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07-14-2010, 12:04 AM   #1
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Which limited series lens for weddings and portraits?

I'm in the market for a Limited Series lens for mainly shooting weddings and portraits. Which lens would be best for those two?

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07-14-2010, 02:59 AM   #2
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Those are two very different things. To shoot portraits, I like the DA 70, although the FA 77 gets rave reviews as well. To shoot a wedding, you need multiple different focal lengths. Maybe the DA 15, DA 35, and DA 70 would do it if you want a prime set up? Not sure. When I have shot weddings as a second shooter, I mainly use my DA * 16-50 and 50-135. There are several on the forum who shoot weddings with primes, so it definitely can be done.
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The 31 and the 77.. wide angle and a telephoto
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I've done it with my 43 and 77, however now that I have the DA* 50-135mm I find them much easier to do...and relegate the primes for the posed shots, and zoom for the ceremony.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rustynail925 Quote
The 31 and the 77.. wide angle and a telephoto
+1, except that if you are using a DSLR, the 31 is a normal, not a wide angle.
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Spend some time at those events with zooms, then decide for your own personal preferences which focal length(s) you'd like most. If it were me, the 70 would be the first choice for portraits and wedding ceremonies, but you'd also want something wide to deal with the reception.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
Spend some time at those events with zooms, then decide for your own personal preferences which focal length(s) you'd like most. If it were me, the 70 would be the first choice for portraits and wedding ceremonies, but you'd also want something wide to deal with the reception.

I go along the lines of Marc if you are pretty sure that you want to head down the road of primes.

The limited line both DA and FA are all great lenses... it gets down to requirement and maybe then costs.


Why not check out the reviews section?


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you have to get the FA Trio + DA 15 and you're set.

Advice: to compensate for a zoom, keep 2 bodies with mounted lenses so you don't have to stop to change a lens in the middle of the action

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Limiteds are great, though I find the fixed focal lengths hard to get framing right in those split second moments you want to get framing right in camera. So as with others I'd be pleased with the 31 and 77, I'd much prefer the combination of excellent wide-normal and telephoto zooms on two separate cameras to do the job. There are times when you may need the 16-20mm as well as the 100-200mm focal lengths, and switch between them within a few seconds.
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I'd go with two camera bodies, one with the 16-50, one with the 50-135, personally. If you want primes, then the 31 or 43 and the 70 or 77 come to mind.
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I've done wedding twice w/ the FA31 alone, once w/ a 31 and FA85, and quite a few events w/ 31 alone. All on digital of course. I think your safe bet is 31/77 combo. 31 on digital might be a bit tight, but if got space, just try to back up a step or two, or ask the crowd to squeeze together a bit. It's a wedding, and you are the photographer, it's pretty easy to ask people do whatever you want, with a limit (or two) of course

But my experiences w/ one lens solution (FA*2870) was better, for wedding of course.
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But my experiences w/ one lens solution (FA*2870) was better, for wedding of course.
I recommended the 16-50 but I agree that a 28-75-ish (like the Tamrons or Sigmas) are good choices, and good mates to the 50-135.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
I'd go with two camera bodies, one with the 16-50, one with the 50-135, personally. If you want primes, then the 31 or 43 and the 70 or 77 come to mind.
I would second this.
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I shot my last wedding with FA 35mm F2 on one body and DA* 50-135mm on another and it's a kickass combo.
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I would spend some time thinking about the FA* 85/1.4 and the DA* 55/1.4
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