I gave my son the d600 with the 28-300 lens so he could shoot his sister-in-law's wedding. I have the same setup but am not happy with the quality of the photos. Focus is not as sharp as I would like. (This might be the result of my unsteady hands, but he will probably be shooting mostly off the tripod.) I am wondering whether there is a more suitable lens for the wedding. Any suggestions?
Matt, What is your budget? If you have the funds, I recommend the Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8. That is my lens of choice when shooting events. If this lens is beyond your budget, I would go with the 24-120 f/4 VR. Keep in mind Nikon is offering instant rebates on many of their lenses, but you must act quickly because this promo ends on March 30, 2013.
Hope this helps...JL
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James hit the nail on the head. The 24-70mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S is the top choice for a mid-range zoom. A used 28-70mm f/2.8D ED IF AF-S would be second followed by the 24-120mm f/4G ED IF AF-S VR and then the AF 35-70mm f/2.8D.
For something longer, the 70-200mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR II, 70-200mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR, 80-200mm f/2.8D ED IF AF-S, or the AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED.
For something wider, the 14-24mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S, 17-35mm f/2.8D ED IF AF-S, 16-35mm f/4G ED IF AF-S VR, or a used AF 20-35mm f/2.8D IF.
When I shot weddings I would use a 20-35mm f2.8 AFD or 35-70mm f2.8 AFD on one body and a 80-200mm f2.8 AFD ED on another; with matching speedlights... Hand held... (or possibly a monopod under the tele-zoom... maneuverability was the key so a tripod was just a hindrance...
Compare both of the 28-300 lenses. It very possible one of them is not as good as the other. If both are good, check your holding technique. Crop of 100%, the 28-300 at 180mm, f8.0, ISO 800. Wedding image. Dimitri.
In this shot so close up how in the world did you prevent Red-eye on my 3200 even with red-eye feature on I still have to remove red-eye. I've even tried taking the picture at an angle so that the Flash doesn't shoot right in the eye.
The only way I can avoid is not use flash at all and adjust iso so that I can shoot at fast speed.
Mon 25-Mar-13 03:54 AM | edited Mon 25-Mar-13 04:10 AM by hijazist
Others nailed it with their recommendations. I will just add that the 28-300 is not a bad lens optically, it's only disadvantage IMO is it's slow aperture so it might be hindering in wedding low lighting situation. It has a fast and responsive AF. I find it to be very sharp even wide open and even at 300. Here's a 100% crop just for test purposes with on camera flash at 300mm f/8 handheld.
If money is no issue, then as others mentioned the Nikon 24-70 2.8 is the ultimate wedding lens. For around $300 the Tamron 28-70 is best value for money as a general zoom.