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07-07-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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Which lens would handle weddings better

So I'm now trying to purchase some new glass with a $300 dollar cap and I'm trying to decide between two lenses on the bay.

Tamron SP 17-50mm F2.8 Di II XR IF AF Aspherical Lens For Pentax Excellent+ from Japan for about $320

or

Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) for Pentax DSLRs in the US for $310

I'm thinking the 28-75 will be better suited for walking around the reception and also zooming a little bit to hit the ceremony


or should I go another route?


Thanks a million guys!

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That all depends on what other lenses you already have. We have some very nice wedding photogs here (not me) who can discuss with you the pluses and minuses of those lenses but without knowing what other lenses you own its all a bit of an academic dissection of the two.
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right now I feel like I have all the wrong lenses. Trying to find a way to sell the Sigma 24-135 F2.8-4.5 locally or in the US but ebay doesn't have any for sale to get pricing info

I also have an old SMC Pentax A 1:2 50mm lens

I'm just trying to tailor my gear better to the weddings I'm doing and trying to not be as ammaturish as I am currently
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Too many variables.
Inside wedding or outside?
Small church or big?
Are you the pro, (so you can go where you want) or just shooting so you are limited to placement?
One body or two?
Do you have lighting?
Do you do group shots of family after?
Are you shooting in the reception as well where it is often dark?

Asking what lens? Is like asking what shoe works? You have to define what you need to do.

Typically a wedding will call for three things, a wide to normal zoom (17-50 on APS-C or 28-70 on 35mm) a normal to moderate zoom (50-135 on aps-c or 70-200 on 35mm) and something for low light like a 50mm f/1.4 or 35mm f/2

If you need to do weddings with only one lens take a look at the DA 18-135, it's not ideal but it covers the range you need.

As to the two lenses you mentioned I would not want to give up the 17 to 28mm range on aps-c so if this is your only lens then the 17-50 makes the most sense. I would also keep the 24-135 in case you need the range in some situations. The 50mm f/2 is not ideal but will certainly be your best in low light as long as it is not too long for the venue.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ClinchShots Quote
right now I feel like I have all the wrong lenses. Trying to find a way to sell the Sigma 24-135 F2.8-4.5 locally or in the US but ebay doesn't have any for sale to get pricing info

I also have an old SMC Pentax A 1:2 50mm lens

I'm just trying to tailor my gear better to the weddings I'm doing and trying to not be as amaturish as I am currently
Nothing wrong with the A50/2. If money allows I'd go for the new DA50/1.8 but that's just me.

As jatrax said, lots of variables. I can say that most of the weddings I have attended have a lot of components in small areas which require a wide lens to accommodate properly. 28 on APS-C is not wide enough in my view for candids or groups in such small rooms or settings. If price is a factor the 16-45/4 has a constant f and is enough wider than 18 to matter, and they are going for relatively little these days - it's not f2.8 though.
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For low-light work indoors, I'm a big fan of my Sigma 30/1.4. I'm not a wedding 'tog though (as in never ever ever no way).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kozlok Quote
For low-light work indoors, I'm a big fan of my Sigma 30/1.4. I'm not a wedding 'tog though (as in never ever ever no way).
I have to agree about the 30/1.4 on an APS-C. 50/1.4 is too long on that format for casual indoor use.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Typically a wedding will call for three things, a wide to normal zoom (17-50 on APS-C or 28-70 on 35mm) a normal to moderate zoom (50-135 on aps-c or 70-200 on 35mm) and something for low light like a 50mm f/1.4 or 35mm f/2
I agree. Which works for you depends on how you shoot.

I'm not a wedding photographer either, although I've done a handful for close friends. This is what I used at yesterday's wedding:
Tammy 17-50
DA 50-135
FA 50/1.4

(and 105mm macro for ring shots).

Looking at the stats for the wedding, approx 20% of my shots were between 17-28, about 25% were between 50-70.
Of course this is raw data, on pictures I haven't culled yet.

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the sigma 301.4 is out of my price range

thanks for the help guys I will keep looking
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I'm thinking of pairing the Sigma 24-135 F2.8-4.5

with a FA 50 1.4

I'm thinking I can only do 2 lenses right now but selling the Sigma to get something closer to what I need could be an option as well

But I have no clue what it's worth or what I paid for it
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Nothing wrong with the A50/2. If money allows I'd go for the new DA50/1.8 but that's just me.

As jatrax said, lots of variables. I can say that most of the weddings I have attended have a lot of components in small areas which require a wide lens to accommodate properly. 28 on APS-C is not wide enough in my view for candids or groups in such small rooms or settings. If price is a factor the 16-45/4 has a constant f and is enough wider than 18 to matter, and they are going for relatively little these days - it's not f2.8 though.
I'm thinking I could get $230 for the sigma 24-135 f2.8-4.5 if I throw in a few filters and market right on ebay (but I'm not sure I'd get that much)

I can find the Pentax SMCP-DA 16-45mm f/4.0 ED AL Autofocus Lens for 220 on ebay

would it be better fitting or would I not even notice a difference?
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The Sigma is typically available used for ~$350. Not too expensive.
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