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Re: Canon lens setup for weddings
« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2012, 08:06:17 AM »
I love the 35mm f/1.4 for detail shots and receptions. You should check out the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for Canon. It is getting awesome reviews so far (only been out for a week so not much detailed tests yet) but it is way cheaper than the Canon L glass, built just as well, looks awesome, and seems to be very sharp and quick at focusing. Canon's 35mm f/1.4 is 14years old and still very expensive and the new 35mm f/2 IS that Canon put out is sharp, but i'm just not ok spending that much for a prime lens at f/2...even with IS. I'm fine with the Tamron 24-70 VC instead when I need IS. The new Sigma is exciting for me because i'm struggling with some lens decisions and pricing decisions Canon is making.

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« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2012, 11:44:37 AM »

I'm tagging along here.

I'm in a similar situation, thinking about what makes up a decent wedding kit, and I have a 7D and 5D2, 24-105 f/4L, 70-200 f/2.8L IS II and 50/1.4+85/1.8 for when I have time to swap.

My thought would be that the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II would be on the 5D2, and I'd need to swap to a 16-35 f/2.8L II on the 7D as a GP zoom, the 24-105 is just not fast enough or have that apeture effect, for the 7D.

I'd take a 16-35 II over a 17-55 EF-S, because the 16-35 doubles as a great UWA on the 5D2 should I need it.

Ideally, I'd be on a 2x FF setup with 24-70 II and 70-200 II but there's that hobby-grade budget that's stopping me.
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Re: Canon lens setup for weddings
« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2012, 12:56:30 PM »
Hi, long time reader and first time poster here.

My current lens setup for weddings is a 24-105, 50, and a 70-200 on a 1.3x body and 1.6x as a backup/2nd body. I'm considering swapping the 24-105 for a 16-35 ii.  Anybody use a 16-35, 50, and 70-200 setup and are happy with it?

I love my 24-105, and it produces some very nice images, but I have found that it is leaving me wanting more on the wide end (especially with a 1.3x body) and in low light.  Also, while my 70-200 produces very nice, sharp portraits with great bokeh and my 50mm works well indoors with low light and is good for subject isolation, I'm just not getting many images with the "wow" factor out of the 24-105.  And with every bride's mother running around with a rebel and a kit lens, I'm definitely having to produce lots of those "wow" images to make clients happy. Looking back, most of the pictures made with the 24-105 are at the wide or long end too.

So while I know the 16-35 will produce those amazing wide-angle shots, will it be worth it to lose those focal lengths between 35 and 50 as well as 50 and 70?

hmmm, your current setup is pretty solid (only thing missing is a FF body IMO, but you do have a 1.3 crop?  Is that a 1d mk4?).

I would honestly say, if you can, keep the 24-105 for now and pick up a 16-35.  If it's not in your budget to do that, then its really a matter of how bad do you want the wide end?  How often do you think you'll go wide?  How much overlap do you need?  (IE - 16-35 on your 1.6 crop - you almost have to go 70-200 on your 1.3 crop.  In which case the 50mm is the odd ball of the bunch because effectively the 16-35 would cover the 50mm range).

I was in a similar situation with a FF body and a 1.6 crop.  My solution was to sell the 7d and the 10-22mm i had for the wide end.  I have snagged a 16-35mm, now i need a backup body (lenses now are 16-35, 24-70 v1, 70-200 2.8 Non IS, 50 1.4, and 85 1.8)....  though I liked my 7d and it served me well, the difference in effective FOV  and IQ made my decisions for me (like, I would end up using my 7d as a lens holder...lol)
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« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2012, 12:59:03 PM »
Thanks for the replies all, I think I'm going for the 16-35.

There have been a few mentions of getting a full frame camera, and while my ideal setup would be a 24-70 ii on FF, I've become quite addicted to 1-series bodies, and a 1dx or 1ds III isn't in the budget right now.  Although with everyone cranking out amazing shots and loving the AF on the 5d III, I might start considering it...  I want an 85 1.2 first, then when my bank account recovers from its coma, it'll be time for full frame.

Once again, thanks for your input!

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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2012, 01:12:35 PM »
Thanks for the replies all, I think I'm going for the 16-35.

There have been a few mentions of getting a full frame camera, and while my ideal setup would be a 24-70 ii on FF, I've become quite addicted to 1-series bodies, and a 1dx or 1ds III isn't in the budget right now.  Although with everyone cranking out amazing shots and loving the AF on the 5d III, I might start considering it...  I want an 85 1.2 first, then when my bank account recovers from its coma, it'll be time for full frame.

Once again, thanks for your input!

usually L glass is L glass and snagging that over non L is a no brainer.  But, this is one of those exceptions!  The 85mm 1.8 is a seriously awesome lens!  I snagged one over the summer thinking  in my head the whole time that this lens wouldn't perform.  But, wow was I surprised!  This little lens kicks but, and its cheap too.  Save yourself the $1500 for now and snag it, put that $1500 towards a FF body to compliment your 1d!

Here's 2 I did using the 85mm!
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« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2012, 03:57:55 PM »
Nice shots Chuck Alaimo, the 85 1.8 does appear to be a beastly little lens, but ever since I tried out an 85 one point oh-my-gosh-that's-a-sexy-lens two at a camera store, I've had severe lens acquisition syndrome.  But I'll definitely give the 1.8 a look before I sell a kidney.

The new sigma 35mm 1.4 was also mentioned here.  My first thought when I saw that lens was that it looks like a Zeiss and at $899 it isn't too bad, but I've read reports saying it blows the Canon away in terms of sharpness but it's lacking in the bokeh department.

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« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2012, 07:48:54 PM »
Nice shots Chuck Alaimo, the 85 1.8 does appear to be a beastly little lens, but ever since I tried out an 85 one point oh-my-gosh-that's-a-sexy-lens two at a camera store, I've had severe lens acquisition syndrome.  But I'll definitely give the 1.8 a look before I sell a kidney.

The new sigma 35mm 1.4 was also mentioned here.  My first thought when I saw that lens was that it looks like a Zeiss and at $899 it isn't too bad, but I've read reports saying it blows the Canon away in terms of sharpness but it's lacking in the bokeh department.

if you want it...lol..won't stop ya... in fact... snag this used one!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/800909022-USE/Canon_1056b002_EF_85mm_f_1_2L_II.html

That'll save ya a pretty penny!
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Re: Canon lens setup for weddings
« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2012, 07:48:54 PM »