What lens do you use the most? Weddings

Discussion in 'Wedding and Event' started by freya_jensen, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. I have 10 weddings this year (8 as an assistant and 2 of my own gulp.) and I was wondering where my first pay packet will be spent. I am trying to put anything I earn back into my kit until I have what I need. I asked a while ago whether I should go for primes vs zooms and found that this is as hot a topic at nikon vs canon so got very side tracked and thought I would attempt this question in another way.
    What lens do you rely on the most for your weddings. I know you vary them, but what (maybe in terms of percentage) do you use most.
  2. nikon 35mm f2 af-d
    nikon 180mm f2.8 af
    nikon 50mm f1.8
    nikon d3, d700 combo
    a bag full of other gear but the above almost exclusively.
    i think the only real zoom vs prime argument is PERSONAL CHOICE. the high end zooms coming out now are such stellar performers that you can't really argue much against them. personally, i just have a way of going about things that blends well with primes. that being said i would never look at someone shooting a couple of zooms as being any less capable.
    not to repeat at nauseum the fast fifty mantra but, make sure you have one. i could, if forced, shoot a whole day with the 50mm f1.4
  3. Whatever answers you get here take into consideration full frame vs crop.
    I shoot 50% with my Canon 27-70 2.8 with a FF. My shooting style just works better with zooms as much as I do love primes. I just end up switching primes way too much.
  4. D300 and 16-85 sometimes 50 1.8
    Works for me - weddings, news events etc.
  5. 70-80 percent Nikon 28-70 2.8
    20-30 percent Nikon 70-200 2.8VR
    D700 bodies
  6. What do you currently own?
  7. I use my Nikon 17-55 most.
  8. It is so very interesting to see who uses what... I have
    D700 & D80
    24-70, 50 1.8,
    and two older lenses 17-55 kit lens, 28-200 3.5
    I am trying to decide to get the 85 1.4 or 70-200! I think I am heading towards the prime but one day I'll have both i hope!
  9. I'd say my 70-200 2.8 IS. All my portraits, detail shots, much of the ceremony, almost all couple shots and most of my candids.
  10. I'm another for the 70-200 2.8 and running a close second is the 85 1.2
  11. Freya, the lens you use the most will be the one which best fits your style of shooting. For me, it's always been (the long end of) the Canon 70-200L f2.8 IS. I can cover about 75 - 80% of my work with that lens alone (on a full frame body). The rest of the time it will be my new Tamron 28-75 f2.8. And on a few occasions a fast prime or two is essential in some ceremony locations. But fast zooms are, and will always be, my personal preference. Ultimately you need to do what works best for you.
    As David said, evaluate your existing kit. What lens(es) are you using most often? How do you like to work? In which area(s) are you feeling limited by your current setup?
  12. 1. 85L II
    2. 35L
    3. 70-200 2.8IS/300 2.8IS (both only used during the ceremony)
    4. 24L, 135L, 14L, 24-70L, 50L
  13. (1) 24-70L, (2) 70-200LIS on a 1D MKIII
  14. Another vote for the 17-55 f/2.8. It's my go-to lens. Sharp, fast, versatile, well-built - what's not to love?
  15. I got a D700 for this year and can already tell that the 24-70 is going to stay on it most of the time. With my D300, it was the 17-55 while my assistant shot with the 70-200 during ceremonies and b/g portraits. With the FX sensor, I may shoot more of the reception with the 70-200 though. I've tried it out at some events and like the feel of it better w/o the crop factor.
  16. Inside: Sigma 30mm F1.4 on a 1.3X = 39mm. Turns out, this was my most used lens for documentation in 08 by far.
    Outside: 70-200L F4
  17. No weddings but numerous corporate events here.
    D300 bodies with 17-55/2.8 and 70-200/2.8 lenses. Despite the fact that I own a ton of lenses from 10.5mm to 300mm, I could (and usually do) shoot 95% of all of my work with these two.
    If I were shooting FX bodies I'd be substituting my 28-70/2.8 for the 17-55/2.8.
  18. 28-70, 70-200 - D3/D300
  19. I use a Canon 20d, 30d and 40d. The lenses I use the most are the 24-70L 2.8, followed by the 17-40L 4.0 and the 70-200L f2.8. In my Canon FD days I never owned a zoom, once I got into the EOS it is mainly all I use. I do have a 300 F.4 and a nifty fifty (50 1.8) but don't use them very often. My next lens purchases will probably be some faster primes just for the speed, I have no qualms at all with the quality of images produced with my zooms but faster apertures would be helpful. I've always wanted the 85 1.2 but just can't make my self pay that much money for it yet.
