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Old June 18th, 2012, 12:17 AM   #1
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Telephoto lens for wedding?

Just finish shooting my first wedding. I was second shooter and the guy who hire me let me use his 70-200 f2.8. However I want to own my own telephoto lens. The problem is, I'm a student so I don't have much money. Anybody have a suggestion for under $1000? I also have a Rokinon 85mm btw.
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Old June 18th, 2012, 03:34 AM   #2
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Canon 70-200 F/2.8 without IS goes for around $900-1200.
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Old June 18th, 2012, 08:36 AM   #3
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and Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 no IS, goes for $500-600, just remember, shooting video @200mm without IS you'll need a heavy tripod, Sigma is a sharp lens, but Canon's IS as just amazing and very helpful
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Old June 18th, 2012, 10:04 AM   #4
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I might also suggest the 70-200 f/4 IS. I think the IS is critical, and you should be able to get away with f/4 at a ceremony...
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Old June 18th, 2012, 10:09 AM   #5
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wow where can I find sigma non IS? BH shows it at discontinue.
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Old June 18th, 2012, 01:00 PM   #6
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wow where can I find sigma non IS? BH shows it at discontinue.
local classifieds, or ebay, here it's $900 new from Henry's
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Old June 20th, 2012, 04:04 PM   #7
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Re: Telephoto lens for wedding?

I love the images from my Tamron 70-200 ($795.00 on Amazon), but even on a monopod, it's tough for me to keep the image stable at full zoom. IS would definitely be nice since I am running and gunning with it, but it's $1,500 bucks more for the Canon glass.Yikes.
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Old June 20th, 2012, 08:02 PM   #8
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I've used the tamron 70-200, the sigma 70-200, and the canon 70-200 IS

as expensive as the canon is, the IS really does make a huge difference.
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Old June 20th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #9
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I love the images from my Tamron 70-200 ($795.00 on Amazon), but even on a monopod, it's tough for me to keep the image stable at full zoom. IS would definitely be nice since I am running and gunning with it, but it's $1,500 bucks more for the Canon glass.Yikes.
what monopod do you have?
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Old June 20th, 2012, 11:36 PM   #10
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I have a Manfrotto 560B. A bit light for balancing a Canon 7D with a 70-200, I realize, but again I am running and gunning with it and often have much smaller/lighter lenses in use. So I have been making do with it and I just take a deep breath, literally, and steady it as much as possible. I have Manfrotto quick release plates on all of my cameras so I can switch back and forth on mono or tripods in a flash. I also use 2 Manfrotto tripods and I have their joystick head on my Konova slider. So - any camera, any lens, any pod in 15 seconds. Gotta move fast!! :)
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Old June 21st, 2012, 12:22 AM   #11
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I'm renting the non-is canon 70-200 next weekend for a wedding. I've used it before for photo, this will be my first attempt using it with video though, so we'll see how it goes! I would love to rent the IS, it's twice as much though and it's a low budget wedding :\
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Old June 21st, 2012, 01:14 AM   #12
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I'm renting the non-is canon 70-200 next weekend for a wedding. I've used it before for photo, this will be my first attempt using it with video though, so we'll see how it goes! I would love to rent the IS, it's twice as much though and it's a low budget wedding :\
Even, tell me how your wedding went after. In the meantime, I think I can get a 200 mm L f2.8 for 600 and I think I might jump the gun and get this lens.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 01:16 AM   #13
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I have a Manfrotto 560B. A bit light for balancing a Canon 7D with a 70-200, I realize, but again I am running and gunning with it and often have much smaller/lighter lenses in use. So I have been making do with it and I just take a deep breath, literally, and steady it as much as possible. I have Manfrotto quick release plates on all of my cameras so I can switch back and forth on mono or tripods in a flash. I also use 2 Manfrotto tripods and I have their joystick head on my Konova slider. So - any camera, any lens, any pod in 15 seconds. Gotta move fast!! :)
I know what you mean. I keep fiddling with the tripod on my last wedding and now I finally got the 561 hbdv manfrotto monopod. Gonna use it on a wedding coming up in July.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 10:15 PM   #14
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I just found some old nikkor lenses on ebay like 180 f2.8 and 135 f 2.8 ais lenses. Do you guys think it's good?
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Old July 1st, 2012, 11:15 PM   #15
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Hey, just thought I'd peek back in and say that though the 70-200 was awesome, I wish I had gotten the IS version. Just my 0.2. If you're tight on the budget the non-is 70-200 2.8 is great too, but even if it means renting I'd say the IS is worth it. Also depends how much you're actually gonna use it.. It's easy enough to cut a little shake in post if it's just 1-2 shots, 20 on the other hand..
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