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If you could pick 2 lenses

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by IrishBryan, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. For shooting a wedding what would they be?

    I already have the 12-24mm and the 18-200mm VR but I don't think either is fast enough for shooting weddings.

    A friend and co-worker has asked me to shoot her daughters wedding in October. I showed her my portfolio and she has always liked my photos. Problem is none of them are of people :eek: .

    I think I am ready to attempt this (did well on my photo assignments.. in school at the moment taking photography) but I would like some honest advice as to what lense I should by and or rent for the big day.
  2. slappomatt


    May 13, 2006
    San Diego CA
    well I know the 17-55 2.8 will be the number 1 answer. probably #2 would be the 70-200 vr. and several people will also give their vote for the 28-70 2.8 "beast". mabye some 1.4 prime votes as well.

    what details do you know about the wedding itself? inside or outside? and time of day will give alot of information needed to make a good list.
  3. 28-70 f/2.8 and 70/80-200 f/2.8
  4. 17-55/2.8 and 70-200/2.8... or course i can't pick just one, that is why i have 20.
  5. Also 17-55DX/70-200VR

  6. LOL ok now were talking...

    Ok some details as I know them.

    Church wedding with a possibly outside reception. Church has natural lighting I will have time to scope out the church and check lighting. Early afternoon into early evening reception more than likley outdoor.

    October in Florida, so some nice opportunities for natural light and outdoor type shots, providing the weather coperates and is sunny and nice.

    I have a small studio in a box with 2 strobes 2 Flashes 2 umbrellas stands ect... SB-800 and all the other small goodies. I just don't have the lenses.

    Would it be worth it to set up a area to pose and use the strobes and flashes? I would think a more natural atmosphere would be better.

    LOL I had a course on wedding photography but now that I may accuality DO one I am nervous as all get out!

  7. Bingo Dave just what I was looking for. Very nice and SHARP!

    Got to love them fast lenses.

    I know I can do this, I think I am going to go to the book store tomorrow and buy a book for some inspiration and look into the 17-55mm F2.8 for indoor and the 70-200mm F2.8 for outdoor and indoor tele.

    I think the primes are a tad to expensive maybe I can rent a F1.4 somewhere. But I have always wanted the 70-200mm F2.8 VR and this is a good excuse to tell the wife I need one. :biggrin:

    "But honey its for a wedding"

    Some how I doubt that will make a difference.
  8. My choices would be the Beast (28-70/2.8) and the Cream Machine) 85/1.4, and, as a matter of fact, I'll be relying on that pair for 3 upcoming weddings.

    The Beast is my workhorse. I use it with an sb800 on a CB Junior flash bracket, and harvest large numbers of shots with it. It's a fast/accurate focuser and covers everything from kind-of-wide-angle, for group shots, to portrait length.

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    And if you're creating a studio space for your formals, I don't think there's a better lens.

    But as far as portraiture is concerned, the 85/1.4 and 105/2DC are in a league of their own. They aren't fast to focus, but they gather light in a special way that makes them ideal for flattering boutique shots.

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    In the interest of full disclosure, I carry 2 additional lenses in my kit... a 20/2.8 for when my backs up against the wall, and a 180/2.8 for church closeups and candids at the reception. But the 28-70 and 85/1.4 get 90% of the work.

    Do you have a flash bracket for your sb800? I'd highly recommend one indoor receptions.
  9. Thanks Frank the flash bracket is getting ordered this week. I wonder if I can rent the 28-70mm?? I bet I can :redface:

    I can afford the beast 85mm F1.4 and in fact will more than likely dip into savings and order it either on e-bay or Amazon.

    I love this board folks thanks for all the suggestions.

    And Frank I can only hope that my photos come as close to your's very nice!

  10. JohnMueller

    JohnMueller Guest

    Well I have the 70-200 2.8 and the 28-70, but what I'm saving for is the 85 1.4D Guess it depends on what you want to use it for. Weddings, yeah, the 2 I have get most of the use, but I have some indoor church weddings coming up, so I'm not too sure how the lighting will be.
  11. it is nice to have the 17 end of the 17-55/2.8....
  12. I've only shot a couple of weddings so take what I say with a grain of salt. I really like the 70-200. It is an awesome lens for capturing moments without being intrusive. Many of my best wedding photos came from half way across the room at 200mm. I have both the 17-35 and 28-70 and I've used those both as well. I also used the 85 1.4 but sold it because of limited use. If I had to stick with only 2 lenses I would certainly purchase the 17-55 and combine that with the 70-200.
  13. I'd say 17-55 2.8 and the 85 1.4
  14. 50mm f/1.2 and 105mm f/2.5 for me...but I'm not a DSLR shooter.
    If forced to shoot with a DSLR, probably the 35/1.4 and an 85/1.4 (AIS or ZF), but it'd be a hard call.
  15. supermom

    supermom Guest

    Nothing can beat the sharpness of the 28-70. I'd get a 28-70 and a 70-200/2.8VR.
  16. Falter


    Feb 26, 2006
    Either 28-70/2.8 and 200/2 VR or 28-70/2.0 and 70-200/2.8 VR...
  17. RexRoy


    Jan 4, 2006
    New York
    28-70/2.8 and 70-200/2.8. As a backup, I also carry the 17-35/2.8 for a large group shot.

    Good luck!
  18. My two choices, well thats easy as I haven't done any weddings, but I would use these two...
    Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S ~ Nikon 80-200mm f2.8D-ED AF (2-ring)

    Nikon D80, Nikkor 28-70 f/2.8 @ 70mm, 1/320 sec, f/2.8, EV-0.3, ISO200
    This was originally a Landscape shot and was heavily trimmed to Portrait...

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    Love the portraits the 80-200 can do…
    Nikon D80, Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 @ 100mm, 1/400sec, f/2.8, EV0.0, ISO100

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  19. 17-35 F2.8 and 50 F1.4.
    Then you can add any tele if you need to.
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