Need advice for lens usage (wedding)

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  1. TheUndisputed

    TheUndisputed TPF Noob!

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    My mother is getting re-married this month on the 30th, and wants me to do the photography for them. However, I only have a 18-70mm Lens. What lenses do I need to rent to get the best looking shots for wedding photography. Many people have referred me to rent a 50mm f/1.8.

    Thanks in advance for any and all feedback.
     
  2. mrpink

    mrpink No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The 50mm 1.8 is only like $90 so why not just buy one?

    I would rent a 70-200 2.8 for most shooting and portraits, and a 17-55 2.8 for wider shots.

    A nice speedlight would be on my list as well.





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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Good advice, but Nikons AF 50 mm f/1.8, new is $125 - $130. Canon's 50 mm f/1.8 is about $90.
     
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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    This is a very popular subject. I see the same topic once a day LOL.
     
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    As a total noob, using a Canon with cropped sensor and a bunch of borrowed lenses (!) I found I used a 24-105mm f4 for pretty much the whole day, and then a 50mm f1.4 for the evening. I did have access to a 70-200mm but it just seemed to long and too heavy so I only took a couple of shots with it. I can't find an equivilent Nikon lens for the 24-105 though.

    Consider renting a strobe and / or picking up a reflector too.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Nikon has a 24-70mm F2.8, as does Canon.
     
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    shutterbugsdesign TPF Noob!

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    i agree with mrpink, 70-200 2.8 very good for candid shots. you can really capture the emotions using this lens. 50mm 1.4 is also good for close up and portrait shots.
     
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    to answer your question on what lenses you need:

    yes. since the answer depends on what you want to do/take.

    I've used the Nikon 18-200 with a flash before to take a wedding. (had most my equipment stolen two days before, the body and that lens was elsewhere and I bought a flash, it worked) what I want for weddings is two bodies. one with a fairly wide fast prime like the DX 35 1.8 for low light and one with the 70-200 2.8 I don't have yet for reach. then I could flip back and forth between them for different shots.
     
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    Thank you all for the help and advice!
     

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