Best lens for Weddings? thinking 12-40 2.8 pro or 75mm 1.8

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by dlhomesolutions, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. Olympus 12-40 2.8 Pro

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  2. Olympus 75mm 1.8

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  1. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 30, 2013
    Peoria, IL
    Hi! I am going to be renting one of these two lenses to test out when I do my next wedding in April.

    I am curious from those that have used both lenses to do weddings, which would you recommend if you had to pick one over the other?
     
  2. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    They are very different lenses. Have you shot any other events with those focal lengths before?
     
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  3. gr6825

    gr6825 Mu-43 Veteran

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    What other lenses would you be using? Are you the primary shooter? I think you would get nice shots with the 75mm but it is long and going to be hard to use in some situations. If I were going to pick one, gotta go with the 12-40 for versatility.
     
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  4. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 30, 2013
    Peoria, IL
    I have used the 45mm 1.8 at another event. I stay away from the 12-40 because I only have the kit lens and 3.5-6.3 is not a very nice aperture for indoors. I used the 25mm 1.5 along with the 45
     
  5. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Regular

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    Yes I am the primary shooter. I was a little concerned about having to be so far away.
     
  6. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 All-Pro

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    pellicle
    myself I think that the 75mm may be a little long for an "only lens"

    I like 45 (or 100mm on "35mm") and would probably want the zoom too. I've found 14 is as wide as I usually want in these situations and so I'd probably use two bodies - its faster than changing lenses.

    *I hate the term "Full Frame" as it just continues to focus people on a narrow view of photography. The reality is that "Full Frame" is 35mm which in another decade was called "miniature"
     
  7. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Regular

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    Yes i have two bodies. The em5ii and a ply
     
  8. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I shot a wedding recently, I had the 12-40/2.8 on one body the entire time, the other body had the 42.5/1.2 on most of the time, and occasionally the 75/1.8 or 25/1.4. So, 12-40 or 75? Definitely both, not one or the other. If I could only have one, I would take 12-40/2.8, but I would miss some shots. I personally wouldn't shoot as the primary shooter at a wedding with just a 12-40 or 75.

    If you have the 75 on one body, and say a 17 or 25 on another body, you could maybe do it, but you're gonna miss a wider lens for group shots.
     
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  9. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Regular

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    Yeah my wife is my assistant photographer, so I will probably keep the 12-40 on my OMD and let her shoot with the 25/45 on the second body.
     
  10. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Depends on the wedding, the venue, the type of coverage, the rules.

    I have the 12-40 and 40-150/2.8, 17/25/45/75 primes and use them all depending.
     
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  11. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Regular

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    Peoria, IL
    The 40-150 intrigues me

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  12. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    If you could only go for one lens it would be the 12-40. Much more versatile for a wedding than the 75mm. 75mm could be useful for candid shots but wouldn't be the only one to use.
     
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  13. Zancrow

    Zancrow Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 16, 2014
    I shot a wedding ceremony with the 75mm once. While it is a nice lens I thought the focal length was too long for indoor shots ( It's great for outside portrait shots though). I saw myself using the 25mm and 45mm more. I would go for the 12-40 for more flexibility .
     
  14. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    As a bonus the 12-40mm has pretty reasonable macro for doing shots of the rings and that sort of thing if you're not going to take a dedicated macro lens along...

    No way known would I do it with 75mm as the only lens though, way too long for 90% of situations.
     
  15. DWS

    DWS Mu-43 Regular

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    I used to shoot weddings, and say hands down, the 12-40 if you are shooting solo. It will give you much more flexibility vs the longer range 75.
     
  16. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Lorenzo
    The usual recommended combo is 24-70 and 70-200 equivalent and maybe a prime for portraits. So a 12-40 + Sigma 60 or the P35-100/2.8 for example.

    The 75 alone seems extremely limiting. Just thinking about the ceremony, depending on the room, the back wall could be too close to frame both the spouses at the same time. I did just a wedding once, with the 12-40, and that was the situation.

    I suggest you to try these focal length in a similar situation (the digital TC can help you to simulate the longer ones you may not have).
     
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  17. Tall Guy

    Tall Guy Mu-43 Regular

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    Jeff H
    I used to shoot a lot of weddings with medium format 75mm and 150mm. That's somewhere in the range of 25mm and 50mm in micro four thirds. It covered most every thing I needed but I also tailored my shooting around those two lenses. When I started shooting some in 35mm film I generally used 24-70mm and some 70-210.

    My vote for one or the other of your two choices would be the 12-40 f2.8.
     
  18. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    I have read the entire thread.......based on your initial question, your gear, your knowledge..............I really hope whoever hired you knows they are not getting a professional photographer to shoot the most important day of their life.

    That said..........

    I highly recommend getting an idea of what type of shots they want by talking with them and if you have to, use other wedding photographs for examples. After you develop the shot list, visit the actual site of the wedding. That will provide you with a much better idea of what lenses you will need to shoot the wedding.

    Hope it all works out for the bride and grooms sake.
     
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  19. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Regular

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    Peoria, IL
    Thanks! That was SUPER helpful! Thanks for actually answering the question I asked and not just being rude!

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  20. Exposed

    Exposed Mu-43 Regular

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    Randy dawson
    Last year I started shooting weddings with m4/3rds after years shooting with film Hasselblads then Nikon digital. I gave up weddings for a few years then went on to m4/3rds for weddings, portraits and commercial work. For weddings I have the em-1 and em-5 and 12-40 pro and 40-150 R lens. The 12-40 get the most use so I would go for it. I have been very happy with the 40-150, not a fast lens but with IBS, I can hand hold shots in church with no problem.

    Randy
     
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