I am shooting my first wedding in September and I have a Canon rebel t3i with a 50 mm 1.8 and I am trying to find a good lens under $900 dollars for the wedding so I am not stuck with just one lens. Any suggestions on what lens I should get next? I had looked into the 17-55mm 2.8? Is that any good?


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I highly recommend not buying a lens for this wedding (after all, what's more important, using this as an opportunity to build you kit, or ensuring you're delivering a good product to your first customer?), and spending part of that money on renting another identical body, along with one or two lenses for the wedding.

Being stuck with a single lens is not as bad as missing a shot because you're swapping lenses. Plus, if your body craps out (batteries, breaks, etc.), you have another body.

Which lenses? That's been asked many times here. See:

For other beginning wedding shooting, see also:

And also search the tag.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Definitely rent the same body with a lens. Shouldn't cost more than $100 and gives all the benefits outlined above. You have a fast 50mm now you need something fast (but not necessarily as fast as 1.8) with a decent range from wide(isn) for groups to tele so you can zoom in and isolate people in crowds. The 24-70 F2.8 sounds nice but also look at something like the Canon 24-105mm F4, as zoomed in F4 will give a nice shallow DOF. \$\endgroup\$
    – Steve Ives
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 14:08

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