Wedding + Must Have Lens (NIKON)

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  1. anuarD

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    sorry i new in photography, and sorry for my broken english.
    i just wondering what is the best lens or must have lens for wedding.
    thanks in advanced.
     
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    If you are asking that you are not ready to shoot a wedding or even remotely where you should be.


    But the best lenses would be a 24-70 and 70-200 on an FX camera.
     
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    thanks bro.. just planning for the future.. and how about DX format... which lens is appropriate? and do we need wide angle lens for wedding? or just 70-200 and 24-70 is enough? or any third party lens also can comply to shot wedding?
     
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    24-70, 70-200, and yes a wide angle is beneficial. A macro lens is also a good idea for close-ups of shoes, rings, etc.

    I'd also throw in a 50mm 1.4 for those tricky low(er)-light situations.

    You can shoot DX, however the ISO performance on FX cameras like the D700 are out of this world and can really save your life in the low lighting that wedding photographers have to shoot in.
     
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    so for conclusion i must have this lens:
    normal zoom : 24-70
    telephoto zoom : 70-200
    macro : 105
    prime : 50
    wide angle zoom : ???? any suggestion?
    maybe new body ??

    for now i already had D90+18-200+50 1.8...
    and which one i should get first~
    because i intend to do wedding after this~ please help me ~i don't want make wrong decision~ got $4000 in my saving... and hope my mom don't know this~ hehhehe
     
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    I would get the 14-24 for the wide angle.

    As for when you upgrade your body, I would look into the D700 or its upgrade which should be in the next few months.

    Other than that, your list looks good to me. Now you just need the practice/experience of shooting a wedding. I would try to get a gig as a second shooter for someone.
     
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    thanks bro.. u help me a lot..

    so what i need to do now.. buy 14-24 & D700 + experimental the wedding techniques

    or

    buy 14-24 & 70-200 for my D90, is it good option?? for D90~
     
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    I'd buy the better glass first for two reasons:

    1) You don't absolutely NEED the better body until your pictures actually count for something. When you are just learning, or as an "apprentice" and no one is paying you for your images, then the lenses will be more beneficial to your shots. Fast, sharp glass is a necessity.

    2) By the time you are ready to upgrade, the D700 might have its upgrade out, which will allow you to either get the new model, or pick up the old model for cheaper.

    If you want to upgrade your body now and can only get one lens for the time being, I would get the D700+70-200 rather than the D700+14-24.

    I would say you need to have at least a year of experience as a second or third shooter until it becomes so imprinted into your brain that you feel you can do it on your own and not ruin one of the most special days in someones life. Shooting weddings is widely accepted as being the most difficult form of photography you can get into. You need to be a master at it before you ever do one on your own.
     
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    so.. just buy a lens.. 70-200 & 12-24 (same as you)~ and practice~ i will not do the wedding in this year~ intend to do after i confident with my skill and knowledge~ just want the best lens for better result~ anyway thanks bro~ :mrgreen:
     
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    14-24, not the 12-24. Don't purchase any DX lenses.

    When I go to full-frame I'll be getting either the 14-24 or 16-35 to replace my 12-24.

    The new 70-200 VR2 is the next lens on my list to get.

    Practice, practice, then practice some more. I cannot stress this enough. There are too many sub-par (and downright horrible) wedding photographers out there. You want to spend your time booking weddings, not fighting people in court for delivering poor quality images and ruining their special day.

    This is something that takes years to get to the level where you can legitimately shoot weddings on your own.
     
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    If saving $$ is a concern: an 80-200mm f2.8 af is far cheaper with the same image quality--you won't have VR, and the focus is slightly slower; neither of which are much of a concern at a wedding.

    I'm not a wedding photographer, but I have shot weddings for friends--I keep the 80-200mm on my camera 90% of the time; I also take along a 24mm, and 50mm prime which I prefer over a zoom for their speed and how small and lightweight they are.
     
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    17-55 f/2.8 for DX

    24-70 f/2.8 for FX

    70-200 f/2.8 on both



    Or have a bag of fast primes.
     

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