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I have a variety of zooms and prime lenses in my arsenal. What are your preferred or favorite lenses for wedding photography?

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45mm for 35mm, 75mm for MF.

It won't do the whole job, just
90% of it
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45mm for 35mm, 75mm for MF.

It won't do the whole job, just
90% of it
Thanks for the suggestions, Golem.

Weddings are NOT my forte by ANY stretch of the imagination!!!!, but I got roped into this "gig," being a family friend to some wonderful people who find themselves severely strapped, cash-wise. So.... being the good friend that I am, when approached about the possibility of becoming "The Wedding Photographer," .... well.... I think you get the picture.

The closer the day comes (June 24th), the more anxious I'm becoming! I HATE it when this happens! It puts a lot of pressure on me to perform.... and I absolutely HATE doing ANYTHING that I'm NOT GOOD AT! So, I'm left swinging in the breeze, and just winging it.... all on my own.

I've been reading all I can on the subject, looking at wedding photos from outside sources, hoping to get some ideas and pointers. I like the "unusual," and will go to great lengths to avoid the static, same old, same old, "Sears portrait-type" images.

That being said....

I have a very nice SMC Pentax-DA 16-45mm zoom that I have considered.

It's not like I can only take one or two lenses with me. The venue is only about 15 miles from home and I can load my Pelican case with 18-20 lenses if I feel the need.

As far as the 75mm lens, I think I would do best with a lens that I feel most comfortable with, that has proven itself over the years. A couple of years ago, I shot a wedding-vow renewal affair and found that my trusty Tamron 28-200mm lens was the one I kept coming back to.

I don't like limiting myself to a prime lens. Maybe it's just a personal thing.... and what I feel most capable with when using them. I have many zooms that are more than capable of producing some outstandingly sharp images. I've long since rid myself of any and all of those that didn't make the grade.

I've got the lighting pretty well covered, with three remote flash units, tripods, umbrellas, remote triggers, etc.

I'm also going to get together with the bride and see if she has anything she would like that I might have not considered.
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I also had some struggles about lenses for wedding photography and I found a nice article, which helped me to figure out what I really need.
Thanks for the suggestion! At this point, I need and will take all the help I can get.
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I think for weddings, in 35mm or full frame terms, something in the 24-70 and 70-200 range gets you covered for most everything. For big wedding party group shots you might need to be wider, or stand farther back. But it also depends on how you shoot a wedding, or how a church or couple let you. Some don't want you up in their face, or standing at the front to shoot the ceremony, so you have to be farther back and zoom in, thus the 70-200. You could stand in the back and be wide to medium to get an environmental type shot too, so the 24 or so does that. And keep in mind, indoor weddings can be 'dark' and that means you need some wide aperture, like f/2.8

For intimate portraits, getting ready, romantic, individuals in the party and such, the 24-70 gets a lot of use. if you want to do those and stay "disconnected", the 70-200 can do that.

Hard to say what one FL you would use to cover a wedding, but really, if you had to, and needed to with one prime lens, a 50mm is still the best all around lens, if one likes that length. I like 35mm better than 50mm, but that is me.
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When I first started shooting weddings with the equipment supplied by the studio where I worked, I shot the entire wedding with an 80mm f/2.8 lens on a 6x6cm medium format camera.

Much later when I started shooting some weddings with 35mm equipment, I used the following Nikon lenses:
35mm f/1.4
85mm f/1.4
105mm f/2.8 macro (for individual portraits and close-ups)
24mm f/2 (for large group shots and wide interior shots)
180mm f/2.8 (optional) (for tight portraits)
35-70mm f/2.8 (backup lens)
75-150mm f/3.5 or 80-200mm f/2.8 (backup lens)

During the digital era, I shoot weddings with the following Nikon auto focus zoom lenses on a crop sensor digital SLR:
14-24mm f/2.8 (primarily for large group shots and shooting in tight quarters)
20-35mm f/2.8 (most often used lens)
28-70mm f/2.8 (primarily for ring shot and individual portraits)
80-200mm f/2.8 (optional)
75-150mm f/3.5 (manual focus backup lens)
18-55mm f/3.5 to f/5.6 (backup lens)

Please note: I normally shoot with two identical working cameras and keep a third nearby as a backup.


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45mm for 35mm, 75mm for MF.

It won't do the whole job, just
90% of it
Now that you've elaborated about the situation ...
now I realize the query is NOT about choosing gear
to start up a wedding bidniz ... rather the opposite.

