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Wedding photography lens question.


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May 22, 2024
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I’m mainly do chill senior portraits as I am comfortable with what I use for these sessions I have a d810 with 70-200 2.8, 85mm 1.8,
50 mm 1.4 and a 35mm 1.8. Mostly use the 70-200 and 85. My friend has asked me to not necessarily do a complete wedding session, but her funds are limited and I want to do a good job with what she is requesting as far as ceremony, brides and groomsman and few other things.
Will the 85 suffice or should I purchase the 1.4 version as I’ve had my eye on it. The lighting won’t be the best as it’s from 6 pm and on.
Or should I just use the 70-200?
My friend owns

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G IF-ED

said i could borrow it. would that be a good option also?

I've shot my share of weddings and I don't think the 85 f/1.4 vs 85 f/1.8 will make any difference. Your equipment is more than up to the task.
Some inspiration for something different here:

I shot my last dslr based wedding with my 24-70 and 70-200 2.8 and my 105 micro. I used my 16-35 f4 too. The one thing in the church is no lighting but the reception was all shot with some flash setup. I either had it on the camera or bigger unit in the corners. The trick is to set it up beforehand and you will also need to use some lighting at the family shots at the church too. Your kit is fine,
I think your equipment is sufficient. I suggest you get there a day before and check out: (a) the lighting at that time and (b) the space (and how far away you'll be). You're going to need to be sure you've got your ISO and WB handled.

I too agree that f1.8 vs. f1.4 won't make much difference in terms of good photos. You'll get more light with f1.4 but such a narrow DoF--some lousy wedding results.
Larger apertures do make it a bit easier to focus and compose (especially in low light), but your best results will likely be achieved shooting around f/8.

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