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Lens Choice for semi-informal wedding

 
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Nov 19, 2009 23:49 |  #1

I told my family that I'd shoot pictures for my sisters low-key wedding on Saturday. I have a 50d with a tamron 10-24, canon 18-55 (kit lens) and tamron 75-300 (non is) lens at the moment. I have a friend with a Canon 24-85 USM (f3.5) and another friend with a Sigma 18-200 IS lens, and both are willing to loan. Any thoughts on which one to borrow? I'd rather not use my 18-55 if I can help it, and I'll use the wide angle for special/fun types of shots, but I'd like to have a more flexible lens to shoot on the fly. The first portion will be outside in a botanical garden, the second in a restaurant ballroom after dark.

Any thoughts? Thanks for the help. I understand it's a vague question.




  
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Nov 20, 2009 01:17 |  #2

Out of the 3 lens choices you have, I'd probably stick with the kit lens. Good mates you've got there if you can borrow their stuff. Borrow a 430EX or 580EX flash if you haven't got one already.

Sure the 18-55 hasn't got the reach of your mates Sigma, but I can only guess the optics will be better...matched with the 50D as well, you'll be fine. Shoot RAW, nail your focus - crop and zoom during post processing...if you have too ;)


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Nov 20, 2009 03:00 |  #3

Kit lens. See if you can borrow an external flash, bounce the light off the ceiling at ISO800 or 1600.


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Nov 20, 2009 11:04 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #4

I've got a 430 exii I'm planning to use. I also have 2 light stands/umbrellas with Vivitar 285 HVs with remote triggers that I plan to use for the composed shots after the ceremony.

I don't feel like the 18-55 takes as good of pictures (quality wise) as the other two lenses. For what reasons are you guys saying to use the kit lens? Just curious.




  
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Nov 20, 2009 14:59 |  #5

My first 2 paid weddings were taken with the 18-55is kit lens and the 50 1.8 ....pics were fine, sharp , fast focusing and versitile. From the pics from these weddings I got several other weddings...so this lens is certainly fine for a low key wedding.

I now shoot mainly with the canon 17-55 2.8 ...
good luck cheers Val




  
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Nov 20, 2009 15:02 |  #6

is this the IS version of the kit lens? If so, go with that one certainly. If its the non-Is.... well its still your best option range wise.




  
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Nov 22, 2009 10:36 |  #7

I must've gotten a crappy 18-55 in my kit. It was horrid.

I eventually gave it to a neighbor kid. He's annoying and I don't like him anyway.




  
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Nov 22, 2009 15:40 |  #8

RT McAllister wrote in post #9061332 (external link)
I must've gotten a crappy 18-55 in my kit. It was horrid.

I eventually gave it to a neighbor kid. He's annoying and I don't like him anyway.

lol, you'll fit in well here :)


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