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  1. #1
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    What did I do!!!!!!!

    I said I would shoot a wedding for my fiance's aunt! I'm not getting paid for it so there is no pressure, except what I put on my self!

    I'm going to get a 430 flash and maybe a lens or two. I'm thinking a 85mm 1.8 and a sigma 18-50mm 2.8. I know the 85 is well respected here but what about the sigma?? any other lens suggestions? any advice or reading matterial you could point me to would be much appreciated! Thanks guys.

    P.S. the canon 16-35mm 2.8L is 380 bucks off plus the rebate..... what do you think?
    Last edited by Nickcanada; 10-18-2006 at 01:03 PM.
    5D MK III, 50D, ELAN 7E, 17-40mm 4, Sigma 10mm 2.8 fisheye, 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, 30mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 580 EX, 430 EX speedlight, Pocket wizard flex and mini.
    Canon G10

    Pentax P30, 50mm 2.0

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    Your 28-135 isn't too shabby.

    The Canon 24-70L is about the best. Next best woutld be the Tamron 28-75. Having said that Jamison started with his 18-55 kit lens.

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    Unless you're averse to the EF-S platform, get the 17-55 instead of the 16-35. It has a much more useful range and IS to boot.

    You won't need the 85 per se but it's better than the 50 1.8. You could also consider the 50 1.4 or 28 1.8.
    To err is human, to crop divine.

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    Ok so I bought the 430 on the way home today. I think I will wait for the lens and just use what I got. This flash kicks butt! Now all I need to do is learn how to use it!!! Here are a few sample pics.

    1/10 F7.1 ISO100 bounced off the ceiling. camera in manual mode
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    5D MK III, 50D, ELAN 7E, 17-40mm 4, Sigma 10mm 2.8 fisheye, 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, 30mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 580 EX, 430 EX speedlight, Pocket wizard flex and mini.
    Canon G10

    Pentax P30, 50mm 2.0

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    1/60 F7.1 Iso 100
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    5D MK III, 50D, ELAN 7E, 17-40mm 4, Sigma 10mm 2.8 fisheye, 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, 30mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 580 EX, 430 EX speedlight, Pocket wizard flex and mini.
    Canon G10

    Pentax P30, 50mm 2.0

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    one more 1/60 F7.1 ISO 100
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    5D MK III, 50D, ELAN 7E, 17-40mm 4, Sigma 10mm 2.8 fisheye, 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, 30mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 580 EX, 430 EX speedlight, Pocket wizard flex and mini.
    Canon G10

    Pentax P30, 50mm 2.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickcanada View Post
    Ok so I bought the 430 on the way home today. I think I will wait for the lens and just use what I got. This flash kicks butt! Now all I need to do is learn how to use it!!! Here are a few sample pics.

    1/10 F7.1 ISO100 bounced off the ceiling. camera in manual mode
    I feel all the photos are underexposed. Try change your ISO to 400, which I think typically it is a good ISO for night. Also, try to change your flash compensation on your XT (I don't know if it has one). I would definately adjust for at least +1 stop or more during the low light since I have a 24-105/f4, so you may want to go up more if your f-stop is even larger.

    16-35/f2.8 is a very good wide angle zoon lens. But, there are only few occasions you will take scenic photos under ambient light like sunrises or sunsets, and even then you still have a lot of lights, so I think 17-40/f4 would be a better deal, and you really don't miss much.
    Last edited by sunnythepsychocat; 10-18-2006 at 06:57 PM.
    The best zoom lens is two steps forward, and the best wide angle lens is two steps backward.

    1D Mark III, Canon 400D, Canon PowerShot S5 IS
    Canon EF 16-35mm/f2.8L, Canon EF 24-70mm/f2.8L, Canon EF 24-105mm/f4L IS, Canon EF 70-200mm/f2.8L IS
    580EX II Speedlite, 580EX Speedlite

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    My flash does that in Evaluative Flash Metering mode. I find Average works best but not sure which cameras support this.
    Christian Wright; Dip Phot
    EOS 5D Mark III | EOS 600D | EOS-1V HS
    L: 14/2.8 II | 24/1.4 II | 35/1.4 | 50/1.2 | 85/1.2 II | 135/2 | 180/3.5 Macro | 200/2.8 II | 400/2.8 IS | 16-35/2.8 II | 24-105/4 IS | 70-200/2.8 IS II | 100-400/4.5-5.6 IS
    580EX II | EF 12 II | EF 25 II

  9. #9
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    Rent some good glass for the wedding is most realistic idea if you have local place that rents.

    24-70 F2.8L, 35 1.4L or 135 f2L are all nice choices.

    Use raw (please god use raw) and remember compose a bit wider so you can crop for various size prints.

    Tim

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    Thanks for the tips and suggestions guys. I've got a lot to think about and not a lot of time to do it! There aren't any rental places I know of around me but it's something worth loooking into. I was going to use this as an excuse to get a lens I've had my eye on but it just doesn't make sense for me right now.

    Here is a sample with my 50mm 1.8 1/25 F2.8 ISO 100 bounce flash the same as the others.
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    5D MK III, 50D, ELAN 7E, 17-40mm 4, Sigma 10mm 2.8 fisheye, 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, 30mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 580 EX, 430 EX speedlight, Pocket wizard flex and mini.
    Canon G10

    Pentax P30, 50mm 2.0

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