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Wedding lens question

stephen hedley , Apr 20, 2010; 09:37 a.m.

Hi, Have upgraded to a D700 from DX camera previously. Need to buy new lens for D700 and mainly shoot weddings. I have the following prime lens 28mm, 50mm, 85mm and looking to eventually buy a 24-70mm and 70-200mm zoom as dont want to use DX zoom's.
Due to expense was thinking of buying 1 lens now and another later in year. Which lens would be used more the 24-70 or 70-200mm?
I was thinking of buying 24-70mm 2.8mm for D700 and then using D90 I have with 55-200mm DX lens.
Or would I be better to use the prime lens I already have and then purchase 70-200mm 2.8?
What do people think?


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Paul B. , Apr 20, 2010; 09:43 a.m.

D700+24-70/2,8G and D90+85mm .

Jose Angel , Apr 20, 2010; 09:43 a.m.

I`d buy the 24-70 first.

stephen hedley , Apr 20, 2010; 09:52 a.m.

Will the 24-70 give much more quality over the primes I currently have or will it just add flexability

Matt Laur , Apr 20, 2010; 10:01 a.m.

The quality of the shot you get because you didn't miss it while changing lenses is definitely superior to shot you miss while rooting in your bag for a wider lens. I'd go with the 24-70, too, and agree with Paul that the 85mm on the D90, ready to shoot, is likely a good move.

Shun Cheung , Apr 20, 2010; 10:03 a.m.

Timing is critical for wedding photography. You tend to miss shots if you need to change lenses frequently. For a lot of wedding photographers, the 24-70 and 70-200 are the most useful lenses. Ideally, you have two FX bodies and attach those lenses on them at the same time.

If you have to choose, I would get the 24-70 first, but you will end up without any good lens longer than 85mm for the time being, until you get the 70-200.

Ramon V (California) , Apr 20, 2010; 10:14 a.m.

i'd go with paul's suggestion. maybe after just two shoots (or three), you can get the 70-200mm.

Richard Snow , Apr 20, 2010; 10:28 a.m.

I think you will find that the 24-70mm is the most commonly used "Wedding" lens. It is generally wide enough for group shots and the tele end is long enough for most situations.

Attach the 24-70mm to the D700
For the time being, you should attach the 85mm to the D90 as it will function as a slightly longer tele with the crop sensor (127.5mm) which you may need at times.

Hope this helps

Peter Hamm , Apr 20, 2010; 10:43 a.m.

I've seen a few guys shoot weddings in my church with a 24 or 28 - 70 zoom and not use any other lens. That said, most have a 70-200 as well.

I watch them work here and I have to say that even though I think it would be a great idea, I've seen NONE of them actually use any prime lens for anything.

Paul B. , Apr 20, 2010; 11:20 a.m.

I use my D300+85mm all the time. It is easy to carry, light, and useful for portrets. My D3+24-70+SB900 is allready heavy enough, and will be difficult to handle both D3 and D300/D700+70-200. But it's just me...

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