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02-12-2008, 12:14 PM   #1
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Suggestions for a Lens at a Wedding

Hey all!

I got a K100d about a month ago and have been playing with the kit lens. I upgraded from a Panasonic FZ20 I had used for years. One of my buddies is getting married in two weeks and I was wondering if there was 1 lens you would take to a wedding what would it be? I don't have enough saved to afford to buy more than one as of no unfortunately

thanks a lot for all your help!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Okami Quote
Hey all!

I got a K100d about a month ago and have been playing with the kit lens. I upgraded from a Panasonic FZ20 I had used for years. One of my buddies is getting married in two weeks and I was wondering if there was 1 lens you would take to a wedding what would it be? I don't have enough saved to afford to buy more than one as of no unfortunately

thanks a lot for all your help!
I just bought a sigma 24-70 f2.8 with the intention of using it at a wedding. Its wide (somewhat....stupid crop factor) to semi tele (yeah! crop factor) with a fast 2.8 throughout the zoom.
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I don't know specifically, but I'd start looking at f/2.8 18/28mm-70mm zoom.
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definitely the tamron 28-75 f2.8 is a winner.

you can use the kit lens if you need wider for big groups, but 28-75 is a great range for portraits.

You may have some weakness in the flash area. and this would be a tough trade off, because a really good flash will cost as much as the lens

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Well Flash i was looking to get a Sigma 500 Super which is hovering around 140$ at stores right now.

thanks for the suggestions so far )) i'm looking up the prices for some now
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If you aren't going to be the offical photographer of the day, I suggest you just use whatever you have and forget any lens or flash purchase. I never like the shoe flash look anyway which looks so aweful and boring w/o sufficent override and experience.
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egordon99 has just sent a post on the forum's marketplace for a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 for $275. Probably one of the best bangs for your buck in this field...

As mentioned, though, best to get the hang of what it can do beforehand to avoid disappointment.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jshurak Quote
Its wide (somewhat....stupid crop factor) to semi tele (yeah! crop factor)...
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Thanks again guys

It's a small wedding with a small budget and he asked me as a favor so I told him to not have any big expectations but i'll do my best. I've known the couple for years so just would atleast like to put myself in the best position as possible to get good pictures for them.
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the fa50mm f1.4 is fantastic for portraits with the crop. it's extremely sharp at f2 and smaller.
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Thanks again guys

It's a small wedding with a small budget and he asked me as a favor so I told him to not have any big expectations but i'll do my best. I've known the couple for years so just would atleast like to put myself in the best position as possible to get good pictures for them.
Remember, you can always move yourself around. (to an extent) One of the more common problems I see with weddings like this is the lighting.

That being said, take some general steps to do the best you can. Scope out the location of the wedding for the best light. If its indoors, see what their policy on using a flash is. If you don't have a flash, get one. Even if you have nice sun to work with, watch for shadows that need to be filled. Take a friend and have them model for you. Basically prepare. You'll do alright!
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