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Old March 3rd, 2011, 05:32 PM   #1
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T2i (or T3i) shooting weddings

anyone here use these models for shooting their wedding events? if yes, can you please share your experience (or show samples shot with it) on what you used it for. i shoot primarily with a 7D and was thinking of getting two T2i on tripod and slider. thanks
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 06:49 PM   #2
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Hi Erwin, a lot of the wedding clip samples in the forum uses T2i as it is highly recommended camera that I reckon would perform almost as well as 7D but would perform even better with the Magic Lantern. I haven't seen T3i in action but i'm sure it's about the same deal.
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 07:03 PM   #3
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anyone here use these models for shooting their wedding events? if yes, can you please share your experience (or show samples shot with it) on what you used it for. i shoot primarily with a 7D and was thinking of getting two T2i on tripod and slider. thanks
All events in 2010 were with three T2i - very positive experience. The links in my signature lead to samples.
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 07:28 PM   #4
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As mentioned before, the t2i with magic lantern should be the same experience you have had with the 7d, except now you have usable audio. I use them for the ceremony for extra reach.
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Old March 4th, 2011, 01:00 AM   #5
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With all the benefits of Magic Lantern, the t2i could very well be a better (and cheaper) option than the newer model.

If you're willing to try the hack, not only do you save a few bucks on each camera body comapred to the t3i, you also get proper audio levels during recording, (not just in standby), headphone monitoring through the AV jack, zebras, histogram, peaking and other exposure/focus aids, and an automatic restart function that will start recording agian after the 4bg clip limit is reached. There is also an option to switch off the LCD screen to save power and help minimise overheating. These last two features mean that it can now be used as an unmanned b-camera as well - so you can have perfectly matching footage from multiple t2i's to work with in post, all for the cost of one HMC150.

The only real benefit of the t3i would be the rotating screen.

Despit the fact that I love the footage they produce, for the last year I have been strongly opposed to using DSLR's for weddings. Now it looks like Magic Lantern, and the t2i's recent price drop, have made this camera one of the best wedding cameras out there, even for single shooters.
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Old March 4th, 2011, 10:56 AM   #6
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AFAIK video on the T2i/T3i is identical to the 7D. The only difference is the lack of color temperature control of white balance. So use a custom white balance.

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The only real benefit of the t3i would be the rotating screen.
The major benefit is the 3X-10X zoom function. Which is huge for weddings and events. So with 1.6 crop and the zoom function a 70-200 becomes a 112-3200mm. (Though apparently over 5X the image gets soft, but still up to 1600mm.) I can finally stop thinking about the massive zoom range I've missed since retiring my XH-A1.
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Old March 4th, 2011, 11:18 AM   #7
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AFAIK video on the T2i/T3i is identical to the 7D. The only difference is the lack of color temperature control of white balance. So use a custom white balance.



The major benefit is the 3X-10X zoom function. Which is huge for weddings and events. So with 1.6 crop and the zoom function a 70-200 becomes a 112-3200mm. (Though apparently over 5X the image gets soft, but still up to 1600mm.) I can finally stop thinking about the massive zoom range I've missed since retiring my XH-A1.
The rotating viewfinder is a huge improvement. The viewfinder is the main reason I use my 60D over the T2i and 7D.
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Old March 4th, 2011, 11:46 AM   #8
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I don't mean to thread jack.. but im looking at renting another camera for my next wedding. Would u rather rent the t2i or 7d.. then use the money u saved on renting the t2i for a lens? Idk.. i just feel whenever i watch something thats filmed with a 7d the whole feel just seems better than the t2i. Maybe thats just me.
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Old March 4th, 2011, 12:11 PM   #9
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That's just you :)
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Old March 4th, 2011, 06:20 PM   #10
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The rotating viewfinder is a huge improvement. The viewfinder is the main reason I use my 60D over the T2i and 7D.
Yep but the zoom is a game changer. If it's already in the 60D then it's not even new.
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Old March 4th, 2011, 07:00 PM   #11
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I don't do wedding much, but last year I did one and I used the T2i with the 24-70 lens and It was great, I had the A1 and H1 with it, but I ended up using the T2i most the time here is the highlights.
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Old March 4th, 2011, 07:05 PM   #12
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I don't mean to thread jack.. but im looking at renting another camera for my next wedding. Would u rather rent the t2i or 7d.. then use the money u saved on renting the t2i for a lens? Idk.. i just feel whenever i watch something thats filmed with a 7d the whole feel just seems better than the t2i. Maybe thats just me.
That could be because so many more videos online shot with the t2i are from amatuers as opposed to professionals who are more likely to own the 7d.
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That could be because so many more videos online shot with the t2i are from amatuers as opposed to professionals who are more likely to own the 7d.
Ah yes that is a very good point!
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Old March 9th, 2011, 01:28 AM   #14
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I shot this with a t2i.


On a side note: does anybody used magic lantern? I'm scarred to use it...
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Old March 9th, 2011, 08:33 PM   #15
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Jeremy, I just start using magic lantern, it's not scary at all, it has a lot of great functions that you could use I only use one function and that is focus assist, another great one is the zebra function,
so you can pick and choose which functions that works for you and save the configuration and that will stay all the time and you do not have to do anything else after that.
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