Given the pressures you mention, which are no way
just your fevered imagination ... I now recommend
a different choice:

Whatever you already have on hand ... not on the
basis of "don't invest in a one-time need" but on
the basis of the pressures and lack of experience.

Point is that "Whatever you already have on hand"
translates directly as "whatever gear is comfortable
as an old shoe ... gear you know best". I'm verrrry
serious. Literally ! If the gear you know best just
happens to be a GoPro, then use that. You know it
well and you will produce a successful GoPro style
wedding ... which beats failure any day. Whoever
cornered you into this must accept whatever style
of result you MOST comfortably can produce. After
all, this is not about earning repeat bidniz. Sticking
to the GoPro fantasy[?] if someone really looooves
your GoPro shoot, surely THAT is something you'd
prolly be more than willing to do again ... FOR PAY !

Given your circumstance, I INSIST you reject any
other advisors that suggest new gear, even on the
basis that they recommend something broadly very
useful beyond this one-time need. NO NEW GEAR
OF ANY SORT ON THIS JOB !!!!!!!!!!

New is treacherous ... for various reasons not worth
detailing. Unless you are so pissed off at those who
put you in this pickle that you wanna lose them as
friends, FOREVER ! See, peeps THINK weddings are
all about "forever". Pressure, PRESSURE, PRESSURE
demands the safest most reliable approach.

------------------------------------------

BTW I shot a BEAUTIFUL wedding book for a cousin,
pro bono, and for pro bono I was in no hurry about
the delivery. I took a coupla months. Well I don't see
that cousin all that often ... are you getting ahead of
the story here ? ... are you already guessing that the
marriage was over before I delivered ? Winner winner
chicken dinner for you ! But it was a beautiful set of
pix for my working book
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Originally Posted by Golem View Post
Now that you've elaborated about the situation ...
now I realize the query is NOT about choosing gear
to start up a wedding bidniz ... rather the opposite.

Given the pressures you mention, which are no way
just your fevered imagination ... I now recommend
a different choice:

Whatever you already have on hand ... not on the
basis of "don't invest in a one-time need" but on
the basis of the pressures and lack of experience.

Point is that "Whatever you already have on hand"
translates directly as "whatever gear is comfortable
as an old shoe ... gear you know best". I'm verrrry
serious. Literally ! If the gear you know best just
happens to be a GoPro, then use that. You know it
well and you will produce a successful GoPro style
wedding ... which beats failure any day. Whoever
cornered you into this must accept whatever style
of result you MOST comfortably can produce. After
all, this is not about earning repeat bidniz. Sticking
to the GoPro fantasy[?] if someone really looooves
your GoPro shoot, surely THAT is something you'd
prolly be more than willing to do again ... FOR PAY !

Given your circumstance, I INSIST you reject any
other advisors that suggest new gear, even on the
basis that they recommend something broadly very
useful beyond this one-time need. NO NEW GEAR
OF ANY SORT ON THIS JOB !!!!!!!!!!

New is treacherous ... for various reasons not worth
detailing. Unless you are so pissed off at those who
put you in this pickle that you wanna lose them as
friends, FOREVER ! See, peeps THINK weddings are
all about "forever". Pressure, PRESSURE, PRESSURE
demands the safest most reliable approach.

------------------------------------------

BTW I shot a BEAUTIFUL wedding book for a cousin,
pro bono, and for pro bono I was in no hurry about
the delivery. I took a coupla months. Well I don't see
that cousin all that often ... are you getting ahead of
the story here ? ... are you already guessing that the
marriage was over before I delivered ? Winner winner
chicken dinner for you ! But it was a beautiful set of
pix for my working book
Among the 35 +/- lenses I own, the one I'm probably the most comfortable with would be my Tamron 28-200mm lens. It has never failed me. Sharper than it should be, color saturation is top-drawer and as comfortable as an old shoe. Second would be a Pentax 16-45mm and a Pentax 18-135mm and lastly, a Sigma 70-300mm (1:2) close focus lens. I've got a 50mm f:1.4 and f:1.8 for those instances when I need some extreme bokeh

I've got the lighting pretty well covered.

I'm taking three camera bodies as well as an entire Pelican case full of lenses (just in case!) but if I can't manage to perform the tasks expected of me with the four lenses mentioned, I need to find a different avocation!


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