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Old 03-03-2010, 19:47   #1 (permalink)
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I have been asked to do my sister inlaw's wedding. I am not a wedding photographer, but I have studied the ins & outs of what to take. She is a pretty easy going lady, so I am probably going to do it. I dont really lavish the idea of living with my wife, if I say no. So they know they get what they get.
As said, I dont usually do wedding, so I find my self restricted. What is a good lens for a Nikon D200 that will cover most wedding shots, and wont crush my wallet? I am not married to name brands, as I find the cheaper brands to excel at times.
Thanks for the aid on this wonderful task set befor me I kid... I will get into it I am sure.

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I THINK THE NIKON 18-200MM LENS WILL COVER EVERYTHING YOU NEED.
IT IS AN EXCELLENT LENS, I HAD ONE WHEN I HAD MY D200
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Yep the 18-200 will cover most shots of the day
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Thanks. I dug it out.
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Speaking from experience, if you commit yourself to do this, you still have to approach it in a professional way, there are no retakes, and they will curse you if things go wrong, make sure you have a backup camera, as a pro would, cos cameras have a mind of there own when it comes to the day and if things go wrong, you will be in big trouble ask them what type of coverage they want, do some research on styles, ex traditional or reportage style, documentary, and then go and check out the location, take some test shots, in the church for ex; whilst there have a word with the chap who runs the church, or venue, better still, if its a church wedding, they will have a meeting prior to the event, you can ask your questions then, when there's no pressure on. what time of year will it be ( Weather ) always think of a backup could you use the venue, if it;s raining, as it does, and if you are going to be in a church, have you the flash you need, make a check list of photo's to be taken, and get the best man on your side, they really come in andy when getting guest ready for the next shot, saves you doing the running, good luck, looking forward to seeing your results.
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Please excuse the long reply... especially from a newbie..

With regards to the choice of lens, in all honesty, I would say the Nikon 18-70, which is the lens that I have used for 5 weddings.. It is a fabulous sharp lens that is fast to focus for those ad-hoc shots. If money no object, I would say the Nikon 28-70 F2.8 which is a great lens for low light. The question may be whether you are able to use flash inside the church..
Another nice lens is the Nikon 50mm f1.8 a great lens for just over 100.
The weddings that I have shot, I have always reminded the bride and groom, that it is truly their day, and they must enjoy it. Although they often provided me with a list of formal shots they want (try not to get too many) I have also reminded them that on the day, if there is anything specific they want, eg, the Bride with Auntie Flow.. Then ask me for that specific picture.. A

Make sure you have lots of memory cards and spare charged battery for the camera and flash. I would change memory card at pre determined points. After the service, after they have left the church before the formal shots, after the formal (and natural shots) which is normally before the wedding breakfast, (after shooting the table before they sit down to eat) and then again just before they go into the wedding breakfast. This means that I always have an empty memory card in the camera just before the key shots..

Make sure you know how to use all your kit, and are comfortable with any settings that you might use..

I also carried a new sealed bottle of evian in my bag. Often the bride and groom, may want a sip of water after the ceremony, and noone normally has a bottle of water with them.. It is their day, and both you and them want the photos that truly tell the story of one of the most important days of their lives.
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I am not certain yet if there is flash aloud in the church or not. I am going to look into 28-70 F2.8
I have the 18-200 kit, but it worries me a little. I also have a 50mm f/1.8 (My favorite of any I have used, owned, or borrowed.)

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