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    Suggestions for a wide zoom Wedding/Event lens?



    Hello photo peeps,



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    I'm expanding into shooting more events and now some weddings and I want a wide zoom that will cover around the 17-40 range that can handle low light like a champ. It's mostly for groups but if it could pop out some nice portraits as well that would be a plus. I'm looking to spend 900-2000 if the higher price can be justified.


    Thanks for any and all thoughts!!!


    Mike


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    Re: Suggestions for a wide zoom Wedding/Event lens?



    Mike


    Welcome to the forum. I would recommend the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM.



    Probably the best all around lens for a crop body


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    Re: Suggestions for a wide zoom Wedding/Event lens?



    I second the recommendation for the 17-55mm - IMO, it's the best general purpose zoom for a 1.6x body.

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    Re: Suggestions for a wide zoom Wedding/Event lens?



    + 3 for the 17-55. It
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    Wow, thanks everyone, I never would have expected such a conscious opinion. I'm waiting on the next big step up in 5Ds to come around but I do plan on upgrading to a full frame within a year or two. Would the 17-55 still be a worthy investment? Can I even use it on a full frame?

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    Re: Suggestions for a wide zoom Wedding/Event lens?



    Quote Originally Posted by Stad Creative


    Would the 17-55 still be a worthy investment? Can I even use it on a full frame?
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    You can not use it on FF but I would keep the 40D and 17-55 as backup to the 5DMK?.


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    Re: Suggestions for a wide zoom Wedding/Event lens?



    You'll miss a lot of shots without a quality lens in that focal range until you go FF. You could always sell it down the line - high end lenses like the 17-55 hold their value pretty well (especially if you buy during a rebate and sell when there's not a rebate available).


    But Mark's suggestion is the best one - if you're doing a shoot for pay, you really should have a backup camera!

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    Yes, I will for sure be holding onto the 40D as a backup and I do like the concept of the 17-55 holding some resale value. You have all helped me a lot, especially since I wasn

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    Re: Suggestions for a wide zoom Wedding/Event lens?



    Both are great lenses, but IMO best suited to a FF camera. 24mm is technically not even wide angle on a 1.6x body, limiting the utility of a 24-xx L lens as a general purpose zoom on crop. Similarly, 35mm on crop is

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