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Best nikon lenses for wedding photography

Colin Mangan , Jan 26, 2009; 09:53 p.m.

ok, so i bit the bullet and bought a d300 and was wondering what are the best fast/sharp nikon lenses for doing wedding photography?


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Shun Cheung , Jan 26, 2009; 09:57 p.m.

Ronald Moravec , Jan 26, 2009; 11:24 p.m.

I would go with 24 2.0 or 2.8, 35 F2, 50 1.4. For longer shots 85 1.8

Jeffrey Kempster , Jan 26, 2009; 11:44 p.m.

With the D300 I used a 17-55 2.8 and a 70-200 2.8 VR lens. Those two can take just about every shot. My weddings are too fast for primes unless you have several camera bodies and then its just hard to switch between them too especially if you are using flash.
I have two D700s now and use the 17-35, 24-70 and 70-200 for the weddings. The 17-35 is a fun super wide lens. I just found a used copy of one a couple weeks ago.

Mike Bisom , Jan 26, 2009; 11:50 p.m.

The Holy Trinity of Lenses:
14-24 f/2.8
24-70 f/2.8
70-200 f/2.8
Add a fast prime suitable to your style and you are set. Plus, if you ever go full frame, you are covered!

Michael Kohan , Jan 27, 2009; 03:30 a.m.

Don't dismiss the Tokina, Sigma, Tamron choices of 16,17,18-50 and 50-135,150, all f/2.8, Sigma with HSM (fast auto focus). On a D300 they provide the classic professional focal range of 24-200 (on 2 bodies of course).

Simon Hickie - Melbourne, Derbyshire, UK , Jan 27, 2009; 04:48 a.m.

Forget the Tamron 17-50mm (built-in motor version). AF is just too slow - my 18-70 nikkon is much faster.

Peter Hamm , Jan 27, 2009; 06:53 a.m.

Mike's holy trinity is probably not the best choice for DX.

The 17-55 f2.8 from Nikon will, from what everybody who does this for a living says, get the lions share of the shots you need. A 70/80-200 would be nice, too, but an ultra-wide might be unnecessary for most wedding stuff. Wedding shooters I know and the ones who come through my church never shoot wider than 17 or 18. ymmv.

David Hay , Jan 27, 2009; 10:47 a.m.

Nikon 17-55mm F2.8 - as well as the above comments, you should note that this lens can focus very close for detail of cake, jewellery etc.
Personally I think a wider lens than this is not really very useful for a wedding. For formal portraits the 85mm f1.4 is fantastic, but as someone has said changing prime lenses is not very practical.

Shun Cheung , Jan 27, 2009; 11:04 a.m.

Colin, a few days ago you asked about whether to get the D200 or D90 for weddings: http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00SDJ7
It sounds like you are new to wedding photography. I suggest you visit the following page and take a look at the various articles on wedding photography: http://photo.net/learn/wedding/

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