With a 60d, what are the two preferred lenses for wedding photography?

Started Nov 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
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You've gotten some terrible advice here
In reply to rickreyn, Nov 12, 2012

Seriously, people-- an unstabilized 70-200mm f/4 zoom?  If you don't have any idea of what it takes to actually shoot weddings, don't give advice.  All your advice will be bad.

There are not two essential wedding lenses.  One problem is that you would need primes to approximate on a crop camera what you can do with zooms, and this will limit you from the get-go.  You really need to consider buying full frame to do a better, easier job with weddings.

In addition, you will need backup gear.  This goes for bodies, lenses, flashes and other accessories.  You will not like to be the one who spoiled a wedding because your flash blew (essential especially for shooting indoors events with a crop camera), and you were too cheap to have a second in your bag.

The fact that you need backups or at least some functional overlap also needs to guide your choice of kit.  A normal f/2.8 zoom isn't a bad idea, especially as a backup for some primes.  Primes work well for wedding photography because they can give a more intimate look due to narrow depth of field, and because where wide apertures can be used they can also make good use of the ambient light.

The real advice: don't shoot weddings until you know what you're doing in terms of planning and technique; and have backups for all essential gear.  You will be contracting to supply recording of never-to-be-repeated events that are very precious to people; don't cheap out.

You may have some luck finding gigs to second-shoot for free for a while.  This would help you learn what lenses would work best with your particular style, as well as what it takes to shoot a wedding in general.  Of course, you may have a problem as a great many such arrangements require one to have gear already, but do your best.  You will probably want to look a fair ways away geographically for beginning assistant work, to assuage fears that you will cannibalize your mentor's business.

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