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Aug 11, 2013 18:09 |  #1

I am shooting a wedding in a few weeks. The ceremony will be outside, weather permitting, and the reception will be inside. It's a relatively small wedding - only about 35-40 guests.

I have a gripped 5DM3 and will be using Speedlites for lighting - a 580EXII and a 430EX that I will use as a second flash wile photographing the bride and in case I need a second light. My backup body is a 40D.


I have the following lenses:

  • EF 50mm f/1.4
  • EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
  • EF 17-40L f/4.0
  • EF 24-105L f/4.0
I know for indoor weddings an f/2.8 would be really great lens to have and that is the direction I am heading in. Of the lenses I have, think I can use the 50 and the 24-105 for the upcoming wedding, but I think that f/4.0 might not be a great choice for the reception, so I am considering either the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM or the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. I'm leaning toward the 70-200 because with this lens I can keep out of the way during the reception and it would be good for the indoor reception, especially in combination with the 50.


What do you think?

Also, while you're at it can you recommend a good, affordable flash bracket?

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Aug 11, 2013 18:47 |  #2

a_roadbiker wrote in post #16199377 (external link)
Also, while you're at it can you recommend a good, affordable flash bracket?

I bought one once. Have never used it.

As for lenses what suit your shooting style best?


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Aug 12, 2013 00:01 |  #3

I think you will love the 24-105 f4 L the most. It's a terrific lens for the 5D MIII. You aren't going to shoot wide open most of the time anyway so f4 is going to be fine. In regards to on-camera flash brackets, I recommend the Stroboframe. I've used one on my M645 for over 25 years when I shot weddings with film. It's the first thing I bought when I went digital.


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Aug 12, 2013 00:03 |  #4

Forget the flash bracket. Use the 24-105 if it's a one off, with the 50mm inside. You don't need super fast indoors, just add light.


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Aug 12, 2013 21:34 |  #5

georgebowman wrote in post #16200134 (external link)
I think you will love the 24-105 f4 L the most. It's a terrific lens for the 5D MIII. You aren't going to shoot wide open most of the time anyway so f4 is going to be fine. In regards to on-camera flash brackets, I recommend the Stroboframe. I've used one on my M645 for over 25 years when I shot weddings with film. It's the first thing I bought when I went digital.

Which Stoboframe?


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Aug 13, 2013 00:16 |  #6

I have a Stroboframe QuickFlip 350. I use a Canon off-Camera shoe cord (OC-E3) mounted to the QuickFlip to connect a 580EXii flash to my 7d. The combination works great. Good luck!


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Aug 13, 2013 10:50 |  #7

tim wrote in post #16200140 (external link)
Forget the flash bracket. Use the 24-105 if it's a one off, with the 50mm inside. You don't need super fast indoors, just add light.

What Tim said. 24-105 would be fine as long as you light the reception properly. The focus with a F/2.8 lens will be a tad faster in dim situations but you have a 5D3 and an on-camera speedlite for the focus-assist so you should be fine. If you need/want the shallower DOF for creative reasons then it's a different story.


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Aug 15, 2013 05:03 |  #8

Shooting the 5DM3 I've appreciated when I have 2.8 but its rare that I ever actually need it. And while I would say "need' is to strong a word to describe your situation here I use my 70-200 every time I shoot.


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Aug 15, 2013 11:35 |  #9

yeah, you are not really in dire "need" for anything particular imho in this situation. I love the 70-200L II on a full frame, so I would rent that for portraits and sniping but really with a small wedding like that you don't need it.


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Aug 21, 2013 20:19 |  #10

Thanks everyone. This has been excellent advice and I appreciate it.

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Aug 22, 2013 10:59 as a reply to  @ a_roadbiker's post |  #11

Get the 70-200 or a 135L. Both lenses will give you great reach during a ceremony. Forget the flash bracket.


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Aug 22, 2013 11:16 as a reply to  @ Trent Gillespie's post |  #12

I love my flash bracket


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