  20. Picking up the 70-200 2.8 would would be a good match for your system.
  21. Canon 17-40L
  22. Hi Freya,
    While shooting weddings I tend to use my 24-70 f2.8 and my 70-200 f2.8 VR most of the day.
    Although, once the reception starts I use my 17-35 f2.8 quite often. But my favorite lens to use
    is my 85 f1.8 it isn't practical for everything but it sure is fun, and incredibly sharp.
    Thanks, John Mirra
  23. For weddings, my two workhorses are my Nikon 70-200 2.8 and my Tamron 17-50 2.8.
    I own the Nikon 28-70 2.8 but I decided it was just too heavy and not wide enough, so I made my backup lens my primary wide zoom. I got a chance to play with a 24-70 and it is a lot lighter (and more expensive).
    I can't imagine using a prime as my principal wedding lens. Which is odd since I use nothing but primes for everything else.
  24. Freya,
    As a side note, with the D700 in the mix you'll probably want to go with full frame lenses as much as possible, DX is a waste of sensor space, and with fewer pixels you have less image available to crop for large prints. I have a few DX lenses now, so I'm in that boat for a while - and not unhappy about it. I really need to squeeze every bit of life out of my existing D80 bodies before I get something new, the longer I can hold-out, the more I can get. Just pick an equivalent FF lens for the DX versions I mention here.
    So, I have two D80s (D-200 Lite!) and I have three lenses that I use the most: 17-55mmm f/2.8 DX, 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, and 12-24mm f/4 DX. Having constant aperture is a must so you can get the most light at any focal point and use manual settings without adjusting for an ever changing f-stop. If I have time and want something special I can go to the 50mm f/1.4 or even the 60mm Micro f/2.8, which is very sharp. And if I'm in a situation where I constantly have to go long and short very quickly I will resort to my walk-around 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR DX and get the most from it I can. An 85 f/1.4 is a great lens, and on my wish list. So is the upcoming 35mm f/1.8 DX, why not?
    If your choice is the 85mm f/1.4 or the 70-200mm f/2.8 - the 70-200 wins. You'll have a great lens that can do a lot of the job. The 85mm will not serve you as well in as many situations, even though it is a great lens. Have fun !
  25. 50mm f1.4 (be it canon or nikon)
  26. used to use zooms when I started out, then graduated to primes.
    leica 2/35mm asph summicron is my most used
  27. I recently obtained a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and I am getting a lot of use out of that lens.
  28. I agree with those that stated above that prime vs. zoom is a personal choice. Although if you only have one body, I would say it's too much pain to shoot primes only (too much lens changin/running). But some would disagree. If you have two bodies, I would get a Nikon 17-55 2.8 (for DX)/Nikon 24-70 2.8 (for FF) and a fast long prime on the other body. That way you have best of both worlds and you can figure out what style you like better.
    Here is what I use:
    For the ceremony and reception:
    1. Nikon 17-55 2.8 (90%)
    2. Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR (8%)
    3. Tokina 12-24 f4 (2%)
    For couple shots/portraits:
    1. Nikon 50 1.8 (90%)
    2. Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR
    If I could I would keep my Nikon 50 1.8 on my camera all the time: http://marekphoto.blogspot.com/
    Good luck,
  29. Me? 24-70L f2.8 is on my camera 95% of the time (5dmk2)
  30. Across all situations, close-ups, candids, formals, ceremony, reception, indoors, outdoors, ring shots, etc.? Without a super-clearly defined question I guess some of us offered a range of equipment..
    So, to correct my original answer: Nikkor ; )
  31. (2) 5D camera bodies
    24-70/2.8L (65% of the time)
    35/1.4L for the kicks (15% during prep and reception)
    70-200 2.8L (20% of the time, mostly during the ceremony)
  32. Thanks everyone! this has been interesting to say the least! I did wonder how vague to make the questiong but I wanted it interpreted the way anyone wanted.
    It seems the main favourites are 24-70 (yay, i have), 50 and 70-200.
    I do worry about changin lenses all the time, and I am loving the 24-70 so much thats why I thought I should be getting a range of lenses over time.. but now I think I will complete my glass with the 70-200 eventually and start getting the lighting organised quick.
    I have a good course at nikon next month (here in london) to study more pro lighting so that should help. thanks everyone.. this will help lots of newcomers like me
  33. I'm breaking all the rules. I use 135mm 2.0 for ceremonies now.
    The 70-200 is too heavy lol
  34. Am I too late to add my thought of the day?
    I'm always chopping & changing my mind between a wide angle zoom & a medium zoom, for going in & taking group shots & individuals. This is the majority of the pics shot.
    The wide for the group shots, but knowing that I will have to correct the distortion of the wide later.
