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Advice for a wedding guest- lens choice

Im attending a wedding as a guest soon and want to bring my camera with me. Ive both the 14-50mm and 25mm 1.7 lumix lenses. If you had to bring only one, which would it be and why?
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Re: Advice for a wedding guest- lens choice

Zoom for a bit of extra flexibility.
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Re: Advice for a wedding guest- lens choice

Whichever you take you'll miss the other one - no pockets?
In seriousness though, what are the venue and reception like?
If you primarily want a couple of snaps in the aisle at the church then the 25mm because of the brighter aperture.
If the reception is in a marquee then the zoom will give more flexibility during the day but when you get to the evening you'll wish you had the brighter lens.
I'd probably go with the 25mm if I really had to choose.
Last time I went to a wedding I took my E-M10 with the 14-42mm pancake and the 17mm f2.8 tucked in my suit jacket pocket. Now I have the 17mm f1.8 I'd take that and the pancake zoom.
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Re: Advice for a wedding guest- lens choice

The longer one - 90% of the people there will have a compact or phone which has a reasonably short lens and gives great group shots

With the longer one you can get candid snaps of people without being in their face and reach past groups to capture smiles

Your pictures will stand out from the group shots quite literally

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Re: Advice for a wedding guest- lens choice

I would bring the 25 1.7 because you'll get better shutter speeds / will be able to shoot at lower ISO indoors.

Additionally at f/1.7 you'll be able to blur the background which will not be easy with the slow zoom.
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Re: Advice for a wedding guest- lens choice

Personally I say to wedding guests ."Take what photos you want but don't get between me and the bride and don't slow me down"
As for in the church you will only be allowed to take photos when the bride goes up or down the aisle ..I take all my in church photos ( from the Choir stalls) at F8 / A mode/Auto iso /min 1/30..the concept that its dark in a church is rubbish ..the vicar has to be able to read the service book. I don't use flash for the service as the vicar might work out I took 100+ photos because from the front you can photograph the congregation too. As its northern Ireland it may well be catholic and the pro will be allowed to stand at the front...don't abuse that permission and think you can stand up there too...particularly on the opposite side as you will be in the back of the pictures. Too many churches have been ruined for photography by idiots upsetting the vicar/priest
Your zoom is the only one worth taking as you may be a bit further back ..14mm is fine but 50 a bit short ..that's 28-100 in FX and I use 28-300.As you will be off centre and the people not looking at you most of your pictures may be useless so candids are the way to go .. A good photographer may only do 7-9 groups as most pics at a wedding are of b+g bridesmaids,parents rather than the ordinary guest . If you try by prior arrangement to get the bride to look at you rather than the pro you will be in big trouble once the pro spots it as you are ruining all the photos. While the photographer is working the brides people you can be doing shots of the grooms side and visa versa. Two of us at a wedding with 100 guests may take 1500 but be advised to take everything twice at 2 fps to avoid blinkers. Bokeh is a concept loved by photographers but not by the public who expect everything in focus like a mobile phone. You need DOF as not everyone is in the same plane.
For the dancing P mode opens up the lens..always shoot with the disco behind you and no flash. I take my own disco lights in case the disco is crap.
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Re: Advice for a wedding guest- lens choice

It would be nice to know what lens you used and how it all went .......
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