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informal wedding shoot - DX lens recommendations please

TigerSpider

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TigerSpider Registered since 11th Nov 2013
Mon 11-Nov-13 02:17 PM | edited Mon 11-Nov-13 02:38 PM by TigerSpider

Hello,

Just joined; first post.

I am a D90 shooter who just got a 7100. I generally shoot macro (spiders & invertebrates), wildlife/nature and scenery/travel.

My current lenses are the sweet Tokina 2.8 100mm for macro (with Sigma ring flash) and the Nikkor 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VRII. I kept reading that the 35 mm 1.8 is a lens everyone with $200 should have so I just ordered one.

My youngest sister is getting married in April and asked me to shoot the wedding. It will be an informal and intimate affair and she isn't really interested in and can't afford the usual pro shoot. She will mostly just want the event documented sort of "photojournalistically", with plenty of small group shots of friends and family, some portraits and I'm sure I'll do some macro stuff for rings, flowers, etc.

I've been researching wedding lens and I am overwhelmed. One reason my research has frustrated me is that most things I've read and viewed on YouTube are by pro wedding photographers who use full-frame cameras and their lens choices may not be good for APS-C sensors. Seems to be lots of strong opinions that conflict and confuse an amateur like me. For example, some say the 50 mm 1.8 is best, others the same in 1.4, and others say that the 50 mm is not a portrait lens at all. Most recommend the 85 mm (and use FX cameras), but I was thinking that the 50 mm on a DX is about 75 so isn't that a good equivalent choice? Also, I've heard that my Tokina 100 macro is great for portraits.

I did supplement the pro shot photos for my nephew's wedding a few years ago using my 18-200 on the D90 and did pretty well.

So, taking into account DX, specifically the 7100, AND the lenses I already have, AND the fact that this will be a casual wedding shoot, AND it will be my only wedding and any lens I buy should be useful for street, travel, wildlife ... PLEASE give me any recommendations for capturing the shots I will need. I really would like to shoot 2-6 people groups with a nice bokeh. I imagine I'll mostly be indoors and using SB600 with diffuser and demb flip-it bounce card.

Thanks in advance for any helpful replies. Extra thanks to anyone who actually is a wedding photographer and says "buy this..."

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