Should I buy this or that?

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  1. clintd

    clintd TPF Noob!

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    For a beginner with aspirations of becoming a professional wedding photographer, should I buy:

    1. New Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS with kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS) - Total $500

    OR

    2. Used Canon EOS 30D (body only) and a Used [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Canon-28-135mm-3-5-5-6-Standard-Cameras/dp/B00006I53S/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1274372505&sr=8-6"]Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6[/ame] lens. Total $560
     
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    I'd go with option #2
     
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    If wedding photography is where you want to go, invest early in the best you can afford.

    Your gear will limit how much you can learn when you reach a certain point, and you will have to upgrade either one of those camera when you're ready for weddings anyway.

    If possible, I'd encourage you to save a bit more and invest in a better model than either of those.. I don't know much about cannons or I'd suggest a speciffic one. If weddings really are where you want to go, at least try to make it a full frame sensor.
     
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    If the only choices are those, I'd go with the 30D
    If you can swing it, a 40D is a nice upgrade over the 30D (while the 50 is only somewhat of an upgrade on the 40).

    I would skip the Rebel line altogether IF you have plans on pushing this further.
     
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    Clint
    Something to think about.
    Would you want the person taking keepsake wedding photos to have invested $500 in their equipment.
    I understand you mention you are new, but think about this for a moment.


    The equipment may be a good starting point, do not forget to spend some time and $$ educating yourself as well.
     
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    Thanks guys. I was definitely leaning toward the used 30D. Although, I might try to bump up to at least the 40D. My intention would be to eventually upgrade to a full frame sensor, and then be able to use the 30D or 40D as my back-up body.

    And, of course I know it will take a good bit of time and money to get to the point of photographing weddings. But, I always like to think and plan ahead. Thanks again all!
     
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    The girl who photographed my wedding had at least 3 5dMkII bodies and every canon L lens between 16mm and 200mm. If you showed up to photograph my wedding with anything less than a 7d, I'd send you home.
     
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    But then again, 99% of people hiring wedding photographers don't know the difference between a Rebel xsi and a 5dmkII or an L lens and a kit lens. Just sayin'. :)
     
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    Sad but true.
     
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    30d every time. Although to be honest that lens is not ideal for a crop body sensor.

    I'd find a used 40d (they are an awesome deal these days and don't cost much more than a 30d) and find a more suitable lens, possibly something like the 17-85 IS or the new 15-85 or 18-135. On a 1.6x body you really need that wide end, 28mm just won't cut it in a lot of cases.
     
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    Why? All the B&G should have to care about is the images, not the equipment used to make them.
     
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    Maybe it's just me, but I like to make informed decisions... That usually involves educating myself on at least a basic level about what I am doing. I wouldn't hire someone who uses a garden spade to dig a canal... I'd find someone who has the right equipment.
     

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