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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


The vast majority of my shooting has been moving toward the middle focal lengths (35-50-85) in the last year especially, but I have longer and wider that I bring with on a wedding day. I'm just wondering what other people's lineups look like and how long/wide they work with.

Currently this is what I tote to every wedding and most other shoots:

28 f/1.8g
35 f/2
50 Art
60 f/2.8d
85 f/1.4d
180 f/2.8d
300 f/4

The 300 sees a bit of action and the compression is pretty good. I love my 180 for portraits, and the 300 is basically just a longer/slower big brother. On the wide end, 35/28 are almost interchangeable. I struggle with the concept of even owning both honestly. I had a 20mm f/1.8g for a commercial gig a week or two ago and, although it was stunning, I don't think it would be shot enough to rationalize a spot in my bag.





Jun 13, 2017 at 02:17 AM
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I live on 24-70 and something long on a 2nd body. 100 for getting ready, 70-200 for ceremony, 135 for everything else.

16-35 when an over-the-top dance floor deserves it, and a 50 1.8 when I'm tired of carrying gear.

I tried a 100-400L II recently and thinking about using it at ceremonies rather than the 70-200. Love the emotional isolation and it's very sharp wide open.




Jun 13, 2017 at 02:21 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


20, 28, 58, 105. 70-200 if catholic.



Jun 13, 2017 at 02:55 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


Currently a 16-35 which sees a majority of the action. A 25 for the dance floor (I need a lighter lens, with Nikon I used a 20mm instead of the 16-35 as well as for the dance). A 35, 50, and 85 (which sees the least action).


Jun 13, 2017 at 03:41 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


zalmyb wrote:
Currently a 16-35 which sees a majority of the action. A 25 for the dance floor (I need a lighter lens, with Nikon I used a 20mm instead of the 16-35 as well as for the dance). A 35, 50, and 85 (which sees the least action).


Which Nikon 20, the 1.8g or the 2.8d? Any complaints with the 16-35 for wedding stuff other than the bulk? Seems like you work in pretty tight spaces packed with people pretty often, so I can see why you don't go beyond 50mm most of the time.



Jun 13, 2017 at 04:05 AM
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For years my brand was ultra-wide, and those images sing in a portfolio. Then year after year, I noticed so few of those images being picked by clients for albums. Then Summer before last I started getting outright complaints about ultra-wide shots. At that point I recalled what Nate Kaiser said once over beers — "sometimes people will book you for ultra-wide shots, but they don't like to see themselves captured that way — it's fine if it's someone else."

Admittedly, living in the safe zone is boring and the portfolio doesn't stand out as much but (for me) it's more challenging.

It's a treat to see ultra-wide done well and our good Zalmy does it as well as anyone.



Jun 13, 2017 at 04:24 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


The 1.8g. Such a good lens, especially at that price... I'm using the Sony 16-35. It's a pretty good lens, not as good as the primes obviously, and probably not the sharpest zoom out there but it's plenty sharp for me. I have a 25 f/2 if it gets too dark, but that hasn't happened yet


Jun 13, 2017 at 04:25 AM
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LeeSimms wrote:
At that point I recalled what Nate Kaiser said once over beers — "sometimes people will book you for ultra-wide shots, but they don't like to see themselves captured that way — it's fine if it's someone else."


The kernel(s) of wisdom I read 500 or 1000 posts in search of - and you never know when or where they're going to emerge.

Extrapolated, that is gold Lee. Thank you.



Jun 13, 2017 at 04:33 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


28 1.8G
35 f2D
35 Art
50 1.8G
85 Art
135 Art

70-200 only if it's an absolute must. I dislike toting it around. Use it rarely. I have a 150-600mm Contemporary for soccer... but obviously that's not coming along. Thinking about adding a 20mm.

The two 35's... I use the old F2D lens only for reception dance stuff. I like the starbursts Sigma is for preps, candids and portraits.



Jun 13, 2017 at 04:48 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


Mr Leesimms...... a little 20mm for ya.

PP: WB, slight leveling +.... I added a little brush (+.5 exposure) to the flowers.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


Updated:

16-35L viii mm getting ready, some portrait, dance floor and reception activities.
24L getting ready through portraits. will rock dance stuff.
24-70L vi formals and entrance/first dance.
50L Use through out the day. (main)
100L Getting ready/ring
70-200 f2.8 vii from church through reception.

other:
20mm siggy out for repair
85L more on e-sessions ... but will use on portraits on wedding day
85 f1.8 reception dancing sometimes.
135 backup ... but trying to bring out more often

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Jun 13, 2017 at 04:51 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


LeeSimms wrote:
"sometimes people will book you for ultra-wide shots, but they don't like to see themselves captured that way — it's fine if it's someone else."


