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It's a capable DSLR for the price. Without wanting to know specifics though, it's tough to talk about the qualities of the camera without points of comparison, etc.
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its good

Thank you. My wife is looking to get one for her photography class at the local college.
    
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It should be fine for a photo class. In reality though, bring your wife to a brick and mortar store and have her check out the T3i vs the D3200 and see what feels better to her. If there's no real difference to her, then it doesn't really matter, but I know people that pick up Nikons and can't shoot with them at all, as is the same with a few people I know who shoot Nikon and can't handle Canons for some reason. The ergonomics are that different, so you want something that's comfortable to the user.
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It should be fine for a photo class. In reality though, bring your wife to a brick and mortar store and have her check out the T3i vs the D3200 and see what feels better to her. If there's no real difference to her, then it doesn't really matter, but I know people that pick up Nikons and can't shoot with them at all, as is the same with a few people I know who shoot Nikon and can't handle Canons for some reason. The ergonomics are that different, so you want something that's comfortable to the user.
Agreed. I went to best buy the other day to check the D800 and the 5DMKIII and all I can say is WOW, what a difference there was for me. My fingers and brain were confused by the Nikon and it didn't feel good in my hands as the 5DMKIII did, it just felt peculiar and like it wanted to fall out.

Also, some classes may have you shoot only film so make sure you read the course syllabus first and make sure a DSLR is fine!
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Speaking of which... if all goes well tonite, I'm probably going to be in a position to either pick up a 6D or 5D3..
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5DMKIII! I just fell in love with it when I was playing around. I liked the 6D, however it was too small feeling in my hands for me. And the autofocus is just like drool.gif on the 5D compared to the 6D.

I need to save up lol. However, the 6D has WIFI and GPS.


Also, on another note. I'm helping shoot a wedding this Saturday and will be the 4th shooter. I plan on using my 60D with the sigma 30 mostly. Any suggestions on this? I'm nervous already lol.
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Also, on another note. I'm helping shoot a wedding this Saturday and will be the 4th shooter. I plan on using my 60D with the sigma 30 mostly. Any suggestions on this? I'm nervous already lol.

nothing to be nervous about lol. just shoot thumb.gif

i would take more than a 30. but thats me
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Fourth shooter?! Uh... yeah, find something else to do that day.

Do you know the other shooters? Get in touch with them if you don't (well do so either way) and find out exactly what your assignments will be for that day (if that's how it's working). I showed up to help out a friend shooting as a second, and ended up being a 3rd, and basically told 'okay, you go shoot the guys, etc'. Now go shoot the room while me and the other do formals, etc.' I basically got to do nothing I wanted to really do and get practice with and it kind of sucked.

If you're basically free to do what you want to do though, then just figure out what you want to focus on. A little pre-planning goes a long way. Pack your bag the night before -- bring 2x as many batteries/cards/etc as you think you're going to need. Bring another lens just in case (and if you have one a backup body). Even though you're a fourth, it's best to build good practices early.

Finally, keep an eye on where the other photogs are; if you like some of what they're doing feel free, but use them as a reference of where they aren't and get creative. Different angles, etc. It's okay to think outside the box if you don't have specific 'assignments' / duties as a 4th..

Really finally though, if you have access to some long glass, bring it. 70-200 of some sort should be fine (no need to go trying to find a 500 f/4L or something ludicrous like that).

okay, really really finally though.. yeah, if the sale of my 5D2 goes through tonight as planned, I'm going 5D3. I don't know why I considered the 6D - I remember messing around with it and being like 'that's cute, where's the real 6D?' and messing around with the 5D3 and getting tackled by security trying to run out of the store with it.

(note: the last part was an embellishment. I'm hard to tackle.)
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Thanks! My aunt is one of the photographers and she just called me up and asked if I could help out. I'll definitely discuss what my assignment is and how the day will go the night before. All I know as of now is that she said I'll be photographing the men while she'll be doing the women. I think I'll just be like a ninja behind the scene, but i'm not sure. I'm just lost on the kinds of shots I should get of them I think. This just seems to be so much different than what I am used to....maybe it's just me over thinking it lol. I'll probably have my 85 and 70-200 ready too. smile.gif
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so you'll be doing the guys getting ready and maybe some formals of the guys alone after they're ready? Cool, good to know.

The idea is to try to keep things natural. Introduce yourself when you show up, let them know that you're gonna snap some shots while they're getting ready (basically, tell them they can be dressed, but not to have vests/jewelry/ties on before you get there). If they have younger guys (little kids) that require help getting ready those shots are usually gold -- one of my fav's my second shooter took at a wedding we shot this summer was a 9 y/o straightening a 7 y/o's bowtie. Don't be super snap happy but try not to miss a whole lot.

Focus a little on the groom / best man / anyone that's family of the group of guys (father is sometimes there, etc). The 85 should get you close without too much issue, but if you're shooting on a crop the 30 might actually be okay for this too. You don't really want to be in the way.

After the group is ready, find someplace nice to do some formals of just the guys. Make sure to get groom / best man and any combinations of the above (singles with the groom, whole group, etc).

It seems like a lot to think about, but if you have a plan and are confident, you'll stay grounded. The time flies, so having that plan is definitely helpful too. Just be sure to keep an eye on your time, etc.
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so you'll be doing the guys getting ready and maybe some formals of the guys alone after they're ready? Cool, good to know.
The idea is to try to keep things natural. Introduce yourself when you show up, let them know that you're gonna snap some shots while they're getting ready (basically, tell them they can be dressed, but not to have vests/jewelry/ties on before you get there). If they have younger guys (little kids) that require help getting ready those shots are usually gold -- one of my fav's my second shooter took at a wedding we shot this summer was a 9 y/o straightening a 7 y/o's bowtie. Don't be super snap happy but try not to miss a whole lot.
Focus a little on the groom / best man / anyone that's family of the group of guys (father is sometimes there, etc). The 85 should get you close without too much issue, but if you're shooting on a crop the 30 might actually be okay for this too. You don't really want to be in the way.
After the group is ready, find someplace nice to do some formals of just the guys. Make sure to get groom / best man and any combinations of the above (singles with the groom, whole group, etc).
It seems like a lot to think about, but if you have a plan and are confident, you'll stay grounded. The time flies, so having that plan is definitely helpful too. Just be sure to keep an eye on your time, etc.

what he said.....

but if you are going to shoot prep i think 85 and 70-200 are too long. During my last weddings I mostly used a 16-35 and 24-70 (i shot mostly long end so the 85 would work) on FF while shooting prep. while the actual ceremony i shot 16-35 and 70-200 on FF. I was shooting primary so it might not matter to you but having two strobed bodies with a wide/tele attached definitely helped since you dont want to fumble around changing lenses.

if you are the 3rd you really want to be as far away from the front as possible because there is so many people up close to the bride/groom during the ceremony (2 photogs, 2 videographers, etc).

and finally GO TO THE LOCATION the day/week before at around the same time as the shoot, you will get huge insights on how the lighting is and ideas on how you might shoot the actual event.
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