20/1.8 or 14-24/2.8 for weddings

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20/1.8 or 14-24/2.8 for weddings

Hi guys,

I am a semi-professional photographer who does portraiture, events and weddings. and I'm working hard to complete my lens kit. There are two lenses I still need

- A 70-200. Decided I will cough up the bucks for the Nikon FL. Rented it a couple of times, loved it. But I'll wait for some cashback action or something.

- Something on the (ultra) wide end.

At the moment I own the 35/1.4G, 50/1.8G, 85/1.4G, a 105macro and a 24-70/2.8G and I rent the 70-200 when needed. I use all of these for weddings. Primes mostly for indoor use and portraits and when the heat is on I switch to the 24-70 / 70-200 combo (reception/ceremony).

But I do not have anything wider than 24mm at the moment, so I am looking into that as well. It will be used for creative stuff, for indoors where there's little space and for the occasional landscape shot for backgrounds.

I am undecided between the 20/1.8 and the 14-24/2.8.
Lower cost, lower weight, 77mm filter use and larger aperture of the prime vs. flexibility of the zoom.

I am leaning towards the 20/1.8 because I just like primes and use them if I can, plus I shoot with two bodies and can keep a lens with a longer focal length on the other body so I won't miss out on anything. I will get the 20/1.8 new and the 14-24/2.8 probably second hand as these used prices are too low to ignore.

Has anyone have any experience with both of these? Which do you prefer and why?

Cheers in advance

 stratman1976's gear list:stratman1976's gear list
Nikon D700 Fujifilm X-T1 Nikon D850 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm F2.8G IF-ED VR +4 more
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