Perfect Wedding Lens?

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I currently have the 17-55 f2.8 DX and 70-200 f2.8 for my D200 and both seem to work well for weddings.

What would you recommend if I migrate to the D700? I'm thinking perhaps the new 24-70 f2.8 coupled with the 70-200 and 85 f1.4 would fit the bill. Is there any reason (unless I hit the lottery) to consider the 14-24 f2.8 for weddings?

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The 12-24 is a DX lens, but I think you were referring to the 14-24. I think the 24-70 and the 70-200 alone are a great wedding kit. The 85mm might be good for the real low light, but that seems unlikely for a wedding reception, and especially not needed if you are going to have a session with the bride and groom afterwards. I would rather have the 14-24 rather than the 85mm, IMHO.
 
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Thanks Shane and David.

Yes, I did mean the 14-24. With the D200, the 17-55 (approx. 25.5 to 82.5 crop) seemed plenty wide enough for groups so I was thinking the 24-70 on the D700 would be a very versatile lens.
 
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if i end up with a D700/D3 the 24/70 and 70/200 would be they way I would go as well. i think it would make an awsome wedding kit.
 
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Buy the 14-24 because you are switching to FX. You might find yourself in situations where the bride is applying makeup in the bathroom or she is sitting in front of a mirror in a small and crowded bedroom. The wide end of your 24-70 is not going to be wide enough for these shots. If you have trouble affording the 14-24, then sell old equipment to fund the new equipment.
 
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Buy the 14-24 because you are switching to FX. You might find yourself in situations where the bride is applying makeup in the bathroom or she is sitting in front of a mirror in a small and crowded bedroom. The wide end of your 24-70 is not going to be wide enough for these shots. If you have trouble affording the 14-24, then sell old equipment to fund the new equipment.
Good point on the mirror, but I was thinking more of the dance floor. But in both cases I think the FX 17-35 would be enough. Is it as good as the 14-24? Probably not, but you only lose 3mm on the wide side but gain 11mm on the long side. I think it makes a great reception dance lens for FX based on what I shoot for DX for dancing.
 
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I'd think the 24-70 would give you pretty much what the 17-55 gives you, but a little short on the long end. For that reason, and the very high cost of the 24-70, I've decided to keep my D300/17-55 combo rather than jump to the D700 right now.

The D200s are great wedding cameras except for the noise. I'd think pairing your new D700 with some nice primes would be a good way to get the most out of the camera.
 
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I have the D3, 14-24, 24-70 & 70-200VR. For weddings I use the 24-70 and 70-200. The only way I use the 14-24 is to get a very wide shot of the church or reception hall.
 
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Hi Bob

I must agree, somewhat with carl. You do not need the 14-24, or the 12-24.

The 17-55 is my wedding lens. The 24-70 is expensive. I would keep my D200 and use it for your weddings, with what you have.

The D700 can be used with the lens you have, just shoot in crop mode. You have more than enough headroom.
JMHO
 
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Thanks so much for all the helpful responses.

The other thing I was considering late last night was perhaps just staying in the DX world and upgrading to the D300. I say this because the D700 isn't likely to be available until mid-August and the wedding is on the 23rd. I want to give myself plenty of time with the camera to learn all the intricacies prior to the big day.
 
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Folks have certainly been using DX for weddings for the last 6-7 years or so...so the D300 is certainly an option. A lot of folks are actually dumping their D300s -- prices in the $14-1500s so it would save you some money....or at least defer until you are sure about the D700. An advantage of buying an almost new D300 is that you are saving some of the depreciation up-front and could sell it for about the same price when you are ready to go for the D700.

As for the 14-24 or 17-35 they are equally good in their range. They are both in the category of the finest that Nikon has ever produced. (Same for the 24-70 and the 28-70 f/2.8 lenses).

Regards,

Paul
 
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