All primes viable for wedding/event/portrature photography?

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All primes viable for wedding/event/portrature photography?
Oct 23, 2012

So I started out with my kit lens on my Rebel xsi but I shortly purchased a 50 1.8 thrifty fifty not too soon after that I feel in love with the high quality, high contrast, and beautiful bokeh that this lens was capable of. Not only that but I noticed that it forced me to think about my photos more, move and really think about the back drop, perspective, and the metering was spot on compared to my zoom lens.

I really want to get into more portraiture photography a long with event and wedding photography and I was wondering if it would be viable to just shoot with say, a 28mm 1.8 USM Prime, 50mm 1.8 USM Prime, and a 85mm USM Prime instead of getting one expensive zoom such as the Canon 17-55 which is not only pretty big, but the image quality, bokeh capability's, low light capabilities, focusing, and exposure evaluating won't be as good as those three primes that I listed plus the very expensive price tag on the cheap plastic body that it comes encased in vs the metal durable body's that the prime lens that I listed come with.

I've been doing a lot of research and most people are saying that you can't shoot weddings with just primes or events but I really feel like Primes are the way to go for me. I was wondering if anyone else feels the same way as I do and knows of any professional wedding/portrait photographers that shoot exclusively with primes?

I sold my kit zoom lens and compared to my 50 1.8 the different in image quality is night and day......I'd love to go with all primes as I tested it out and even walking a few steps forward or backwards can make up for the small MM distance compared to the zooms.

So my question is, right now I'm stuck with a kit lens that I borrowed off of a friend (sold the 50 1.8 due to the harsh bokeh and sold my kit lens) and I'm debating buying a 28 1.8 or 50 1.4 right now and learning the in's/out's of these prime lenses vs saving up around $1,000 for a plastic body Canon 17-55 2.8 and possibly buying another zoom after that.

Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated. By the way I've already looked into the offbrand lenses such as the Sigmas and Tamrons but I want to stick with Canon because I've read about too many horror storys about both Sigma and Tamron Len's and Canon makes better glass than both company's.

So how well do you think that a 28 1.8, 50 1.8, and 85 1.8, all in my jacket ready to be switched on camera within a few seconds would fare vs having one expensive zoom lens that isn't as high quality optically?

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