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Event/Wedding f2.8 lens advice

 
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Dec 18, 2015 00:24 |  #16

I would go for the 70-200 IS first, then for myself I like the 35 prime for low light conditions. These would complement your 24-105 and 85, IMO


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Dec 18, 2015 09:06 |  #17

mikepj wrote in post #17821205 (external link)
Thanks for the feedback. Looks like the responses are pretty closely split, with maybe a slight leaning toward the 70-200. I probably should check in Lightroom which focal lengths I use when in the 70-200 range. I have an 85mm that I could put on a crop camera and that would put me somewhere in the middle with a wide aperture (but no IS). Usually I would use the 85 on a FF during the reception, but I suppose it could work on a crop for the ceremony.

Definitely a lot to think about here. Eventually I would also like to grab a wide angle lens (nice examples of its usage, Tim), but I think that will probably wait until I have good coverage from 24-200.


I am in the camp that says you should have fast glass to cover all focal lengths when you start off

For zooms that would be a 16-35, 24-70 and 70-200 all F/2.8 glass is a must for wedding photographers

That being said

Zooms dont do F/2.0 and primes do

I have been shooting weddings and portraits now for 9 yrs.

I started off with fast zooms. I have a 17-35 and 70-200 left. I use them sparingly. 70-200 mostly for reach needs

my 35L,50L,85mm and 135L live on my 2 full frame bodies and take 90% of my shots. Why? because they shoot at F/1.2-2.5 and zooms cant

I have a 7D2 and I opted for the 17-55 over the 24-70 for fast zoom needs. Why? because im not going to use a zoom above 4000 ISO. Im going to opt for a fast prime and shoot at F/2.8 or below and blow out the background with Bokeh when ever possible. Especially inside. Plus I shoot wildlife and the body doubles for weddings and personal needs.

My point is this. There is no right or wrong answer. Only solutions for what works for all of us for fast glass needs. Everyone is different. Get the basics so you have your bases covered and by fast primes as you need them.

Personally, I could shoot an entire wedding with the 35L. 50L, and 85mm......But..... having the other lens that I have and carry with me to every wedding we go to....every lens has a purpose and comes into play If I need them. I will tell you that once you get your glass figured out it is a secondary issue because OCF lighting will come into play as far more important on how you capture images and they types on lens you will want on the front of that camera

good luck- Go with your gut


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Dec 18, 2015 09:07 |  #18

I appreciate the suggestions for a 35mm prime. A fast 35mm combined with the 24-105mm on a second body would probably work pretty well, and when not shooting events a 35mm is great for street photography or astro work.

The 35L II is more than I would want to spend on lens like this, but with the original 35L being cleared out at lower prices right now (and the Sigma 35 being so well rated), those are definitely considerations.


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Dec 18, 2015 09:09 |  #19

Don't discount the 35 IS... it's a wonderful lens.


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Dec 18, 2015 09:30 |  #20

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My point is this. There is no right or wrong answer. Only solutions for what works for all of us for fast glass needs. Everyone is different. Get the basics so you have your bases covered and by fast primes as you need them.

good luck- Go with your gut

Thanks for the insight. There are certainly a lot of options here to consider.

Boiling all this feedback down, it seems like a 70-200 f2.8 is really necessary for the ceremony (or at least you are at a significant disadvantage without one). While photographing other events like conferences, a 70-200 would really come in handy as well.

For the wider focal lengths, there are a lot of different options to complete a kit. You can go for 35/50/85 primes, a 24-70 f2.8, the 17-55 on a crop like the 7D2, or the 24-105 with maybe a prime or two supplement in low light. I'm sure I am missing quite a few other options here as well (along with the wide angle lenses, which is a whole different issue). I don't think any of these options are definitively better than the rest. They all have their advantages and disadvantages.

Thanks again to everyone who has chimed in to offer their advice.


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Dec 18, 2015 09:32 |  #21

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #17823528 (external link)
Don't discount the 35 IS... it's a wonderful lens.

Indeed, I should have included it with my list. There really has been no better time to buy a 35…So many good options to choose from.


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Dec 18, 2015 09:59 |  #22

70-200 2.8 IS II should be your #1 purchase
- reach, F2.8, IS, Portrait Compression, bullet proof AF

You need a fast Prime or 2
- you have the 85 1.8 which is good but too long for indoor dance floor stuff
- there are many FL choices but it has have to fit your style - 24, 28, 30, 35, Sigma 17-35 1.8 or Sigma 24-35 F2
- 50mm is possible but it should most likely be a second choice to a wider choice as your primary fast wide prime

1) Money no option - Canon 35L II
2) Budget good value - Canon 35 F2 IS

The Sigma 24-35 F2 has an excellent sharpness reputation but having that extra stop (F1.4 vs F2) in really bad indoor wedding light should be considered.

If you plan on moving to a high megapixel camera in the future the importance of IS just cannot be overstated making the 35F2 also useful from a future proof perspective.

Personally, I go with a few different setups depending on the venue and whether I want to use my 5DSR for high resolution bridal portraits.

If you have good light, a 24-105 F4 IS + 70-200 F2.8 IS is a perfect setup (I use the Sigma 24-105 as it is sharper).

In average light, a combo of (35F2 or 35F 1.4 or 24-70 F2.8) with a 70-200 F2.8 IS is a better setup.

In poor light, a Fast Prime combo setup is best - 35,50,85,135 are all great to have.


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