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For low light and indoor shots you need a fast prime lens. “A 50mm prime gives the ideal focal length on full-frame cameras like my Canon EOS-1Ds and Yasmine’s Canon EOS 5D Mark II,” says Brett. He uses Canon’s pro (and expensive at £1,170) EF 50mm f/1.2L USM. We lent Yasmine the cheaper but still excellent EF 50mm f/1.4.
Fast telephoto lens
“My Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS is my workhorse lens for portraits, and especially for weddings,” says Brett. “It allows me to keep my distance while still capturing intimate moments, and the combination of a long focal length and constant f/2.8 aperture is great for blurring foregrounds and backgrounds to really focus on your subjects. I’ve found the Mark II version of the lens has improved focusing and IS performance over the Mark I.”
Portable flash light
“I use a battery-powered Elinchrom Ranger flash head and Rotalux softbox on an extender pole that my assistant Paul holds,” Brett says. “It’s powerful, reliable and not too heavy to carry. For years we just used a Canon Speedlite and Lastolite flash diffuser, which could capture equally striking results, but I would have to wait for the flash to recycle, and change batteries frequently to avoid embarrassing delays at crucial moments.”
Okay, so they’re not exactly bum bags! Brett uses a Think Tank belt pack carrying system made up of a sturdy belt and lens pouches. “This gives me quick access to all my main lenses and my flashgun, as well as batteries and memory cards,” he says. “It’s much quicker than slipping off and unzipping a backpack or shoulder bag. It also ensures I don’t leave a lens behind when I’m busy shooting!”
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on Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Weddings.
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