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I am looking to start a wedding photography business and would like to understand what the best length is for the lenses.

  • There is no "best length" for the lense. – Zenit Aug 23 '16 at 9:52
  • Physical or focal length? You'll need to specify what type of camera it's going to be attached to, to get a meaningful answer. – dav1dsm1th Aug 23 '16 at 10:34
  • Focal length/. Nikon D610 – Tim Mottram Aug 23 '16 at 11:43
  • Possible duplicate of How do I prepare best for my first wedding photography event? – Dan Wolfgang Aug 23 '16 at 12:31
  • Please, pelase, go out and practice! Do not go to a wedding based on what you have read on a forum, please! Go to your comunity temple, talk to the capellan or pastor. – Rafael Aug 23 '16 at 15:48
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Weddings and Events in general are the time when zoom lenses shine. The Zoom is important because you want to be out of the way for the most part. The two lenses to have are 24-70 and 70-200 will cover your entire range. If you can afford it you don't want the kit grade but the pro grade. The kit grade is usually something like 3.5-5.6 meaning it will only get a 3.5 aperture at its widest focal length. A pro grade will have a constant aperture and usually larger (smaller number). Even a constant f4 is better than a variable aperture because when you're zooming in and out you can still lock in the f4 and just let the shutter speed change. An f2 of course is even better than an f4 for a few reasons all based on its ability to let in more light.

  • More light means faster autofocus which is good when shooting events.
  • More light means more depth of field options which allows a focal point to really separate from other elements.
  • More light means you can do indoor weddings easier and on a lower ISO
  • "just let the shutter speed change." the same holds true for a variable aperture lens. The automatic metering mode of the camera will take that change into account and calculate the right shutter speed just the same. – null Aug 23 '16 at 13:07
  • @null that wasn't really the relevant point. When zooming in and out the f4 can stay constant. If you're on a f/3.5-f/5.6 than as soon as you zoom to a length requiring 5.6 then that's going to be your aperture even when you zoom back in. So unless you lock it at the maximum focal length's minimum aperture (5.6) you don't get a constant depth of field. – RyanFromGDSE Aug 23 '16 at 13:15
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    You won't get a constant depth of field regardless of the aperture being fixed or not because zooming means changing the focal length which in turn changes depth of field. – null Aug 23 '16 at 13:28
  • Thanks Ryan. I understand how the gear works and though 24 to 70 but had not considered the longer range suggested, but makes sense now. – Tim Mottram Aug 23 '16 at 14:52
  • More light (from a larger aperture) does not automatically mean faster autofocus, it means more consistent autofocus. – K. Minkov Aug 23 '16 at 15:10

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