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01-08-2013, 12:24 PM   #1
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Wedding Lens Thoughts Please ..

Doing a wedding shoot next month in Hawaii. Son's wedding. He will have a professional photographer, but I want a shoot of my own also.

Thoughts please from wedding pros here.

Which from the Pentax line?

Pentax DA Zoom Lenses - Reviews and Specifications - SLR and Interchangeable Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

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Don't get in the photographer's way. But since you're effectively a "second shooter," you can take a chance and be creative or use only a prime. In general, any fast lens has potential here.

For example, an A or M100/2.8 is an affordable lens which can create beautiful images. If you want the flexibility of a zoom, this event may be your excuse to buy a DA*50-135, which is suitable for many photographic situations. Likewise, an FA77 is another less-affordable lens that you'd probably find yourself re-using frequently.

A 200mm lens (K200/2.5, FA*200, DA*200) also makes for interesting shots.

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You may find a Fa77, DA 70 or a DFA 100 useful for distant shots which makes great casual shots .
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rite Quote
Doing a wedding shoot next month in Hawaii. Son's wedding. He will have a professional photographer, but I want a shoot of my own also.

Thoughts please from wedding pros here.

Which from the Pentax line?

Pentax DA Zoom Lenses - Reviews and Specifications - SLR and Interchangeable Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Others?

Thank you!

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I'd use a 60-250mm or a Sigma 70-200mm as you'll probably need some reach. If not, then the FA 77mm or DA* 55mm are great portrait primes.


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Don't get in the photographer's way. But since you're effectively a "second shooter," you can take a chance and be creative or use only a prime. In general, any fast lens has potential here.

For example, an A or M100/2.8 is an affordable lens which can create beautiful images. If you want the flexibility of a zoom, this event may be your excuse to buy a DA*50-135, which is suitable for many photographic situations. Likewise, an FA77 is another less-affordable lens that you'd probably find yourself re-using frequently.

A 200mm lens (K200/2.5, FA*200, DA*200) also makes for interesting shots.
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I have a 55-300 DA 4.5 and an 18-200 F3.5, but it is not good enough glass for what I want. Thanks for the advice.

And I absolutely plan on staying out of the photog's way. I'll be on Maui a week and a half, and won't be going back for awhile. Plus, I want the best shots possible of the new groom and bride.

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Sigma 17-50( DA*16-50) f2,8 , DA*50-135 and FA50 f1,4(1,8) is all you will need.
Don't forget flash.
Optional i recommend second body and fish-eye lens.
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If he has a Pro, and you want to shoot, I'd be looking for the shots that the pro isn't getting. At my niece's wedding, I got some nice 'couple' shots of people as they waited for the formals.

For me, a longer lens (50-135mm) would be my choice lens for this. OTOH, if you want your kit to be small and inconspicuous, perhaps a 70mm and a 21mm.

I've shot a couple of weddings for family, and I'm generally using the 50-135 and my Tamron 17-50.
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QuoteOriginally posted by i83N Quote
Don't forget flash.
With a K5

DA* 50-135mm, DA15 or fisheye and DA* 200mm

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Can't go wrong with the DA*50~135 (as recommended by fs999) - for close'er shots, I would recommend the Samyang 35mm 1.4, manual focus but with CIF enabled that wouldn't be an issue; this lens renders absolutely incredible IQ with incredible bokeh...
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QuoteOriginally posted by i83N Quote
Sigma 17-50( DA*16-50) f2,8 , DA*50-135 and FA50 f1,4(1,8) is all you will need. Don't forget flash.
I agree with above. I did a wedding in Bali outdoors. An auntie from hell bullied everyone. The lighting and where I was allowed to be was close to impossible with massive back lighting issues. I did my wide angle shots with a flash to balance the people and the background. I used the 50-135 for close up work and burnt out the background.

Probably the most valuable photos you will take is from your seated position during the ceremony and the candid photos during the celebration - the tighter you get the candid photos the better.

I also agree with the flash - a soft box on the flash might be useful.

lastly try and dink a lot of non alcoholic fluid. When I get serious about the photography in those situations I can get quickly dehydrated.

PS I am not sure about the obsession of super wide angles and fish eyes for weddings that people talk about in wedding posts. They have an application, but if a person is the principle photographer they are dangerous lenses capable of stuffing up a wedding shoot if not used in moderation.

When my daughter got married last year I told her I was not going to be her wedding photographer. I did have my gear. I stopped taking photos once the photography starting sapping my energy and just enjoyed the reception.

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Being in the background shooting a lot of shots out of the way of the primary photographer and thus at a distance, you'll find a lot of use for the fast telephoto lenses. If you want something compact, the FA 77 is a lens for a lifetime. If you don't mind the extra size of the 50-135, then that too would be a winner for such occasions. Otherwise, a Tamron 70-200 with a little extra reach might be handy also, but it is bigger still.
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A 50-135 f2.8 would be a good allrounder bar the super wide angle. I usually hate how wide angle distorts people. Otherwise, a 24- 70 f2.8 would be great for portraits
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I usually hate how wide angle distorts people
good point to watch out for
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Than you, Pentaxians.

I really appreciate all of your wisdom!

I think I will wait and get the new Sigma in February, and just rent a platform while in Maui.

New Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 Announced for Pentax - Pentax Camera News & Rumors - PentaxForums.com

Early checking at the Maui shops did not find any Pentax rentals for lenses.

I probably will go with a D700 with a 16-70mm lens while there, unless someone knows of a shop that rents Pentax glass on Maui.

Rite

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I agree with above. I did a wedding in Bali outdoors. An auntie from hell bullied everyone. .
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