Shooting wedding: Nikkor 400/2.8 vs. Sigma 120-300/2.8 (old model)

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ElenaH

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Last month we were sharing our camping place in Mabuasehube, Botswana with two honeymoon couples and a brother of the grooms who wanted obviously to steal one of the brides and was involved into the fight which ended with a damaged eye.
Those five had a party every night, were very loud, used our shower and toilet, sometimes they did it also not into the toilet, they tried to open some bottles and even our tent. We couldn't sleep at night. Good thing that after those orgies they agreed to pose for some pictures. Probably, they were sorry for us.

Well, my partner and I were onlocation. He had D850 and 400/2.8 FL ED and Sony A7R IV with Tamron 70-180/2.8. I had D850 with Sigma 120-300/2.8. Because we were shooting the same scenes, I thought that perhaps, it will be interesting to make some comparisons.

Here is a photo of D850 + 400/2.8 at 2.8, 1/1600 and ISO 360.
Bride (seeing 400mm/2.8): "Not that bazooka, please!"
Groom: "Bazooka?? Can you shoot a wildebeest for me, please?"
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It looks like I was working better with models. D850 + Sigma 120-300/2.8 at 300mm and f3.5, 1/800 and ISO 200
Me: "Hey, folks, here is a wildebeest shoot by the bazooka!"
Bride and groom: "Where is the wildebeest???"
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It is an old Sigma model, I have it from a second-hand shop (not a new Sport model). But I noticed that it had the same brilliance as a very expensive Nikkor.
The 400mm picture has a better bokeh, of course, becasue it has longer focal length and was shoot at f2.8. But nevertheless, the old second-hand Sigma made a good figure!

Here is a picture of A7R IV and Tamron 70-180/2.8 at 180mm and 2.8, 1/1600 and ISO 320. There much less details because of the crop and because of the lens. The camera has more MP than D850 (61MP vs. 46MP), perhaps, I would expect not doing a big crop but 61MP cannot compensate the focal length.
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A few more pictures of a honeymoon pair. D850 + Sigma 120-300/2.8
Groom behind the bride, looking at her with admiration. She (almost) hugs him ;-)
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Both running to me, holding hands of each other (well.. almost) ;-)
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ElenaH

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@JoeB thank you! yes, I also like my photo more: the models were more responsive! Just wanted to show that it is not always the best lens making the best pictures. We, who don't have bazookas, we can still take excellent pictures! :)
 

Harry.G

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Beautiful shots ElenaH , If someone would have shown me these shots and said "take your pick" to keep as a print , without knowing any of the details I would`ve picked number 2 all day long ...


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KurtT

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Love the last one especially. Looks like you are on the menu at the reception! Wonderful pics.
 

ElenaH

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@Harry.G thank you, Harry! Perhaps, we should not tell with which camera+lens we are taking our shots ;-) But I'd like to encourage those photographers who are on budget! I payed 1200€ for a second-hand Sigma, it is 1/8 of the price of the professional lens aproximatelly.
 

Hut2

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All nice but I like the 2nd photo better. Seems to have better color and contrast, maybe just the pose and the hairdoo influence that also.
I do not find the bokeh distracting in any way in any of these photos. My eyes are immediately drawn to the couple.
 
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