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#1 P Bender

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 08:31 AM

I am attending an upcoming wedding soon and am considering purchasing a new lens for the event. The bride has hired a photographer for the wedding, but the mother of the groom has asked me if I could take additional shots, which I have agreed to do.

I would like to balance my lens collection with a shorter zoom telephoto lens. My first choice is the Canon 70-200 mm F 2.8L IS II, the second choice is the Canon 100-400 mm IS II lens. Is the 100-400 mm too long for wedding shots?
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 10:12 AM

I think the favourite for wedding photographers is perhaps a zoom in the 24-70 range ...?  Sure there are some specific wedding scenes that may justify primes but the official photographer will hopefully have that covered...  ?  I have used available light and kit lenses as well as pop-up flash yet still managed to capture pics as a guest at the weddings that the bride was fortunately delighted with, so it ain`t all about the kit... (-:   ENJOY.     



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 03:54 PM

70-200 is a good choice i'm assuming you will be taking candids and a few portraits

 

24-70 is way too wide to be a dude with camera for wedding and may result in you getting in the way of the commissioned photog



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Posted 11 August 2016 - 08:49 AM

First, make sure that you talk to the hired help if you can.  We know you know how to handle a camera and would be professional at the wedding giving wide berth to the hired shooter, but he doesn't.  My son shoots weddings and I can tell you that he has had problems with people with their phones and so on getting in the way.

 

I'd agree with the 70-200 f2.8II, especially beyond the wedding.  It is a magnificent lens.  A close second is the 24-70 f2.8 II.

 

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 12:25 PM

Took some time to look through the pics of a few weddings I attended where I had taken my camera , the camera most used was an APSC and the lens used was a kit zoom of 18-70mm  3.5 /4.5  which if my poor maths is correct equates to 27-105 on a full frame. Seems most of the pics were in the wider settings especially when setting the scene, Church, Reception dinning arrangements, and of course the inevitable large groups though there were lots of candid pics of individuals which could be regarded as of portrait dimension, and smaller groups in both sunlight and at the reception with available light even the available light hand held at 60th worked out reasonably well, given that my pics were just taken as a record of the event with no expectations of anyone for me to provide high quality images.  The lens was a small one compared to the equivalent in a full frame.. As for the wedding photographer... Jeez with all the guest point and shoot going on not to mention the camera phones, of today..chances are you may risk getting frustrated trying to get pics... who would be a wedding photographer...? (-:   The www is full of wedding photographer kit choices... though suspect you can leave your 600 at home...(-:   Will post a pic or two if you want examples of framing available in one of the weddings I attended.

 

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 01:48 PM

Holy trinity of pro  weeding shooters are the 16-35, 24-70 and 70-200 all f/2.8.

But your actual choice would depend on your estimated distance to target and your cameras low light capabilities.

Maybe a Sigma 24-105 might just do the ticket, or the canon version?

 

Functionally, I've know a few wedding shooters that are now including a "no other cameras at the event while the pro is working" clause in their contracts.

To combat all the cell phonies/*wac's  jumping around trying to get in the way of shots.


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 08:36 AM

If the professional takes all the standard pictures, I wood go for closeups.

50mm1.4 was my friend due my dochters wedding. 

 

You wond to make different photo's as the hired help. Special during the evening.



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Posted 14 August 2016 - 10:33 AM

I'd say 70-200mm will be good enough for very nice closeups and sort of wide shots but something smaller as an add on would be great either. 24-70 for example. 70-200 is heavy. You will feel that weight after an hour or two of using so it would be good to have something lighter for the rest of your arms.

 

And 100-400mm will be great if the married couple will be flying on the parachutes 100m above the church :D So actually depends on the wedding schedule ;)



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Posted 14 August 2016 - 11:32 AM

I'd say 70-200mm will be good enough for very nice closeups and sort of wide shots but something smaller as an add on would be great either. 24-70 for example. 70-200 is heavy. You will feel that weight after an hour or two of using so it would be good to have something lighter for the rest of your arms.
 
And 100-400mm will be great if the married couple will be flying on the parachutes 100m above the church :D So actually depends on the wedding schedule ;)


They 70-200 is a feather compared to the 400mm f2.8L and the 600mm F 4.0L I usually carry for miles when hiking, also have my tripod and accessories on my back. Weight not an issue for me, piss poor image quality is! Thanks for the suggestions.
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Posted 14 August 2016 - 01:53 PM

Weightlifter? Why are you not in Rio right now?! :D

 

I don't know how's sharpness on canon 70-200 but nikon's, you can cut your eyes while reviewing photos :) I had a lot of fun using it at events. You can have stunning portraits from far away. People wouldn't even notice you're photographing them and this could be great when you want to catch instant emotions during wedding.



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Posted 20 August 2016 - 04:45 AM

Paul.. Poor image quality with the kit that has been suggested seems very unlikely, though I have managed it with my 70-200 2.8 on D800... Sigh!

 

That the groom`s mother has asked YOU to take some pics seems to have risk of raised expectations when perhaps the "photographer" might think he/she should be asked to cater to any special requests...Seems a potential balancing act may be required.

 

It has been a while since I last used a camera at a wedding, and the increase in camera phones has been exponential, thus you might end up with the crowd, and if so it might seem to be advantageous to have something a tad wider than 70mm available.... Just a thought.   Have you made any kit decisions...?

 

GOOD LUCK on the day.  



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Posted 23 August 2016 - 10:36 AM

hmm I've looked over my metadata for wedding photos as a guest (I'm at an age where my friends are getting married) and 10 weddings of data.  I usually bring the following:

 

Canon 6d, speedlite 600

 

Lenses (order of preference)

 

24-70 (Pictures of my friends, me and my wife)

 

85 (short telephoto for taking portraits of friends, candids, etc)  Outdoors, I use it if I have a lot of space.  Indoors, I use it to take candids of people within my table and maybe the adjacent table

 

35 I use it for when I'm interacting with people and theres open bar.  The 35mm focal length is good all around and because its fixed and not so front heavy, I use it one handed since I'm usually holding a glass of wine on my other hand

 

70-200 I use to take pictures of the events in the reception and/or ceremony. 

 

This would be a totally different scenario if I were the paid photographer.  If I were paid, I would lean more towards the 24-70 since I can move around a lot more and get better wide angle type shots that show subject/environment.  70-200 is great as a guest if you do not mind the weight and you don't want to get in the way of the pro.  85 is a good compromise between telephoto and portability, plus you could also crop it and get decent shots.

 

I don't pack all those lenses.  I typically choose the 24-70 plus another lens.  It all depends on the venue, whether you can go back home between ceremony and reception, and how well you know the bride/groom/guests.

 

Oh and you really need a speedlite for the reception.

 

Oh as for the 100-400, with a speedlite yes you can definitely bring it.  just make sure you either bring a battery pack for your speedlite or be prepared to crank up your ISO.  I usually shoot around the 800-1600 range for receptions and I have my speedlite pretty cranked up +1 or +2 EV.  and I usually shoot in the 2.8-4 f-stop range. 






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