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I believe I've got this. I've never shot a wedding before, and I am definitely still learning every time I go out and do a shoot, but the point of this thread was to make sure I was best equipped with my available resources... I want to make sure I get the right equipment for the job (battery grip for easier portrait shots, longer battery life... the right lenses at the right focal lengths... a flash for fill light and if/when it gets dark...) and just make sure I don't get there and find out I am missing something small, but critical.

In a perfect world, I would have two bodies, and an assistant. Unfortunately, that isn't going to happen for me. Maybe next year when I can invest a little more into equipment, but right now, I have to deal with one body, and one or two lenses.

I'm eating all this info up. Thanks for posting so much, guys.
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Here's what I am thinking...

For the engagement shots, and some of the more "still" shots, like the ceremony... I want to use the 50mm 1.4... and for everything else, I'd slap the 24-85mm 2.8 onto my camera so I can have a wide enough angle and still be able to get some okay zoom going on. Does that sound reasonable?
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Here's what I am thinking...

For the engagement shots, and some of the more "still" shots, like the ceremony... I want to use the 50mm 1.4... and for everything else, I'd slap the 24-85mm 2.8 onto my camera so I can have a wide enough angle and still be able to get some okay zoom going on. Does that sound reasonable?
I think it's less than ideal, but manageable.
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I think it's less than ideal, but manageable.
Hmm.. Well how about this...

If I get only the body, I can set a budget for my lenses.

That budget is going to be about $1200. What would you recommend on that budget?
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Hmm.. Well how about this...

If I get only the body, I can set a budget for my lenses.

That budget is going to be about $1200. What would you recommend on that budget?
Well no ok, let's say you went with your plan. Would you be able to "reach" from in front of the the altar to the door of the church that you're shooting at, for the processional?

If the church is small enough for you to do it with that lens, then you'll be good in pretty much all other situations too.
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That budget is going to be about $1200. What would you recommend on that budget?
Rent, rent, rent.

1200 bucks will rent a lot of gear for a couple of days, but the question that needs to be asked is -- what are you being paid? Expect to break even or be in the hole a couple hundred bucks on your first wedding, so plan your available rental moeny along with what you are being paid. With your budget, you should be able to rent a body, a fast portrait prime, a fast tele zoom, a fast normal zoom and a good flash. If you're proficient with flashes, maybe grab a pair and some ABs or radiopoppers. Consider also that you *might* want a macro for ring shots, and potentially an ultrawide for huge group shots/interesting perspective on things like table ornaments and such. just remember to frame your UWA group shots loosely.
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FYI about shooting churches...

When we got married a couple of months ago, we kind of wanted our photog to play by the book, so he spoke to the parish priest ahead of time. He's a real nice guy and we love him, but he had to be consistent with what he tells everyone else -- once the ceremony starts, people shouldn't be walking around shooting, etc, dont shoot during certain times, etc.

Talk this one over with the people getting married. If it's their regular church (or yours), find out if you're asking 'forgiveness or permission'. If they dont care and they want great shots, avoid the staff at the church (unless they come up to you, always be professional), but try to blend in. If it's a full mass, you do NOT want to be moving around during the actual mass part (or shooting, but who wants photos of a mass in their wedding album? Our second shooter took pictures from the balcony of our church during the heart of the mass and I was actually unhappy about it. Weird, I know).

Long story short -- if you're (likely) never going back to that church again (nor are the people getting married), then just be discrete, bring something with a good focal length and decently fast, and you should be fine. If you're part of the church's community though (or your client is), it's probably best to find out what you can / can't do ahead of time (including where you can and can't be, and when you can and can't be in certain places).
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Rent, rent, rent.

1200 bucks will rent a lot of gear for a couple of days, but the question that needs to be asked is -- what are you being paid? Expect to break even or be in the hole a couple hundred bucks on your first wedding, so plan your available rental moeny along with what you are being paid. With your budget, you should be able to rent a body, a fast portrait prime, a fast tele zoom, a fast normal zoom and a good flash. If you're proficient with flashes, maybe grab a pair and some ABs or radiopoppers. Consider also that you *might* want a macro for ring shots, and potentially an ultrawide for huge group shots/interesting perspective on things like table ornaments and such. just remember to frame your UWA group shots loosely.
Definitely agree here.

If you're shooting a wedding you definitely want fast glass (f2.8 or faster) so I'd rent a 17-55 f2.8 (since your using DX) and a 70-200 f2.8 along with a nice portrait prime (or even a wider prime as well such as a 24/35 f1.4 which I think Nikon has right?). A good flash is also essential and renting a second body would also help a ton. Even if you don't use it with a lens ALWAYS have a backup camera while shooting a wedding because if yours dies for any reason and you don't have a backup you are screwed.
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Well, tomorrow is the day I start my initial investment. I'll be getting the Nikon D7000, SB-700 flash, and a lens.

I have about $300-400 to budget for the first lens.

I'm kind of thinking of either a 50mm 1.4, 50mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8. What do you guys think? I am shying away now from the 18-105mm kit lens because I really don't like I will get much use of it. I rather get a lens that can get a little more bokeh, and perform better in low light situations.

This is just the lens to start off with on this DSLR. It's really a toss up between the 50mm 1.4 and the 85mm 1.8. I think the 85mm would be good for portrait taking, since I'll be out of people's faces and it still has a large aperture.

Any ideas you guys wanna throw at me?

Edit: I've decided on the 85mm 1.8. I think it is most cost effective for me to use that for portraits. I can be out of the subject's face, still get the large aperture, and it isn't killing my wallet.

I am really looking forward to using this one!
Edited by ItsBobtista - 7/29/11 at 12:39am
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