Wedding Days

Wedding Day

Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS @ 200

1/640 @ f/8, ISO 640


My friends Jenna and Gordon were married yesterday. It was a great day, full of happiness.

I shot the picture above from my seat in the church, just as Jenna finished her entrance. The 30D's shutter is embarrassingly loud to be using in church, but I think the ends justify the means in this case.

I had agonised back and forth a bit over which lenses to carry. In the end, I took my EF-S 10-22, 24-105 f/4L IS, 85mm f/1.8 and the 70-200mm f/4 L IS. The two lenses that saw the most use were the 85mm and the 70-200mm. The 85mm is an amazing low-light lens, and I used this for most of the indoor stuff where I didn't want to use flash. My only complaint about this lens is its relatively long closest focusing distance.

What praise can one lavish on the Canon 70-200mm lenses that hasn't already been said? An amazingly fast-handling, razor-sharp lens with incredible IS capabilities. I used this lens in the church, mostly for its reach, and used it with and without flash for the speeches.

The one lens that had almost zero use yesterday was my 24-105mm f/4 L IS. I'm seriously contemplating selling this lens and replacing it with a fast wide angle prime. Not that it's a bad lens - far from it, it's amazing - it's just that I always seem to find myself wanting something wider than 24mm, longer than 105mm or faster than f/4.