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Mar 15, 2008 17:55 |  #1

Here is another fine mess I've gotten into. I agreed to shoot wedding pics for a friend this summer. I have done this twice before,(different friends) but I am still not comfortable doing it. I have a 20D, and I have a 1D MK III on order. The only lenses I have are a 24-105L and a 70-200 non- is. Recommendations would be much appreciated. My thoughts are that I need something for low light situations. Thanks!




  
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Mar 15, 2008 18:14 |  #2

I'd suggest you find out where the venue is and then examine the lighting and space available. See if you can get inside and take a few test shots. You might be just fine. The 24-105 is not very wide on a 20D, but if you are creative with group shots, you can probably get by just fine. Always remember there are lots of places that will rent lenses and you can get wider angle and faster lenses for the shot this way.


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Mar 15, 2008 18:18 |  #3

I'd probably recommend renting the 17-55 IS USM unless you plan on shooting with your 1D3. The 2.8 and IS will help you out with the lighting and the 17-24mm range will help provide the wide shots for the groups/tables.


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Mar 15, 2008 18:18 |  #4

The 1DMkIII will be fine with the 24-105, but the truth is, the faster lenses will serve you much better. I shoot weddings and events and finally decided over a year ago to go with the 24-70 and 70-200 2.8 IS. I have 2 bodies and those lenses, except for when I do portraits or close-ups, I use the 85 1.8 usually. If you keep the 20D, put the 70-200 on it and use the 24-105 with the 1DMkIII. Make sure you have a good flash for night-time shooting. Fill-flash may also be necessary no matter what with the f4 lenses. I highly recommend you practice a lot.


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Mar 15, 2008 21:11 |  #5

ForumForker wrote in post #5122497 (external link)
Here is another fine mess I've gotten into. I agreed to shoot wedding pics for a friend this summer. I have done this twice before,(different friends) but I am still not comfortable doing it. I have a 20D, and I have a 1D MK III on order. The only lenses I have are a 24-105L and a 70-200 non- is. Recommendations would be much appreciated. My thoughts are that I need something for low light situations. Thanks!

Buy or Rent:
-50 f/1.4 USM (great lens for natural light stuff)
-15 f/2.8 Fisheye (when mounted on a 1.3x or 1.6x sensor body, makes a great lens for a single subject with distorted edges, it's m favorite wedding lens)
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My suggestions/comments:

for that 20D: EF 70-200 and 15mm FE
for that 1D MkIII: EF 24-105 and 50 prime/ 17-40L (either or)
The 24-105 should be wide enough for group shots, unless this is a massive wedding, if that's the case the 17-40L is a great lens to have. Flash is absolutely essential btw...the fisheye is great for the occasional shot, the distortion around the edges, keep the dead center fairly proportional and really does work to isolate the subject.
Finally, relax...no wedding is easy and they all can be nerve-wracking


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Mar 15, 2008 22:24 |  #6

ForumForker wrote in post #5122497 (external link)
Here is another fine mess I've gotten into. I agreed to shoot wedding pics for a friend this summer. I have done this twice before,(different friends) but I am still not comfortable doing it. I have a 20D, and I have a 1D MK III on order. The only lenses I have are a 24-105L and a 70-200 non- is. Recommendations would be much appreciated. My thoughts are that I need something for low light situations. Thanks!

I'm so tempted to say - don't do it. Only because you mentioned you're "still not comfortable with it..." and that's after two previous weddings.

If you want to spend money on gear - buy it for yourself and not a friend's wedding. By what you need to supplement your needs, in-general. That is unless - you want to pursue weddings as a profession...or make a profit from it.

I don't suppose it's too late to approach your friends and say you're willing to do 'snap shots' here and there...or is this their intention?

Friendships are worth more than a $1000 lens (or whatever)...especially when you're 'not comfortable doing it'.

fwiw = 50/1.4 :)


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Mar 15, 2008 22:35 |  #7

1. Get a tripod for the 70-200 during the ceremony (or trade up for the f/2.8 IS), or get an 85mm f/1.8.

2. Buy an external flash if you don't already have one, and learn to use it effectively.


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