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Is this sufficient for a wedding?

 
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Apr 04, 2012 01:52 |  #1

My brother's getting married, and he is willing to buy me any lens I want to shoot his wedding - nice brother :D

I have a 7D + 17-55 2.8 + 35 2.0 + 100 f2
+ xti + 10-20 Wigma

I guess my question is really, should I buy the 70-200mm 2.8 mi and sell the 100 f2?

Does a long range zoom really come in hand with a crop body during a wedding?

btw - the ceremony will take place in a well lit area, so the minimum aperture is fine, I guess I'm worried about the reception.

It's my kid brother, so I really want to do the works for him too...

Any input would be nice from personal experience.

Thanks in advance!


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Apr 04, 2012 01:54 |  #2

Also, quick question - anyone ever use the sigma 70-200 os hsm for a wedding? How did it handle?


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Apr 04, 2012 02:13 |  #3

Highly recommend selling the 100 & going the 135L over the 70-200...


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Apr 04, 2012 02:17 |  #4

I see - I'm just worried about zooming with my feet and missing some of the action bc of doing so...


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Apr 04, 2012 03:02 as a reply to  @ gblader's post |  #5

my first wedding, I used mostly my 40D and Tamron 70-200/2.8.

my second wedding, I used mostly my 40d with the Tamron 17-50/2.8 with a 580EXII flash. I used the 5dII and 50mm f/1.4 for portraits and some shots of the couple and a few at the reception. the 40d/17-50 combo w/flash were used for almost all of the ceremony and group shots.

Scope out the venue before to see what you need ... I would have gone to my most recent wedding with just my 50/1.4 and 70-200/2.8 and not thought about the flash. I went to the rehearsal (I asked the bride if I could to make sure my setup was right - can't think of a reason they'd ever say no) and discovered I would have not had enough light. Glad I'd done so.


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Apr 04, 2012 09:02 |  #6

I'd take Oli-G's advise and get the 135L instead of the 70-200, then rent another 7D and have one with the 35L and the other with the 135L. Also, I'd take some of the money saved by not getting the 70-200 and pay a second shooter. You'll get better coverage and the day won't be as stressful. You could also try to make sure the second shooter has lenses that aren't in the 35 or 135 range so that you get a wider variety of looks from all the different lenses.


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Apr 04, 2012 09:03 |  #7

[Besides this being in the wrong forum]
I'm going to say this, but i'm really NOT trying to come off as a snob, only to help...so with that being said...
there are a lot of things to consider before gear when shooting a wedding. it's a long 8 hour day, no do-overs, gotta nail once and nail it right...

(that being said).

those lenses may have trouble focusing in low light. I use a 35 f2 for receptions and it sometimes hunts so just cautious. the 135mm f2 is a DREAM to shoot with, i dont have any experience with the 100 f2 BUT if it doesn't have USM it's gonna be a little slower to focus. personally i'd take the 70-200 over the 100mm f2, but i dont know your budget. the 50mm f1.4 would help, and a macro is good for ring shots (but not necessary).

I'd spend the next few weeks going over poses, ideas, a gameplan for the day, scope out the location, and come prepared. have a 2nd shooter and bring backups.


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Apr 05, 2012 04:09 |  #8

I have to agree with BT above and go with the zoom over the prime. The prime would be an absolutely awesome lense in the studio or somewhere else where you have time to organise and re-shoot if necessary but for most of the day, you just can't do that.

I'd rather have the flexibility at that stage, as you never know when something may catch your eye and you have no time to switch lenses or even grab another camera. If might be the funniest or most emotional shot of the day and you could miss it if you have to pause.

If you've never shot a wedding before, you'll soon find out that whilst you have to concentrate on the wedding ceremony itself, you also need eyes in the back of your head to capture everything else that's going on around you!

Good luck either way, post some of the results on this thread when you're done, I for one would like to see them.


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Apr 05, 2012 06:53 |  #9

Get the zoom. You can pick up a used one on the forum here.


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Apr 05, 2012 11:04 |  #10

gblader wrote in post #14206949 (external link)
I guess my question is really, should I buy the 70-200mm 2.8 mi and sell the 100 f2?

Yes. :)




  
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Apr 05, 2012 11:20 |  #11

Doomed without a flash...


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Apr 05, 2012 11:26 |  #12

Just shot my first wedding last weekend. However prepped you think you are (I did a lot), fact is you're going to hit snags once the wedding wheel starts turning. Sell the prime, get the zoom. I used my 85 f1.8 for some of the getting ready shots but that was it. Once things started to get moving the versatility of my 24-105 and 70-200 became priceless. I used my 5D3 and 1D3 during the ceremony.


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Apr 05, 2012 11:28 |  #13

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Doomed without a flash...

Oh yeah, I didn't use flash during the ceremony but otherwise it was one of the single most important pieces of gear all day. Definitely just as important as glass.


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Apr 05, 2012 11:32 |  #14

If had to choose one lens I couldn't live without, it would be my 70-200, especially for weddings. Not to discredit the others, the 135 is a dream lens from all I've read, as I don't own one. But for versatility in shooting a wedding? 70-200 is one of the most popular lenses for wedding photographers for good reason.


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Apr 05, 2012 11:38 |  #15

gblader wrote in post #14206999 (external link)
I see - I'm just worried about zooming with my feet and missing some of the action bc of doing so...

Quite honestly the only thing I ever used a longer than normal length lens for was shots from the back of the church during the ceremony when flash photography was prohibited. Everything else was either shot with what the equivalent of a normal lens was (I used 645 format cameras, I seem to recall an 80mm being "normal") or a wide angle for something special.

Zooming with the feet was commonplace, and with the normal lens made it easy to get what I wanted in the frame.

Just one way of doing it.




  
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