Low light (wedding party) what lens to use


CoDa

Link Posted 03/05/2010 - 14:10
I have a K10d camera and will be at a wedding reception for our friends daughter.
It would be nice if I can take some fairly decent shots of the evening "bash".

I have these lenses 16-45 f4, 18-55 kit lens (mark I) and the 55-300 lenses available.

Should I look at a f2.8 lens, and what would people recommend

Thanks
Colin

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)



matwhittington

Link Posted 03/05/2010 - 14:20
The last time I was taking pictures at a wedding, I found the most useful bit of equipment was a decent flashgun which could be tilted (I also used a cheapo omni-bounce diffuser). I used (pretty much exclusively) a 16-50mm zoom. It was a f2.8 lens but I didn't use it much at f2.8... That said, I am certain there will be people on the forum who have done loads more weddings than I have. I used the Pentax 540 flash and found it was fine although if you are going to use a flashgun for a lot of shots it's worth taking spare batteries.

Regards

Mat
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Pentaxophile

Link Posted 03/05/2010 - 14:20
Have you got an external flash? I'd be tempted to grab a cheap 'un (a manual one) from ebay and have a practice at bounce flash. This one was taken that way:



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Last Edited by Pentaxophile on 03/05/2010 - 14:22

Pentaxophile

Link Posted 03/05/2010 - 14:26
I used a 50mm f2 lens, but I think it was set at at least f5.6. The 16-45mm would be fine I think.
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CoDa

Link Posted 03/05/2010 - 15:06
Hi Pentaxophile,
Flash is not allowed at the venue.
Colin

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)



Pentaxophile

Link Posted 03/05/2010 - 15:14
That's unfortunate! In that case, a 50mm f1.7 would be a good bet.
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CoDa

Link Posted 03/05/2010 - 15:29
I have the "A" version of this lens, so will have a try with that.

Thanks for the advice, I may get a flash and play just in case.
Colin

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)



Don

Link Posted 03/05/2010 - 15:43
if no flash try a video light and a fast fifty.
Fired many shots. Didn't kill anything.

whelmed

Link Posted 03/05/2010 - 16:19
If you've got cash, I'd recommend the Sigma 30mm f1.4 in a second. I take it out with me to all sorts of night time events and dances. I've gotten tons of incredible shots of people and things which just seem impossible. In fact it's on my camera more often than my DA* 50-135mm... I'm often finding I'm shooting at iso800/1600 with the Sigma when I'm out at night which I don't like as I've got a K10d, but with LR3 beta 2 the results are actually alright. Furthermore, it's probably the best focal length for people shots as well, and it's much cheaper than the 31mm FA limited (which is it's only real competition).

I would post some shots, but all the stunning ones are of my friends and I don't think it's really that fair to post shots of others on the interweb without their consent.
K-5; Siggy 10-20 f4, 30mm f1.4, 18-50mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8; Tammy 400mm f4, 500mm f8

Dangermouse

Link Posted 03/05/2010 - 21:36
Weldingblues wrote:
I have the "A" version of this lens, so will have a try with that.

Assuming that you're going as a guest (rather than the official photographer) this will be fine. Exactly the lens I'd have on if I was going to such an event. Well, that or my M 28mm f3.5.

Unless there's a football match planned for the reception I doubt that you'll need a flash - you don't need that high a shutter speed providing people will keep still for a fraction of a second!
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

CoDa

Link Posted 03/05/2010 - 22:41
Thanks for all the suggestions, if I manage to get any reasonable shots will post ASAP after the event.
Colin

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)



whelmed

Link Posted 04/05/2010 - 18:01
Decided to post a shot. This is shot with the Siggy 30mm f1.4 with no flash in a very dark room with very bad lighting. I've cropped the face so they don't get annoyed



K-5; Siggy 10-20 f4, 30mm f1.4, 18-50mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8; Tammy 400mm f4, 500mm f8
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Mongoose

Link Posted 04/05/2010 - 18:04
I was at a friends wedding on Saturday with my K10D and 50mm f/1.4.

Without flash you'll find f/1.4 at ISO1600 is probably too slow, I wouldn't consider anything slower.
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but it does help

whelmed

Link Posted 04/05/2010 - 18:06
I found ISO1600 & f1.4 good enough with SR on, or if I was braced up against something.
K-5; Siggy 10-20 f4, 30mm f1.4, 18-50mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8; Tammy 400mm f4, 500mm f8

shanegeach

Link Posted 04/05/2010 - 18:11
Mongoose wrote:
I was at a friends wedding on Saturday with my K10D and 50mm f/1.4.

Without flash you'll find f/1.4 at ISO1600 is probably too slow, I wouldn't consider anything slower.

whelmed wrote:
I found ISO1600 & f1.4 good enough with SR on, or if I was braced up against something.

if you gonna use those then try get yourself a bounce/swivel flash then point it upwards or at an angle and use 2nd curtain sync, this will improve the picture qaulity without having tooo much noise in the end picture.

the ISO recommended for that might be along the lines of 400-800 depends on your camera.

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