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10-22-2014, 04:46 PM   #31
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Wow, thanks to everybody who chipped in on this thread. Lot's of good tips and information here. Seems we have an active wedding photography crowd in the Pentax forum! Now who says you cannot use Pentax for professional style shooting?

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Particularly when Pentaxians are simply better human beings than other brand users, Wullemaha. More discerning, physically more attractive.
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Particularly when Pentaxians are simply better human beings than other brand users, Wullemaha. More discerning, physically more attractive.
Well, that much is obvious! I don't think anybody would ever question these facts...
Not to forget, we are more intelligent! And humble!
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Particularly when Pentaxians are simply ………….. physically more attractive.
Based solely on my own self image……the others must be quite challenged!

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Also something that filled me with wonder when I joined this forum... everybody here is the best looking one! I don't know how that works (that's for future philosophers and historians to decide), but we are all the singe best... incredible!
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Don't forget the Fisheye - you may want it for a few shots.
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Don't forget the Fisheye - you may want it for a few shots.
Oh that is a given!
Right now I have all this equipment in ONE convenient messenger style camera bag almost all the time:
K-5IIs, Sigma 15 fisheye, FA 31, FA 85, Cactus RF60, Cactus V6, fold-able reflector, Battery grip, charging cables, batteries...

Did I mention how awesome it is that Pentax is small and lightweight?

So whatever setup it will be for the second body will go into my other camera bag (a backpack, currently holding the two zooms, the M 50, the ME and the K1000SE for storage), without having the slightest need of leaving any lens at home...

Again, did I mention how freaking awesome it is that Pentax is small and lightweight?
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Again, did I mention how freaking awesome it is that Pentax is small and lightweight?
Yes it is. It's hard to get that in any other system unless you go mirrorless. And that might require compromises you don't want to make.

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I'd consider one of those rapid strap slings that carry a camera on each side. That way you have both on you at all times and ready to go.
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I'd consider one of those rapid strap slings that carry a camera on each side. That way you have both on you at all times and ready to go.
Good point! Up to now I just thought I'd figure out a way to hang both over my should cross-wise, like I do it with only one DSLR now... but they might bump into each other a bit.
Just did a short internet search, and e.g. the BlackRapid thingies look quite usable... either YETI or DOUBLE.
Anybody with feedback on either those or your carrying-strategy?

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p.s.: agreeing to doing that job is filling my evil GAS heart with joy ^^ what a nice excuse to spend some money on gear...
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Could I join up this thread and ask a related question? I don't think it is worth it starting a whole new thread on a very similar subject.

Is there a good way to shoot the entire wedding without a set of fast lenses?

I know there are people doing weddings with four-thirds gear, so it must be possible. (I am particularly thinking of bdcolen.com, who shoots olympus gear).

I am in a similar predicament as the original poster, except all I have is F4 zooms and a couple of f2.8 lenses (40,90) and the event... next sunday . A bride offered to buy me a DA50 F1.8 and I am wondering if it is worth their money, or perhaps it is gratuitous?
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rrstuff, I'd say there's no "yes" or "no" answer. I'd say "it depends". It depends on how dark the church will be. How dark the venue will be. Whether the walls of the venue are "bouncable" for flash. It depends on what the expectations (yours, bride's) are. It depends on whether you know how to use the flash correctly, to provide a flattering light. It depends on whether you have any flash at all! So... is it doable with F4 zooms? Probably. You (and your flashes) will just have to work a bit harder and maybe the expectations shouldn't be skyhigh (so that you can exceed them more easily)
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Could I join up this thread and ask a related question?
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The guys are quite fast with answers so far, might as well make use of it !

As I myself have all the questions, I cannot offer much insight to your question, but will ask you... do you have a second body? I think that is more critical than the lenses from what I gathered so far...
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The guys are quite fast with answers so far, might as well make use of it !

As I myself have all the questions, I cannot offer much insight to your question, but will ask you... do you have a second body? I think that is more critical than the lenses from what I gathered so far...
Hi,

Thankfully I do have some backups - an E-PM2 with two kit lenses and an olympus E-3 with a 40-150mm F3.5-4.5. My plan was to use 16-45 on the K-30, and the E-3 with 40-150 for detail shots. Then I was planning to use primes for posed shots. I would like to take some shallow depth of focus shots of the wedding rings as they are being exchanged so I am debating swapping the 16-45 for a 90mm F2.8 at some point.

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rrstuff, I'd say there's no "yes" or "no" answer. I'd say "it depends". It depends on how dark the church will be. How dark the venue will be. Whether the walls of the venue are "bouncable" for flash. It depends on what the expectations (yours, bride's) are. It depends on whether you know how to use the flash correctly, to provide a flattering light. It depends on whether you have any flash at all! So... is it doable with F4 zooms? Probably. You (and your flashes) will just have to work a bit harder and maybe the expectations shouldn't be skyhigh (so that you can exceed them more easily)
Hi, thanks for the quick reply. 'Have any flash' at all is the correct question - I do not. I sold mine because recycling times were so long I never used it. I have a couple of small LED panels that I will put a warming filter on and use them as a fill during posed sunset shots on a balcony.

This is the venue:
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Lighting looks pretty bad in that one. Perhaps I will convince the couple that noisy gritty shots are really hot stuff these days .

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Those LED panels might prove to be useful - they're used by pro photographers, too. They're not a substitute for flash, they're less powerful, but if that's all you have... better than nothing.

There seem to be no windows on that church. Which might not be bad - it means that the entire church is lit artificially. The question is, will enough lights be on? If you can, check it in advance, and find out if there's anyone who can turn more lights on for you, if you need it, and if they're willing to do it.
Also check how far you'll be standing from the couple when they exchange the rings, and if that Tamron 90mm f2.8 will give you just the field of view you want/need. Don't forget to turn on the limit switch, 'cause the lens might hunt in low light, and this one has a very long focus throw. You might miss the shot because of it. Turning on the limit switch will help a little.
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