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07-09-2010, 04:31 AM   #1
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Best affordable lens for weddings?

I recently just photographed my first wedding with my k20D and vivitar TTL flash. I was lucky to be able to barrow my uncles new Sigma 50-150 F2.8 EX DC HSM. The wedding went great but I am looking to by my own lens since I only own older film lenses. I have a old Pentax SMC F2.0 manual lens but I think its too soft wide open. I also have a SMC-FA 80-320 F4.5, SMC-FA 28-80 F3.5, Sigma 70-300 F4.0.... I want the Sigma 50-150 but I dont think I can afford it right now. I heard good reviews on the rokinon 85mm 1.4 manual focus lens ($250) but I donít think I would benefit on the fixed 85mm. I know that was kind of random for the lens but I am just looking for the cheapest lens for the job so I can save up my money for something better in the future. Any ideas?

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Better to rent high a quality lens, earn from its usage and then buy a high quality lens with the earnings. I have the Sigma 50-150mm and highly recommend it.
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Thats true. Where can you rent lenses?
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look here

CameraLensRentals.com - Canon, Nikon and Pentax Lens Rentals.

the 50-135 f2.8 would be a good choice plus a wide angle. order to arrive a day earlier to get a feel for the lens(es)


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would the tamron (?) 70-200 2.8 be too large/heavy for a wedding lens? Will also have a 17-70 or 18-50 2.8
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It would really help for you to get a little personal experience to figure out wha focal lengths appeal to *you* for this purpose. But assuming you aren't trying to shoot the altar from a seat 30 rows back but are actually shooting the wedding "seriously", I'd think the Tamron 28-75/2.8 would be the smartest choice for most people in terms of being a good focal length range and good value for an f/2.8 zoom.
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The 28-75 would cover everything just about fine.

But you need one ultrawide--even the 18-55 kit or wider--to get full shots of the church, and for table shots at the reception, because the tables are often placed right on top of each other, making it difficult to frame those.

Not everyone wants or does those, but they've been ingrained in my psyche since my Bar Mitzvah in 1969.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
It would really help for you to get a little personal experience to figure out wha focal lengths appeal to *you* for this purpose. But assuming you aren't trying to shoot the altar from a seat 30 rows back but are actually shooting the wedding "seriously", I'd think the Tamron 28-75/2.8 would be the smartest choice for most people in terms of being a good focal length range and good value for an f/2.8 zoom.
I've gotten a gig shooting our community theater. That's the lens I've just ordered. A photo buddy who also covers the theater has one and has gotten some great shots. I've used a combo of a 50 mm and 100 mm primes. I could live with a bit shorter focal length than the 100 and want something a bit wider than the 50.

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QuoteOriginally posted by houstonmacgregor Quote
would the tamron (?) 70-200 2.8 be too large/heavy for a wedding lens? Will also have a 17-70 or 18-50 2.8
I love the Tamron 70-200 but it is a bit of a load. It focuses pretty closely, though, which can be handy.
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Add an endorsement of the Tammy 28-75mm f2.8... It is a great lens and should cover 90% of your wedding shooting needs easily.
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