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How many wedding pros use a 70-200 f4?

 
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May 07, 2012 23:20 |  #1

Just curious, seems lots of times Im shooting at near f4 anyway to ensure enough DOP for both bride/groom and to cover AF errors...

How many of you wedding pros are using a f/4 tele instead of a mk2 for any reason OTHER than price.

Thanks for any input.


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Jul 16, 2012 09:05 |  #2

jthomps123 wrote in post #14396779 (external link)
Just curious, seems lots of times Im shooting at near f4 anyway to ensure enough DOP for both bride/groom and to cover AF errors...

How many of you wedding pros are using a f/4 tele instead of a mk2 for any reason OTHER than price.

Thanks for any input.

I'm currently using the F4 IS, due to weight and price, and the fact that I usually try and shoot f4 anyway so I don't miss the focus. I have reverted to my 100 f2.8 L when too dark or a lot of movement and previously had a bad experience with a 2.8 not being as sharp as my f4.

Would be interested to hear from others too?


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Aug 14, 2012 14:52 |  #3

Just a little bump on this thread as I too am interested...


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Aug 14, 2012 17:15 |  #4

I'm not a "wedding pro" by any means, but I have shot at a few weddings and I feel like f/4 in the 70-200 range is way too slow for most indoor venues, even with my ISO turned all the way up. That said, I'm using a 1Ds Mark II so the story might be different for someone with a 5D Mark III, 1DX, etc. who can use even higher ISOs and still get clean images.


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Aug 14, 2012 19:39 |  #5

I don't shoot weddings but I would doubt there are any "real" pros shooting weddings with the f4IS. (I owned one). For no other reason then your reputation depends on getting the shot. F2.8 is one stop better then F4IS.

Now, does this fact, matter. No.

If you meant F4 (non IS). I would recommend you really need something faster or with IS.

btw. My 70-200MKII is a killer lens. i do not miss the F4IS, one bit, other than it was lighter which is moot since I do not use it as a walk around.


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Aug 14, 2012 22:04 |  #6

Too slow! Fast glass is a must for wedding photography. The f/4 is a great lens for bright sunny days, however 2.8 is a must for weddings.


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Aug 14, 2012 22:10 |  #7

I love my 70-200 F4, but it's too slow for indoor sports (basketball) and night sports (football), so I'm guessing it'd be too slow for indoor weddings & receptions as well. I've had much better luck with the 300 f2.8 and the 135 2.0 for my darker venues...

That being said, when I'm shooting portraiture, I tend to be around f4-f5.6 as well, even for singles. I hate having one eye in focus and one eye out of focus.


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Aug 15, 2012 00:34 |  #8

if you are shooting with flash then yes, it's possible. However speed is the key issue to whether you'll get a shot without blur or a shot filled with noise.


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Aug 15, 2012 00:39 |  #9

Under good lighting, the f/4 IS is an excellent lens to use. I am no wedding pro but did shot a few, I like the f/4 IS for its size and weight, especially if it is a long wedding. Indoor, the f/4 IS does suffer a bit sometime, especially when the lighting is insufficient (lighting are always a little darker at dinner reception), at that point, I usually use my 50L or 24-70.


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Aug 15, 2012 00:48 |  #10

The f/4 version of this lens is very sharp and is an excellent choice if you're just shooting landscapes, which are usually shot with the lens stopped down. But for wedding pros, it's the f/2.8 all the way!

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Aug 15, 2012 06:42 as a reply to  @ bps's post |  #11

I tend to disagree with many of the comments. In a wedding I'd be shooting alot of my shots at f4 or higher anyways for maximum dof. Low light isn't a concern...that's what speedlites are for. Besides your not gaining a whole lot of light from from f4 to a f 2.8


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Aug 15, 2012 08:06 |  #12

Aren't the Sigma 2.8 and the Canon f4 kind of the same in terms of image quality? You could buy the Sigma and have that 2.8 for when you need it. I think if you stop it down even if very slightly, to say 3.2, the image quality is superb with the Sigma.


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Aug 15, 2012 08:12 |  #13

I think there are lots of them. A real pro does not look at his gear but to a picture he wants to achieve.


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Aug 15, 2012 13:37 |  #14

I am not a wedding pro, but I have shot a wedding with a 70-200 f4 non-is on my 5d mk2. I used my 24-70L and 85 f1.8 as well, but I had to shoot the ceremony from the back of the church and therefore had to use the 70-200 for that.
It was an overcast day and the church was quite dark so I really missed having f2.8 but I was able to pull it off by using my monopod and sometimes leaning against the walls. The shots came out fine at ISO 3200, but if I had to shoot weddings professionally I would definitely buy a 70-200 f2.8 mk2 and bring it with me every time :)


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Aug 15, 2012 14:11 |  #15

I met a guy who did wedding photography for a living and had the F4 IS and was completely fine with it. He told me he used it and his 5DmkII up to is 3200 for weddings no issues.


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