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01-30-2009, 01:15 AM   #1
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Weddings or Events with Limited Primes only?

Just curious if anyone has shot a wedding with the Limited primes only?

I'm thinking of setting up a prime lineup for myself to do weddings and events. I usually shoot with 2 bodies (#1 body - wide, #2 body - normal and telephoto swaps) and occasionally use zooms. However, primes (with flash) seem to be the thing for me at the moment.

I'm really liking the DA40 Ltd and find that my best shots during a wedding I did recently came from that lens. Thinking of supplementing that with a DA21. I normally prefer F2.8, and I use bounce flash often.

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I was thinking of getting a 2nd body and going with 2xK10D + FA31 + FA77,
Or even getting film body for FA31, and going with ultimate set of Film+FA31 and K10D+FA77.

Nothing of that came into life ofc. - i`m too busy with my day job
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The primes will win in size and weight, but unless you're a guest, I don't see why you would choose them over the two DA* zooms you already have.
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a while back on dpr, someone shot a whole wedding with only an FA31, results turned out well
going all prime style wedding is certainly doable, but very difficult for the standard fare "cookie cutter" style of weddings
if you're more into the journalistic style, this guy is very good at it, uses Leica 35 1.4, 50 1.0, 90 2.0 and that's it Riccis Valladares | Fine Art Wedding Photography | Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Miami

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I think the reason I'd consider going prime is to really force myself to get those artistic shots and think about things compositionally. Also, the quality of primes just seems to rock every zoom I have. Mind you, I love the DA* 50-135. That lens is awesome. The DA* 16-50 is pretty good too, but I shoot a lot at F2.8 and the 16-50 is beaten out by my primes at F2.8 for the most part. Also, I find zooms make me lazy in terms of composition.

I agree that it is difficult to take a wedding with only primes, but I've done it with the DA40 Ltd for one wedding (and when I had it, the 18-55 kit). Would be really cool to see how the 21-40-70 Limited combo would fare.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ilya80 Quote
I was thinking of getting a 2nd body and going with 2xK10D + FA31 + FA77,
Or even getting film body for FA31, and going with ultimate set of Film+FA31 and K10D+FA77.

Nothing of that came into life ofc. - i`m too busy with my day job
That would be my choice - 31ltd on one body, 77ltd on the other. Between that and your feet I can't think of a shot I'd miss under most circumstances.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dugrant153 Quote
I think the reason I'd consider going prime is to really force myself to get those artistic shots and think about things compositionally. Also, the quality of primes just seems to rock every zoom I have. Mind you, I love the DA* 50-135. That lens is awesome. The DA* 16-50 is pretty good too, but I shoot a lot at F2.8 and the 16-50 is beaten out by my primes at F2.8 for the most part. Also, I find zooms make me lazy in terms of composition.

I agree that it is difficult to take a wedding with only primes, but I've done it with the DA40 Ltd for one wedding (and when I had it, the 18-55 kit). Would be really cool to see how the 21-40-70 Limited combo would fare.


DA* 16-50 can do 2.8, yes, but the 31 at 2.8 will blow your mind!

I agree with the 31 / 77 combo idea, especially if you're liking shooting with primes. Since you'll only have two bodies, this covers the most ground.

However, that doesn't help when you're thinking of the DA prime lineup. For great results with the 21, take a look at soccerjoe's pics in the dedicated 21 thread. I find it's a great wide for people (I just can't prove it as well as soccerjoe!) and interiors. Go any wider (as you're apt to do with the 16-50, just to squeeze in that extra cousin) and the distortion might kick in too much.

But then you're down to 21 & 40 or 21 and 70...
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QuoteOriginally posted by farfisa Quote
DA* 16-50 can do 2.8, yes, but the 31 at 2.8 will blow your mind!
Haha... I'm already impressed with the DA40 Ltd at F2.8. Some of THOSE shots blow my mind!

QuoteOriginally posted by farfisa Quote
I agree with the 31 / 77 combo idea, especially if you're liking shooting with primes. Since you'll only have two bodies, this covers the most ground.

However, that doesn't help when you're thinking of the DA prime lineup. For great results with the 21, take a look at soccerjoe's pics in the dedicated 21 thread. I find it's a great wide for people (I just can't prove it as well as soccerjoe!) and interiors. Go any wider (as you're apt to do with the 16-50, just to squeeze in that extra cousin) and the distortion might kick in too much.

But then you're down to 21 & 40 or 21 and 70...
GAH!! I've seen that dedicated 21 thread... more LBA madness from that thread!!

I tried using the FA50 and it's a good lens, but I think it's a bit 'too short' for true telephoto and 'too long' for mid-normal. I think part of the reason I posted this thread was cuz I was looking over some of my pics and some of the crazy best ones came from the DA 40 Ltd!! FA50 proved to be just a tad long for my style... so (For me) it's more a specialty lens.

If I were to go into a wedding, this would be my current setup. Probably a mix of zooms/primes, with primes being the main-stays:

K200D - Pentax DA 40 F2.8 Ltd / Pentax DA* 50-135 F2.8
K100D - Pentax FA 28 F2.8

FA 50 F1.4 - specialty backup lens in case flash is not allowed indoors.
Pentax DA* 16-50 - specialty backup group shot lens if I'm stuck somewhere (or if I need the super wide angle).


So I'm thinking DA 40 Ltd and FA 28 most of the time, and the DA*50-135 when I need the telephoto. But I'm wondering if maybe the FA28 is too close to the DA40 Ltd to be effective?


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