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  1. #1
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    Lens advice for me too please.

    I posted similar thread elsewhere but received poor response and I might run out of time... so nobody tells Jeff please.

    Aim:
    Wedding photography (mainly at reception).

    Lenses:
    - Nikkor 50mm F/1.4 or F1.8.
    - Sigma 18-50, F/2.8.
    - Sigma 50-150, F/2.8. That bulky lens!
    - Any better alternatives? * with similar price tag.

    I can only afford two lenses to start with. So which one do you think I should buy first? I will also buy flashlight SB800.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

  2. #2
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    You'll definitely want a wide angle for a wedding so 18mm minimum there.
    I dont know the prices of those Sigma lenses so I cant recommend anything right now but you will want f2.8 at least so thats going to bring up the price for any lens you buy (besides the 50mm which is great, just depends if you want more zoom).
    Nikon D80
    Nikkor 70-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
    Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
    Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro

  3. #3
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    Ask yourself this. Will the room be so dark that youll need the speed of the 50mm? If not F2.8 should be just fine and its not fixed so youd be able to take group pictures and such easier if you needed. Will the majority of your shots be portrait style and need shollow DOF? If so then the 50mm would prolly be the best lens to get.
    Nikon D90, D40 Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 | Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 | Nikkor 35mm f/1.8
    Vertical Grip, SB-600, SB-24, Sunpak 433D, Metz 40AF-4N, Alienbees CyberSync Triggers

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    "You're pulling some awesome action shots with a cam and lens that are supposed to be rubbish ! " - Rooz

  4. #4
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    He'll still need a wide angle (or at least 18mm) if he is taking big family shots in confined spaces.
    I was looking through the EXIF data from the photos from my brothers recent wedding and not surprsingly most shots were taken at under 18mm.
    Nikon D80
    Nikkor 70-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
    Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
    Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro

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    tim you won;t be taking pics of anything until you get your d80 brother ! go and get it and start playing around.
    D800e l V3 l AW1 l 16-35 l 35 l 50 l 85 l 105 l EM1 l 7.5 l 12-40 l 14 l 17 l 25 l 45 l 60 l 75
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    For wedding photog you will want the 18-50. Hands down. The 50mm is a great lens but its too limited for this type of photography. For the formals you will need the wide angle of the the 18-50. I would also suggest, depending on where you are standing/sitting, you will want the medium tele for the ceremony and reception.

    In your first post of this quesion I noticed you said you werent going to be serious about weddings? That this is just a one time thing?

    If you had to pick 2 of the 3 lenses you listed for wedding photography it would be the 2 Sigmas. Remember, you more than likely wont be able to use flash during the ceremony.

    I think youre heading in the right directioin, Tim!

    FWIW, I use the 17-55 F2.8 and 70-200VR for my wedding shoots.
    Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcon View Post
    !

    FWIW, I use the 17-55 F2.8 and 70-200VR for my wedding shoots.
    show off !
    D800e l V3 l AW1 l 16-35 l 35 l 50 l 85 l 105 l EM1 l 7.5 l 12-40 l 14 l 17 l 25 l 45 l 60 l 75
    flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    show off !
    LMAO!!!!!
    Jason

    "A coward dies a thousand deaths, a soldier dies but once."-2Pac


    A bunch of Nikon stuff!

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    I agree with the buying both the Sigmas.

    Before the wedding well in advance, maybe ask if there can or cannot be any flashes. If it doesn't matter then get the SB800 to help out with the lighting. If its outside during the day, then you won't have a hard time with lighting and blur.
    Nikon D300
    Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
    Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D (70-200mm f/2.8 VR soon)
    Nikon SB600 (SB800 soon)
    Nikon MB-D10 grip
    Sekonic L-358
    Bogan/Manfrotto 055xprob tripod

    Canon AE-1 Program
    Canon FD 50mm f/1.8
    CPC 2x Teleconverter
    CPC Phase 2 CCT 80-200 f/4.5
    CPC Phase 2 CCT 28mm Macro f/2.8

  10. #10
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    Thanks for the inputs everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    tim you won;t be taking pics of anything until you get your d80 brother ! go and get it and start playing around.
    Are you telling me to get the body and no lens? How does that work?
    I don't want the kit lens. I am comfortable enough with any camera anyone throw at me (not literally!) and I have used D70s and D80 from friends and relatives. I have experimented enough with FZ20 for all there is to try out and so I'm ready for the real thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by jcon View Post
    In your first post of this quesion I noticed you said you werent going to be serious about weddings? That this is just a one time thing?
    .....
    It depends. If there is a market and how I can fit in to it then it won't be a one off thing. But if the lenses are good enough for such events it will be good enough for almost anything; right? Save long telephoto such as sports...
    If this is one off thing, would you recommend different sets of lenses?

    I find that Sigma 50-150 is AUD$900 cheapest and many shops sell well over $1000 mark.
    So... is there any alternatives? If I buy SB800, do I still need f/2.8?
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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