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    Default What is the best lens for taking potrait or wedding photos?

    Indoor potrait recommended lens = ..........

    Wedding photoshot recommended lens = .........

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    Default Re: What is the best lens for taking potrait or wedding photos?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hairi View Post
    Indoor potrait recommended lens = ..........

    Wedding photoshot recommended lens = .........
    there is no magic answer
    it all depends on the lighting situation at that point in time
    and the location

    sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't

    but generally a good flash
    a nice wide to short tele zoom lens
    lots of batteries and memory
    and good light

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    there is no magic answer
    it all depends on the lighting situation at that point in time
    and the location

    sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't

    but generally a good flash
    a nice wide to short tele zoom lens
    lots of batteries and memory
    and good light
    So that will be either a 17-55 for DX and 24-70 for FX?

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    Default Re: What is the best lens for taking potrait or wedding photos?

    it depends on how much money the TS has

    the 18-70 DX is also a good lens if used well

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    FF or DX?

    Assuming FX,

    Indoor potrait recommended lens = 50mm
    Wedding photoshot recommended lens = 24-70 or 24-105

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    So.... flash is a must?
    currently, I have 18-200mm and 12-24mm.... is it essential?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hairi View Post
    So.... flash is a must?
    currently, I have 18-200mm and 12-24mm.... is it essential?
    Flash is a must for sure. I got it when i helped my friend to shoot his solemnization. As for lens, i use my 50mm f1.8 for static shots ( before and maybe after all the important part of the event) and used my 18-135mm kit lens for the important part of the event. With a flash, the lens work much faster due to more light and you will have less blur (right?). i would say use your 18-200mm. Especially when you need close up shot of the couples during important part like kissing etc. You may not have the space to move about due to the fact that there may be some other relative of the couple moving around to take shots with their own camera as well. However, do consider the working distance of the flash, i don't think you can still get the nice flash effect when you are shooting at 200mm. The zoom lens is just for the flexibility. Must play with the flash before you shoot for others~ Just my own feel after one experience~ Correct me if i am wrong.

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    Yes, you'd need a good flash.

    The focal lenght depends on you and how you shoot...
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    Need a flash for sure. Unless you prepare to up the ISO a lot. 12-24 not too useful in this case.

    You could use 18-200 all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hairi View Post
    So.... flash is a must?
    currently, I have 18-200mm and 12-24mm.... is it essential?
    If you are not going to use flash, sometimes iso3200 with f1.2 lens is barely enough to capture certain ballrooms like four seasons. Most places require iso1600 f2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiao_shin View Post
    Need a flash for sure. Unless you prepare to up the ISO a lot. 12-24 not too useful in this case.

    You could use 18-200 all the way.
    Won't really suggest the 18-200... mebbe a 28-70 if you dun need the wide...
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    A good f2.8 lens and good prime lens will be adequate to cover shooting needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Won't really suggest the 18-200... mebbe a 28-70 if you dun need the wide...
    Why not? Better than 12-24 since he only have 2 lens.

    24-70 is the way to go in FF. If DX, 17-55.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiao_shin View Post
    Why not? Better than 12-24 since he only have 2 lens.

    24-70 is the way to go in FF. If DX, 17-55.
    As mentioned, if you dun need the WIDE. For a DX crop, 28-70 translates to 42-105.... very good for portraitures and candids... The wider lengths would be good for the table shots or whole family shots...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    As mentioned, if you dun need the WIDE. For a DX crop, 28-70 translates to 42-105.... very good for portraitures and candids... The wider lengths would be good for the table shots or whole family shots...
    Unless he really unconventional. Else, sure need wide angle for family and dinner table shots. Maybe also required for gate-crashing and tea ceremony.

    Did he state that he is using DX or FF?

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    wat is FF or DX? I'm using D80.....

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    Default Re: What is the best lens for taking potrait or wedding photos?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hairi View Post
    wat is FF or DX? I'm using D80.....
    I see,

    10.5mm
    12~24mm
    17~35mm
    17~55mm
    18~70mm
    50mm
    85mm
    105mm
    70~200mm

    all are commonly seen in a wedding, each photographers have different preference, so my best lens may not be your best lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiao_shin View Post
    Unless he really unconventional. Else, sure need wide angle for family and dinner table shots. Maybe also required for gate-crashing and tea ceremony.

    Did he state that he is using DX or FF?
    We can safely assume he's on DX... when you have FF digital cams, you should know what you're doing anyway...
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    Default Re: What is the best lens for taking potrait or wedding photos?

    should be FX and not FF

    there should not be any FX cameras yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    should be FX and not FF

    there should not be any FX cameras yet
    Got 1... akan datang...
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