Attn Wedding Photgrhrs using 24-70 70-200 on crop sensors

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by DearLeader, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. I looking to set up shooting weddings starting next year. I've just got my 24-70 2.8 (yay!!), but while I was in the shop was playing around with the 70-200vr.... wow... it's awful big...

    I'm wondering what percentage of time is the 70-200 mounted on your camera during wedding shoots...

    I'll most likely be using D300 still next year for main body so wondering if I'll have most of the range I need with the 24-70...

    Was thinking about picking up the slower 70-300 instead?? Bad idea??
  2. For the few weddings I have shot, I have the 24-70 mounted on one body (FF), and the 70-200 mounted on the other (DX). Occassionally I swap them round, but most of the day they stay like this. I use both bodies equally. Sometimes I will pull out a third body and put a 85mm or a fisheye on it. I like to have the option of using multiple bodies for shooting weddings, both from a flexibility point of view, as well as for redundancy
  3. what percentage of the shooting is 70-200 on the dx?

    I was thinking DX 12-24 on one DX body and 24-70 2.8 on the D300...
  4. Probably around 40% at a guess, although it depends on the style of the wedding.
  5. If you are just starting out, the 85 f/1.4 would be a better choice.
    I have the 28-70 on a D300 and 85 on an FX most of the time. There are times, particularly the ceremony, when the 70-200 is a must. It's also a great lens for outdoors, but since I live in Ohio and there are very few good outdoor wedding days, most of my work is in dark, ugly churches with horrible light. The 85 f/1.4 is a godsend.
    That said, if you had the D700 with its improved noise, the 70-200 could probably do the job of the 85.
    But it is a beast of lens and makes people a little camera shy.
    Don't forget a 50 1.4.
  6. I carry two DX cameras (D80 and D300). One has the 70-200 mounted and the other has the 17-55/2.8 mounted at all times unless I pop on my 85/1.4 for creative shots. No doubt the majority of the ceremony images are shot with my 70-200 while the majority of the dressing room and reception pics are taken with my 17-55.
  7. sllywhtboy


    Jun 28, 2006
    i had a hard time getting properly exposed shots in a dark church w/ a 70-300 vr. flash wasn't allowed. although formals outside were fine w/ it.
  8. thanks everyone... that's what i suspected.... I'm gonna grab one... it's just so.... BIG.... and expensive as well...

    thought about the sigma 70-200 instead but .... it seems basically you get what you pay for and there is no way out of it... i would imagine the VR is super important when hand holding that thing in a 35c church....
  9. Zorac


    Dec 22, 2007
    Calgary, Canada
    i use my 105vr a lot in churches without flash. i can't get the shutter fast enough to use the 80-200, and cant afford to upgrade the 80-200 to the 70-200 either. i find the 105 is a pretty good focal length anyway. the vr is amazing, i have shot as low as 1/15 sometimes and still came out with sharp shots hand held.
  10. bigwilly


    Oct 19, 2007
    The 17-55mm is perfect for large group formal & full length shots, the 24-70mm is a bit too long for a cropped sensor body in tight spaces. I hope you also have an 10-20mm or 11-16mm.
    I refuse to lug a 70-200mm around the whole day, instead I opt for an 85mm f/1.8 on my second body.
  11. Yes... I have the 12-24 of Tokina...

    It's seems some people are able to get away with 85mm on the long end... so I guess my next question would be to the people that use the 70-200... are you using it mostly on the wide end? like under 100mm?... crop sensor
  12. Hermit


    Feb 11, 2008
    Minnesota, USA
    I use the 70-200 at the longer end for balcony shots, outdoor shots before and after to put a little distance between me and the subjects for informal candids of guests and wedding party members.

    I use the 17-55 for most posed group shots. You can probably use your 24-70 for this at it's mid-range setting.

    I use the 17-55 or 50 prime for reception shots because the light is usually poorest in the reception halls.
  13. My wedding setup consists of 2 D2Hs', one with 17-55 and the 70-200 on the other. I found that I don't do much shooting between 55-70mm, so switched from using the Beast and moved to the 17-55...not much difference in the weight department. It's almost an unbeatable combination...