canon xti enough?

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  1. CWA_JGEISINGER

    CWA_JGEISINGER TPF Noob!

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    I was looking at getting started in the wedding photography business
    my current setup:
    xti body
    canon 70-300 F 3.5-5.6 usm is
    canon 24-70 F2.8L
    canon 50mm F1.8
    canon 430 ex flash

    my main question is do you think the xti body does a good enough job or should i look at picking up something a little higher end?
     
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    the xti is a good consumer body but i would get a 40d and maybe an xti as a backup. but make sure what ever you do that you have a backup body.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The XTi body is capable of great images, so that's not an issue. It's maybe not as sturdy as a higher end body, so that might be a concern. I don't know how easy it is to adjust settings like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, flash exposure compensation etc. A higher end camera might have a button for quick access where an entry level camera may need you to go into the menus.

    You will absolutely need a back up camera though...so in that sense, you will need more than just your XTi.

    Your 70-300 lens might be useful if you are shooting outdoors in plenty of light. Otherwise, the max aperture is just too small for wedding work. Look at a 70-200 F2.8 L IS.
    Your 24-70 F2.8 L is a great lens.
    The 50mm F1.8 is adaquite.

    You seem to be missing a wide lens...something that starts in the the 17/18mm range.

    The 430EX flash is good, the 580EX is better. You will need a back up flash.
     
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    the 24-70 is really the only len to use or mabye the 50. The bggest thing you need to remember is as others have said if you do a wedding and do not have a backup you are asking to be sued. If your camera fails in the moddle of a wedding you need to get right back in without missning a neat. Going by the list you showed you really need othher lenses but your biggest need right now is another body.
     
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    thanks mike

    I know I need to pick a back up body
    just didnt know what i wanted really
    wether it be another xti or a 30d or 40d
    the xti body is dropping in price and is about half what the 40 d body costs
     
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    also feel free to give a list of lenses that you would suggest using
     
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    You might want to look into a used 20D. You can find them for a pretty good price and they are very good cameras. From what I hear if its between the 20D and 30D the 20D is a better value but if it's with the 40D then the 40D for sure. I haven't used either one tho. I've shot as an assistant using a rebel xt and have been very happy.

    A 70-200 f/2.8 L would be good or even the sigma version if you can't afford the canon. But something longer and faster then your current.
     
  8. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    For the crop cameras, the 'Ultimate Wedding Kit' would be the EF-S 17-55 F2.8 IS & the 70-200 F2.8 L IS. Then throw in the EF-S 10-22mm for wide angle stuff and a fast prime like the 35mm F1.4 L or the 50mm F1.4.

    The 24-70 F2.8 L, is a fantastic lens...but it's kind of an awkward focal length on these cameras. 24mm just isn't wide enough.
     
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    In addition, you might want to look into a Stroboframe and a flash diffuser.
     
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    found an awsome deal at a local shop here yesterday

    canon 30D with the 24-135 IS USM lens for 949.00
    so Of course I bought it
     
  11. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That a 28-135mm lens, isn't it?

    Sounds like a good deal.
     
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    Xti is perfectly capable... as said before, backup bodies! I have 3 bodies I bring with me. You will want backup a backup flash as well. The 70-300 will be ok for day, outdoor weddings, but will not be fast enough for some churches/ receptions. as said before, the 24-70L and the 70-200 IS 2.8 are the two lenses I use. fantastic but pricey. You could also look into the 17-55 2.8 IS. Been thinking about getting one to throw on my XTi. GL.
     

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