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Took my 70-200 F4 to a wedding

 
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Mar 11, 2013 18:28 |  #61

The way I see it is you buy the equipment to use, so use it when you can! Since I've done enough weddings already, when I am not the official photographer I leave everything at home... Seems stupid to even think about bringing a pocket camera worried about what you may look like carrying a professional one.

My niece was married recently and group shots were somewhat of a mis-managed disaster. I could have helped, but I stayed clear since they hired a professional and I was there as a guest.




  
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Mar 11, 2013 18:49 |  #62

MichaelAnthonyPhotogra​phy wrote in post #15703968 (external link)
Just shot a wedding where there was a guest with a 70-200 actually getting in my way left and right. She literally got behind the alter during the ceremony, and I was able to motion for her to get out of the way right before the first kiss.

My wife took a picture of me fighting for position with her and one other paparazzi. Will post when I get home

After that experience I now have that conversation with all of my brides and grooms.

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It's not absurd to bring good equipment to a wedding. But make sure you stay out of the way.

What you have done here is expounded about the argument by adding additional details that did not happen to better win your case. I can VERY easily bring a 70-200 to a wedding and not get in anybody's way (like the OP). A guy with a cellphone camera however can be the most annoying rude person at a wedding if he stands in front of the hired photographer for all of his shots. My point is that it has nothing to do with the lens itself, but everything to do with the person behind the lens! It seems that Felix here has an issue with the lens itself but has yet to back his opinion up with any reasons.

So, yes. I think that it is absurd for someone to state that anybody with camera equipment larger than a P&S at a wedding has no class. It all has to do with the person. Hell, I don't even need a camera of any kind to be more rude than a person carrying a 400 f2.8 at a wedding.
I honestly believe that there is no correlation between lens size and rudeness/class.


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Mar 11, 2013 19:20 |  #63

I shot a wedding a few years ago and encountered a guest who had a Canon 600mm f/4 lens on his camera (his lens was so large I didn't even notice what the camera body was!). This guest sat in the 2nd row and was shooting during the entire ceremony. I imagine the bride got a lot of close-up images of her nose hairs....


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Mar 11, 2013 19:37 |  #64

PhotoMatte wrote in post #15704172 (external link)
. I imagine the bride got a lot of close-up images of her nose hairs....

hahahahaha

ewheeler, dont bring that lens dude lol


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Mar 11, 2013 20:16 |  #65

if I had a 600 f4 I'd bring that thing everywhere. Heck, if I was getting married i'd probably even bring it there!


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Mar 11, 2013 22:37 |  #66

hahahaha


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Mar 11, 2013 23:05 |  #67

PhotoMatte wrote in post #15704172 (external link)
I shot a wedding a few years ago and encountered a guest who had a Canon 600mm f/4 lens on his camera (his lens was so large I didn't even notice what the camera body was!). This guest sat in the 2nd row and was shooting during the entire ceremony. I imagine the bride got a lot of close-up images of her nose hairs....

Seriously? I mean this lens has a minimum focus distance of 20 feet and I just did the DOF calculator thing and at 20 feet, f/8 full frame you have a dof of a whopping 1 inch and a dimensional FOV of 14" by 9". Nose hair is right cause that's all that will be in focus.


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Mar 12, 2013 00:26 |  #68

On this topic - in the first shot you see two photographers. The one on the left with two cameras = the official photographer. The one in the middle is another guest :-) He had a 60D. The one taking the "spy shot" with the long lens is me :-)


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Mar 12, 2013 10:46 as a reply to  @ David Ransley's post |  #69

It has been a heated debate it looks like.

My biggest thing is to not get in the way of the guy working for sure.. That is number one...

I some times bring more and leave it in the truck but normally unless the Bride and Groom ask me to take photos.. say after the wedding photographer leaves for the night I either take the G12 or I might bring the 5Dmkiii but only use the 50mm just for cadids of me and my friends mostly. I take to many images as it is to keep up on taking photos from weddings I didn't officially shoot... although on the plus side if I do take photos as a wedding I wasn't the official photographer I normally have quick edits because I don't put much effort into it.


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Mar 12, 2013 13:23 |  #70

MichaelAnthonyPhotogra​phy wrote in post #15703971 (external link)
It's not absurd to bring good equipment to a wedding. But make sure you stay out of the way.

^^^^^^^^^^^

This

we photograph 25 plus weddings a year. I could give a rats A$$ what a guest brings to a wedding as far as photography equipment goes. Im paid before I arrive and all I ask is that anyone who brings a camera and big white lens to a wedding to please be responsible and considerate to the family who hired me.

To the OP. You got some nice shots. send the bride a copy. Im sure she will enjoy them.


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Mar 12, 2013 16:24 |  #71

umphotography wrote in post #15706905 (external link)
^^^^^^^^^^^

This

To the OP. You got some nice shots. send the bride a copy. Im sure she will enjoy them.

Thanks and I sent them over. They are delighted and after this debate, I am glad that I stuck around only for a short while to get about five good shots.


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Mar 13, 2013 11:32 |  #72

I'm a big fan of turning around at the ceremony and grabbing shots of the attendees as they look on. It's a view that the B+G rarely ever get to appreciate while they're in the fog of the moment and focused on each other. I think it has become a real problem when I turn to the guests only to find them with their eye pressed to a camera or, worse--an ipad hanging in front of their face.

Perhaps I should see my job as simply capturing what's actually occurring--whatever it is. But I just wish the guests were attending with the idea of being solely focused on the experience of the B+G and NOT their own personal ambitions.

The above isn't intended to chide the OP, who ostensibly stayed out of the photographer's way and didn't disrupt any photos.



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Mar 13, 2013 11:48 |  #73

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...Perhaps I should see my job as simply capturing what's actually occurring--whatever it is. But I just wish the guests were attending with the idea of being solely focused on the experience of the B+G and NOT their own personal ambitions.

Ok, maybe it's because I'm a guy, but about the most boring activity on the planet one can engage in is sitting through a wedding ceremony. It's something one has to do, sort of like visiting the proctologist after the age of 50. :):):) Photography is like the anesthetic used to make the experience less painful. :):)


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Mar 13, 2013 12:04 |  #74

^haha :)



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Mar 13, 2013 14:50 |  #75

gjl711 wrote in post #15710751 (external link)
Ok, maybe it's because I'm a guy, but about the most boring activity on the planet one can engage in is sitting through a wedding ceremony. It's something one has to do, sort of like visiting the proctologist after the age of 50. :):):) Photography is like the anesthetic used to make the experience less painful. :):)

You nailed it!! Only I feel that way about the reception. I don't dance, so I end up sitting around like a doofus. Once I started shooting, it made the reception so much more enjoyable. And I'm the self appointed photographer for all family get togethers.


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