    The medium, perfect for faces & never having to correct distortion afterwards, but losing out on space that I can back up into for medium size groups.
    The alternative is to carry 2 cameras with those lenses, but then you end up looking like the paparazzi & this puts your subjects off straight away. Pity eh?
    Canon 1D2 - 1.3x multiply (not full frame)
    16-35 L f2.8
    24-70 L f2.8
    Then other lenses get used too, depending on that particular wedding, location etc ...
  35. 24-105, excellent range
  36. Outdoors... 70-200 is the workhorse.
    Indoors... 35mm f/1.4 or 35mm f/2
    I'm likely selling the 70-200 and going back to the 85mm focal length. My favorite setup is 35mm/50mm/85mm and a body for each. A 20mm in the bag...
  37. With Nikon I would switch to a zoom instead of the 20mm and keep a 35mm f/2 for a party/reception lens and backup...
  38. "why not the 24-105 f4 on FF?"
    Because it is f4. Most situations are typically better served by the use of faster lenses. It is often the case that you are working in dark venues, whether it is a church or a reception hall. Granted, it is a useful range and a sharp lens (when properly calibrated) but the bokeh is not nearly as nice as most all of the faster zooms. Depending on your shooting style, that can be a critical factor.
    For travel photography, I would take the 24-105 in a heartbeat. It's all you need to do most picture taking on a trip to exciting places and beautiful scenery, architecture, people, etc. If I still had my 5D and the 24-105, that would be my travel kit no question.
  39. For my style of shooting I found that next to focal lenght, the deep of field is also very important. I use D300 so there isn`t a lot of Nikon glass to choose when looking for a bright lens. I use the below primes most of the time:
    Sigma 30 f/1.4 - I think it works much better than Nikon 35 f/2
    Sigma 50 f/1.4 - beats the new Nikkor 50 1.4 AF-S - the best of my lenses!
    Nikon 85 f/1.8 AF-D - really nice piece of glass, maybe I will decide to upgrade to 85/1.4 AF-D when the right moment comes,
    For wide angle, you can choose between many bright zooms. Personally, I have made the decision and will go for Nikon 10.5/2.8 Fisheye lens soon!
    Good luck,
  40. "Response to What lens do you use the most? I'm breaking all the rules. I use 135mm 2.0 for ceremonies now. The 70-200 is too heavy lol" i am completely with you on that one. I switched from the 80-200 to the 180 f2.8 (full frame)... the 80-200 was downright huge! i was worried at first that i would get caught with too much reach at times but so far it hasn't been a problem.
  41. yes I am finding the 70-200 heavy aswell.. but I love it. Its very hard, but with two bodies I think I'll use my 50mm and then 24-70 and swop into the 70-200 for the wedding breakfast.
    thanks again everyone.
  42. Hi,
    Canon, Nikon, Sigma or Tamron they all have good lenses for weddings. It will all depend how much you want to spend. Almos what I've read here is the tp of the tops of lenses. Of course if you can afford it is ok.
    I'm a wedding photographer (photojournalism style) for some years now, I shoot with canon and my preferred lens are:
    24-105mm f4L IS 70% of the time (I wish canon made this in f2.8...) very versatile, not much weith (note that you'll have to carry this all day)
    17-40 f4L 25% of the time (16-35 f2.8) for the wide angle shots, inside church, church, buildings, and for the dancing part.
    70-200mm f4L IS 5% (or f2.8IS) - for some outside portraits (however since I bought the 24-105 this one is almost time in my bag, too havy). This also have Image Stabilization wich allow you to drop until 3 stops.
    50mm f1.4 (or 1.2) - very nice for portraits, will be a 80mm with cropped sensor.
    All are used with the 1.6x sensor magnificacion factor, that's why I almost do not use a 70-200 because I have a 168 with my 24-105.
    So If you have a croped sensor, shoot with canon non-full frame sensors, and do not want to spend a lot I would go for the 17-40mm f4L and 24-105mm f4L IS. Wiht this you have more than enough to begin. If you can aford buy the all the f2.8 glass you can get!
  43. Thought I would post my question here rather than opening a new topic
    I am wondering what lenses to attach to my 2 body's and which ones to take so that I can change
    I have a Canon 40D and a Canon 1DMarkIII (so also different crop factors)
    Lenses I have: Tamron 17-50 f2.8, Canon 70-200 f2.8 (no IS), Canon 50 f1.2 , Canon 135 f2.0.

    What I miss is something like a 24-70 f2.8, but do you think I could manage with the 17-50 and the 70-200? I love my 50 f1.2 but I am not sure whether it is sensible to put that lense permanently on a body.
    What I am worried about with my 70-200 is that is has no IS. I am afraid my photo's will become blurred because of movement.

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