I'm buying a 50mm lens for weddings...which one should I get?

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  1. roxysmom

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    I have been preparing to do weddings and have several booked in 2008. I have done 5 so far as "practice" weddings now I'm ready to make it a business.

    Right now I have a Nikon D80 with a 18-135mm lens. I am planning getting an additional Nikon D80 as a backup body and a 50mm lens for indoor use.

    Would you get a Nikon 50mm 1.8 or should I go lower? I know it's more of an investment but I'm sure it will payout over time and result in much stronger photos.

    Your opinions are appreciated!
     
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    I'm not so sure about Nikon...but in the Canon line up, the 50mm F1.8 is a cheap lens. It's optically quite good but the build quality is cheap. For wedding work, it's well worth the investment to get the 50mm F1.4, which is still a good lens for the price...(around $400).
     
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    just go for the 1.8, and save the money for the other investments down the road: a few speedlights and an 80(or 70)-200 f/2.8, 17-55 f/2.8, a super wide like a 12-24, memory, tripods, lightstands, umbrellas, other misc lighting gear.

    And backup stuff too.
     
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    The 50mm 1.8 in both Nikon and Canon apparently test out better than the faster 1.4 lenses.

    skieur
     
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    jeez..no comparison, get the 1.4, its wayyyyy sharper!
     
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    no it's not. the bokeh is marginally smoother. build and overall IQ are pretty much alike.
     
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    I agree, you need the 70-200VR 2.8.
     
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    May I ask why you want a 50mm lens? If it was me, I'd get a better zoom lens. Then you can use the one you have now for a backup.
     
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    Everyone tells me that a 50mm lens is great for weddings when working with digital. It allows me to not have to use a flash yet when I do the finishing work on the computer I'll have clear shots. If I get a larger zoom camera it won't help me in a low light situation. How would you handle the no flash or low light situation with a larger zoom?
     
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    Honestly you are really better off buying someting like a 35mm focal-length lens to use as your only fast lens for weddings. But still I would go with the 70-200Vr 2.8.
     
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    I use the 50mm 1.4 for weddings all the time, it is a great lens and worth the extra money over the 1.8 for build quality alone.

    Invest in good Glass, now while the 50mm 1.4 is not as expensive as a 70-200 2.8 it is still GOOD Glass
     
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    I just picked up the 50mm 1.8 and it's a GREAT lens. I've tried a few portrait shots with it and it's amazing. It's so crisp and you'll get away without a flash most of the time. I'm on a D40 and have the ability to rock ISO 1600 no problem with pretty low noise. The only thing I hate with the D40 is I can't auto-focus this lens. I have to manually focus due to the lack of AF-S.

    Either way if you're looking for a slightly cheaper lens with excellent quality the 1.8 is a terrific lens!
     

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