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New Wedding Photographer


Hello! I'm shooting my first wedding in two weeks and I'd love some advice on gear. I currently have a 50mm 1.8, a Tamron 17-28 2.8, and a Sigma 150-600 5-6.3. I obviously have a significant gap between 50-150mm that I would like to fill-- most pressingly, for the wedding, but I would use a lens in that range for concerts, events and sports as well. Does anyone have recommendations for a somewhat affordable lens that fills much of that gap and would be versatile for all that I shoot? I've been looking into the Tamron 70-180 2.8, does anyone use that or have opinions on it? I'm open to other recommendations, too.

For the wedding, if I were to get a lens that goes up to the 180-200 range, would it benefit me at all to bring my 150-600? It's bulky, and I can't imagine needing any focal length over 200, but if there could be any good use for it, I'd rather bring it than regret leaving it at home.

Any other wedding tips and advice would be much appreciated as well!


Mover & Shaker

Hi.  Most wedding photographers use a fast 35mm and 85mm or a zoom that covers a similar range like a 24-70mm. I use the Tamron 35-150mm and have a F1.4 35mm for low light small rooms/spaces and for my second camera I use the 24-70. Some folks carry a 70-200 especially for  large church ceremonies.   You are unlikely to use the 150-600. You also need a quality  flash, and ideally some OCF for reception photos.

Prime Creator

You might look at the Sony 24-105/4 it's a very versatile lens

I hear such good things about this lens. Do you find the f4, gives you enough light indoors?

I shoot indoor basketball with the lens and crank up my iso. It's solid and the grain is actually on the nice side. You can always use noise removal tools if you don't like them (not lightroom's).

There is a gallery on alpha universe website for this lens if you want to see more samples.