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    chelle  877 forum posts
    29 Apr 2012 - 7:13 PM

    Hi all!

    I posted a forum question on here before regarding a good kit for wedding photography. After much umming and aaahing I decided to go with the Nikon d7000. Now I was just wondering what lenses to get?

    I know what lenses I would like (the Nikon 24-70 f2.8 and the Sigma 70-200 f2.8), but at the moment my budget won't allow for those. What lenses should I be looking at instead?

    I want a good kit so that I can do some assisting for a while, but then can eventually be used for my own business.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Jat_Riski e2 Member 665 forum postsJat_Riski vcard United Kingdom
    29 Apr 2012 - 7:32 PM

    Nikon 24-70 f2.8 (35-105 mm) IMHO is right choice for D7000 crop sensor & you can shoot in low light without flash in church. The next one 50mm f1.8 or 50mm 1.4.

    Last Modified By Jat_Riski at 29 Apr 2012 - 7:38 PM
    29 Apr 2012 - 7:40 PM

    I use mainly 18-50 2.8 and a 70-200 2.8 both Sigma EX, I also carry a 10-20mm for location shots. I would suggest you need F2.8 on your lenses as light can be very low inside Churches and reception venues.

    Don't know how the D7000 is with noise on high ISO so that could also help you if it's good like a 5DII or III

    Enjoy the assisting, I know I amGrin


    779HOB  21020 forum posts United Kingdom
    29 Apr 2012 - 7:42 PM

    I don't do weddings but I do use the 50mm 1.4 a lot. It's a great lens and in low light is ace. It's not that expensive and you will get used to walking rather than zooming! It's a lens you will use forever and if you go FF it will work there too.

    darranl  5318 forum posts England
    29 Apr 2012 - 7:47 PM

    Quote: I don't do weddings but I do use the 50mm 1.4 a lot. It's a great lens and in low light is ace.

    I have that lens as well and it is one I would now not be without, if my macro lens is not on the camera then the 50mm is.

    Carabosse e2 Member 1139438 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Apr 2012 - 8:48 PM

    A 50mm f1.4 is pretty useful on M4/3 as well where it gives FF equivalent of 100mm... nice for portraits. Smile

    cathal  10492 forum posts Ireland4 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Apr 2012 - 9:22 PM

    When shooting Nikon, I had the earlier 28-70mm 2.8 AFS lens, and it was hardly ever off my F5's or D100. I would actively encourage you to get the current replacement, as you won't regret it and the lens will last longer than the body. If you are really tight for funds (I know the feeling!) then an independent zoom may suffice if the saving is generous. I'd advise looking for as fast a zoom as possible. f2.8 constant would be great if affordable.

    Don't forget a good prime though. The 50mm primes are great and very inexpensive, and the Nikkor 85mm f1.8 lens I had was reason enough to shoot Nikon. An epic performer.

    NEWDIGIT  3401 forum posts United Kingdom
    30 Apr 2012 - 10:37 AM

    I suspect you got the 18-105 kit lens with the D7000 dont knock it its a cracking lens for the price.
    Your own choice could be the way to go when funds allow in the mean time look for a 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 they are cracking lenses for shots in the church and can be picked up at silly prices on auction sites.
    The 50mm would be my choice if funds are limited as the kit lens will suffice outdoors for the time being.
    The "main" photographer may have glass they could loan you?

    30 Apr 2012 - 11:05 AM

    Will your D7000 accept the manual-focus AIS Nikon lenses? If so, you can buy some excellent second-hand primes at good prices and get most of your money back when you trade them in for something newer. Some folks use just fast AF primes when they cover weddings but these are seriously expensive.

    She-who-must-be-obeyed has been using the 10.5mm fisheye, 17-55 and 70-200 f2.8 at weddings and didn't feel the need to add any other optics.

    StuartAt e2 Member 91033 forum postsStuartAt vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Apr 2012 - 12:00 PM

    Quote: She-who-must-be-obeyed has been using the 10.5mm fisheye, 17-55 and 70-200 f2.8 at weddings and didn't feel the need to add any other optics.

    I covered a wedding recently with just the 17-55 and 70-200. I had other lenses with me (including a 10-20 and 50 1.8) but didn't feel the need to use them.

    30 Apr 2012 - 12:53 PM

    I use both the 18-50mm 2.8 and 70-200mm 2.8 for weddings; both Sigma as above. 10-20mm for landscape shots including venue and 50mm 1.8 for detailed close ups.

    Sooty_1 Critique Team 41207 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Apr 2012 - 1:53 PM

    I have shot weddings with a 24-120 Nikkor, a 35-105 Nikkor and a 18-70 Nikkor, since I've been using digital. (In the olden days, I used 35-70 f/3.5, 35-105 f/3.5, 50 f/1.8, 35 f/2 and 105 f/2.5).
    I also use 50 f/1.4 and 35 f/2.8. They've all been fine.

    There is no need to get ultra-fast to start with, better to get a sharp lens you are happy using, and the 18-70, 18-105 and latest 18-55 are plenty sharp enough. Only pixel peepers will worry about the differences, and the concentration is on the couple and guests, which are in the middle of the frame anyway. Wacky distortions don't generally work for weddings, so frame a little loosely in camera to give you a bit of breathing space to crop the edges out.

    To compensate for the loss of light, these days you can get away with using 400 or even 800 ISO for interior shots (noise reduction does wonders!). I always use flash anyway, even outdoors, and if you are not allowed to use it indoors (some churches/registry offices don't), then use a higher ISO if need be.
    You can reduce the noise digitally, and a bit of noise is not a problem, whereas unsharp pictures certainly are. You might also have the benefit of VR.

    Remember: f/4 is only 1 stop slower then f/2.8 - is the hike in price really worth it? I would consider getting better lenses when you can afford them and can justify the need.


    LenShepherd e2 Member 62478 forum postsLenShepherd vcard United Kingdom
    30 Apr 2012 - 9:50 PM

    As cost is important - maybe just 1 lens.
    On a DX body 24mm is about right for the group shots and 120mm is reasonable for coming down the aisle.
    The current 24-120 f4 VR is worth serious consideration as a reasonably affordable good quality single lens option.
    I have no hesitation in saying 24-70/70-200 - but for their being outside your budget.
    Few wedding shots are taken at wider than f4 and indoors in low light flash is often used.

    Last Modified By LenShepherd at 30 Apr 2012 - 9:52 PM
    Sooty_1 Critique Team 41207 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Apr 2012 - 10:45 PM

    Last wedding I shot entirely on 24-120mm VR, apart from pictures of the speeches, where I used a 50mm f/1.4. I don't think I shot anything longer than 70-80mm. A perfect combo for the day, so I second a 24-120 Nikkor.


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