Ideal Wedding Setup

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  1. WDodd

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    I recently shadowed a photographer in my area while he did a wedding who shot purely film with somewhat older gear. We were talking about going digital and what he would want to do it "right" as he put it.

    I am curious to see what everyone's dream setup would be for shooting weddings. :thumbup::mrgreen:
     
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    he would need exactly the same stuff, just he'd need a digital body instead of a film body. Nothing is different, unless he gets a camera with a crop factor.
     
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    Yeah we talked about what his setup would be if he switched over. I was just wondering what everyone else's was. :D
     
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    Here's my 'ideal' setup, some of which I have, some which I dont:

    two bodies, a 1d3 and a 5d (1ds3 is probably overkill).

    3 zooms, 3 primes:
    canon 16-35 2.8L
    canon 24-70 2.8L
    canon 70-200 2.8L IS
    canon 35mm 1.4L
    canon 85mm 1.2 IIL
    canon 135mm f2L

    2 580ex II speedlights (i'd probably have 2 more for backups too), with battery packs

    that's just the straight up camera equipment
     
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    Ditto what Daniel said and throw in a T&S
     
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    dream setup?

    1Ds MIII, 5D, 5D

    24-70L 2.8, 70-200L 2.8IS, 35L, 85L, 15mm fisheye. 3x580EX's
     
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    ohh that's a nice point. i'd probably stick with the 90mm, not positive though
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That sounds like a good list to me...maybe add a Macro lens and a few more 580EX II units.
     
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    Not that I am doing weddings, but here's what I would get if I were:

    2 Nikon D3's
    Nikkor 18mm f/2.8d
    Nikor 28mm f/2.8d
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.4d
    Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR Macro
    Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
    Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8G VR
    5 SB800's with 3 lightstands, umbrellas, etc
    Pocket Wizards for all remote strobes.

    If I were taking wedding pictures, this is the rig I would use as a minimum. This isn't a dream package either, this is actually what I would buy (waiting, of course, until the D3 is released next month).
     
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    How about a Quantum battery pack for the flash there we go, now we are all perfectly outfitted (and/or squished)
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Don't forget about an assistant to carry all of that stuff :D
     
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    This discussion is very interesting to me.
    I'm sure this question should probably go under the equipment discussion area, but I'll post it here for the sake of convenience:)

    Can someone explain to me why you would want to have a 35mm fixed lens and an 85mm and 135 mm fixed lens in addition to the zoom lenses (the 16-35 and the 70-200) that you have listed there?
    I thought that I had read somewhere on here that fixed lenses are better because they are sharper. Is this a reason? Is it because the fixed lenses that you have listed are also slightly faster? (Are they sharper because they are faster?) Are there other reasons I am missing?
    -April
     

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