Wedding Photography

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  1. Carbon_D

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    Hello everyone.
    I have a few questions about Wedding Photography. I'm going to be an assistant at a few wedding shoots, which is great, i'm excited. I understand I should have a lens with the widest aperture, i.e 2.8 or lower. My lowest is 3.5 @ 18 and 75mm. I'm wanting to buy a 2.8 zoom, but I cant afford the auto focus lens, so I would buy Manual. I know manual is best for getting the DOF you want. But is manual quick enough for a wedding?

    Any input on this would be greatly appreciated. =]
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    It could be if your camera has the right kind of focusing screen.

    Because of auto focus cameras no longer have split focusing screens that greatly aided manual focusing. They can be changed though.

    The other issue with manual focus is that it takes practice to get wedding quality good at it.

    The other part of the fast glass needed to shooting weddings equation is a camera body that has good high ISO performance.

    Here is where to find the right kind of focusing screen to aid manual focusing: KatzEye™ Optics - Custom Focusing Screens
     
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    Carbon_D TPF Noob!

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    Thats great advice, only problem with the site is they don't support Sony/Minolta. I'll try to look else where.

    Bottom line is its alright to use Manual focus, you just need to be good at it?
     
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    Just wondering, if you will be an assistant, why do you need a camera? I started out as an assistant and haven't touched a camera for about 3 yrs until I was ready to shoot. My assistants don't bring their cameras to the job either. So are you a shooting assistant or an assistant. B/c as a shooting assistant you should know the answer to your question.
     
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    Shooting assistant. The Photographer knows I am an amateur and that this is my first event. She only wants me for the extra pictures. As for knowing the answer, i'm pretty sure about it, I just wanted some confirmation as I only have AF/MF lenses. I use the MF all the time, i'm just leary about a MF only lens
     
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    Unfortunately, there is no elsewhere that I know of.

    You'll find most 3rd party companies don't offer much in the way of products for Sony cameras.

    Sony just doesn't sell enough cameras to justify the time, effort, and expense of developing products for them.

    The photographer you will be shooting for is who you should be asking about using manual focus lenses. It doesn't matter to us.
     
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    Autofocus has been around for 10 years or so. Wedding photographers used manual focus for about a hundred years before that. I would have to say that, yes, it is most assuredly OK to use manual focus at a wedding.
     
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    This was from 2 years ago. I think the wedding has already happened by now.
     
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    +1

    If I was a betting man, I'd put money on "divorce has already been finalized"
     
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    I am assuming that someone reported that spammer that opened this old thread?
     
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    SCraig Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I suspect you're right. Sorry guys, it showed up as a new post and I responded. Guess I'll have to pay more attention to the dates ;)
     
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    For anyone else who's thinking about something like this.. NEVER take a new piece of equipment to a Job especially weddings!

    Unless it's a direct replacement for a piece you are already familiar with that is.

    Weddings are no place for on the job training on the equipment.
     

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