Today’s article is going to be the next installment in our wedding photography series and we are going to be taking a look at what we feel is the best lens for wedding photography when using a Nikon d7100 camera.
As we always preach when it comes to wedding photography, the best lens for your camera will change depending on what your personal style is as well as the needs of your client. Due to this, we are going to be featuring two lenses rather than just one. Both of the lenses have the proven ability to capture some excellent wedding photographs and they both fit their own styles that we will go over in more detail below.
The Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S
The 28-70mm focal length of the lens really plays well in the hands of a wedding photographer as you can use its lower 28mm zoom range for any type of wide angle photography where you want to capture a subject or subjects at the wedding while also capturing as much of the background as possible. This can be great for capturing the bride as she arrives at the wedding venue or capturing photographs of guests arriving at the wedding reception.
Using the middle zoom range around the 50mm mark is perfect for capturing portrait-style photographs with great image quality of the guests at the wedding. Then you have the higher 70mm zoom range on the lens that lets you get some macro style photographs that you are able to use for the bride and grooms hands once the rings are exchanges capturing the rings in all their glory.
Anyone who has been doing wedding photography for any stretch of time will be fully aware that some wedding venues and reception venues can be a nightmare when it comes to light. Many are old buildings that can be very poorly lit making it a pain for some lenses. Thankfully, the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S has an f/2.8 aperture allowing it to perform very well in low light conditions without issue.
The high quality builds on the lens makes it very easy to use with the manual zoom and manual focus controls being very easy to use allowing you to quickly tweak your image to whatever best fits the current situation. This comes in hand as when you are walking around the wedding reception different people will be doing different things so you will need to tweak your focus level at a minimum.
If you are wanting an excellent wedding photography lens for your Nikon d7100 then the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S is the obvious choice. We have covered the key features of the lens above that make it ideal for the niche and its reputation is outstanding when it comes to wedding photography.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF
If this is a style that you are wanting to add to your list of capabilities then we would definitely say that the best lens for this style of wedding photography when using a Nikon d7100 camera is the Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Again, the lens is very popular with a great reputation within the wedding photography community with many wedding photographers posting their own reviews (click here to read some of them) online.
The lens has a very high-quality build standard meaning the lens is very easy to use while also being very robust. Both the manual focus and zoom controls on the lens are easy to use allowing you to quickly and easily tweak how the lens is performing for you with minimal effort. The low light performance of the lens is also pretty solid that is rare with many of these high telephoto zoom capable lenses.
The main weakness of the lens is that is offers nothing even close to a wide angle photography capability and any portraits that you attempt to do with it can leave a fair bit to be desired. Due to this, we would always recommend that the Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF is picked up as a secondary lens to a primary general purpose lens allowing you to meet all your client’s requests.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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