I think this is true with a lot of things. A mentor told me that you only need to get one killer shot in front of someone for them to book.

I find this especially true with my glamour work. They may rave about a nude of evocative pic and make mention of it several times but then want nothing like it. I show mainly figure and nude work but never cease to be amazed at the amount of people coming in whom want straight portraits they could get at any shopping center studio but tell me how much they like what I do.
I try to get them to do the same as a Phsyc friend once told me If you ask them and they make the decision, if a friend or somone doesn't like it, it's their fault. If you tell them to do it and someone doesn't like it then it's on you. If they really don't want to do it, they will tell you and if they go along with the idea it's probably just they were too afraid to ask in case you judged them.
Helped me a lot over the years that bit of insight.

As far as lenses go, I just wonder how people juggle so many primes through the day? There is so much made of concentrating on the shot and lighting, posing etc and letting the camera do the work yet all this lens swapping I personally would find a pain in the butt and interrupt the work flow on the day.

For me, I'd shoot 80% of my wedding pics on my 24-105 ( or whatever it is). The rest would be the 70-200 and on very rare occasions i might use the 10-22.
The less lens swapping the more time for picture taking and the less chance of dropping something.

The performance of current zooms with the Hi ISO capability of modern camera's is more than enough to satisfy my clients whom are far more concerned with Content than technical perfection.




Jun 13, 2017 at 05:04 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


For weddings I *could* live with just a 50. And it's still my go to lens. But right now I'm carrying 5 lenses from 16-280mm

16-21 (WATE)
24-90
90-280
50 1.4
120mm 2.5 macro.

I'd love an 85mm 1.4 but there isn't one for the SL yet and it's a want, not a need.

The WATE gets the least use by far. The WATE is tiny so it's not a problem. The 50 and 24-90, the most. I don't use the 120 and 90-280 a huge amount but enough that I don't want to leave them at home.

Really happy with my current gear list and for weddings, I'm over that bag of primes and endless lens choices although I was all primes and happy just a couple of years ago. For now, less is more. With two bodies all I need is a lens change bag....

Gordon



Jun 13, 2017 at 05:36 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


I think I've finally settled on my long term combo

20 Art
35Art
50 1.8G
90mm macro
135mm Art.

This way i can travel reasonably light while having great low light capabilities. Both my bodies, all lenses, 4 speedlights with magmod accessories and other nick-nacks, fit into one roller bag.



Jun 13, 2017 at 06:42 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


24-70/50 for getting ready usually

24-70/135 or 70-200 for portraits

24-70/70-200 for big spaced ceremonies 135 if smaller

24-70 + 135 w/ flash & 35/50 ambient light for receptions depending on the venue



Jun 13, 2017 at 06:51 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


24-120
mostly at 24 and 120
i now own 3 of this ultimate wedding lens



Jun 13, 2017 at 11:08 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


16-35
24-70
35
85
70-200

The 16-35 is almost never used, but when I need it, I need it.



Jun 13, 2017 at 01:53 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


35 for most of the day. 85 comes out for portraits. I'll use the 70-200 if there are movement restrictions in a church, for example. 24-70 @ 24 for dancing.

My wife uses 35 + 135.



Jun 13, 2017 at 02:28 PM
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Tokina 16-28 only use it for the occasional slightly wider than the 24 shot. Nice lens for the price maybe get 5 or 6 shots a wedding day with it unless I drag it out for the dance floor work.

24-70 VII. This one seldom leaves my camera

35MM (seldom use this one and it is by far the sharpest lens I own. Need to unload it as I really want a 135 art)

Sigma 85 V1 I love it outdoors, but is worthless in low light receptions. Hunts way to much.

70-200 Vi still a work horse. Use it for bridals, seniors etc as well as ceremony shots.



Jun 13, 2017 at 03:18 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Let's talk about Lenses - How wide & how long.


In my never-ending search for a 50 (I've owned four 50L's) I just got a Sigma 50 1.4 on eBay. Failed the AF test. Someone else can have it.


Jun 13, 2017 at 03:58 PM
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