frame body or the 17-55 on a crop body. These lenses are just two stops slower than most primes, so with added light they are very versatile lenses.




  
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Mar 09, 2012 17:54 as a reply to  @ frugivore's post |  #7

I just have primes, so I take my 35/85/135 lenses.


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Mar 09, 2012 23:24 |  #8

5D mk II 24-70L
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Fuji x100

For ring/dress shots: 50L/100 macro


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Mar 10, 2012 01:48 |  #9

Well I like both zooms and primes, just bought a 70-200 mk2 so looking forward to using this soon but other kit I take as follows -

24-105l - good standard lens
17-40l - nice wide angle for some funky shots also backs up 24-105 in that range
70-200 f4 IS now going due to 2.8 mk2
135L just love this for walkaround shots outside
85L special lens with awesome look but need to master it to get the best from it
50L another special lens but thinking of selling and buying a 35L
5dmk2
1DSmk2
5D classic backup body
All bodies on sun snipers to help with the weight!!!
Oh and various flash heads

You don't need all this kit but I can choose my look and style and I cover over 50 weddings a year so need backups where possible.

If your at your sisters wedding with a pro around probably the best bet is buy/hire a 70-200 of some sort as you can crop in close for some nice portraits and not get in the pro,s way, you got to remember your sis hired the pro for results and it might cause a bit of agro if you were walking up close all the time with a 35/50 prime/zoom.


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Mar 10, 2012 02:04 |  #10

24-70L
70-200L 2.8
15 fisheye
50 1.4
5D & 5Dmk2


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Mar 10, 2012 07:06 |  #11

Thanks guys! I appreciate the time you took to reply!

If your at your sisters wedding with a pro around probably the best bet is buy/hire a 70-200 of some sort as you can crop in close for some nice portraits and not get in the pro,s way, you got to remember your sis hired the pro for results and it might cause a bit of agro if you were walking up close all the time with a 35/50 prime/zoom.

Yep! But am also getting quite interested in this (photography), the more I read and shoot the more I like the sound of the shutter! ...and was wondering if maybe I can/should give wedding photography a try...


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Mar 10, 2012 07:37 |  #12

I tend to take most of my kit and asses the place once inside, if I'm able to see the venue before then I slim down the gear based on the place.

always with me :

50 1.4
30 1.4
85 1.8

The above three are "can not live without"

17-40 f4
24-105 f4
100 2.8

40D + with flash (when needed)
50D + with flash (when needed)

If doing reception dinner/dance etc, then have ST-E2 and flash stands


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Mar 10, 2012 08:04 |  #13

70-200, 24-105, 50 (1.4) :D (5dmk2 & 5dmk2)


I use a {3+2}D Mark [10-8] and a (23-16)D and a Nikon D(75+75)x2s and a Nikon D(38+2)x

  
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Mar 10, 2012 08:08 |  #14

Sigma 50 1.4, 100 macro, 135L.

Before anyone starts, shush it with the "LOL Y U NO WIDEANGLE LOL?!?!?".

I make it work. :lol:

Seriously though, I need a wideangle.


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Mar 10, 2012 12:08 |  #15

I shot weddings for years on medium format, when there were no zooms available. Then one lens, a zoom, changed life for me in a very beneficial way! While I used to have to carry the medium format equivalent of 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 100mm, and in the bag, I could mount a single zoom, and only change lenses if I wanted to shoot tight couples portraits or wide scene-establishing shots.

In APS-C 'pro wedding kit' I would have 17-55mm for most shooting and mount 70-200mm lens for shooting from longer distance or doing portrait shot, and put 11-16mm for scene-establishing shots.

In FF 'pro wedding kit' I would have 24-70mm for scene-establishing shots and most shooting, or 28-75mm for most shooting as well as couples portraits (and a 24mm for scene-establishing shots), and mount 70-200mm lens for shooting from longer distance.

Of course, as a pro, just about everything was brought (many items in pairs), and what I listed above constitutes only the 'working kit of lenses'.

For a guest bringing a camera, for APS-C just mount a 17-55mm lens for receptions, use a 100mm f/2 for longer distance in the church. And enjoy yourself, and keep your shooting to the things which complement what the pro shooter will be capturing.


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