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  1. #1
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    What Are The Best Lenses For Wedding Photography

    In the CANON series what lenses are the best for wedding and portrait photography? Especially to shoot at high ISO without flash.

    I currently have the 24-70 f2.8 L USM, used on a 5d & 20d.

    Any other ideas or recommendations from the group....

    Thanks in advance for your replies, hef
    Nikon D3, Nikon D300, Hasselblad 501c, Canon SD550, Canon G10

    20 f2.8 AF-D, 28 f/2.8 AI-S,35 f2 AI-S, 50 f/1.4 AIS, 50 f1.4 Sigma HSM, 24-120 AF-D, 24-70 F2.8 AF-S G, 12-24 F4 ATX Tokina, 70-200 F2.8 Sigma HSM II, 80-400 F4.5-5.6 AF-D VR

    Nikon SB-900, Lowepro Slingshot 100, Tons of lighting and metering equipment

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    The 24-70 would be my #1 recommendation on a FF body, my 2nd would be a 70-200 2.8 IS. You could easily do everything you need with these two lenses.

    For the ultimate in low light performance, however, you might want to invest in a 1.4 prime. You could handhold a 24 f1.4 at about 1/20 - 1/30 at f1.4 at ISO 3200 and shoot in a waning crescent moon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamison55
    The 24-70 would be my #1 recommendation on a FF body, my 2nd would be a 70-200 2.8 IS. You could easily do everything you need with these two lenses.

    For the ultimate in low light performance, however, you might want to invest in a 1.4 prime. You could handhold a 24 f1.4 at about 1/20 - 1/30 at f1.4 at ISO 3200 and shoot in a waning crescent moon!
    Oh if I could only afford that 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM.... What a lens. I should probably sell the 70-300 F4 DO IS USM..... However, that is a nice lens for outdoors work...

    I'm going to start looking around for a good 70-200 f2.8 L. Do you really need the IS on that lens with it being f2.8?

    ciao, hef
    Nikon D3, Nikon D300, Hasselblad 501c, Canon SD550, Canon G10

    20 f2.8 AF-D, 28 f/2.8 AI-S,35 f2 AI-S, 50 f/1.4 AIS, 50 f1.4 Sigma HSM, 24-120 AF-D, 24-70 F2.8 AF-S G, 12-24 F4 ATX Tokina, 70-200 F2.8 Sigma HSM II, 80-400 F4.5-5.6 AF-D VR

    Nikon SB-900, Lowepro Slingshot 100, Tons of lighting and metering equipment

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    With that 24-70 you have a very useful range covered, if it is a sharp lens. Maybe it is an idea to get a 85mm prime.
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

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    Quote Originally Posted by hef
    Oh if I could only afford that 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM
    What!? - you have over $9,000 worth of equipment listed in your signature, whats another $1,700
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktixx
    What!? - you have over $9,000 worth of equipment listed in your signature, whats another $1,700
    LOL.. I should just do it... I have the Nikon/Nikkor equip for sale so the list hopefully will get smaller.

    Question, The 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM is definatley better than the 70-300 f4 DO IS USM in your opinion?

    Seems like the 70-300 DO was really good outdoors when I used it, but inside or for moving objects, pics come out blurred...
    Nikon D3, Nikon D300, Hasselblad 501c, Canon SD550, Canon G10

    20 f2.8 AF-D, 28 f/2.8 AI-S,35 f2 AI-S, 50 f/1.4 AIS, 50 f1.4 Sigma HSM, 24-120 AF-D, 24-70 F2.8 AF-S G, 12-24 F4 ATX Tokina, 70-200 F2.8 Sigma HSM II, 80-400 F4.5-5.6 AF-D VR

    Nikon SB-900, Lowepro Slingshot 100, Tons of lighting and metering equipment

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    I guess this thread is a bit old now but I've only just joined! I used to be a wedding photographer- and then when I retired, I just use to take photos at friendsa weddings... and they'd often turn out better than the professional's ones!! These are the lenses that I use:











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    welcome to the forum chou
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
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    i shoot my fair share of weddings. i find the lenses i use the most with my 5d mark II are my 35mm f/1.4L and my sigma 50mm f/1.4. i could probably get away with shooting a full wedding with just those two lenses if needed.

    during the ceremony, i use the sigma 85mm f/1.4 quite a bit...and sometimes my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS(depends on the size of the place and how far back i have to stay).
    40d | 5d mk II | 2.8/16 zenitar fisheye | 16-35L | 35L | sigma 1.4/50 | sigma 2.8/50 Macro | sigma 1.4/85 | 70-200L IS
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  10. #10
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    Having been in the business for a bit I would suggest getting a good 50mm lens with the fastest aperture you can afford, the 24-105 mm l series lens, and a 70-200 mm l series lens. Look around at reputable used camera stores. Unlike cameras that need to have shutter boxes replaced after a few hundred thousand shoots, lenses will last a long time if used properly. A good uses lens will not have a sloppy focus ring or zoom. I hope this helps.

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