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With a 5DII, 60D, 17-40L, 35L, 50 1.4, and a 430EX ii What should I pick up for a wedding coming up in January (Lens budget ~$2K and under)

70-200 2.8L ii (or some variation of the 70-200 line)
100 2.8L macro
50 1.2L (sell the 1.4)
85 1.2L
24-70 f/2.8L
135 f/2L
Fisheye anything
Anything else (please advise, I could use some input here)

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Tabor Warren Photography

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Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« on: September 09, 2012, 10:35:18 PM »
So, my wife and I have three weddings right at the start of 2013, but here's the kicker; I think we're lacking a little glass.

We have the following
5DII, 60D, 17-40L, 35L, 50 1.4, and a 430ex ii. We also have a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 which I am not the biggest fan of and will be selling soon. We would like to keep our purchase at a max of ~2K and don't mind buying new, refurbed, or used (from a quality seller).

What do you all think? I strongly believe that this forum is an invaluable resource for photographers who are beginning their business and thank you all in advance for your support.

-Tabor
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Lenses: 17-40mm f/4L, 24mm f/1.4L, 35mm f/1.4L, 70-200mm f/2.8L ISII, 85 f/1.2L II, & 100mm f/2.8L
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Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2012, 12:25:01 AM »
I dunno... maybe I'm strange, maybe I'm too old school.

Have shot my share of back breaking weddings with 500c/m and 60, plus an 80 as a spare.  Got it all.  Used 283's in Chimera boxes - camera mounted - for light.  Got it all.  Every once in a while, a balcony shot, ok dig out the 250, or add the Mutar to the 80.

Fast forward to today.

Holy crap.... give me a 24-105/4.0, not much worse than the 60/3.5 on the Hasselblad,  Give me TTL speedlights in the same Chimera box on the camera... If I can't do it with that alone, maybe an extra light as fill or highlight... something is seriously wrong.

Just my 2c on it all....

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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2012, 12:37:44 AM »
the 24-70mm F2.8L and the 70-200mm F2.8L are staples in wedding realm. primes are good but just a different style of shooting.

the only focal range that you dont have covered is the 70-200. the 70-300 isnt fast enough so i dont count it. i would get a 70-200 F2.8L non IS version and also get another speedlight if i were you.
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Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2012, 12:48:53 AM »
24-105 withflash or 24-70 will b your choice i suppose :)
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Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2012, 01:25:33 AM »
+1 on the 70-200mm. That lens is staple for any wedding photographer's kit simply because of the versatility and the focal range. I recommend you get the 70-200 f2.8 IS II as it is optically king and the extra f-stop and IS will help in darker locations, despite the weight. And looking at your current set-up, you've got the shorter focal lengths covered.
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Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2012, 03:33:15 AM »
Yes, you are lacking a lot of glass.

The 5DII:
24-70
70-200
85 1.8

The 60D:
24-105
50 1.4

You guys can share the 100mm Macro and the 60D needs a proper flash.

This is minimum kit.
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Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2012, 10:50:35 AM »
The 70-200 2.8IS ii is a great option. Expensive and heavy but a really awesome lens. One other option that I haven't seen listed in the postings so far is the Sigma 85 1.4. I just rented this for a wedding this weekend and was really happy with it.
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Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2012, 10:50:35 AM »

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Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2012, 05:28:45 PM »
Man I would love to get a hold of all of the lenses and test run them. Like so many of you have polled and commented the 70-200 2.8 ii or a close varient should probably be the winner. I like the 24-70 range as well and a close buddy of mine actually owns it. I think I'll check with him about renting it from him and I'll probably rent or buy the 70-200 2.8 ii for this event (I just checked and it's $110 for 5 days, not bad really. I'll put some more thought into it but greatly appreciate and value your advice.

-Tabor
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2012, 06:20:36 PM »
Personally I would go for the 24-70 on the 5d mkii and the 70-200 on the 60d.. You will probably find that during a wedding your not going to have the luxury of changing lens all the time.. If you wanted to do a few specialist shots then a fisheye at the reception goes well and possibly a 50mm for rings and other item shots.. Other than that 24-70 and 70-200 is pretty much all you will need to get some great shots..

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Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2012, 04:19:47 AM »
Personally I would go for the 24-70 on the 5d mkii and the 70-200 on the 60d.. You will probably find that during a wedding your not going to have the luxury of changing lens all the time.. If you wanted to do a few specialist shots then a fisheye at the reception goes well and possibly a 50mm for rings and other item shots.. Other than that 24-70 and 70-200 is pretty much all you will need to get some great shots..

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Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2012, 07:04:00 AM »
The 24-70 is a hammer, it nails the shot every single time, the 70-200 f4 is is exceptional on a budget, it will not focus fast enough in extremely dark reception but at the time you will be using fast primes and 24-70 which will focus very well still

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Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2012, 07:55:28 AM »
well get the 24-70 for sure

and then go for 70-200 2.8 IS II if you can afford the cash.
if not, buy the 135mm for portraits on 5D

glad to see you've got the 17-40, an ultra wide angle lens is a must for ceremonies.

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Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2012, 09:09:40 AM »
The 24-70 is a boring lens and you already have some wide angle lenses.  Go for the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II it is a must have and will be on your camera most of the day.

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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2012, 10:10:19 AM »
You really need to get that 40-70mm range at least. I know I was recently contemplating the 24 - 105 f/4 to get me by while I was waiting for my 24-70 2.8 II to finally be released.  I have not shot that lens but figured it could get me by since my Tamron 28-75 went down on me right before a busy wedding month for us. I loved that lens, it worked great for me on a tight budget,  but. My replacement now. Sits in my bag capped while I rock the 16-35 2.8 II.  In my experience I can't ever remember shooting. Long lens in a reception, it's always been my 28-75 or now my 16-35.

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« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2012, 11:00:36 AM »
I would ad the 24 1.4L :)
It was just fun to use that lens! And the results are much better than that what i got out of my 24-70 2.8L

My Lineup was:

7D
5D III

8-15L ( used on 5D III)
16-35 2.8 II (not used much)
24 1.4L II (almost fixed to at least one body)
50 1.4 (most of the time on 7D)
24-70 2.8L (used often on 5D III)
70-200 2.8 L IS II (used on 5D III)

580 EXII
430 EX

Some other stuff to get the light where I want it :D

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« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2012, 11:00:36 AM »