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Brandi N. 

28-300mm lens

Can anyone tell me how fast or slow a 28-300mm ef lens is? Will it be fast enough to do wedding photography?

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7/13/2004 7:08:12 PM

John Wright   No one can answer that question accurately with the information given. If you look at the lens, it will tell you how fast the lens is (the lower the number the faster the lens - 2.8 is faster than a 3.5). Will it be fast enough to do a wedding... it depends on which actual lens you have and when and where the wedding takes place, and greatly depends on the amount of light available. Hope that helps...

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7/13/2004 9:05:47 PM

Brandi N.    Let's say it is a church with bad lighting?

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7/13/2004 9:10:11 PM

John Wright   You might plan on using 400 or even 800 speed film (or the digital equivalent). It sounds like you are using Canon gear. They make a 28-300 3.5/5.6 IS lens. If this is the lens, you'll probably be ok in the ISO 400 (and possibly 200) range. The IS feature will give you some nice hand holding capability (even at slower shutter speeds). I'd also recommend using a tripod even with the IS feature.

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7/13/2004 9:40:11 PM

John Wright   I'd also say that this lens could work for shooting a wedding (JMHO).

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7/13/2004 9:42:13 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  IMHO, the typical 28-300 f/3.5-6.3 lens is too slow (maximum aperture too small) to take handheld shots indoors w/o flash. They also are not very sharp when used wide open, especially from 200-300. The EF 28-300 f/3.5-5.6L IS USM from Canon is an exception. Sharp L optics, and the IS feature would allow handheld at slow shutter speeds, but only so long as the subjects are not moving. The problem is the Canon lens is big (over 7" long, 77mm filters), heavy (nearly 4 lbs), and expensive ($2500!!!!).

Brandi, if you're going to be doing weddings professionally (as I gather from your earlier posts) you don't necessarily need a pro SLR, your Rebel can do about all you need it to, but you do need better than the consumer 35-80 and 28-200/300 zooms. These generally don't yield good sharpness in prints greater than 4x6 or 5x7 and I'd expect wedding customers would want at least a few good 8x10s or larger. The potential for larger prints would also limit me to using film no faster than 400.

The 28-200/300 lenses are about $250-350. Just my personal opinion (your mileage may vary), I don't think you really need longer than 135mm for most wedding photography. If it were me, I'd budget a bit more to get a midrange f/2.8 zoom (Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 XR is ~$350, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 EX is ~$410), or alternatively, the Canon EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (~$395). These have better sharpness for larger prints, and the f/2.8 aperture (or IS feature) allow up to 2 stops faster shutter speeds than the f/3.5-5.6 zooms.

Next, before springing for a longer 100 f/2, 200 f/2.8, or 70-200 f/2.8, and assuming you don't already have them I'd invest in a good speedlight and flash bracket for pre-ceremony and reception use.

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7/14/2004 7:29:11 AM

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