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  1. #1
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    Need some advice

    I was showing a friend some of my images and he suggested we do weddings. He used to shoot weddings about ten years ago but gave it up. He had 5 people working for him so I know he knows what he is doing. His cousin still does weddings and is looking to give it up and he said he would give anybody who calls him my friends number. We both have the same cameras right now so I know we would have to upgrade our equipment. I was thinking 2 A700. I have a Minolta 50mm was thinking of getting a 2 Tamron 28-75 and maybe Tamron 90 or a good zoom. He has a Sony flash (not sure which one) so we would just need one more flash. Then some extra batteries and memory cards. Is there anything else I might need to get started? Is the A700 the right choice? Should I look at Canon or Nikon and start over? I am not sure if I am ready for this but I would like to give it a try. I am always afraid of messing up somebodies special day. You cannot get that back.

    Thanks

    Frank

    PS If anybody thinks this is a crazy idea let me know.
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
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  2. #2
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    That's going to raise your blood pressure, Frank. You don't want to be switching lenses so a good zoom is the order of the day.

    The A700, F58AM flash and a 2470Z Carl Zeiss would do for the majority of your pictures.

    If the Zeiss is OOT you could do worse than the Sony (or Minolta) 24-105 F3.5-4.5 but it's probably too slow.

  3. #3
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    I think a 70-200mm F/2.8 would also be good. The last wedding I went to, during the actual wedding portion, the photographers just stood at the back of the church with a 70-200 shooting away, Canon 5DIIs are LOUD!. Not sure how the pics came out, nor do I know anything about wedding photography, but for events you gotta have these two ranges (as Peek pointed out) covered with F/2.8 in zooms. You are also going to need a good flash (better have 2), lots of batteries, two bodies minimum, and extra memory cards. It's no cheap endeavor for sure. But I think it does pay nicely if you get the customers.

    Going with Canon or Nikon may be an option, I'd wait and see what Sony has coming this fall (August, I hope).
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  4. #4
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    weddings...run awaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  5. #5
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    Weddings make cash and I only do them for people I know. they are hell and i suggest a partner yes. Otherwise its easy money.
    sony A300
    tamron 17-50 2.8
    Sony SAL 11-18
    Sony 35 1.8

  6. #6
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    I shot a wedding in may with the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and my Canon 85/1.8. I had some other glass, but really only used those two. It was indoors but during the day, so there was a lot of light in the church. You could get away with a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, but I would go for the Tamron 17-50 + something like the 70-200. The SSS will buy you the extra bit of speed that I got from the 1.8. Having 17 on the wide end was really useful for some shots.
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    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
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  7. #7
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    Wide angles for parties and such are definitely fun to use! Even something wider than 17 would allow for some cool, in the moment, group type shots where you fit many people.
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  8. #8
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    No direct knowledge on this Frank, but I have read and heard that weddings are among the most stressfull, annoying and irratating shoots one can do, that may be why they tend to pay well? Frank from lots of the shots you have put up I would look into selling or trying and find some outlet for your wildlife images. Maybe make greeting cards, calanders, prints to sell online? Something else maybe?
    Sean
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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