Which lens to use for wedding?

Which lens would you use?


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wormz777

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If you r the backup photographer for a wedding and you are allowed only one lens.

You have only 2 lenses.

a) 28-135 f3.5-5.6 USM IS
b) 20-35 f2.8L

Which one would you use?
 

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If you are the backup photographer, you should make yourself useful. No point "fighting" with the main photographer (who probably be a professional photographer) on the best angles, coverage etc. Instead look out for candid shots. These photos will definitely comes in useful.
 

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Why are you only allowed 1 ???

If they were the only 2 lenses I had it would have to be both.
 

wormz777

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Why only 1 lens? --> Cos the photographer will be wearing formal wear and would not be able to carry a cam bag

I am undecided btw these 2 lenses mainly becos

1) the 28-135 is slow but has gd range
2) the 20-35 is relatively fast but limited range.

I will try to avoid using flash as much as possible and will be shooting mainly, if not pure b&w.

Candids will be part of the aim, but will also attempt to document the whole process so as to put together in a album.

Thanks all who replied. More opinions and ideas please!!
;)
 

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Originally posted by wormz777

Candids will be part of the aim, but will also attempt to document the whole process so as to put together in a album.
I think 28-135 will be better as the 20-35 will be useful for shot that you wanted to include more stuffs.

I have suggested to you the 70-200/2.8. Really not giving that a thought?
 

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i'll be the first to tell u that the 28-135 IS is a beautiful lens but for indoor without flash? forget it! the aperture is too small and the IS is not going to be effective as there will be unintended motion blur.

use the 20-35L, its 2.8 and with the short focal length, handholdable at unbelievably low shutter speeds. use the perspective of the wide angle lens to your advantage.
 

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Originally posted by binbeto
I think 28-135 will be better as the 20-35 will be useful for shot that you wanted to include more stuffs.

I have suggested to you the 70-200/2.8. Really not giving that a thought?
Thanks binbeto, but I rather take so-so pics than to sweat like a dog on that important day itsef :cool:
 

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Originally posted by wormz777
Why only 1 lens? --> Cos the photographer will be wearing formal wear and would not be able to carry a cam bag
Why not? There are many situations in a wedding that renders all focal lengths between 20mm to 135mm useful. Just bring along a small camera bag. Or loan one.

I will try to avoid using flash as much as possible and will be shooting mainly, if not pure b&w.
Don't stop yourself from using flash. If the situation requires the use of flash, then use it.

I have a friend (who had worked together with a wedding photographer I know) who shot in B&W. His client is very happy with the results. The point is, while the main photographer is busy with the more important events, you can work with the less important but memorable ones. B&W can give a special feeling to the wedding.
 

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Originally posted by GitS
i'll be the first to tell u that the 28-135 IS is a beautiful lens but for indoor without flash? forget it! the aperture is too small and the IS is not going to be effective as there will be unintended motion blur.

use the 20-35L, its 2.8 and with the short focal length, handholdable at unbelievably low shutter speeds. use the perspective of the wide angle lens to your advantage.
You do have a point there Gits.

I feel its more challenging to use the only wide angle effect to document the event, but I believe that end product will be very good and special.
 

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Originally posted by GitS
i'll be the first to tell u that the 28-135 IS is a beautiful lens but for indoor without flash? forget it! the aperture is too small and the IS is not going to be effective as there will be unintended motion blur.
beg to differ but i think that's not totally true. depending on the lighting (unless it's like super dim, super dark ballroom), the lens can be put to good effect with a good fast ISO film like Fuji Press 800 (can be pushed to 1600 ISO at a pinch). the colours are still punchy and grain is still impressive. that way you get the best of both worlds, and coupled with the IS of the 28-135, you should be able to get some keepers.

but that's my 2 cents. :D
 

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Originally posted by icebooke
Get a 50/1.8 or even better, the 50/1.4.
If you can afford, go with a 85/1.2 for your Canon.
Only one lens can cover the entire wedding. Guaranteed; if you know your craft and technique well.
Yeah... I am now reading this book by Stephen Shields and most of his wedding pics are shot on the 85 f1.4 (nikon). I went to TCW to ask the price of the EF 85 f1.8 and was quoted around $980 for a brand new one. I think the EF 85 f1.2 cost around $1.7k.

:rolleyes: If only someone sponsers the lens for my wedding shoot.
 

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I always carry 2 cameras with me for weddings...one with 16-35/24-70 and the other with the 70-200.

Both are ready to fire at any time.

Solve your prob of deciding ;)

But honestly, I would get the 20-35 f2.8L, it's one of the better WA lenses out there.
 

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Originally posted by canturn
I always carry 2 cameras with me for weddings...one with 16-35/24-70 and the other with the 70-200.

Both are ready to fire at any time.

Solve your prob of deciding ;)

But honestly, I would get the 20-35 f2.8L, it's one of the better WA lenses out there.
I do have the 20-35 f2.8L :)

Are you also suggesting that I shld use that instead of the 28-135? I can bring only one.
 

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28-135 despite the speed? So carry flash too?
 

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I've just helped my brother cover his wedding a couple of days ago. Didn't try to push up the ISO so i had to use flash throughout the event as the room was very dark. It might be a problem using primes cos the place might be very cramped, especially for table group photos. I used the 19-35mm only that day, with my D60.

With your EOS30, i think 28-135 would be a good choice. :heart:
 

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