Which Lens?

Started Jan 21, 2013 | Questions thread
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Try renting
In reply to sustownsend, Jan 22, 2013

When I shot my first (and -- to date -- only) wedding, I rented two lenses (well, more than two -- two worth mentioning). One was a 70-200mm f/2.8. The other was an 85mm f/1.4. I found the 70-200mm almost worthless. Points of note:

  • Bride didn't want a lot of flash. When the lights went down, the f/2.8 was extremely insufficient.
  • With crops, the 85mm f/1.4 magically turns into an 85-170mm f/1.4-f/2.8. My camera has 24MP, so that's a 6MP crop; plenty good enough.
  • The 70-200mm is huge, cumbersome, and awkward.
  • f/1.4 was pretty nice for some shots even with good light.

I learned my lesson, bought a Zeiss 85mm, and avoided a $2000 mistake.

Take-home lesson: Rent before you spend $2000 on a lens. (Note: The take-home lesson should not be about picking the 85mm over the 70-200mm. (1) Different lenses are good for different people (2) Even if we were identical, I shoot Sony, so the 85mm is stabilized, whereas it would not be in Canon; I'd probably still pick the 85mm in Canon, but it would be much, much closer).

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