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01-24-2014, 08:28 AM   #16
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Sorry, I missed that.

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I did DJ work for weddings for a lot of years and worked with many wedding photogs.

When I got interested in photography I started paying attention to what equipment they were using.

The large majority used two bodies, one with a wide 2.8 zoom (mostly 20ish to 70 on full frame) and the other with a 70-200 2.8 zoom.

The more creative types might also carry a super wide zoom.

Rarely saw anyone with primes on, unless they had multiple shooters.

Most used an external flash bounced up with a Stofen on the camera or available light during the day.

One wedding I did the photog had a team of shooters with wireless flash units up on stands high up throughout the room.
I later saw the pics on his website and the shots were awesome.

My viewpoint is from the reception hall and outdoor ceremony, I don't know what they used in the church.
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Tamron 70-200 is a beautiful but one of my least used lens due to the weight. Most of the time, I pickup one of the prime. However it's just me, if you can handle the weight, 70-200 range would be more versatile for wedding as long as AF co-operates.
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Ok, here's my two cents:

Tamron 70-200 2.8 (I haven't used this): probably good optically but 1) very big, heavy and 'scary' for people close up, 2) not cheap, 3) leaves you with a focal length gap between 50 and 70. I think you'll find this frustrating.

Sigma 70mm macro (i have used this): superb optics and reasonably small, but as others have said, it sounds like you need a zoom in the longer range. I'd say more or less the same for the other primes mentioned.

Pentax 50-135 2.8 (I haven't used this): Probably perfect for what you want in terms of focal length and optics, but 1) expensive, 2) fears about the AF are understandable - it would be a risk.

So a couple of suggestions which haven't been mentioned:

Sigma 50-150 (old version). This will need to be bought second-hand and is not that easy to get hold of for Pentax, but reviews put it close to the Pentax 50-135 optically and it doesn't have the known AF issues. It's much smaller and lighter than the Tamron 70-200 and will be pretty cheap if you can get hold of it. It also won't leave you with a focal length gap. I haven't used it and am just going off what I have read.

Tamron 28-75 2.8. Ok this doesn't extend your reach as much as the other options but it does get you to the portrait focal length you wanted, doesn't leave a gap after your Tamron 17-50 and won't interrupt your flow as much as a prime because you can quickly zoom back if you need to without changing lenses or bodies. It's also sharp, small and light and fairly cheap.
If you got the 28-75 you could get a Pentax M 75-150 f4 for occasional longer focal length shots - costs virtually nothing and performs well at max aperture. It's manual focus and manual aperture but the push-pull system is quick to use. This will outperform your Sigma 70-300 by a mile - I've compared them.

Happy choosing!


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My opinion - I don't think the gap between 50 and 70 matters in practice. Use the 50 and crop in those rare instances where you 70 isn't wide enough and 50 has 'extra' stuff in the pic.
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You guys have all given great advice. Right now I'm leading towards the 70-200 because of the utility it will bring and the shots look pretty awesome. I'm definitely going to look into the 50-150, only problem is I have about $600 in Amazon dollars to spend so unless I find a used one on there it's probably going to be a new Tamron. The extra $400 for the Pentax 50-135 just didn't seem justified to me.
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