Tish wrote in post #4103926
Which is terrific, if they're allowed. There are a LOT of churches that won't allow them.
And today's style of shooting, preferred by both brides and photographers, doesn't lend itself well to static boring images from one location. Unless ordered to do so by the priest, given ANY other possible option....even the one that cost me $1600....I'll take it.
I learned my lesson--owned the 70-200 f4 for exactly three months and one wedding.....AFTER the lecture from the crew here. Thank heavens I bought it used & sold it for what I paid for it. Believe me, it was a great lens, but utterly useless to me in weddings; ie--low light without the ability to use a tripod.
Maybe I haven't shot enough weddings, but I haven't had a church that banned tripod yet. Flash, yes, confined to the balcony/back of church/exactly 3/5/10 rows from the altar, yes, no pictures during ceremony, yes, pictures of them after the ceremony only, yes, but tripod ban? not yet. Some churches might, but a LOT of them banning tripod is a bit of a stretch.
Either way, if you noticed, I recommended the OP to get the IS version if possible. If not, a tripod wouldn't hurt. I can't wait to upgrade my 2.8 to IS either.