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08-05-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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How to shoot a wedding with APS-C and FF

Hey! I am renting a D600 for a wedding coming up, I have a Pentax K-5 with a m 50 1.7, and a DA* 50-135. I figures since I've got that lens, I'll use the APS-C K-5's reach to my advantage while using the D600 for other things. I'm renting an 85mm and 35mm lens, I was wondering what other one lens I could rent to complete that set, I'd like to go for the 70-200 but it would almost be the same focal lengths as the DA* 50-135. Also, for the K-5 I have a Tamron 28-75.
Thanks for the help in advance!

p.s.: The wedding will be very bright, so low light doesn't matter much.

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For wedding work I'd probably rent/buy a 24-70 2.8 for the D600.
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Something ultra wide (you may not use it a lot, but it's great to have when needed), the 24-70 and the DA*50-150 will do the job - and perhaps a 35ish mm macro for closeup decoration and ring shots, though the 50-150 might work just fine.

I use 70-200mm and realized I rarely use it at 150+ mm. That's of cause due to my way of shooting.

If it's a serious paid gig then brig backup for lenses as well - Primes are fine. I currently use 21mm, 70mm and 90mm as backups (and bring more along with me - because I can :P ).
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I don't know how much it would save you, but the 24-85mm kit lens is pretty good on the D600, and it has VR.

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The last time I shot a wedding with a K-5, I used the 15mm, the 31mm 1.8, the 70mm 2.4, and the 50-135mm zoom. My most used lens was the 31mm, then the 50-135, the the 15, and the 70mm. I like to use a fast normal for 90% of my shooting. The zoom only during ceremony, and the 15mm for some dance shots. I do love that little 70 but it didn't make it out much.

I currently use a D600 (c'mon Pentax make a freaking full frame camera), and on it I use a Zeiss 50mm 1.4, and a Sigma 35mm 1.4. I sometime borrow a 24-120 F4 just to have a back up. I also use an X100S as a 2nd body.

Sounds like you have more than enough in the way of gear.
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I did shot an entire wedding with the DA*16-50 and my former K-5: as you can see in my signature, I do have other very good lens, but never needed them.


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Go with the K5 and 50-135 a combination I use at events and weddings. Usually I have a flash setup to go with it. Your best option is to bounce flash if you have the chance. bounce flash and 50-135 is a magical combination.

QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
For wedding work I'd probably rent/buy a 24-70 2.8 for the D600.
be sure you have your head around the gear before hand. You may be familiar with the camera. I find in general camera controls on other brands are a poor match to Pentax. I don't know the D600 but lesser models finding the ISO adjustment without a manual is a nightmare.
If you go with the 24-70 which seems like a good choice, find out how the corners distort at 24mm. Nothing worse than getting the images on the computer and the heads in the corners are stretched and they look like aliens.

Myself I would prefer a pentax K5 and maybe a 16-50 however I actually use primes between 10mm and 50 mm
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bob from Aus Quote
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I don't know the D600 but lesser models finding the ISO adjustment without a manual is a nightmare.
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The D600 has several buttons you can assign things to as well as a user defined, "My Menu". That is, all of the things you most commonly access can be added to this menu tab thereby making it both fast and easy to find the things you use the most.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Bob from Aus Quote
I don't know the D600 but lesser models finding the ISO adjustment without a manual is a nightmare.

I know what you mean, but on the D600 you hold the ISO button and spin the dial. You can also program ISO to the dial.
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