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Aug 21, 2016 01:50 |  #1

Hi friends,

People ask me if I would like to capture their wedding. Afther seeing my (After) wedding pictures I took from friends to use in my portfolio.
At this moment I only have a 35mm L with mt 5d mkii. I will get a 85mm next month and mybe an old 5d classic!
Would the 35/85mm cover me? As a streetphotographer reportage style appeals to me most.. I know I have much to learn but I need time and the opportunity!


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Aug 21, 2016 06:01 |  #2

It is certainly possible. But I like the convenience of a zoom as well. I use a wide angle zoom and a telephoto zoom quite a lot at weddings. 35mm is my go to focal length but I sometimes need something wider and longer so my zooms are getting used pretty often as well.


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Aug 21, 2016 15:51 |  #3

Only you can determine if the lenses mentioned fit your style/coverage.

I've read of photographers using ONLY a 50mm. Others use a 35/85. Many use the 24-70 and 70-200.

The lenses only capture what the photographer puts in front of them...although I'm sure others will disagree, I don't feel there is any "minimum requirement" for lenses to shoot a wedding.


The only caveat to my previous statement is - I would have a backup. I had a lens meet a certain doom when I thought it was secured on a tripod, but when finalizing placement it came loose and introduced itself to the church floor. Whatever your workflow is going to entail, have a backup to cover should something fail/break/disappear/e​tc.




  
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Aug 21, 2016 16:09 |  #4

Be it a wedding or some other event with people, I'd be happy to shoot a 35mm & 85mm. It's what I do now. Double 5D's with a 35 & 85 (or in my case, actually it's 90mm and a macro lens to boot). So I do 35 F2 IS & 90 F2.8 VC Macro on a set of 5D's.

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Aug 21, 2016 18:36 |  #5

35/85 is more than enough to cover a wedding.

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Aug 22, 2016 15:13 |  #6

I would get a decent zoom alongside that, but I love that combo.


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Aug 24, 2016 15:18 |  #7

Yep. I have done one with just the 35/85 and it went well. Not having as many options available also helped me focus on creative shots.


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Aug 24, 2016 16:17 |  #8

I've personally done a few church ceremonies with a 35L/135L combo... 24L/85L, too...

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Aug 28, 2016 12:50 |  #9

I'd NEVER go into a wedding without some kind of backup (i.e. more than two lenses in the bag) but I shoot 80% of the wedding day with 35L II/85L II. I'll throw on the 70-200 for the ceremony and sometimes to shoot tight during dances at the reception.

"Back up" doesn't have to be some super expensive lens-- the 50 STM costs about $100 and is fantastic just in case I need it. I could easily shoot an entire wedding with 5D3/50 STM and my clients would probably not notice.




  
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Aug 28, 2016 18:55 |  #10

MBB89 wrote in post #18109243 (external link)
I'd NEVER go into a wedding without some kind of backup (i.e. more than two lenses in the bag) but I shoot 80% of the wedding day with 35L II/85L II. I'll throw on the 70-200 for the ceremony and sometimes to shoot tight during dances at the reception.

"Back up" doesn't have to be some super expensive lens-- the 50 STM costs about $100 and is fantastic just in case I need it. I could easily shoot an entire wedding with 5D3/50 STM and my clients would probably not notice.

My kid puts that lens on his 5DIII and we have been using on a 70D on occasion with great results. That lens is really a great buy.


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Sep 12, 2016 22:50 |  #11

A high pixel count sensor adds flexibility to a two lens setup.
Some of the looser shots with the 85 can be cropped and when shooting groups shooting them a bit loose with a wider lens (24) permits cropping and saves from distortion at the edges of the group.

I often shoot weddings with at 24-70 zoom and tend to be at the two extremes and then 35 to 50mm for groups and precessional shots.

If for a complete prime lens kit, it would be 24, 35, 85/90, 200. Everything fast. Although F2.8 for the 200 is probably sufficient.


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Sep 14, 2016 03:03 |  #12

I only use a 35 / 85 combo - I have others in the case but they don't come out the car.


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Sep 14, 2016 03:40 |  #13

I would think the 50mm an important addition to the collection.

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Sep 14, 2016 09:21 |  #14

I've shot several weddings with a 35/135 combo, depending on the venue you might need a little bit more on the longer end. Both produce some really great looking images.


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Sep 14, 2016 09:33 |  #15

Curious... are you considering the 85 1.8 or the 85L II?


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