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03-22-2011, 08:10 PM   #1
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I'm going to be helping out a friend with his wedding shoots this summer, and I want a wider angle lens to round out my gear. I'm shooting K5 and K20d bodies, the 77mm, 50mm 1.4, the 35mm 2.4 AL and a Lensbaby 3G. I'm torn between the 15mm and the 21mm. I'm also considering the 43mm, but it seems too close to the 50mm to benefit much. which should I choose?

03-23-2011, 04:56 AM   #2
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for weddings, except if a lot is shot indoors, you won't really need a very wide lens. If you do, I'd advise you to pick the 21, for three reasons : it's faster than the 15, it's smaller than the 15, and it has less distortions (which would not be pleasing when shooting people in many cases). But maybe see beforehand if the venue is workable with the 35, and maybe save yourself a purchase.

that being said, I hope you don't plan on using all your lenses. Bring the 21 and the 77, and you'll have a good duo (on two bodies). Put the 50 in your pocket (you're right that the 43 is too close to be any use) and leave the 35 at home (except if it does something special for you, or fits perfectly with your style).
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Nice lens lineup...
For wider you can also consider the 14 mm, it's f 2.8, faster than the 15 wich may be good for indoor shots...
I see your's is a prime lineup but when weddings are considered some people talk about UWA zooms (like the 12-24, the Sigma 10-20 or the Tamron 10-24).
Good luck with the wedding
03-23-2011, 10:02 AM   #4
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I agree with all of the advise posted. I would like to toss in a curve ball if I may. Having shot a few weddings my self both as a main photog and a 2nd BW behind the scenes shooter, I missed more than few images juggling prime lenses (which by the way are 99% of what I own). A sinlge mutli-purpose lens might be the right tool to get the job done. You could leave it on one body and use your primes on the other. I will add that in my opinion the 15 may be too wide and you might have to crop into images in post.

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Good advice, all. I was leaning toward the 21mm so that settles that. I'll also check out that zoom. I usually never shoot with one, but then again, I'm not shooting for me in this instance.
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There's one going up for sale in the marketplace'll see it's got a pretty solid rep. and for an event it's very versatile, you can also check lots of shots with this lens in the Tammy club. Gret value for the price tag it has.

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