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help what Kit should I take to the Wedding

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by deckitout, May 19, 2010.

  1. deckitout

    deckitout Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Essex UK
    My daughter gets married on Friday.
    Of course being the Father of the bride I have lots to think about.....

    We have an official Photographer hired.....but I would like to get some nice images myself.

    So what kit should I take from the following
    E3 12/60, 50/200, zd50, 9/18
    G1 14/45, panny 20/1.7
    EP2 kit lens
    Metz AF58

    Bearing in mind I have duties to perform (speeched etc) do I go kitted and potentially get bogged down with gear, or go light and snap away unobtrusively

  2. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
    I'd say it depends on whom is going to carry your gear while you have something else to do.

    If it were me (I married last year), I wouldn't take anything at all, but strongly brief the official photographer beforehand based on his book (that he should have shown you). Like this OK, like that, forget it, etc. I even scouted shooting locations with him the week before for some vantage points to take pictures (group) I really wanted to appear in the end. He wasn't too happy, but complied, and finally sided with me upon seeing the images. He now propose some of my ideas as options in his photo package and I kept good contacts with him. I refrained from setting foot on the technical side though : I chose him because he was technically apt, and I didn't want to ruffle his feathers by questioning his abilities.

    Basically, I'd say shoot at home before leaving with the bride, those are important moments, and then forget anything bigger than a µ-tough.

    Just my opinion.
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  3. pete_t

    pete_t Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 24, 2010
    You will have plenty to do so I suggest you take one small camera and small zoom and get a few snaps. Try to take a few candids but let the photographer do the real work.

    Your daughter probably wont thank you for being behind a camera for lots of the day either :smile:
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  4. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    deckitout, I'm with mauve and pete, don't bog yourself down from experiencing your daughter's wedding in its fullness. Bring the smallest camera possible for those quick moments and catch some snapshots...take some at home...and most importantly have a wonderful time! You'll be participating in this whole day so much that your memories are going to mean the most.:thumbup:
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  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Take the Pen with the 20 on a sholder strap.
    You don't need the finder. Just be an observer with the camera and a participant all day.
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  6. deckitout

    deckitout Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Essex UK
    Good advice guys ad gals, thank you

    Pen and 20 it looks like
  7. Hunter5117

    Hunter5117 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 25, 2010
    I would suggest that even the Pen is too much, remember you don't want to appear in photos with a camera slung over your shoulder. If you have a pocketable compact then that is what I would take. When my son got married I had a small compact that would do both photo and video and I captured a number of personal moments with it while leaving the main duties to the official photog and videographers plus all the many relatives.
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  8. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    i agree with above..... pen with the 20 , small enough to not be in the way
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  9. LisaO

    LisaO Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 18, 2010
    New York Metro Area
    I agree with those above, go light with the pen and 20 have fun, enjoy the party and congratulations!
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  10. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Pen and 20mm. And congratulations.
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  11. SimonL

    SimonL Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    NW England
    Pen, 20, jacket pocket, enjoy
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  12. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 11, 2009
    As soon as I saw the choice, the Pen with the 20 would be it.

    For me- when that day comes, I'm bringing a Black Nikon SP with a 50/1.4 Millenium Nikkor.
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  13. Warren T.

    Warren T. Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 10, 2010
    San Francisco
    Go light, Pen/20, have fun, and congratulations. :) 
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  14. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    I'm a wedding photographer by trade and I'm sure than with the Pen and a 20mm I could shoot a whole wedding at a professional standard. Having said that as a "guest" I'd probably pack the Oly kit lens as well for some fun at the reception.

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  15. Bullfrog

    Bullfrog Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Pen + 20 and have a wonderful day!
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  16. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    At mine, in 1973, I gave my Trip 35 to my 10 year old brother and told him to take 36 exposures, starting from the gates of the Church as we left after the ceremony

    and here is the camera as I still have it


    (must get the slides out and copy them)

    So it has to be the EP and 20mm - but let a relative do the shooting

    - but the Trip 35 would be good with a roll of film
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  17. deckitout

    deckitout Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Essex UK
    Thanks for all the advice and kind words.
  18. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Promise to show us at least one photograph, from whichever camera you take, and most importantly enjoy yourself!:flowers_2:
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  19. pete_t

    pete_t Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 24, 2010
    Many congratulations and hope your daughter and her husband to be have a wonderful and memorable day. I hope you enjoy being the proud father and hope all goes well tomorrow.
  20. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    No need to panic but you really need the new 9-18....
    I'm just sayin'
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