I agree with that for the most part however I really think a zoom is good to have in the bag. There will be times at any wedding that your not going to be able to get in that close while being un-obtrusive. I think a zoom is a necessity.I agree - Nikkor 17-55mm F2.8. Find some way to afford it. Great zoom for DX. You have the 50mm 1.8 - Great for portraits. Pickup the 35mm F1.8 for low light and a little wider. Stay away from longer zooms with smaller apertures - use your feet to zoom in.
+1.....clients do appreciate a photographer being unobtrusiveI agree with that for the most part however I really think a zoom is good to have in the bag. There will be times at any wedding that your not going to be able to get in that close while being un-obtrusive. I think a zoom is a necessity.
if she needs to ask a basic question like this, she's not ready to shoot weddings.A friend has a D5100 and wants to start getting into weddings/events. What nikon or third party lenses should she be researching? Price is an issue. Assume she has the kit lenses and the 50 1.8
I agree with this. People think it's simple to just take photos during a wedding but it's so much more. I just 2nd shot last weekend and that's about as far as i'd want to take any kind of wedding photography. Being the primary is tough work and I have 100% respect for those who do it professionally.I would suggest she shoots seconds a few times first to get a feel of the conditions.
It's a whole new monster that would eat you alive without a moments notice.
+1 A carbon fiber hammer doesn't make me a carpenter. In a similar vein, building a bird house doesn't qualify me to build a residential house. There's a huge leap from shooting pictures at a party to being paid to capture someone's special moment/life event.It takes a lot more than a body, lens & a flash to be a wedding photographer. There should be an apprenticeship program for wedding photographers...be required to be a second shooter for a certain # of weddings/events.