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If you were to pick one lense for a wedding, which one would you go with?

 
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May 12, 2012 06:34 |  #1

I'm going to be in Honolulu later this year for a friend's wedding. I don't use DSLRs anymore, but I do want to use a high performance camera (don't think my m4/3 and G1X will suffice). I will most likely rent a Canon 5D MK 3. I won't be the official photographer of the wedding. If you were in my position and were to pick one and maybe two lenses, which one would you go with? Right now I'm thinking the obvious has to be the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II. Maybe I'll add a prime as well. Looking forward to reading your suggestions.

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May 12, 2012 06:43 |  #2

Definitely have a telephoto lens like the 70-200. I also suggest renting a 24-70 f/2.8 L so you could have a wide to semi tele. Then if you want a prime for portraits I'd go with a 50L or 85L (I'm not so sure on the 85L. Since auto focus isn't all that great, but it'll give you amazing creamy BOKEH!)


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May 12, 2012 09:01 |  #3

24-70 on ff. 17-55 on crop.

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May 12, 2012 09:18 |  #4
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Razeus wrote in post #14420394 (external link)
24-70 on ff. 17-55 on crop.

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May 12, 2012 09:28 |  #5

24-70 would be my choice




  
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May 12, 2012 09:34 |  #6

800L + a dozen 600EX flashes just to blow everybody away (and also blind) with my gear! :D

PS 24-70L would be the choice of someone not insane. ;)


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May 12, 2012 09:38 |  #7

Two lenses: 24-70/2.8 and 135/2.


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May 12, 2012 11:26 |  #8

amfoto1 wrote in post #14420500 (external link)
Two lenses: 24-70/2.8 and 135/2.

This gets my vote.


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May 12, 2012 15:55 |  #9

Wow! I'm really surprised by the responses here. If you were me and you're just attending the wedding as a guest, what makes the 24-70mm lens better than the 70-200mm lens?




  
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May 12, 2012 16:33 |  #10

Just a question: Why do you want to take some pictures if you are a guest?

I would pick a 24-70 too btw. You can't get wide shots with a 70-200. You can walk closer with your 24-70.


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May 12, 2012 17:49 |  #11

Bonbridge wrote in post #14421823 (external link)
Just a question: Why do you want to take some pictures if you are a guest?

I would pick a 24-70 too btw. You can't get wide shots with a 70-200. You can walk closer with your 24-70.

Why wouldn't I want to take some pictures?




  
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May 12, 2012 18:00 |  #12

lsquare wrote in post #14422048 (external link)
Why wouldn't I want to take some pictures?

this. I'm tallying votes for some wedding work myself... ;)


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May 12, 2012 18:09 |  #13

lsquare wrote in post #14421718 (external link)
Wow! I'm really surprised by the responses here. If you were me and you're just attending the wedding as a guest, what makes the 24-70mm lens better than the 70-200mm lens?

Why would YOU want a lens that is only useful for shooting the wedding couple from the side or from the rear of the church?!
Why would it not be important to shoot photos including relatives and guests enjoying the activities of the reception, where a wider angle helps you to shoot photos which complement what the hired pro is shooting?


To the OP question:
In professionally covering weddings over the years in three formats, I have found that the AOV range of 28-100 (FF coverage) is the most useful range to have. Wider has too much risk of induced perspective distortion of people, longer has more limited opportunities for use. For a two lens FF kit, 24-70mm and 70-200mm, but the 24-70mm stays on the camera for an overwhelming fraction of the day.


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May 12, 2012 20:12 |  #14

Why no one likes 24-105?


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May 12, 2012 20:12 |  #15

lsquare wrote in post #14422048 (external link)
Why wouldn't I want to take some pictures?

It would be no big thing to grab your DSLR for the wedding, but you don't own one other than the 4/3rds. I would take that or the G series. I wouldn't spend money to rent if it is more than you would use in normal day to day life.


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