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2 Questions - Best reflector and wide angle lens

Lisa Mark , May 15, 2006; 01:12 a.m.

Hi guys,

I tried searching all over but couldn't find the answers, so I thought I'd post a new message.

I assisted a wedding photographer about a year ago at a few weddings, and he used a large collapsable reflector that was gold white a white checker board pattern (he'd have me hold it from a good distance away and bounce it onto the couple). I've searched all over and can't find out where to get this...any idea where I can buy one of my own? It created a very nice light on the bride & groom, I think mainly in shaded areas.

Also, I have a Nikon D70, and need a wide-angle lens for my upcoming weddings this summer. Any recommendations? Not much budget, so please let me know how much you think it may cost me (they seem to be very $$).

I know I could rent this stuff, but with 4 weddings this summer, and more probably to come, it's prob. best to buy.

Thanks!

Lisa

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Sing Lo , May 15, 2006; 08:37 a.m.

Try Laslolite gold and white circular. Basically it is half way between white and gold reflector.

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Good and affordable wide zoom would be Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX Macro.

Mark Kolanowski , May 15, 2006; 08:58 a.m.

Lisa, www.fjwestcott.com has a line of collapsiblle Illuminator reflectors. The one you may be looking for is called Sunlight/White. They range in size from 14" to 52" or a 48" x 72 " . Good sturdy reflectors . I've used the Monte Illuminator version for years. As far as a wide angle for your D70 . I've been using the Tokina 12-24 f.4 with D70's and D200's and been very pleased. Its around $ 500 . Great lens for intimate candids / overall church views /limo interiors/ dance floor fun . It compares favorably with the Nikkor version which I use also at 1/2 the $ . E-mail me for sample images . Nice web site ! Mark

Edward Ingold , May 15, 2006; 09:46 a.m.

The "best" wedding lens is probably a Nikkor 17-55/2.8 AFS. It is reasonably wide (25mm equivalent), reasonably fast (f/2.8), has fast and quiet focusing and is very sharp. The focal length range will eliminate the need for most lens changing at events.

24mm (36mm equivalent) is not especially wide on a D70.

Lisa Mark , May 15, 2006; 10:14 a.m.

Thanks so much for the recco's, I'll take them both into consideration. I want to be sure that I'm getting the right reflector, and that it will work out ok before I buy.

Mark, I will e-mail you directly for samples, I'd love to see the lens in action!

Thanks!

Lisa

Michael Axel , May 15, 2006; 11:51 a.m.

Impact makes a great 5 in 1 reflector in various sizes. I think I might also have a similar one from Chimera. They're only about $50-60 depending on the size.

I can't speak as a wedding photog, but I can't say enough great things about the 18-35mm Nikon zoom if that's enough range for you.

David King , May 16, 2006; 03:46 p.m.

Lisa, Photoflex makes very nice reflectors which I have been satisfied with so far. Mine are about a year old and they have not shown any wear and tear at all. I have the 48 x 72 which is great to iluminate an entire subject or two. I would advise shopping at B&H photo online for the best price.

As far as a wide angle lens for weddings / events, go with the nikon 17-55 f2.8. You wont be dissapointed. The 24 f4 wont allow for enough natural light and you will rely too much on flash leaving you will unnatural looking pictures. I shoot weddings and other events, myself, and I find this lens to be VERY good.

Nadine Ohara - SF Bay Area/CA , May 16, 2006; 08:17 p.m.

If you are talking about gold and white squares in a checkered pattern sewn right into the reflector, those used to be more popular in the past but I don't see too many of them now. If you go to B&H you can find one made by Norman that is silver and pink metallic. Photogenic also makes one with the same combo. This combo is supposed to be good on skin tone.

Paul Sokal - Dallas, TX , May 18, 2006; 10:50 a.m.

I second the 17-55 as a great lens for weddings. If your serious, and it sounds like you are, it's worth the investment of $.

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