How would you gear up for three wedding shooters?

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How would you gear up for three wedding shooters?
Jul 19, 2012

Our wedding photography business is taking on a third photographer, and I've been charged with the task of deciding which lenses we would need to be able to do justice to three weddings in one day. All three photographers will be on FF bodies (either a 5D II or a 5D III). We already own the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II, the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L, and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II, and up to now we'd been renting another 24-70 and 70-200 on days where we had two weddings.

A few comments on our situation:

  • We'd like to purchase enough glass where we wouldn't have to rent anything even on days we're triple-booked.

  • All three photographers would feel comfortable shooting with primes, or a combination of primes and zooms, if necessary.

  • We'd like to err on the side of not duplicating our lenses too much. That way, on days when we only have one or two events, the photographers will have a wider array of tools at their disposal.

  • Our budget for lenses is about $5,000-$6,000.

  • Ideally, we'd like to stick with Canon glass, with a possible exception for the fisheye.

Here's one scenario I thought of. Can you think of any ways to improve it?

WEDDING #1
16-35mm 2.8L II
50mm 1.2L
100mm 2.8L Macro

WEDDING #2
Sigma 15mm Fisheye
24-70mm 2.8L
200mm 2.8L

WEDDING #3
24-70mm 2.8L
70-200mm F2.8L II

Canon EOS 5D
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