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Old 06-06-2012, 21:40   #1 (permalink)
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Wedding lens help

Hello I am new here =]

I have a wedding on 16th June I will hire an lens like I did for a wedding I did 5th May
I have a Canon 50D (upgrading soon)
I hired Canon 85mm 1.2 and was amazing (had a week before to play with it) & is now my dream lens

wondered if i should try something different like 50mm 1.2

is 50mm 1.2 good??

have 50mm 1.4 - did have 50mm 1.8

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Old 06-06-2012, 21:53   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Wedding lens help

Welcome to Pixalo MelissaLouise

Most people who do weddings will use two cameras, one with a lens that has the range of a 24-70 in full frame terms, (18-55 for a crop factor camera) and the other with a 70-200. This ensures that you always have the right focal length and also gives you a backup in the event of a camera failure.

I would have thought that an 85mm would not have been very good for the group shots or the wedding breakfast where you might want to have a wider field of view.

If you are going to use just one lens for the whole event you are going to have to compromise by using something like an 18-200 or 18-270, but you will sacrifice some quality with a lens that has such a large zoom ratio. If you are renting, I'd go for a 24-70 f2.8 or 17-55 f2.8 and a 70-200 f2.8 or 50-150 f2.8.
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Thank you
i have used 70-200 f2.8 and not my sort of lens but was handy for i needed out of it. fireworks
have spoken to bride & groom. mostly portraits will be taken as that what is asked......

so i thought 85mm 1.2 would have been idea as it worked amazingly at my last wedding

but i thought that 50mm 1.2 was better than 85mm 1.2 but i could be wrong
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You seem to have an f1.2 obsession. TBH I don't think that an f1.2 lens will be an advantage in the wedding environment. How many shots are you going to take with a depth of field of around 10cm?

The 85mm is a great portrait lens so if the clients don't want any group shots or wide shots of the reception I guess it will do the job. You say that you have used one at a wedding before. How many shots did you take at f1.2 compared to how many were taken at around f5.6? I have an 85mm f1.8, but can probably count on one hand how many times I've used it at f1.8.
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I dont do weddings anymore but when I did a wide angle was a must, I used to do a shot in the car and sometimes the room where the couple signed the register can be very small, so for small format (35mm) it was a 24mm 35mm 50mm and 105mm...for large format...50mm 80mm 150mm...I never liked zoom lenses but to-days zooms are fine so If I was starting again it would be (full frame) 24-70mm and a 80-200mm F2.8s F2s or even wider, I never enjoyed wedding photography, I once had a bad experience myself in a church my future wife turned up! and we are still together 49years later!
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I would have thought that a prime lens was restricting for a wedding shoot. I think you would get much better coverage with two cameras, one with a short and one with a long tele lens, just as Dabhand describes above. That should cover everything your likely to need.
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i do a fair amount of weddings ( without being a "wedding photographer") my lenses of choice are on camera 1: 24-105mm L
camera 2: 70 - 200mm L f4
camera 3 ( my OH ) 28 - 300 mm L
in camera bag : canon 10-22mm, 50mm 1.8

any chance we can see some of your shots with the 85 so we know your style of shooting?
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I find this statement a little hard to follow -
"but i thought that 50mm 1.2 was better than 85mm 1.2 but i could be wrong "
In what way would the 50mm be better than the 85mm? The maximum aperture is the same, the only difference therefore would be how close you need to get to the subject. To be honest, I have never heard of anyone covering a wedding with just one prime lens. After all, a wedding is most definitely not the place to experiment, the couple getting married want images to remember their big day, not a failed experiment
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I've used a combination of 24-70 L and 70-200 L amazing lenses! 50mm is good but I don't like the limits of a prime. Friends of mine swear by them though!
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