wedding photographers: need your lens advice!

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Elrodien:  How big is the church? You probably need a 70-200 2.8 or a 200 or 300 prime. All are obscenely expensive. Is the church dark? In general I would not recommend shooting a church wedding with a crop sensor unless you have a lot of skill and fast lenses. Most churches are quite dark and don’t allow flash. 

Aside from that, are you insured? Do you have professional back up gear in case yours dies on you? Do you have a solid contract in place? Are you comfortable shooting in unpredictable lighting situations? If you can’t answer yes to those questions you really shouldn’t be shooting any weddings. At the very least have a contract outlining exactly what is expected of you do you don’t end up in legal trouble if something terrible happens. 

Post # 8
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Elrodien:  Are you charging? I would suggest renting the gear you need. The 70-200 itself is around $2500 and that’s what you would need in a church this size. Also it’shard to know what the lighting is really like without knowing the exposuresettings of this image. It could be a pretty dark church shot at a high ISO wide open which would be much different than the result you would get with a crop body or slower lens.

Post # 10
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788 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Zoom. Usually a 70-200 would work well. Dont even stress a purchase, rent it for now lens rentals are cheap! Any generics I tried were just not up to snuff like a Nikkor lens. Not saying all generic are not good just my personal experience. You get what you pay for.

My two favorite event lenses are my 24-70 and the 70-200. I still rent the 70-200 because I just dont use it enough to buy yet. The 70-200 I mainly use for ceremony and the 24-70 I use for the majority.

Post # 11
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4215 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Sorry to threadjack, can I ask where you bees started learning photography? I find all this shop talk very interesting. 

Post # 12
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788 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@HappySky7:  I started as a makeup artist/stylist and grew into photography. Grew fast and loved it, felt very natural for me, it was like I finally found my calling! lol I learned from other photographers, the internet, and just practice/trial & error.

 

Post # 15
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1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I’m not going to get into the lens versus primes debate, but what I will say is I find it odd how eager new photographers are to jump into wedding photography.  Shooting weddings is one of the most least forgiving and most difficult genres of photography.  There are so many potential things that can go wrong with it that I really don’t understand why you’d want to pursue it until you had experienced quite a few as a second shooter and had all of the proper equipment and insurance.  

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