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Nikon lenses best for digital wedding photography

Jude Healey , Feb 28, 2007; 10:11 a.m.

I have an engagment session and a wedding to shoot and am short on lenses and equipment. I use a D70 at the moment, but I am desperate need of a good all round lense that I can use outdoors and indoors and all the rigors that wedding photography will throw at me. I have narrowed it down to three lenses to chose from:

Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom Nikkor Lens Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom Nikkor Lens Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens

Which do you recommend, and if none of the three above, which one can you suggest that will be a great all rounder for me. They are expensive and I can unfortunately only afford just the one at this time.... I just cant decide and also do not have the experience to make a good decision here on my own - help please!


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Steve Dohring , Feb 28, 2007; 10:19 a.m.

I won't get into it too much but after reading your last line do you really want to put someones most important day in your hands?

I would get the 17-55DX as an all arounder it covers large groups and can get tight-superb all around lens better than your other choices. The 70-200VR would be my next choice or even the 80-200 2.8 with a monopod is about half the price or less used.

Bruce Rubenstein , Feb 28, 2007; 10:20 a.m.

17-55/2.8 For me every other lens is for something special.

Paul Sokal - Dallas, TX , Feb 28, 2007; 10:21 a.m.

I think most Nikon digital weddings togs would consider the 17-55 and the 70-200VR the two most important lenses. Secondarily, I'd consider 50 1.8 or 1.4. The 85 1.4 is a great lens and the 10.5 DX is for fun. Also the Sigma 30 1.4

Eric Friedemann , Feb 28, 2007; 10:42 a.m.

As mentioned, the 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens is THE event-shooter's DSLR lens, giving you a 35mm-format-equivalent range of 25.5-82.5mm.

Jude Healey , Feb 28, 2007; 10:48 a.m.

Thank you all for your valuable contributions - it is nice to know where to get some safe and friendly advice. It is sometimes tough to make these choices when you are first starting out and money is limited. I appreciate it.

Kari Douma - Grand Rapids, Michigan , Feb 28, 2007; 11:50 a.m.

I use the 17-55 Dx 2.8, and the 70-200 2.8 VR. I love the combo!

Bruce Rubenstein - NYC , Feb 28, 2007; 06:52 p.m.

BTW, if you can't handle the $1200 for the 17-55/2.8 Nikon, or you really need to put some money into ther gear (like a backup body or flash), the Tamron 17-50/2.8 is a good alternative.

Shawn Mertz , Feb 28, 2007; 07:25 p.m.

take some kind of backup body too. what lens do you have now?

Michelle Amarante , Feb 28, 2007; 10:05 p.m.

If money weren't an issue I would go with the 17-55 2.8 and the 70-200 2.8....

If money is an issue, as it is mine, you could consider 3rd party lenses.... I'm quite a fan of Sigma myself. For events, my Sigma 20-40 f/2.8 EX DG, and my Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX DG HSM see a lot of use.....

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