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What lenses you you prefer when shooting weddings

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Marsu42

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Re: What is you wedding kit?
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2012, 05:05:32 PM »
16-35 II L

How often do you guys use the 16-35L?

I'm assembling a wedding kit, too, but if the uwa below 24mm is only used for close quarters I'd like to save some money here - and given the wide angle, isn't a 17-40L with f4 min. aperture sufficient for starters, too?

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Re: What is you wedding kit?
« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2012, 08:01:38 PM »
I recently sold my 70-200 f/4 IS so my 16-35 is my best piece of glass... So I tend to use it alot. I had a wedding yesterday and used two lenses... (16-35 II and 28-135 [for a few closer shots]) I think I need to get a 135mm L and I can shoot an entire wedding with a 16-35 and 135...

I love my 16-35 but I shoot with a crop body and 80% of my shots are at 35...

When I get a FF I am sure I'll need somthing longer (24-70/70-200 probly) but I am happy with the results I get from my 16-35 on Crop.

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Re: What is you wedding kit?
« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2012, 09:30:29 PM »
I recently sold my 70-200 f/4 IS so my 16-35 is my best piece of glass... So I tend to use it alot. I had a wedding yesterday and used two lenses... (16-35 II and 28-135 [for a few closer shots]) I think I need to get a 135mm L and I can shoot an entire wedding with a 16-35 and 135...

I love my 16-35 but I shoot with a crop body and 80% of my shots are at 35...

When I get a FF I am sure I'll need somthing longer (24-70/70-200 probly) but I am happy with the results I get from my 16-35 on Crop.

16-35L is GREAT with a crop body, but I agree in FF it's useless at a wedding IMO.  If you are even remotely serious about wedding photography with a FF camera, I don't know how you cannot have the 24-70L lens.  My kit with a 5D Mark II was 24-70L, 70-200L, 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.2L, and 135 f/2L, with a backup 1D Mark III (I know, so weird calling this camera a "backup") and it worked absolutely fantastic.  5 lenses, 2 cameras, and a flash and tripod and I got everything I needed and then some.  If you go the wedding route, consider those focal lengths and pick up about $3k/weekend :)
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Re: What is you wedding kit?
« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2012, 05:36:14 PM »
A nice kit:

24-105mm f4 IS or 24-70mm f2.8 II
70-200mm f2.8 IS II
85mm f1.2 II
8-15mm f4 fisheye

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Re: What is you wedding kit?
« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2012, 05:18:15 AM »
16-35 II L

How often do you guys use the 16-35L?

I'm assembling a wedding kit, too, but if the uwa below 24mm is only used for close quarters I'd like to save some money here - and given the wide angle, isn't a 17-40L with f4 min. aperture sufficient for starters, too?

The 16-35 is for establishing shots of venues, mostly. Great for the dining hall. I use it maybe 5% of the day and could totally live without it, but it adds a different perspective. The 17-40 would be fine I'm sure, but I've never used one.

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Re: What is you wedding kit?
« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2012, 03:33:54 PM »
5D Mark 2 + 5D Mark 3


35mm f/1.4
45mm TS-E f/2.8
50mm f/1.2
100mm f/2.8 Macro
135mm f/2


I use the 35L and the 50L for the majority of the day, the Macro only gets used for some ring shots, and the 135L only gets used for some occasions during the day. I like to stay close to the people I'm shooting, as I feel it puts you "right there" with them. I do not like removing myself/the viewer from the photos by using longer lenses too often. But the 135L is indeed a magic lens, and it's very nice to have at the wedding.

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Re: What is you wedding kit?
« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2012, 03:37:29 PM »
5D Mark 2 + 5D Mark 3


35mm f/1.4
45mm TS-E f/2.8
50mm f/1.2
100mm f/2.8 Macro
135mm f/2


I use the 35L and the 50L for the majority of the day, the Macro only gets used for some ring shots, and the 135L only gets used for some occasions during the day. I like to stay close to the people I'm shooting, as I feel it puts you "right there" with them. I do not like removing myself/the viewer from the photos by using longer lenses too often. But the 135L is indeed a magic lens, and it's very nice to have at the wedding.

I like your lens choices.  The only difference I have from yours is I bring my 85L lens (don't really use my 100, only for indoor sports now).  It has worked well for me when the bride comes up the aisle.  The other difference is that back at first, I didn't have lower primes, so I used my 24-70L version I.  I agree, I don't like going beyond my 135L, although just in case I'll throw a 70-200L lens in the bag.  It's neat to read through this thread and see what everybody else is doing.
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Re: What is you wedding kit?
« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2012, 09:50:58 PM »
My 24-70 is amazing and it focusses lightning fast. It has been my most used lens. I even use it for sports hence how i know it is very fast focussing. It is as fast as my 70-200LII without a doubt. You really can't go wrong, its epic!
I have been shooting more primes these days however so i don't know if i will keep it or not. It hasnt failed me other than it needed a new barrel a year ago and it has been rebuilt. It wasnt moving freely. I think a friend i lent it to may have dropped it since it had to be done after that.
For weddings i recommend a good prime and the 24-70 / 70-200. 80% of my images taken were using the 24-70 on a 1dm3.
I am doing things a little differently this year with lenses for weddings
24L on 1dm3
50F1.2L on 5DM3
i sometimes swap the lenses between the bodies but mostly this way.
I use the 70-200LII for portraits of the bride and groom as well as ceremony & reception where you shoot the toasts. I don't like lugging it else and i don't really need the range either.
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Re: What is you wedding kit?
« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2012, 06:41:06 AM »
I find that the 24-105 and the 70-200 are the lens that get most use, hanging on ff bodies

Speed is not an issue as I use a lot of flash.

I have the 135 f/2, 85 f/1.8, 50 f/1.4 should I need the extra speed (hardly ever used)

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Re: What is you wedding kit?
« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2012, 03:01:00 AM »
5D3 & 7D

17-55 2.8 IS (on 7D)
70-200 2.8 L IS MkI (on 5d3)
35 f/2 (5d3)
50 1.8 MkII (5D3)
speedlite 580 EXII (always bounced and diffused) on either camera, 7D mostly

We work as a team of two.When I cover groom preps I use the 5D3 with both primes and the 70-200 as I usually have the time to swap lenses.
When we are at the church the 70-200 stays on my FF all of the time as I mostly take portrait shots from a distance and tight cropped details.The 7D is used for wide shots only.
At the reception I start off with the same setup but when everybody starts dancing I usually mount the 35 f/2 on my MkIII for a wider view of the venue and lots of group dances (I live and work in Athens-Greece).
Ideally I 'd have 2 5D3's and 16-35 & 24-70.But as you can guess from the cheap primes I have, money is really an issue right now and I 'll just have to work with what I have.
I couldn't work however without the 70-200, it became indispensable for me since I got it !
I rarely shoot wide open (especially the primes) as  I like to get the sharpest results from my lenses (usually around f/5.6-f/8) and the 5D3 really helped me do this (I get usable shots at ISO 12800 and even 25600 on a couple of occasions)

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Re: What is you wedding kit?
« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2012, 04:29:01 AM »
I couldn't work however without the 70-200, it became indispensable for me since I got it ! I rarely shoot wide open (especially the primes) as  I like to get the sharpest results from my lenses (usually around f/5.6-f/8) and the 5D3 really helped me do this (I get usable shots at ISO 12800 and even 25600 on a couple of occasions)

So you want the f2.8 of the 70-200 for faster af or a few wide open aperture shots? Else, it sounds like you might save some $$$ and weight and use a 70-200/4.

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