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One lens for wedding candids

 
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Aug 25, 2012 20:42 |  #1

If you could only use one lens for candids at an outdoor reception what would it be? Also would you differ between 7d and 5dm2 in making a choice


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Aug 25, 2012 20:53 |  #2

Depends on what you mean by "candids". I usually almost never pose anyone at receptions. Do you consider those "candids"? Or do you mean "candids" as in shooting folks sniper style from afar? For those I'd use my 70-200L. Otherwise I'd probably stick with my 50L.




  
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Aug 25, 2012 21:26 |  #3

I like my 24-105mm f/4L IS for outdoor receptions. It has good range so I can stand back and get some nice shots with the zoom and also pull back for wider shots of several people. I shoot mostly with my 5D Mark II. Although I do usually have a 7D with a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS on hand or with my assistant for longer reach, so I can get a close up of someone without them realizing it for a more natural candid.


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Aug 25, 2012 21:28 |  #4

70-200 all day long for that sort of thing!


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Aug 25, 2012 22:04 |  #5

16-35L if 5D - 10-22 if 7D. I find it hard to snipe candids at recpetions with long lenses. People are constantly getting in the way.


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Aug 25, 2012 22:12 |  #6

24L


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Aug 26, 2012 00:41 |  #7

I also find long lenses impractical, people get in the way. I prefer to interact with people to get images.

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Aug 26, 2012 00:54 |  #8

I was thinking about this today as well. Heading to a wedding and want to really only take 1 lens. I have to choose between the 24 2.8, 35 2.0, 50 1.4, 18-135IS kit lens on the short side. Mounted to a T2i. I am thinking 35 2.0, what do you guys think?


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Aug 26, 2012 15:55 |  #9

I left my 70-200 in the bag when I was at a wedding this weekend, preferring to use the 135L. Very happy with it.


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Aug 26, 2012 20:03 |  #10

I guess it depends on what you class as "candid" - the definition that suits me;

"informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared"

I am not skilled enough to use a close up approach to get people's natural emotions as they celebrate the day. I would love some tips on how people go about it because I too often have the issue of people getting in the way when I'm sniping with the 70-200. I've just learned to live with it but if there is a trick I'm missing I'd love people to explain how they do it.


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Aug 26, 2012 20:36 |  #11

I use a 35mm all day long, including at receptions. If I shot a crop sensor, I'd prefer a 24mm to keep the same focal length equivalent.


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Aug 27, 2012 10:46 |  #12

ended up using the 24 2.8 and it worked out great. It was really dark in their and I ended up using the onboard flash all night but still wasnt too bad.


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Aug 27, 2012 13:53 |  #13

It depends on how busy things are and how much of a good time people are having. If it's super busy, lots of action and I can sneak around and get close I'll go with the 50mm on my 5d. I'm more happy with the photos I take with this lens (read: at this focal length) than I am with my others.



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Aug 27, 2012 14:50 |  #14

35 on FF.


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Aug 27, 2012 16:29 |  #15

24-70 2.8 on 5D all the way...I never took this lens off my camera




  
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