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Carrie Bayless
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/20/2007

Need Lens Suggestion for Shooting Weddings

I have a Canon Rebel XT and using Tamron AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 lens. I would like to get another lens but not sure what to get. I'm thinking about getting a fast lens since I'll be doing a wedding soon where the lighting is very dim. Can anyone suggest a lens that is going to be inexpensive but will give me a good quality? I think I would like to keep it under $500 if possible.

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4/1/2009 2:09:34 PM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Hi Carrie,
For weddings, I mostly use my 24-70mm f/2.8 L and my 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS gets a lot of wedding use as well but both of these lenses are expensive.
The Canon 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.8 are great prime lens options and do well in low light. They both cost around $350. I really like the ability to zoom as you cannot always be at a good range or position when shooting weddings, and for using primes, and you may have to do a more cropping in post processing. But these primes are fast and great in low light.
If you are starting to build your lens arsenal, both of these lenses will serve you well. Try to stay away from EF-S lenses if you ever think you may go to a full frame camera (like the 5D or 1Ds series). Lenses will be with you for a very long time even though your camera will be outdated in a couple of years, so investing in quality lenses (L class) is a smart option and retain their value (unlike outdated cameras).
Good luck, Carrie!

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4/1/2009 9:23:15 PM

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