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  1. manderb1

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    Hello Everyone
    I am new to this forum, long time reader first time poster! I was wanting advice on a good professional camera. I recently just shot my first wedding and my camera did an okay job, but I want a camera with a higher ISO (mine only goes to 500) and has a fast shutter speed (any lens recommendations?) I mainly shot outdoor engagement and family sessions but I am trying to move more toward the weddings, what will be the best for under $1000?
     
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    Generally, shooting weddings requires a nice fast lens, rather than pushing up the ISO and adding grain/noise. Since flash is generally a no-no, you are left to getting fast glass with an aperture of f/2.8 or f/1.4 to allow for faster shutter speeds and stop the action. You will probably be in the market for a f/2.8 70-200 and a f/2.8 24-70 or 17-50 or similar in addition to a nice prime lens that allows you to open up to 1.4 or 1.8.

    As for the camera, for sub $1000, I would say either Canon XTi (400d), Pentak K10D, or the Nikon equivalent (whatever that is). The lenses are going to cost you another 2K+. The 70-200 will run about $850 for a Sigma and up to about $1600 for the Canon or Nikon equivalent. A 24-70mm from Sigma will run about $450 and I'm not sure what the Canon/Nikon eq will be. To that you will probably need a decent flash for when you can use it.

    If you are going to be charging for these weddings, you are going to need a backup of everything you have (i.e., 2 bodies, 2 70-200, etc.) b/c if you don't and something fouls with your one and only camera, you are going to be in a liable position. Just something to think about.
     
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    Thanks Johnboy, I will do some more researching, so far I am considering the Nikon D80, does anyone know about this camera?
     
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    The D80 is a great camera. I would also recommend looking at the Canon XTi or 30D. Sony and Pentax also offer pretty good DSLR cameras.

    As mentioned, wedding photography typically requires a good fast lens...which may or may not cost more than the camera. And of course, backup equipment is a must when you are the primary paid photographer.
     
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    What type of lens would be fast enough for the D80? Would the 70-200 be enough? Thanks again everyone!
     
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    sorry all, I meant the 24-70mm, not the 70 200
     
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    The Nikkor 35-70 and 28-70's cover kind of an awkward focal range on digital bodies. On film, they're brilliant, but on a digital body with a cropped sensor, they become midrange to short telephoto's. The 17-55 f/2.8 DX is a more sensible approach, offering a similar angle of view (more like 25-80mm) as the 28-70 on a 35mm body. I used to have the Nikkor 35-70 f/2.8 and now have the 17-55 2.8, I almost never used the 35-70 so i sold it, now the 17-55 is my most used lens. I know a wedding shooter that uses the 17-55 on her D2x, and she told me that she could easily shoot a wedding using only the 17-55, and still get what the client wants, it's just that other lenses have different results, like the 85mm f/1.4, has really narrow depth of field, for example.

    Before you spend tons of dough on the equipment though, learn how to modify light, that's more important than equipment.
     
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    where is a good place to buy the equiment? Online is typically cheaper but what is a good online store that one can trust?
     
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    not to be mean but you sound no where near equipped to do weddings. Most wedding photographers have another digit in their budget for equipment. I don't reccomend becoming one of those people who pics up a camera and takes the job from a more qualified person. sorry to be rude but I'd hate for a client of yours to wonder why everything is dark
    and you find out the hard way that you shouldn't of been the prime picture taker at the ceremony.
     
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    Actually, I have equipment now but I wanted to upgrade what I have. I need a faster lens and I am not wanting to go the local circuit city or best buy. I never bought from the internet for security reasons. And I am not "one of those people who picks up a camera" I have 5 years experience in photography, however, I am just now reaching out to do weddings. I have been more of a family/senior photographer. You have to build a name base and get general experience before you start shooting weddings and thats what I have been doing. Just wanted a little help
     
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    The equipment you use dosn't matter as much as the way you use it. For serious $10,000 wedding gigs, it may be a different story, but it seems like ManderB is early in her career and will be doing less expensive (and therefore less financially risky) weddings. $1000 should be enough to get some good equipment to start with and after a few shoots she'll have some capital to buy more gear.

    I just bought a d80 (and kissed film and slide a final goodbye) and a Nikon 17-55mm f3.5-4.5 zoom lens, (and an extra battery, of course) all for just under $1000 USD. Thats the cheapest kit lens, sold with the d40. The lens is a little slow for me, but its sharp, and i can turn the ISO up to 800 without any real noticeable difference in picture quality (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond80/page18.asp see the luminance noise graphs).

    With this setup alone, i can get just about any shot I want. I rarely use telephoto because it flattens images and removes you from a subject (which is the oppisite of what you want for weddings).

    I think a setup like mine (I like the d80, but a $700 canon/pentax/sony + similar focal length lens) should give you the tools you need to get the job done. An additional 50mm/f1.4, a very cheap lens thats possibly the sharpest and fastest design out there, well that couldn't hurt either.

    Regards,
    fotoflo
     
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    thank you fotoflow, you understand where I am coming from and the equipment you have is similar to what I plan to purchase. I didn't want to spend more than 1000 on the camera b/c I still have to purchase a lens. This is why I put 1000 as my budget. does the 17-55mm get the job done well? Where is a good place to purchase the lens? Thank you
     

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