Zoom vs Prime lenses for Wedding photography

6 months 1 week ago #654694 by Steve Zahra
While I'm guessing most are hybrid shooters, meaning you are shooting with both zooms and primes for weddings.  But this thread is just a random curiosity, are there folks out there that are shoot either or?  I guess I'm more interested in if there are prime only wedding shooters.  I'm sure there are zoom shooters.  

A pal and I were discussing the notion of this yesterday.  Specifically on which lenses are such the golden tools.  For me, it's the 85mm and 70-200mm.  With out either of these would spell trouble for my style. 

What do you say?


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6 months 1 week ago #654702 by Nikon Shooter
Hi Steve!
I don't use primes anymore for such events. The quality
of the available zooms (the trinity) is strikingly good.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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6 months 1 week ago #654709 by garyrhook
There are, indeed, photographers that insist on using only primes. I imagine they do a lot of running around.

A 24-70 during the ceremony, a fast 35 for the reception on one camera. A fast 85 before the ceremony, and a 70-200 on the other. That would meet anyone's needs.

For my style, anyway.

Having a body that performs well at high ISO would be much more advantageous, IMNSHO.


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6 months 1 week ago #654724 by Garbo
24-70mm and 70-200mm for me

Nikon D300: 24-70 2.8 | 70-200 2.8 VR |Sigma 150 2.8 | 50 1.4 | SB-800
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6 months 1 week ago #654755 by Piechura
I'm not a professional photographer, but I've heard a few say that they like to use the Sony 90mm 2.8 Macro because it's perfect for the detail shots like the rings but also doubles as a good quality portrait lens.


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6 months 1 week ago #654973 by Finn
Zooms have gotten much sharper than they were.  For me, the only prime I use is 85mm, other than that, 24-70mm and 70-200mm are workhorses!  


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6 months 1 week ago #655029 by KZAM
Only prime I have and still use is my 105mm.  Time and place, but I don't use often.  

I don't need no stink'in Signature! ha ha ha
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6 months 5 hours ago #655994 by Uplander
70-200mm is golden lens and almost always my go to lens


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