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Old April 30th, 2006, 11:42 PM   #1
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10d good enough to shoot wedding still?

After doing wedding video for 4 years I'm thinking of expanding and offering photography as well.

I need some help on what equipment to buy. I worked for a photographer about a year ago and we shot with Canon 10d's. So I was leaning towards the 10d. I know this is an older camera and the 20d is out, but I need to be cost consensus, because I don't know if I am going to succeed in wedding photography.

I'm looking at a package that includes:
Canon 10d (3,603 actuations) $599
Canon USM 28-105 mm 3.5-4.5 $250
Canon 550ex $250

If I bought it all together he would sell it for $1049.

The nice thing is the seller has all original boxes and manuals.

1. Is this equipment good enough to shoot weddings (I realize I will need some other misc. equipment)

2. Is this a good deal?

Thanks for any help, I not up to date with equipment or prices so anything will help.

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Old May 1st, 2006, 05:03 AM   #2
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I use a Contax G2/45mm F2 lens/flash/tripod for weddings. I would assume a 10D would be great for weddings if you don't blow them up too large. Most people also want a CD along with an album these days. However, a digital cam, I find, requires more time to screw around with than my wife's Contax (bang, bang bang...change the film, etc).
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Old May 5th, 2006, 10:59 AM   #3
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The Canon 10d will give you images that can be enlarged to 11x14 without any problem. It's a fine camera. The only problem I can see with the kit you have in mind is that the 28-85 lens will not give you any kind of wide angle capability because of the 1.6 multiplication factor (small sensor). Your widest effective setting will be about 45mm. I'd suggest buying an 18-35 like the one that comes with the Rebel. It's an inexpensive lens, but even the inexpensive Canon lenses are very good.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 09:31 PM   #4
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Thanks for all the help, I ended up buying the 10D and love it. I would like to go with the Rebel lens. My brother has a rebel and his 18-55 lens won't fit, actually it is a ef-s lens. Does the lens need modified. This site says something about it: http://www.bobatkins.com/photography...s/efs-10d.html

Is this common to modify the lens to fit? It would be a cheap alternative for a wide angle lens. Just wondering what you pros think?

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Old May 6th, 2006, 10:46 PM   #5
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I didn't think you could modify the EF-S lens to fit on the 10d, interesting link! However there are other alternatives out there if you don't want to use a hacksaw (see Sigma). The 10d is fine for weddings. The photographer is responsible for 98% of the results anyway. :)
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Old May 7th, 2006, 10:04 AM   #6
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The 10D has terrible low light performance, so be sure to use flash.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 10:07 AM   #7
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From what I read on the Canon forums it's relatively easy to modify the EFS lens to work with the 10D. However it's always a touchy thing to fool with lens mounts on those fully computerized lenses. I'd check out the Sigma line.
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Use a Flash or get a faster lens.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 11:49 PM   #9
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The 10D has terrible low light performance

Compared to what?
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Compared to what?
Good point. Compared with other cameras of its class.
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I regularly make 15x23 prints from my digrebel & the 10d is virtually the same resolution and they look great. I've made up to 26x40 using commercial fuji machines and those look acceptable.Usually the large prints show my faults before the cameras' . Maybe if you're picking the prints apart with a 8x loupe you could see some res loss, but at normal viewing distance , a 10d should give a very good print much larger than 11x14.Kurth
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Good point. Compared with other cameras of its class.
Can you give me an example of something in it's class that it is terrible compared to?
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Sure! The 20D and 30D have much improved noise characteristics.
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Old May 14th, 2006, 09:30 PM   #14
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Wow, didn't mean to stir up anything. I ended up purchasing the 10D set along with many other accessories, (50mm 1.8 lens, flash bracket, off camera cord, a set of 2 studio flashes, a background system and backdrops, and another tripod and ballhead, oh yea and the Spyder calibration suite ) Wow I went a little crazy! I'm really getting into this photography thing, and have been reading like crazy trying to catch up.

I really love the pictures the 10D takes, I had a couple of 8x10's printed at Walgreens, and the quality look great.

Thanks for all the input.
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Old May 25th, 2006, 01:06 AM   #15
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Sure! The 20D and 30D have much improved noise characteristics.
Kind of like saying the Ferrari F360 has terrible handling and acceleration, when compared to the F430...
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