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09/19/2009 09:13:17 PM · #1
I am helping a friend, she is starting up a wedding and portrait studio and she is very new to photography.
She bought a Nikon D300 and got 28-105 lens with it.

I am a Canon guy so not up on Nikon. Can anyone get me up to speed on the Nikon lens. I am wondering what are the professional lens that Nikon makes (similar to the Canon L series).

Any help would be appreciated.

I am thinking for weddings, senior portraits in studio and location these are some nice lens to have in bag:
a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8
105mm macro (portraits and details)
a 24-70mm or 24-85mm
maybe a fisheye
80-200mm 2.8

Thank you
09/19/2009 09:31:44 PM · #2
The following is an excellent set and would cover almost everything (all are 2.8, except as indicated). In addition all are full frame capable in the event she goes in that direction in the future:
--70-200mm (keep in mind there is a new one coming out later this year, although the current one is awesome)
--24-70mm
--14-24mm (but probably not needed for weddings and portraits as much as for landscapes)
--Either the 60mm or 105mm macro
--For low light situations, one of the 50mm ones you listed

#1, 2 and 3 cost ~$1800-1900 each, so hopefuly your friend has some money.
09/19/2009 09:31:58 PM · #3
Well you just about covered it. You might want her to look at the 85mm 1.4 or 1.8, the 14-24mm 2.8, the 17-55mm 2.8, and the 12-24mm 4. Oh yeah, Nikon makes a killer 70-200 2.8 as well. they have just released and updated version so you might beable to find it on the cheaper side as well.
09/19/2009 10:05:34 PM · #4
Yup, I'll echo the same recommendations above. If I had to prioritize them (which is how I've treated these lenses myself), :) I'd say:

17-55/2.8 (DX) (compare to 17-35/2.8 (FF) or 24-70/2.8 (FF))
70-200/2.8 VR (VR-II version just released; I wonder if that will drive prices down for original VR version?)
50/1.8 (also consider 50/1.4)
85/1.8 (also consider 85/1.4)
If you want to go super wide, Tokina 11-16/2.8 (compare to Tokina 12-24, Nikon 10-24, Nikon 14-24, Sigma 10-20) (most of these are DX lenses)
09/19/2009 10:10:07 PM · #5
Just out of curiosity..."she is very new to photography" and is starting a wedding and portrait studio? She's got a lot of guts and must have very good insurance.
09/19/2009 10:10:49 PM · #6
She definitely needs the 50mm for Wedding pics, and the 85mm, those coupled with her zoom lens should do.
09/19/2009 10:11:35 PM · #7
Just out of curiosity..."she is very new to photography" and is starting a wedding and portrait studio? She's got a lot of guts and must have very good insurance.
09/19/2009 10:16:42 PM · #8
sorry, double post

Oh jeez, I see this was really a triple post ! Sorry again. My computer's internet connection was acting up and I must have hit the post button too many times.

Message edited by author 2009-09-20 01:22:34.
09/19/2009 10:55:51 PM · #9
Originally posted by Olyuzi:

sorry, double post


That's cool cause I was thinking the same thing and going to ask it too, :)

Ummm yeah, dude, seriously, if you are new to photography, you should not be starting any sort of photography business, let alone a wedding or portrait studio. If she is seriously about doing wedding photography, my suggestion would be to perhaps takes some classes or workshops to get familiar with not only the tremendously expansive camera that she has, but also to get familiar with post-production work. Another suggestion would be, after learning the camera and feeling comfortable, to consider doing some apprentice work for other wedding photographers to get some experience. That is actually my plan after I finish school in December, perhaps this summer to do some apprentice work to get my feet wet. Anyway, sorry if I sounded like I am chastising or preaching, but someone who is new to photography really should take some time to learn and grow as a photographer before attempting to make a living at it... Just my two cents, and believe me, I have been wrong before ;)

Message edited by author 2009-09-19 22:57:49.
09/20/2009 01:53:11 AM · #10
Originally posted by JEFFJSB:

I am helping a friend, she is starting up a wedding and portrait studio and she is very new to photography.


Wow, I totally skimmed/skipped over that first sentence. "Very new to photography" and "starting up a wedding and portrait studio" aren't usually phrases which should appear in the same sentence. ;)
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