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stevednp3
12th July 2009, 07:34 PM
Can anyone suggest to me the best lens to buy to use for weddings

At the moment im only using the kit lenses (14-45 mk2 & 50 -150 mk2) as im only the backup photographer, but I want to venture out more and do more bookings on my own. and im trying to decide on what to buy.

The 12-60mm seams to be a very good lens, but would cost a lot for my first upgrade so I was wondering if the 18 -180mm like below would give me a good range and quality

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Olympus-Lens-Zuiko-Digital-ED-18-180mm-F3-5-6-3_W0QQitemZ200361740801QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Camer asPhoto_CameraAccessories_CameraLensesFilters_JN?h ash=item2ea67d8a01&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C72%3A1690%7C 293%3A1%7C294%3A50

Look forward to your replies

Graham_of_Rainham
12th July 2009, 07:51 PM
The 10x 18-180 will not produce the quality you need. I suggest the 14-54 which will give you reasonable wide angle for groups and a nice length for portrates. It will cover the vast majority of what's needed for weddings with a good light transmission capability throughout the zoom range.

stevednp3
12th July 2009, 08:11 PM
Thanks for the reply, I thought the 180 wouldnt be good enough, having looked at the 14-54 it seams to be in my price range, so that may be the one - cheers

theMusicMan
13th July 2009, 09:04 AM
Have done a few weddings as second shooter using the Oly 14-54mm lens and it is certainly up to the job. Though I haven't used the excellent Oly 12-60mm I would say that this would also be very much up to the job too.

Hope this helps.

michaelavis
13th July 2009, 11:28 AM
I've got an 12-60mm, but had both the 14-54 and 18-180 in the past. The 12-60 would be great but as you say, quite a jump in price. It offers a little more at the wide end and as well as long end, but the 14-54 is slightly smaller and lighter and would be nicely balanced on your E30. Personally I preferred the feel of my 14-54 over any lens I've had.

I found the 18-180 to be a nice all-rounder for outdoor in good light situations, I miss mine and may get one again one day (ideal as a take-anywhere combo on the E510/520 back-up body I keep promising myself!) but Graham's comment is right, it wouldn't deliver the quality you need for weddings mainly due to the amount of light you need (as indicated by its max aperture of f3.5-6.3) plus it's widest focal length of 18mm (36mm in 35mm terms) is actually not as wide as you may need for the group pictures either so instead of having a lot of flexibility due to the focal range, for a wedding you'd find yourself restricted by the smaller apertures the 18-180 would insist upon and at it's widest length and largest aperture, you're not getting the best out of it in any case, it would be softer and less contrasty than a 14-54. It's inevitably compromised being a 10x zoom but in the right conditions stopped down to least f8 it's a pretty good and obviously a very handy 1-lens solution.

The 14-54 gives you a 3.9x zoom range, which should be plenty for wedding situation especially as it starts from a reasonably wide 14mm (28mm in 35 terms) and is nice and bright at f2.8-3.5, although still expect to need your flash inside and probably for some fill in outside too.

My advice would be to post a Wanted ad in the For Sale or Wanted section of this forum, you may find that somebody is looking to upgrade to the 12-60mm or is looking at an E-30/14-54 II deal and is willing to let their 14-54mm mk1 go. Certainly worth checking before going to eBay or buying a new one.

Archphoto
13th July 2009, 11:58 AM
The 14-54 seems to be a part-time solution only.
It is a wee bit more than what you have right now in the tele-end of things and that's it.

If you want to make money with weddings, get the 12-60mm and never look back.
Shure it is a lot of bucks, but it will be your main tool too.

Last year I could not afford the 7-14mm and the 9-18mm was not available yet so I bought the 11-22mm. Last Christmas I got my 7-14mm and the 11-22 has become a secondairy lens.

What I am trying to say is this: when you buy the 14-54 now it will be obsolete in a lttle while.
Just keep working with the 14-42mm and save-up as much money as you can to get the 12-60mm sooooon.

Peter