Ian157 9:10pm, 4 October 2009
Whilst I appreciate it isnt a 1D with L lenses, would you be confident to shoot a wedding with one or would you upgrade to a 50D or buy better glass for the 450D?
I was a second photographer at a wedding last month and some of the pics were quite good, although I do feel they lack a bit of clarity/definition. I have a 580ex flash which is a godsend
I have been asked to do a couple of weddings next year, I am confident in my use, but wondered if on a budget would you invest in a better lens (currently i have the canon 28-105 and the nifty 50) im thinking Sigma 17-70 perhaps ?
Would you invest in better lens or would changing the body to a 50d not make much difference?
Thank you
lenz art 9 years ago
I've just done 2 weddings with the 450D and have another next weekend. Given, I am new to this wedding buiness, but I'd put some of the pictures up against ones taken with a more expensive camera.
Ian157 9 years ago
What lenses do you use kmevans?
Can i see some of your shots?
LeNoirPhotog 9 years ago
Worked for me
William Brawn 9 years ago
I have done two weddings, keep in mind both of those weddings I shot with L glass. I've found that its a good camera, has its limitations especially in low light, but with the right glass it makes really nice images.

I would recommend that if you plan on doing a lot of weddings is to invest a better camera. It will last for now but eventually you'll want a better one. Also invest in glass, it will make your world better.
debashis_a_ghosh 9 years ago
@Ian157- The 450D is not bad but most wedding pros carry a Nikon D700. In either case for Nikon or Canon you will need a variety of lens
17-55 f/2.8
85mm f/2
70-200 f/2.8

and perhaps secondary flash.
christianritchie 9 years ago
I think the big limitation is noise at 800-1600 ISO. If you need to use the camera in low light, or you need the flash to reach far, it can be a challenge. I attended a wedding recently, and at f /7.1 or f/8, my 430 EXII was not able to bounce (even with a card attached) to fill the room with enough light unless I went to 800 ISO. I was disappointed with the amount of noise visible in many of the shots. I'd invest in something better if it were my business or how I make my living.
dzungvo 9 years ago
if noise at high ISO is the main limitation of the XSi, then the real upgrade would be to full frame (5D or 5D2), not 50D.

the 50D will be faster, more sophisticated AF, and more rugged build. are those your top priorities in an upgrade?
Bad Dawg 9 years ago
If you are considering doing weddings for additional income on a regular basis I'd suggest a full framer like the 5d. To be competitive you need the extra quality of the big sensor, especially when they ask for a 16x20, not to mention it will hold up better under heavy use and extreme conditions. Then go for the glass and use your XSi as a backup.
If you intend to be a second shooter for a while, go for the glass now. It will help improve the quality of your images.
Canon, Tokina, and Sigma make some very good lenses.
Mint Chocs 9 years ago
My friend started with a 400D but with L glass. To be blunt you would need both but definitely better glass. As for noise, keep ISO 800 as your maximum, shoot raw and invest in good noise reduction software. Having seen the three photos I can see immediately that on the boy and dog you have focused on the wrong point(I prefer to set the middle focus point and recompose). If shooting Jpegs check the sharpness settings in the camera.
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