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02-02-2014, 09:21 PM   #1
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Which lens would you take 2nd wedding shoot

So I am proficient enough to be starting to make decent money doing weddings. I know what I am doing technically but just asking what would you think would be the most convenient. Below is my list of lenses, I am wondering if you think it's worth getting the 16-50 2.8 sdm, the da 16-45 f4 or the 15mm ltd on a second body I already have.

Pentax K5 and Pentax K7
Sigma 10-20
Tamron 28-75 f2.8
40mm ltd
50-135 F2.8 SDM

I'm thinking that 28-75 is not wide enough on one body, but I don't love the quality of the 10-20 the 50-135 should be long enough and be my telephoto.

Thoughts??

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I second the motion for the 50-135. Great lens. I like the 16-50 for grab shots, and it should work for wedding work. I would be leary of getting much wider than 24 mm to reduce the wide angle people widening at the edges. I got my 16-50 in 2007, and have had not troubles with it.
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16-50 f2.8 combined with the 50-135 f2.8 on two camera bodies would be perfect for a wedding setup IMHO. Of course you'll need good strobes and flash brackets as well if you don't already have them.
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That is how I'm leaning with the 16-50 I should throw the Tamron 17-50 into the mix, not that it makes a huge deal but I have an assistant with alien bees and beauty dish or octobox for outside shots and for inside I'm going to see if I can place two alien bees b1600 shooting at the ceiling.

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great point regarding the distortion on ultra wide angle thanks Canada_Rockies.
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The DA*16-50 is probably the first thing to get here.

Then you can worry about wide angle or primes after that.

Sigma 8-16 is better than Sigma 10-20 (either version), even though it's not fast. But it's very sharp and extremely useful with you need it. I prefer the DA15 over these Sigmas, but since sometimes I have to go wider, so I own both the DA15 and Sigma 8-16.


As far as primes go, you might find a macro handy. For other primes, there are almost too many options and capabilities to discuss here, but obvious possibilities include the DA*55, FA77, FA31/DA35/2.4/FA43, and even the DA*24.

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I wouldn't be terribly worried about the effects of distortion when shooting people with lenses wider than 24mm. Obviously, if you walk up to a person,frame them tight, and shoot them with a 24mm lens or below, results are going to be less than stellar. But, when shooting a wedding, it's important to remember that you're not just shooting portraits.

There are plenty of times when you will want to create variety in the shots you offer your clients:
You may want to use a wide angle to expand the foreground, thus extenuating a subject in the foreground. For Example: this
You may wish to push out the background to create a sense of the place or atmosphere. For example: this
When I shoot weddings, I try to offer a lot of different perspectives. 10 great photos of the same thing from the same angle aren't going to sell 10 different prints.
There are innumerable other reasons as to why you may want to bring a wide angle lens, but ultimately it's going to boil down to your own particular style. Why did the clients hire YOU, in particular?

Lastly, I'd like just to point out that if the wedding's going to be in a church, and they want a large group photo, you're going to want something wider than 24mm. I got caught with my pants down two years ago when I had left my Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 in the trunk of my car and only had a 24-70mm f/2.8 on one body and a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 on the other. Not a good feeling. While the Sigma 10-20mm is a great ultrawide, it's also crappy in the corners and fairly slow. (Slow lenses indoors tend to call for high ISO's; Large groups tend to make for large prints; Large Prints at high ISO tend to look grainy).

The review on the three ~16-50mm lenses that Adam did is a great place to look if you're interested in picking up one. Here's a link, if you haven't already seen it: DA* 16-50mm vs. Sigma and Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 Comparison - Introduction - PentaxForums.com
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It seems to me that, without spending any more money, you've got all that you need. The 28-75 and 50-135 are the pair I would use if I was doing weddings. I doubt many brides would enjoy the distorsion of a 10mm lens, and normally, you have quite enough space to work without needing such a wide angle.

If anything, I would rather upgrade the body (k7) to get something with faster AF.

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I shoot weddings and as long as you don't have an issue with screw drive lens noise, get a Tamron 17-50mm, and get it direct from japan if you want to get a really good price for one: I got one for 279$ new on black friday. Works perfect and focusses extremely fast. I love the concept of the Pentax 16-50 DA* but I have tried now six copies of that lens and they all had severe centering defects, except for the rental I got from Lens rentals and that one met spec but was not as good optically as the Tamron, IMO. All that being said I usually shoot primes on two bodies during a wedding, just like I did with Leica film rangefinder cameras. Only now the new 20-40 Limited has replaced the 20 limited at the wider end because it's more versatile and as long as you treat it like an 'extended' prime it is great to work with. Only you can make the choice, but the 17-50 Tamron is not only cheap, it's great quality.

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Great responses everyone really appreciate it, the issues with the 16-50 are always brought up so maybe I'll play it safe and get the Tamron 17-50mm. I always loved the 28-75 so I have no reservations about getting the wider one. I guess my kit will look like this.
Two bodies K7-k5
Tamron 17-50
Pentax 50-135
Sigma 10-20 (just in case)

I'll leave the rest of the gear in the trunk of my car.

Thanks for the example shots Gerbermiester, because of those I will keep the 10-20 on me.
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That sounds great! But could I suggest you get a fast 50mm prime? The one I recommend is the DA50mm f1.8. I got one free with my K3 and it is really nice, I like it better than the 50mm f1.4 FA. And it's pretty cheap. That would give you a nice pretty fast prime for candids. Just a thought, imho.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Xsalfior Quote
Great responses everyone really appreciate it, the issues with the 16-50 are always brought up so maybe I'll play it safe and get the Tamron 17-50mm. I always loved the 28-75 so I have no reservations about getting the wider one. I guess my kit will look like this.
Two bodies K7-k5
Tamron 17-50
Pentax 50-135
Sigma 10-20 (just in case)

I'll leave the rest of the gear in the trunk of my car.

Thanks for the example shots Gerbermiester, because of those I will keep the 10-20 on me.
i'v shot a couple weddings essentially with the same setup as you, the bride and groom was happy with the results. Also has a macro lens for the ring shots, and a fast 50 in the bag, but the 17-50 and 50-135 were the workhorses. If you have any more lenses for backup to keep in the car, it might be a good idea.
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Not trying to hijack this thread but would my setup of the Tamron 70-200 2.8, Sigma 17-70 C 2.8-4 and either of my 50's (1.7, 1.8) be a good set up for a wedding"?
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QuoteOriginally posted by bass3587 Quote
Not trying to hijack this thread but would my setup of the Tamron 70-200 2.8, Sigma 17-70 C 2.8-4 and either of my 50's (1.7, 1.8) be a good set up for a wedding"?
Yeah, it would be. That's pretty much what I use. I'm in the midst of replacing my Tamron 70-200 with something a bit quieter. But I've been shooting weddings with it for two years without any problems.
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