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04-16-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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Good setup for wedding shoot

I have been asked to do another wedding this summer and would like some ideas on what gear I should have. I have a K5, 15mm ltd, 31ltd,43ltd, 77ltd, 50-135 f2.8, 60-250 f4, and a 58mm f1.4 Nokton manual focus. I also will have 2 Yongnuo flashes(in the post) and a few Cactus V5 triggers. I ask because I came from Canon and haven't shot a wedding since the switch. Thanks in advance.

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Lucky you, owning all that gear!
I'd take the DA 15mm (tiny, and you might need it), FA 31 (useful length), FA 77 (portraits), and the 50-135mm (lighter, faster than the other zoom, with enough range).
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Good gear to choose from.
I'd concur with Stefan. Bring the 15 (good for group shots), 31 (general walkaround), 43 or 77 (specific couple portraits), 50-135 (general telephoto) and your flashes.
Ensure you have plenty of batteries, both the Li-ion ones as well as AAs.
I'd also have another camera body, so that you can keep your 31 mounted on your other camera, and the 50-135 mounted on your K-5.
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Thanks for the advice, that helps. Need a second body, better start looking for anothe K5 or K-r. Would a 12-24 be better than the 15? Sigma 10-20?

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The 12-24 and 10-20 are both MUCH bigger (bulkier) and heavier than the little 15. But as for better - that depends on what you want to capture. Architecture might demand a wider angle, but the 15 is a fine lens if you can zoom with your feet. I have the 12-24 and wouldn't be without it, but it is a hard lens to fit in the camera bag...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
The 12-24 and 10-20 are both MUCH bigger (bulkier) and heavier than the little 15. But as for better - that depends on what you want to capture. Architecture might demand a wider angle, but the 15 is a fine lens if you can zoom with your feet. I have the 12-24 and wouldn't be without it, but it is a hard lens to fit in the camera bag...
Plus: the Sigma is f5.6 @ 20mm, not particularly helpful indoors. The 12-24mm might be more useful, but, as Ash said, it's long and significantly heavier than the prime. If you plan to have two bodies, having the right lenses ready for the various contexts shouldn't be a problem--so, the advantage of a UWA zoom diminishes even more. Moreover, I'd expect to use the FA 31mm & DA 50-135mm most of the time. (Never played with these lenses, but I'm happy to imagine using them )
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Not a wedding guy but I am an event guy. My bag ( LowePro Nova 5) has two K-5s, two 540's, a 12-24, Tamron 28-75 and a 50-135. If its a big performance venue and I'm stuck in the back, I bring my only other lens, a Sigma 100-300 and a tripod. Personally, the 12-24 is my smallest lens so its strange to hear folks say its big and heavy. To be fair, I'm 6'2" and 220 lbs

So how big is the venue? Little country church of monster cathedral? I shot a kids first communion last year in a big Catholic Church. Scouting it made all the difference, took some shots, figured out where I could take family shots afterwards at that time of day. Made friends with the new Priest which got me around the camera restrictions during Mass. Mostly used the 28-75. If you can, do a walk through, a dry run.

The last thing I want to do is be changing lenses, for a lot of reasons. If its a small venue, I walk in with 12-24 and 28-75 mounted, 50-135 in vest pocket. Larger venue, 28-75 and 50-135 mounted, 12-24 in pocket. Wide is good for close, to give a sense of place, of intimacy.

My lenses purposely overlap so I'd have to lose both bodies, multiple flashes and multiple lenses before I'm out of business.
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The one thing I would look at adding would be a wider angle zoom (say, the Tamron 17-50 or Sigma 17-50). Having two camera bodies is super helpful as well.

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You definitely need a second body
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Thanks for all the input, I think I need to push the envelope on how much the commission is for doing the wedding, then decide on a 2nd K5 or a K-r....maybe the new Sigma 17-50 f2.8 if I can. Thanks again
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The K-r is a fine choice for a second body - it's a very capable camera, and easy to carry around. All the best for the gig.
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Look at the 16-50 or a 3rd party 17-50. Not sure you have time to switch lenses much at a wedding...and your other zooms are too long if you're the primary photographer...
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I shoot weddings with prime lenses (anyone who tells you that zooms are a necessity at weddings either hasn't shot one or isn't very good at wedding photography). Take out the zoom lenses and trade the Nokton for a DA*55/1.4, add in the 21mmLTD and you pretty much have what I shoot weddings with.
You want a second body and an off camera flash.
I'm still using an incredibly old Metz 60 CT-2 as my main flash. It's just a big, dumb auto flash, but it is as accurate as anything I've seen that meters TTL, and a lot more accurate than any of the TTL flash metering from Pentax. It is also incredibly powerful, and generally pretty cheap to buy second hand because most people have been sucked into the TTL is better marketing hype, and so don't want this type of flash any more.
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I'd consider a pre-loved-K20 as your second body...
As far as the lenses go... Take them all and you should be sorted...
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