Yep, two body comparisons for ya. I'm sure you read the title and thought, "Not Again!" LOL, I just signed up on here and it looks like a good place to start. I've shot weddings with a friend of mine who is a wedding photographer for a while now. I mainly stayed in the 2nd shooter role while just recently moving into more of an authority position with posistioning and getting some of my own shots. I've come to really enjoy doing this and i'm learning a lot. I've done at least 10-12 weddings with him now and he has let me take control of the last few so I can see what it feels like to be the primary shooter. I've gone home and looked at my files to see what worked, what didn't, and how I might be able to better capture the shot which is very helpful in my learning.
Anyways, he is double booked in September so I will be the 1st shooter for two weddings back to back (Friday and Saturday). I also have another wedding myself in October. I will have 2nd shooters with me on both weddings in September. I'm looking at picking up some more gear for September. I make it a point to go out hours early to scope the locations, write down some ideas at each place and test a few photos out to see how it looks. I'm getting in the habbit of doing this because it seems to make the day go smoother having a plan. Obviously, it doesn't always go perfect, but so far I have enjoyed every wedding i've shot with him and I seem to get better and better as I go.
Currently I have:
Canon 1D Mark III
Canon 50D w/ grip
Canon 24-70 f/2.8L
Canon 70-200 f/4L
Canon 17-40 f/4L
Elinchrom Skyport transceiver/receiver (for off camera flash)
In talking with my dad, I think he is loaning me some $$ to pick up some gear. Figure my budget is no more than $8k:
These are the two different ideas i'm thinking of going with.
70-200 2.8 IS II
5DII w/ 2 spare batteries
70-200 2.8 IS II
100-400 4.5-5.6 IS (more for me, not weddings)
15 2.8 fisheye
memory cards and lens UV filters
I think either would give me a pretty damn good overall kit. Also, with either kit, I would sell my 70-200 f/4 and pick up a 580EXII.
I'm just debating for low light stuff would I be better picking up Package 2 for the FF 5D Mark II as well as more glass instead of Package 1 which gives me the 1D Mark IV and less glass?
Any ideas are welcome. I love the ruggedness of the 1D bodies and i'm really leaning towards the new 1D. I also prefer the SD card slot in the 1D series. Makes doing slideshows at the reception w/ JPEG images very easy.
So what would be your suggestions as to what will give me the best value while also giving me awesome quality? I'm talking about noise quality, focusing ability in low light, and video to mess around with.
Some of my work for critique/and to give you an idea of how I shoot: