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mtkmmt Outstanding post +1. chrisjakes If you are not able to obtain the lenses you seek, then by all mean rent them and use them on your shoot. The cost will be much less, and the usage of them will allow you the oppurtunity to find out if those lenses will work for you now and in future jobs.
Don't forget to take the crop factor of DX into consideration Chris. For instance that useful 24-70 f2.8 is not so useful as a 36-105. You might find the 17-55 f2.8 would be more useful.
If you've got the money to spend then I'd agree with mkt - go for a D600. Apart from all of the image quality benefits you won't find yourself swearing at the AF quite so much. "ANOTHER MISS?!!? *&$(ING AWESOME D7000!"
What are the lighting modifiers, stands, poles, reflectors anyone uses for strobes? (Stick with venue and not studio for now I guess.)I have been looking at a bunch of different things trying to expand for more options and better quality light.
The only problem I have with CLS, which is great in many situations, is that it can be hit and miss if there are obstructions. For example, I'll often want to put a flash behind a pillar and this can mean that its sensor doesn't pick up the command flash from the camera. I therefore prefer to use radio triggers in all but the most straightforward scenarios.I agree that the money thing is a whole different question.
my 2 cents. two bodies is a must, also at least two lenses in the standard zoom range: 35-70mm. I was shooting a wedding once, and right at the beginning my d3s dropped to the ground and aperture on my n24-70/2.8 got stucked at 2.8. gladly I had prime with me. some time ago I was using a lot of flash, but right now I prefer to shoot on with available lights unless I do some weddings in very dark churches. I use RAW during ceremonies and for any official photos. during party I recently started to shoot in jpg only mode. after all it's all about the mood not perfect colours, and it saves me tones of time in post processing.my standard wedding setup: - d3s + N24-70/2.8- d800 + N70-200/2.8- 50/1.8 in the bag- 35/1.8 in the bag- 105/2.8vr in the bag- sb-900 as main flash- sb-800 as second flash- sb-80 (if I need to lighten the background for some reasons)- pocket wizard - lot's of cards, and I shoot master on prime slot and copy (standard jpg) in the second slot