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Michael Peralta

What is a good lense for shooting weddings?

I am using Rebel XT with IS 28-135mm and 580 EX flash. On July, I will be attending my cousins wedding. Please give me any advise on buying any lense, since I just want to capture some pretty good photos of everybody during the event, my budget will be somewhere in between 150 to 300 bucks. Also,is there anything do I need besides all these? like filter?Thank you...

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2/14/2006 2:52:21 PM

Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  Hi Michael... I also have the Rebel XT and have several lenses. I like the Canon EF 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 II USM as a great "all purpose" lens. It's on my camera 95% of the time and it takes great shots. I believe it was near $300. I always put a UV or Skylight filter on my lenses because they are cheap and protect the lens from scratches. Otherwise, personally I don't use filters for normal shooting.

I'm not an expert at all, but just my thoughts. If you have a camera pro shop near you, go have a talk with them, it could be very helpful.

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2/14/2006 5:22:11 PM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
I think the lens you have will suit you just fine. I really don't think $300 will buy you anything better.

You might want to spend a few bucks on a Lumiquest mini softbox or a Stofen Omnibounce for your flash. Either one will help soften the harsh flash.


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2/14/2006 7:41:44 PM

Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  Sorry- chris is right... for some reason I read your first post quick & thought you were using the original kit lens. The one you have is similar to mine and will be perfectly fine!!

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2/15/2006 4:50:07 AM

Michael Peralta   Hi Denyse & Chris,

Thank you so much for your advise. Since, I don't want to compete with the pro potographer, I really thought It'll just be fine. Besides, what am I expecting from $300 bucks,right? Thanks again...

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2/15/2006 2:17:39 PM

Carly J.    Hi Denyse, How is the detail and subject focus quality with that canon ef 28-105mm lense. I am looking to upgrade. The lense I am currently using is the original that came with my canon. it is 18-55mm. I want to get crisp images, and it is not focusing the subject like it should. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Carly

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2/22/2006 5:29:32 PM

Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  Hi Carly- I love that lens! I have not worked with other similar lenses to compare, but I've been happy with this one. It's fairly fast (there was a faster one available, but it was $100 more) and I haven't had a problem with the sharpness at all.

Most of the images on my website are shot with it if you want to check them out- if you have a question on a certain image, let me know.

Check out the reviews on this site & see what people are saying about this lens & others that may be similar.

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2/22/2006 6:53:25 PM

Nancy Grace Chen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/18/2004
  I shoot weddings regularly and have very similar equipment. The 28-135 is an excellent all-purpose lens. If you really feel like buying another lens, maybe try a wide angle... sometimes in dressing rooms there are tight spaces, and wide angles are also good for getting the entire ceremony. I also have a telephoto for shooting from balconies, but I wouldn't say it was a necessary piece of equipment. I think you have the basics... the most important next step would be doing a lot of research about how to shoot a wedding... there is more that goes into it than one might think! Good luck.


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2/23/2006 11:25:45 AM

Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  Hi all, just seen this thread - been discussing something similar on mine. I was advised to look at the Sigma 24-70 2.8 lens as a good all purpose lens for weddings portraits etc - its about R4800.00 in S Africa. Canon is sooooo expensive here - but this 28-135 USM sounds good (don't know price here), however, all my lenses (Sigmas) are F3.5 and I feel it would be good to add a 2.8 lens to my collection? Any idea's. I'm too poor to buy cheap, but at the same time the Canon lense are prohibitively expensive. Could I should a fair bit of wedding coverage (indoors and out) with the 24-70/ I'm so confused! I don't want to spend all my time changing lenses!!

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2/23/2006 11:37:13 AM

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