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Lens for weddings

Got a family wedding coming up in a few weeks and guess who's been landed the task of taking the photos

Reviewing my lenses and cameras I realised there was a bit of a gap around the 28mm to 50mm (prime) range (FF). I've got Sigma Four-Thirds 30mm and 50mm f/1.4 lenses that I could use with the MMF-3 adapter but they are not really wide enough (60mm and 100mm respectively - too long). Also been looking at 28mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/1.4 for my other FF system (cough, cough). Prices are around 2 grand Forget that then.

Then thought about the 17mm f/1.2 Pro lens. That will give me 34mm (FF eqv.) and the DoF at the distances and apertures I will be using will be nigh-on almost the same as the FF lenses. The price though is a fraction (689 from HDEW) and I'm sure the image quality of the Oly lens would give the competition a run for it's money.

So, just before I hit the Go button I just want to confirm that the 17mm f/1.2 Pro has the MF clutch like the 12-40mm f/2.8 (I'm pretty sure it does have) and is compatible with the E-M1's Focus Peaking. Any comments appreciated.

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Re: Lens for weddings

I am sure you have thought about it, but that new 12-200mm sounds ideal.....
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Re: Lens for weddings

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I am sure you have thought about it, but that new 12-200mm sounds ideal.....
Well, yes I've just seen the posts but I have the 12-40mm f/2.8 but it's the aperture I want for the shallow DoF. Also, I prefer to buy only the top Pro lenses.

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Re: Lens for weddings

Maybe there is somewhere that you can hire a 17mm from for the wedding. If it works out then buy one for future events?
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Re: Lens for weddings

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So, just before I hit the Go button I just want to confirm that the 17mm f/1.2 Pro has the MF clutch like the 12-40mm f/2.8 (I'm pretty sure it does have) and is compatible with the E-M1's Focus Peaking.
Yes and yes, I have a 17 f/1.2 on my E-M1 MkII ATM, lovely lens.
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Re: Lens for weddings

Oly 14-35 f/2 has a good reputation ...
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Yes and yes, I have a 17 f/1.2 on my E-M1 MkII ATM, lovely lens.
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Oly 14-35 f/2 has a good reputation ...
That's true. Hadn't thought of that and I've got one

Edit: Just tried it and that lens on the E-M1 is MASSIVE! It's as big as my D810

Edit 2: .... I tried the 35-100mm f/2.0 on the E-M1 and then it got really silly

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Re: Lens for weddings

FWIW the 17mm f1.8 has the focus clutch and works with peaking on my em10ii.
It’s the lens ive used at the last two weddings I’ve been to as a guest only.
I’m sure you’re doing your planning carefully but I found even with max aperture I needed high iso for the evening as the indoor lighting isn’t up to much and people move a lot when they’ve been drinking and dancing. I’m not sure f1.2 would have been much more help as the dof can work against you in close up. .

Can you get to a test and wow dealer to give the f1.2 a go?
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Can you get to a test and wow dealer to give the f1.2 a go?
I looked at the Test and Wow site but the lens doesn't seem to be available. I'll see if it's available to hire on this site but as much as I would like the lens I am finding it hard to justify buying at this moment just for the one event. I have the 12-40mm f/2.8 and that probably would be fine but I would love to have a "play" with the f/1.2.

Decisions, decisions.

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Re: Lens for weddings

I can heartily recommend the f1.8 17mm - I appreciate it's not in the same bracket as the f1.2 but for around 220 used it's a great lens easily my most used.
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