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02-01-2014, 08:01 AM   #1
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zoom's or prime's

So I have been picking my brain on this one for a while now. What would be better for weddings prime lenses or zoom lenses? I have always thought that zoom's were better suited for this type of event but I am not too sure and I thought that some of you on here that shoot weddings could help me with this. Because I am going to be shooting weddings this year and I am about to go and get a set of zoom's the 17-50 tamron and the 50-135 pentax. But after reading and seeing some wedding photos I just don't know what to do. Please help me.....

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For events such as weddings i prefer to shoot with 2 bodies. I have my FA 31 on one and a zoom (16-50 or 50-135 or 70-200 depending on the size of the venue , number of people , etc) on the other body.
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To each its own.

Personally, I prefer primes, because they are faster, lighter, smaller, usually have better IQ.

I believe a prime is as versatile as your mind. And legs
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I was thinking the same thing use a good zoom and a prime now it is what one's to get. I was thinking either the pentax 55mm* and tamron 17-50mm or the sigma 50mm and pentax 50-135mm I have a pentax 35mm f2.4, pentax kit, tamron 70-300 Quanary 28-90 and MF 50's and I dont think that the lenses I have will cut it. I have done events with these lenses but most of the time I used my 35, 18-55, 70-300 and I need to up grade them I was thinking.

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I would think primes are better for the formal pics and such and a decent zoom would be better for the more candid, random shots.
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See I am getting my taxes back and I have about 1000.oo bucks to work with and I want to get 1 really good lens and a fast f2.8 zoom lens. So I have narrowed my choices down to either the Pentax 55* or the 50-135* those are the 2 different more expensive choices. Now if I go with the 55* do I go for a wide to normal zoom or do go with a telephoto zoom cause I could look in to the tamron 70-200 I really wish that sigma's new 24-105 f4 lens would come in K mount its not fair. You know what I did not even think of it but I could go with the 28-75 F2.8 tamron lens and a good prime like the 55*.
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I'm a prime shooter and would be reasonably comfortable switching lenses constantly to frame up the shots I need. I do however recommend a good zoom in the case of continuously moving subjects, such as at a wedding, or child's birthday party, for example. In these cases, the grab shots do not require the utmost in IQ nor the luscious bokeh that certain primes may afford, so it is better to capture the shot than reflect upon all the shots you missed.
You can still bring out the limited primes for the setup shots, but keep if versatile for the candida.
Of course, I am recommending buying MORE lenses, which is always my recommendation when questions border on the subject of LBA.
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The 50-135 is an optically superb lens. Go for it. You only lose one stop compared to the 55, and gain the whole range of focal lengths.

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Zooms or primes...apostrophe's not necessary.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Cambo Quote
Zooms or primes...apostrophe's not necessary.

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It seems like the f/2.8 zooms are the go to thing for wedding photographers, after all you are there to do a good job which is what those lenses are designed to do. Primes give you the potential for better photographs but there is also the risk that you won't be able to get a picture you should resulting in you just doing an OK job.
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The 50-135 is an optically superb lens. Go for it. You only lose one stop compared to the 55, and gain the whole range of focal lengths
I think you are right I'm going to get the 50-135 for sure they other one I still do not know it is between the Tamron 17-50 to go with the 50-135 or get a sigma 50mm and that will leave me with the kit lens till a little latter this year.
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You might want to consider that the Tamron is screw drive while the Sigma and Pentax 16/17-50 f/2.8 lenses have quieter in lens motors. Noise can be a concern in certain wedding shooting situations.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lguckert79 Quote
So I have been picking my brain on this one for a while now. What would be better for weddings prime lenses or zoom lenses? I have always thought that zoom's were better suited for this type of event but I am not too sure and I thought that some of you on here that shoot weddings could help me with this. Because I am going to be shooting weddings this year and I am about to go and get a set of zoom's the 17-50 tamron and the 50-135 pentax. But after reading and seeing some wedding photos I just don't know what to do. Please help me.....
Venue size will determine whether you need a short FL prime or zoom, particularly for group shots. If you're using flash, then the maximum aperture won't matter too much and the zooms you mention will probably be fine, although I've no personal experience with the Tamron. The Pentax DA*50-135/2.8 is a very good zoom, and the constant 2.8 maximum aperture makes it useful for subject isolation.

Nonetheless, the FA31/1.8 Limited is a terrific lens for half-length or head-and-shoulders portraits, or even closer for some subjects, on APS-C.

QuoteOriginally posted by Cambo Quote
Zooms or primes...apostrophe's not necessary.

Cheers,
Cameron
Did you mean "apostrophes aren't necessary" or "an apostrophe isn't necessary". Just kidding.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RobA_Oz Quote
Did you mean "apostrophes aren't necessary" or "an apostrophe isn't necessary".
It would have to be "apostrophes are not necessary," would it not?
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