I'm going to be the photographer at a relative's wedding (I know, don't do it yada yada). Having never done a wedding before, I've done as much preparation as I can as well as borrowed some additional gear. Here's the list of the gear I have for the wedding:
- Canon EOS 80D (main camera)
- Canon EOS 40D (additional/backup camera)
- Sigma 10-20mm 3.5
- Sigma 30mm 1.4 ART
- Pentax-F 50mm 1.7
- Tamron 70-200mm 2.8
Note that both cameras are APS-C format, so the crop factor of x1.6 has to be taken into consideration. So now I'm wondering in what configuration/combination I should use those. I was thinking about leaving one lens on my second body for the entire time and only switch lenses on my main camera. Some considerations:
- The 80D has superior resolution, low-light performance and multiple other features that will come in handy, so I want to use that one for the better part of the photos I take.
- The Tamron is pretty heavy (this is the lens I borrowed so I'm not used to it), I don't think I'll be able to shoot hand-held with that one for an extended period of time. I thought about putting it on the 40D and have it sit on a tripod, but there will be multiple location changes. Also it's kind of a waste using the highest-quality lens on the body with the lower resolution, as the 80D could take better advantage of the lens's sharpness. But maybe that's not that important, I'm not sure. I don't expect I'll be swapping the Tamron off and on often, as its weight renders that difficult to do on the fly.
- The Pentax is a manual only lens that I use with an adapter on my camera. The need for the adapter increases the lens switching time, so I might not want to switch to/off that lens during important parts of the wedding as I run the risk of missing important shots.
- The 30mm (50mm FF equiv.) is the most general purpose lens and the one I'm used to the most. However it has the usual focusing problems of Sigma lenses, so I'm not sure I wanna rely on it for the most important shots (yes I have set AF microadjustments, it still fails me some times. No I don't have a Sigma calibration dock).
I guess the core of the problem is that I'm not sure what focal length will be most important for the wedding as I don't have experience with that. The Sigma 10-20mm to get those wide shots in the church? The 70-200mm to catch closeups of the bride and groom during the ceremony? The 30mm so I have a lens that will kind-of work in most situations?
I would be very grateful if someone with wedding experience can give me some insights on this. What combination/configuration (which lens to use on what body) can you suggest, which lens should always be ready to go on one of the bodies, or which combinations should I use?
If you have some advice regarding whether or not to bring a tripod and if I should possibly just leave the second body at home, those would be very welcome as well.