Will be renting a lense for a wedding shoot - which lense?

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    Which one lense would you want to make sure to have when photographing a wedding? By the way, it's a mock wedding with photographers and models, so it's not the end of the world. It's for practice and portfolio building. Only time I shot a real wedding was when I was 17 and my cousin decided it was okay to let a hobbyist little kid take her wedding photos, yikes!!:confused: (being young enough at the time I was like, "sweet!" and went ahead and took a bunch of crappy pictures :lol:)

    The one lense I'm thinking about is the 24-70mm f2.8. Any other suggestions?
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    Hi Leftplayer,

    The 24-70 is the one I'd have suggested. It sits on one of my bodies at every wedding, with either a 70-200mm or a 50mm f1.4 on the other body.

    Good luck!
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    If you're shooting with a crop-sensor then the 24-70 would be my choice; if you're using a FF body, than I'd lean more toward the 70-200.
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    24-70 it is! (yes, I have a crop sensor). I already have a 70-200, so that part is covered.
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    35mm.

    If it is a mock wedding, you wont have to document the dancing where you need wider angle. 35mm is plenty wide and it is a money lens!
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    Speaking of 35mm.... If you're comfortable manual focusing, the new Zeiss 35mm 1.4 looks to be an amazing lens, and I have seen them available for rent. I was originally thinking of upgrading my 28 to the canon 35, but I think I may go Zeiss now, my Zeiss 50 never disappoints!
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    You are brave. Zeiss 35 and 50 are popular in video community. No way I would want to use it for photography. I like my AF :).
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    I certainly like AF too! But not always as much I like my micro-contrast, and mysterious out of focus field curvature.. : )

    It can't get every shot, but the ones it does, my goodness!
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    with my crappy low light AF, I turned the live view on, manually focus it until i think it looks good on LCD, took pictures. I went home and processed it, they were all blurry. I suck at MF lol.
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    The trick is in a spiffy aftermarket focusing screen. I use this one: Focusing Screen
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    The trifecta for weddings is what I recommend. Nikkor 12-24, 24-70, and 70-200. Throw in a 35 or 50 1.4 an you're golden!

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