It's been a long time since I was on this forum, but I will cut to the chase. My sister is getting married in NY in Sept and has asked me to do their engagement photos. I don't have much experience in the way of this type of thing, although I have shot photos at some of my friends weddings for practice. My current setup is a Canon 30D with a Tamron 17-50 2.8 and a 430 EX II speedlight.
I am looking into renting 2 L lenses for this occasion, seeing as how I want to do the best for my sister. I would rent a 5D MkII, but it is too expensive for me to rent and I don't want to learn/setup an entirely new camera.
At this point, I am considering going with the 50mm 1.2L and a 70-200 F4L.
Any suggestions/comments? Should I also leave the Tamron at home?
I think you are right to leave the Tamron at home. If you go to this link I think you'll find this great tutorial very useful. It's safe to click on it. If anyone is uncomfortable about clicking on links, go to http://neilvn.com and then go to 'tangents' and then scroll down quite a ways to the second page and find the tutorial called Making Your Images Pop Through Lens Choice and it's about an engagement session. Here's the link.
Bring your 17-50. It might come in handy if you want to get some environmental pics.
I'm not sure you'd really need the 50 1.2. Does your existing lens give good quality shots at 50mm @f/2.8?
If it does, that should be fine for getting nicely unfocused backgrounds for head and shoulder shots. You might even want to use a smaller aperture for greater DOF to get the entire face in focus.
I doubt that you would even use the f/1.2. That would give you a very thin DOF and it's very difficult to be sure you are getting your point of focus exactly where you want it that wide open.
If you want a prime lens, the 50mm 1.8 would be perfectly fine and for the money you'd spend renting, for almost the same amount you could own the lens.
I'm not sure the 70-200 would be useful for engagement photos at the long end, unless you really feel a need to compress the background. You will need some distance between you and your subjects to get them both in the picture though.
The 24-105mm might be a more useful range.
In the link that Skipper gives, the photographer is using some fairly advanced techniques that would be difficult for less experienced photogs to use without a lot of practice.
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Thanks for the reply guys. I think 24-105 might be useful now that I think about it. I'll look more into it. My Tamron is pretty sharp all around so I'll probably just bring it. Luckily my sister lives about 15 min from the Adorama rental store.
Thanks Skipper for the link. I have found myself navigating through all of the info on the right. It's pretty helpful. I even bookmarked the page for future reference.
I did end up going with the 24-105, but I also ended up getting the 16-35 2.8L. I decided I wanted a wide-angle lens for some dramatic shots, plus I'm going to be in NYC, so I might take some cityscape pics too. You were right about the 70-200 being too much of a zoom, especially on my crop sensor.