70-200 f/2.8 for weddings?

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I'm thinking of renting the 70-200vr for an upcoming wedding but im also afraid the weight of this bad boy will tire me out. I'll be using it on a D80 (without grip) along with a Tamron 17-50mm. If I can get a 2nd body, I'll mount a 50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.4 also. If not then all 4 lenses will be sharing the same body so I'm afraid handling the 70-200 might not be as easy as it seems. :confused:

I just like it's flexibility being a fast zoom w/ VR.

Do you guys think I'll be okay with the two primes and a rather short zoom? I shoot photojournalistic so I will try not to interrupt the ceremony as much as I possibly can :smile:
 
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Hey Karl, you can shoot the 70-200 and the 17-50 on a second body if you can manage to get one. Hang the 17-50 off one shoulder and the 70-200 around your neck. If you are trying not to be intrusive you will be shooting the 70-200 more... thereefore it will be in your hands most of the time and not hanging from your neck. When you need to go wider let the 70-200 hang rotate the strap of the other body from under your arm forward towards your chest and shoot. Rotate it back then grab the 70-200 again.

Hope this helps.
 
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Karl, give this a try. I found the 70-200 so heavy I hang it like a bandolier. Over one shoulder so my neck doesn't carry the weight. The Nikon strap was too short for this, so I had to find for one several inches longer.
If I hot glue some bullets to the strap I will look like I just rode in with Pancho Villa.
David
 
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1 more thing to consider: if you have just 1 body, how are you planning to carry around all the lens? Is your bag big enough? Will you be carrying a waist belt? Changing lens too often or even worrying about it may mean missing a shot.

Also if you are going to be shooting in low light, the 85/1.4 might be a better choice.
 
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Karl,

I use the 70-200 at weddings and for me the weight is not an issue.... but I'm a rather large guy ;) ....Really, unless it is an outside wedding you might find that the range is rather limiting other than during the actual ceremony.

Mike
 
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Hey Karl, you can shoot the 70-200 and the 17-50 on a second body if you can manage to get one. Hang the 17-50 off one shoulder and the 70-200 around your neck. If you are trying not to be intrusive you will be shooting the 70-200 more... thereefore it will be in your hands most of the time and not hanging from your neck. When you need to go wider let the 70-200 hang rotate the strap of the other body from under your arm forward towards your chest and shoot. Rotate it back then grab the 70-200 again.

Hope this helps.
Roy,
thanks for the suggestion! I guess I could use the 70-200 that way also but I was planning to use the 2nd body with the prime lenses actually.

Karl, give this a try. I found the 70-200 so heavy I hang it like a bandolier. Over one shoulder so my neck doesn't carry the weight. The Nikon strap was too short for this, so I had to find for one several inches longer.
If I hot glue some bullets to the strap I will look like I just rode in with Pancho Villa.
David
David, good idea! I will do just that :) I guess I'll have to look for some straps.. im a small guy soo i might get away with the nikon straps :)

1 more thing to consider: if you have just 1 body, how are you planning to carry around all the lens? Is your bag big enough? Will you be carrying a waist belt? Changing lens too often or even worrying about it may mean missing a shot.

Also if you are going to be shooting in low light, the 85/1.4 might be a better choice.
Felix, my bag should be big enough. a bigger bag is actually on my list now that the 70-200 is in consideration. however, if i stuck with the two primes and my 17-50, it'll have plenty of room :) and no i wont be carrying a waist belt, instead, im really hoping to get a 2nd body and go bandolier on them :)
Karl,

I use the 70-200 at weddings and for me the weight is not an issue.... but I'm a rather large guy ;) ....Really, unless it is an outside wedding you might find that the range is rather limiting other than during the actual ceremony.

Mike
Mike, thanks for chiming in :D the wedding ceremony will be indoors I think. The same room will be converted to a reception room after that. did u mean limiting as in range starting at 70 is too wide?

here are some pics of the venue..
im not sure who took these but i just borrowed them from the venue's web site.

this one looks like it was taken all the way from the back of the room:
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heres how it should look during the ceremony at 3pm:
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i fear the bright light coming from one side might not allow for decent wide angle shots but we'll see..

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this will be the reception/dancefloor after the ceremony

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should allow for some creative shots when the sun goes down :)

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also the cocktail room... lots of windows but not just from one side so i think its a lot better :D

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i think the 70-200 might be limited in these smaller rooms but i think (from my scouting and visit anyway) that it should serve me quite well in the bigger rooms.

i really like the 50mm's range so i'll be using the 50 1.8 and 85 1.8 in the smaller rooms.
 

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