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Old Aug 23, 2005, 9:51 PM   #1
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OK, I would LOVE the 85mm f1.2, but right now that's just not going to happen.

I like the sigma 30mm f1.4, but I just don't think 30mm is going to cut it, yet there are situations where it could.

There is always the Canon 85mm f1.8 or the 50mm f1.4 as well...

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I shot most of the images in the three wedding folders on this site with my 17-40 f4L:

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/index....ame=gmchappell

I've gone back to past weddings and found in looking at the image data (ain't digital great), if I merely stepped forwards or backwards a step or two, I could shoot MOST of the images with a 28mm f1.8 EF lens. It makes sense since there was a time in my life when I shot a few weddings with nothing more than a Rolleiflex with an equivalent (actually not quite as wide) single focal length f2.8 lens.

Probably a good two lens outfit would be a 28mm 1.8 and 85mm f1.8. If you really wanted to go fast, a three lens combination of 24mm f1.4, 50mm (f1.8 or f1.4) and 85mm f1.8 would work great too. I would also carry one additional lens for special effect or close quarters shooting- my 15mm f2.8 EF.

Main lens (28 or 24mm) would go on my 10D with the 85 on my Digital Rebel.
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i agree completely with greg.. he stole the words right out of my mouth..
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Old Aug 24, 2005, 12:50 AM   #4
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Heck, in that case I could do it cheap with a 30mm f1.4 and the 85mm 1.8...

The last one I shot I only had my Tamron 28-75 f2.8 and Sigma 70-200 f2.8. Both of those were great, and now I also have a Sigma 10-20 on the way for fun, but I had to shoot really high iso several times.

Wow, 15mm f2.8, thats wild.
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The Canon 15mm f2.8 is a pretty cool little lens. On a film body you can get some wacky results. On my digital SLR's the image is not quite as extreme, so it can be used in the right situations and it can be completely corrected in the program PTLens to give straight line results. Here, though, I didn't.

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/gallery/754365/1/33271925

The image of the colored glass was shot in fairly tight quarters and is alsouncorrected. In the image of the bank of America Tower you can seehow the building bows outwards.



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I agree with Greg as well. The 50 f/1.4 and 85 f/1.8 are terrific. I chose the 35 f/2for the wider end and like it, although it isn't wide enough sometimes, so the 30 f/1.4or the 28 f/1.8 would probably be a better choice.
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Old Aug 24, 2005, 1:16 PM   #7
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Thanks for the comments, I think the 30mm f1.4 and the 85mm 1.8 will make a great pair. Now, since my other 3 lenses are (or will soon be) 77mm and these are a bit smaller, I may pick up a Hoya R72 to play around with some IR and it would be significantly les expensive to get the filter for one of these new lenses. The question is, which one? I'm thinking probably the 30mm, since I can get some good landscape shots with that. Any thoughts?
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I think that the whole point in usÃ*ng fast lenses at weddings is to work without flash:| and so to be as unobtrusive as possible.

Please keep in mind that with any prime lens you will be "zooming with your feet" - which might create a commotion that could disturb a church ceremony, for example.

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Thanks Wolfie, thats what I'm working on. The 85mm would probably be better during the ceremony, and the 30mm before and after. So until somebody comes out with an f1.4 or 1.8 zoom, it looks like this pair is probably my best bet. I just can't decide which one would be better for IR, tho I am leaning towards the 30mm.
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limbiksys wrote:
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So until somebody comes out with an f1.4 or 1.8 zoom,

don't hold your breath...
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