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Old Aug 25, 2005, 1:01 PM   #1
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Im new to the digital world- bought a 20D- need to know which lens and flash is best to shoot weddings with. Thank you.
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Old Aug 25, 2005, 2:16 PM   #2
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Sorry to sound harsh but if you don´t know that, you really shouldn´t be shooting a wedding....:?

For what it is worth....EF 16-35L, EF 24-70L (or new EF 24-105L) and EF 70-200L.

Flash Canon 580EX or similar

Good luck and practice as much as possible with them first....

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Old Aug 25, 2005, 3:48 PM   #3
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Well, I managed to post a really stupid question without giving some backround. Ive been shooting weddings for 22 years- using a Hasselblad with a 120, 150. 80 and 50 mm lens. Also using a Metz 60Ct1. Now- my question is- which lens would be comparable to my 120 or 150? And can I use my Metz with the 20D? I now have the 28-105 Canon, and the Ef 18-55-Canon. Im using the 580EX flash. Cost is not an issue- just want some good advice for a really good lens. Thanks again.
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... cost not an issue? Ew! then why did you get the 18-55?! :blah:

And what do you mean by comparable? As in focal length-wise?

the EF 35 f/1.4L is like a 56mm
(the sigma 30mm f/1.4 is 48mm if you want it closer to the 50mm range)

the EF 50 f/1.4 will be like an 80mm. (they stopped making the super expensive version of this one)

the EF 85 f/1.8 (or f/1.2L if you can really spend that much) is like 135mm.

and I hear the EF 135 f/2L is an amazing lens

I wish money wasn't an issue for me...

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if cost is not an option, i would start with the zooms that Nick mentioned and then add some primes.. the 35 1.4, 85 1.2 should do the trick on the 20d.. you could add a 50 1.4 as well, but not sure if you will need it if you have those abovementioned 2 primes and the zooms.. a battery grip would be a nice option as well to extend shooting time and make your portrait formats easier.. you may consider getting another 20d or 350/rebel xt as a backup as well..
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Ah, now it makes sense...

I would say the Metz would be fine with the 20D, I use the 45 CL-4 and its works ok.

If I remember correctly, the medium formats have the opposite of the 20D´s crop factor, i.e. your 120mm is the equivalent to a 80/90mm on a NORMAL SLR so would be around 60-80mm on a 20D with crop of 1.6x? Correct me if I am wrong, I am tired...

I would say your 28-105 won´t cut it inside the church for speed reasons, you really want f2.8 to be safe, also with the crop factor, you will lose that wide reach. Like I said, a 16mm would do nicely (equiv. on med format is about 35mm??)

Ditch the 18-55mm, it is trash, especially for weddings and ESPECIALLY if you are used to medium format. I haven´t taken mine out of its little bubble wrap bag! (HAD tohave it, the package was all I could get in Spain at the time...)

If cost is not an issue, see my previous post above. Get "L" glass with f2.8 EVERY time. You are used to quality, this is the best Canon do. The lenses I quoted will cover the range you need well and compliment the 20D´s "noise-free" and high quality images.

L glass, L glass, L glass....repeat tonight whilst trying to sleep and then go shopping in the morning! :lol:

Cheers,

Nick

P.S. For what its worth, I use the EF 15mm 2.8, 16-35L 2.8, 24-70L 2.8, EF 50mm 1.4, and 70-200L 2.8 and I LOVE ´EM! I am gagging for the 135 F2 L...:?


P.P.S. If cost really isnt an issue, get the new 5D too, it is full frame and the test shots I have seen are awesome, in fact get the 1Ds MKII as well....are you married??? :lol::lol::lol:

I´m going to bed.

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Thanks all- Nick you answered my question. As far as the 18-55- it came with the body. Not impressed with it at all. I will go shopping and see what I can find. I'd love to get the 5D- if I was serious about staying in the wedding biz. I have 10 weddings left this year, then Im done. I'll just focus on Families, Seniors and children. Again- thanks for all the advice!
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Old Aug 26, 2005, 10:42 AM   #8
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Hi Nick-Im back. I found a 135mmF/2 L for 889.00. Does that sound right?

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Old Aug 26, 2005, 12:07 PM   #9
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Hi Lisa,

I am assuming you are talking in US$. If so then yes you have a great deal there. A dealer I use in Hong Kong sells them for £529 or $980 and he is considered very reasonable,so I would suggest you get it.

Remember to post a pic or two to this thread when you get it, I would be keen to see some!!!

Have fun,

Nick

P.s. Remember the crop factor will have quite an effect on this lens making it an awesome telephoto, I would like it for my 1D MKII with only a crop factor of 1.3X. For candids and such at the reception in natural light, it would be a dream lens on either camera.
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Hi Nick,

Yes-U.S.$$. My local store sells it for $949.00. Will it fit on my 20D? Do you think it would be a good lens for Church formals? Hate to bug you about this- but Im buying one today- so I want to make sure before I go.
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