A&P wedding lens questions

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  1. ericande

    ericande Active Member

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    I shot my first wedding yesterday and it was pretty fun even though it rained hard the whole time and it was outdoors (love Seattle rain...) I used a Nikon 24-70 that I loved but I don't what to get for my next lens as it is still pretty pricey. I have a Sigma 18-70 that won't cut it for weddings (hence the rented Nikon) so I'm looking at replacement options. For those of you shooting weddings often, what is your main lens with a crop body camera? Do you like 18-55 or 24-70? I found myself using both ends of the focal range and still stepping back and getting closer. I was also looking at the Tamron 28-75 as people seem to love it but I think I might miss the extra 4mm. The Sigma would be great if I got a good copy but I'm not sure I want to deal with that.

    Thanks. I'll post pics in a week or so when I go through them.
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    24-70 is a great lens, but a bit pricey and hard to find. I (along w/ xenon supra) bought the 28-70 a.k.a "the beast" used for around $1000. Great lens, and the lens the 24-70 replaced. Another option for the crop sensor Nikons is the 17-55mm.
     
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    NOR*CAL OT Supporter

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    From the very little experience I have shooting people, I've used an 85mm 1.8 prime over the weekend and loved every moment of it. With a 50mm prime on a crop you'll be at 80mm, but because it's fixed focal length, you'll have to hustle.
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    primes are always sexy. I wish I had 3 bodies... one for the 50mm, one for the 70-200, and one for the 28-70. Then I could change the 10-20 off w/ the 50 when needed. :o
     
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    If you want quality pictures I'd go for the Nikon 28-70 f/2.8 (the beast).
    Its a tiny bit older than the 24-70 but the picture quality is almost the same. I picked up a MINT used copy for $950 shipped.

    I didn't care about the 4mm cutoff because I have a Sigma 10-20 that I can use for the really wide shots (of large groups) that don't require quite as much detail (its a nice lens, just not the same quality as the Nikon).

    So, 10-20 and 28-70, you'll never miss the 8mm in between, at least I don't :dunno:

    Nikon 28-70: http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/ProductDetail.page?pid=1961
     
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    NOR*CAL OT Supporter

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    I would use my 70-200 more, but because it doesn't have IS, I don't want to risk it :o.

    Since I'm always outside, I haven't felt a need for a UWA :hs:.
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    makes for some cool effects sometimes. plus, you don't have to stand back so far. :dunno:

    I love my 70-200VR. Wouldn't trade it for anything. :)
     
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    i think those 8mm are crucial. specially in a crop body. the difference in 28mm and 24mm is quite drastic. at least thats how i felt with my 28-75 tamron on a 20d. had to get a tokina 12-24.
     
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    he can just get a cheap 24 prime to fill that then.
     
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    can't imagine shooting yesterday, but me saturday wedding was great :wavey:

    you need a wide, a mid, and a tele zoom, a macro and a fast prime

    for me, each one is unique in what lenses I use.

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    what you stop at 200mm?
     
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    mojito - you have no 5D. I thought it was the camera that every wedding photog needs. I think I seen that (.)(.) has 2 and Jcolman has 10 cause - 1 shutter button per finger
     
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    too slow for me :wtc:
     
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    no need for more unless its in a huge catholic church and you're at the back only. plus they're usually very shitty lighting and handholding a 300 in candlelight doesn't work well :wtc:
     
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    I've got a fast prime and a wide that are great and I will be getting a better at tele at some point. It's just mostly the mid, what focal range works best. Can be hard to switch lenses and annoying to do so for 10-15mm one way or another. The 24 was wide enough almost always so I kinda that might be the way to go but I wanted some more input.
     
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    5d is old and busted. :wtc: D700 is the new hotness.


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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    Coming from a canon guy too. :bowdown:
     
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    2 bodies, different lens on each


    though I mostly just switch lenses on the fly
     
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    I think you just made baby black jesus cry
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    fixed
     

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