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12-02-2008, 11:06 PM   #31
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If I was getting paid to do a wedding and was limited to ONE lens & ONE body, I'd borrow my friend's 5D + 24-105L.

In Pentax land I'd choose the Tamron 28-75 2.8. But honestly, I would insist on the following setup:

Body 1 - DA*16-50 2.8
Body 2 - Tamron 28-75 or DA*50-135.

At least one flash, ideally an assistant for off-camera flash. Laptop. Extra batteries and cards.

After all, you're getting paid - and you really shouldn't screw this up.

12-03-2008, 12:36 AM   #32
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DA* 16-50 2.8

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I would say DA* 16-50. However she has a *istDL, it seems like we are wasting money on the SDM if buying the DA*. So the Tamron/Sigma 17-50 should be a proper choice.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ashamsuddin Quote
I want to get her a good quality lens that she can use to get some great shots, but I can only afford one right now.

Right now she has the kit lens (18-55) and a Sigma 70-200 (f 4-???) - on a *istDL

We know that she needs something with a lower F stop, but what focal range does she need?

I know she'll eventually need two cameras, a few lenses, blah, blah, blah.

But for now, which one lens should I invest in?
Get a good flash for the kit lens and buy an FA 50mm 1.4 for the formal portraits. Learning to use the flash well will take some time. Wedding photographers know better than to strictly rely on natural light and fast lenses.

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I would suggest as others here have already, a fast 50mm prime, either f1:1.4 or f1:1.7 or for extra luxury f1:1.2.

These are all a joy to use and will give fantastic results, when stopped down a couple of stops.
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The extra reach is overrated in most wedding situations.

Personally, I almost always shoot wide and crop. Gives you a lot of creative latitude for the finished product. You'll have the option to crop left, right, zoom, ... whatever. You'd be stunned at how often you can take a blah picture and turn it into a WOW! photograph with a little creative rotation and cropping. I get a lot of 'How'd you do that?' reactions.
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If I was taking photos for myself, I'd bring a fast 50 (FA50 f/1.4).
If I was taking pictures for the bride and groom, I'd bring a 2.8 zoom (Tamron 17-50 f/2.8) and a flash.
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Tamron 17-50 2.8

You WILL miss a few shots if you can't go wider than 28... there is usually at least one cramped spot

However you can crop or zoom with your feet (step forward) to make up for not having 75mm...

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for just one lens.. I would sa da*16-50, if the copy is good.
You newer know how the weahter is, and there is allways good images to capture when they go out.

I'm no pro, but I have shoot a wedding before.. and will newer ever do a wedding again with just one camera.

So now I got 2 K20D..

good luck
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Sounds like people are pointing towards the wide end--if the Tamron 17-50 has output as nice as the 28-75, you could save a ton vs. the DA* 16-50.

The famous Prodigital2000 has 3 of them for $299US (each ) obo right now:

NEW TAMRON AF 17-50mm XR F/2.8 Di II LENS PENTAX K20D - ( item 310105699056 end time 01-Jan-09 14:06:07 EST)

They'll probably take $270, so I'd start with an offer. Less than half of the DA*16-50.

I was thinking the 28-75 because I like the long end not so much for the reach, but for the foreshortening for portraits.
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QuoteOriginally posted by farfisa Quote
They'll probably take $270, so I'd start with an offer. Less than half of the DA*16-50.
Prodigital accepted my offer of $270 US for the 17-50, so you should be good to go. I think their rule of thumb is generally 10% off the listed price. I used a 15% ebay/paypal coupon as well, so it was a nice deal (under $250, including shipping to the US). I got mine yesterday--it's a very nice lens, very much like my Tamron 28-75, but more compact and lighter.
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Tamron 17-50 2.8

I own 16-45 and would recommend more speed. I have seen very good tests of Tamron 17-50 2.8 lens but do not own it YET. 16 vs. 17 no big deal for a wedding and weather sealing not as big a deal either for wedding. If Pentax 16-50 2.8 had a little better optics, I would vote for it. Both would be very good for wedding.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TourDeForce Quote
You'd be stunned at how often you can take a blah picture and turn it into a WOW! photograph with a little creative rotation and cropping.
I second that. I was 2nd shooter for my brother's wedding and the originals were ehhh because I'm more into landscapes (I warned him I'm not a wedding photog and would not be "in" the wedding if I did this but he wanted extra coverage for the wedding). They liked the coffee table photobook I did for them after cropping, etc. the photos. Most ended up being cropped quite a bit for better impact.
The photos were done using a Sigma 17-70 mostly at f/5.6 (flash of course) and I popped on a 50/1.4 for some low light church photos and a 10-20 for the big family group photos and interior photos when picking up the bride (tiny cramped house where 17 wasn't wide enough).
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QuoteOriginally posted by TourDeForce Quote
The extra reach is overrated in most wedding situations.
QuoteOriginally posted by leok Quote
You WILL miss a few shots if you can't go wider than 28... there is usually at least one cramped spot

However you can crop or zoom with your feet (step forward) to make up for not having 75mm...
My very limited experience as official wedding photographer (only 2 weddings as a favor to friends, and it will likely stop there ) agrees with both these statements.

I shot almost everything with a 17-55mm f/2.8 lens. In my case, using a longer lens would mostly have mean more room for other people to get between me and my subjects (except at the church, but even there 55mm very seldom felt too short).

I'd suggest the Tamron 17-50/2.8 on one body (+flash & diffuser), and the FA77/1.8 on a 2nd one if you can.

My "ideal wedding lens" on APS-C would probably be a 17-70mm f/2.8. Although I might find it a tad heavy
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I agree... the Tamron 28-75mm is a great lens!
Agreed... Tamron 28-75 is the one to have if you only have one. Rarely at a wedding do you need to go as wide as 16mm but the extra length out to 75 (instead of 50mm) is quite handy. Plus its a beautiful lens.

Still... I can't imagine doing a whole wedding with only one lens or one body but each location dictates your requirements. I shot a whole wedding at 300mm once with very nice results (film).

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