canon 70-200 f2.8 or 85 f 1.8 for additional wedding lens

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by arthur_bunda|1, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. i need advise between this two lens. i will do mostly weddings. i
    have tokina 28-80 and canon 24mm already.
  2. 85/1.8

    In a wedding, you probably won't use much of the high range of the 70-200.

    I'm not a wedding photographer, but I know them.
    The 85/1.8 is also one of if not the best sub "L" prime lens canon makes.
  3. Agreed. You'll be moving around somewhat so you can live w/o a zoom. Besides, the zoom is too heavy and bulky for most weddings.
  4. If you do a lot of outdoor weddings/receptions, the long zoom will be very helpful. If you do a lot of indoor ones, the 85 will. But the 2.8 zoom is big. I went for the f4L, which is quite fast enough for outdoors and I use the 100 f2.0 for indoor shots. You can get both for less than the price of the 2.8.
  5. If you shoot like journalism style, 70-200 mm f/2.8 is a better choice. But if you shoot in studio, 85 mm f/1.8 is a nice one to consider.
  6. The 70-200mm is going to feel big and unused at a wedding. At an event you probably have time to move about and compose your shot, and shoot plenty of group photos, you don't really wan't to carry around a telephoto zoom.
  7. Which body will you use? I have both lenses and am extremely happy with both. However, the 70-200 2.8 is a bit heavy for non mono/tripod work. I use a monopod to shoot soccer with mine. For an outdoor wedding where one is sitting apart, one could use the 70-200 f2.8 or f4 for spontaneous distal images.

    How do you like your Tokina @ 80? The 85mm does not give much more tele benefit though it is an extremely sharp and fast lens.
  8. I am considering the Canon EF 85 f/1.8 versus the 100 f/2.0. I'd like to use it as a general purpose complement to my EF II 50 f/1.8. I've been having trouble photographing indoor sporting events, recitals, dance competitions, etc. with my slow zoom and I am looking to work with primes like the 50/1.8 which is my first (pleasant) introduction to a really great lens. My camera back is the Canon Digital Rebel. My question is: Which focal length have people found to be most useful? Is the 100 too long for these applications? Is there any noticeable difference in the speed between the 1.8 and the 2.0? Thanks in advance for the advice!

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