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In my mind the best combination for wedding photography is having a 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8. The close range is covered and if there’s something long distant the 200mm covers the distance. My current do it all lens is 24-105mm f4. With the 24-70mm f2.8 you get another stop of light, which is crucial in wedding photography. It’s tough enough fighting the constant light changes without adding the factor of a dark reception area. The best part about having Canon shooters as friends, everyone pay attention, you can borrow lenses. Over the weekend I borrowed the 70-200mm f2.8 to test-drive it. I knew it was a great lens and I would be satisfied with the pictures. But actually using the lens is what I was after. First impressions was a noticeably heavier lens. Other than stating the obvious bigger lens, lets get down to it. One thing I did notice, at 70mm and shooting something close, the camera won’t focus. It makes sense, it’s a zoom lens and at 70mm, compared to my do it all lens, I’m habitually standing too close to the subject. Take 3 steps back and problem solved. One nit pick I did have about the 5DM2 was that under low light the camera would have problems finding the focus. While using the 70-200mm I didn’t find any problems grabbing the focus. I was able to stand in the back comfortably and snap candid’s without the subject noticing. It’s a noticeable difference with the 24-105mm cause my subject notices I’m taking a picture. People tend to be less natural when they know they’re getting a mug shot taken. With the extra stop of light under aperture priority I was able to capture more than I normally would with more pictures in focus. After reviewing the pictures I’m quite happy with the results. Canon built a must have and it’s a lens I would like to add to my repertoire of lenses. I can see on a long day the lens would be heavy, but it’s a small price to pay for capturing the moment.

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