Do you really need a ton of lenses to shoot weddings?
- Fisheye 15mm
- Wide angle 16mm, 24mm
- Standard 50mm, 80mm etc
- Telephoto 70-200mm, 24-70mm
- Macro 100mm 1:1
I use any combination of the above as all weddings are different although some photographers say they only use one lens (a 50mm for example)…each to his own! Use what makes you comfortable and which allows you to get the job done.
In general, I use just the 50mm 1.4 for low light and portraits, the 24-70mm 2.8 on a full frame DSLR for wide angle and general photography and then the 70-200mm 2.8 on another full frame camera for my stealth/reportage shots…that’s it.
I don’t want to mess about changing lenses all day, I would rather concentrate ON the day itself rather than my set up. Once you have an established routine and kit bag, you are good to go for just about any wedding.
Remember though, minimum 2 camera bodies is a must!
When going from:
…to wide angle…
…to wide angle…
…and back to telephoto again…
…in a relatively short space of time on a windy, sandy beach, you really don’t want to be changing lenses and risk getting sand and dust in your camera and on your sensor during a wedding.
Much better to be prepared and use two camera bodies with two zoom lenses…one wide angle zoom and one telephoto zoom…good for me anyway!
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