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Old 06-04-2009, 09:36   #1 (permalink)
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Wedding lens advice

Hi folks - been away from photography for a while but out of the blue I have been asked to do two weddings this summer so back out with the camera gear and into a bit of panic mode. It's nice to have it all out again though, been re-acquainting myself with everything and remembering just how much I enjoy it.

Anyway, on to the question...

I already have two bodies (10D + 40D) which I'm happy with. I also have a Sigma 10-20mm which should do for big group shots and a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 which I will use for close-ups etc. What I'm missing is a good 'short' zoom lens. I currently have a Canon 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS but I want something a bit faster.

I'm rather horrified at how much lens prices have gone up since I last looked at this (finally the constant babble about the weakening pound hits my pocket) but my options seem to be as follows. This is primarily for the wedding of course but at the same time I want to be able to use the lens as a walk-about.

1. Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC
2. Sigma 24-60mm f/2.8 DG
3. Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG

The 24-60 is the cheapest of the 3 (and it's a DG should I ever finally decide to go for a 5D) but would I be better off with the extra 'width' of the 18-50?

Thanks in advance for all advice.

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Re: Wedding lens advice

I'd be careful about using the 10-20 for groups as the edge distortion might be too great.

One lens you have not listed is the 24-105. I know it is not as fast, but it is very highly rated.

Edit: Now I've had a peep at your lenses I think you do need a 'standard' zoom. I've got a 17-55f2.8 and do find it great for general use. I'm sure Sigma do a 17-70 but not sure how fast it is. The Sigma 18-50f2.8 might be a good buy.
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:28   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Wedding lens advice

The absence of the 24-105 (I'm assuming you are referring to the Canon) is due to cost. I would love to start upgrading to Canon lenses but right now I would just be happy with a full set covering all the options.

Good point on the 10-20mm, I would have planned to leave a fair crop area around the shots.

The Sigma 17-70 is f/2.8-4.5 and ideally I want a fixed f/2.8 aperture as I like to be able to shoot without (or with minimal) flash wherever possible.

I'm starting to lean towards the 18-50 f/2.8 as well as I guess it may be better for group shots than the 10-20mm.

Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Wedding lens advice

I'm looking at getting the same lens 18-50mm F2.8 from shopbot.com.au but there seems to be two types, one with Hyper sonic motor (HSM for nikon mounts only) so im guessing i should just buy the normal type for my 400D? (18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO)
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You need to order the correct lens mount as Canon and Nikon are totally different. The HSM is definitely the Nikon one so if there are only two then I guess it's a simple choice and get the other one

I'll be getting mine from Onestop I expect.
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Re: Wedding lens advice

I had the previous version of the Sigma Lens a good while back and was very pleased with it, I sold it on here and as far as I know it's going strong. At the moment I have a Tamron 17-50 2.8 which I would also look at if I were you; for sharpness it's damn near as good as my 17-55. You won't go wrong with the Sigma or the Tamron I am sure. I think you may need a wider lens than 24mm on DX for weddings and you will miss it in a standard zoom overall. If you change to FX then that's teh time to change lenses, you won't lose much by selling second hand.
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