I'm sure there are at least 10 gear for weddings posts per day, but I hope mine is a little different.
I currently work as a full time editorial photographer for newspapers and magazines. In the past year, many of my assignments have switched from sports to portraits and stories. With the change of pace, my gear has changed from ultra wides and super telephotos to the basic 24-70/70-200.
I have also tapped into the wedding market, as I enjoy the client relationships, working with story telling images, and the pay can't be beat. I am in the process of adding a few primes to my kit for weddings and general news stories to:
1. Shoot in lower light scenarios with little/no flash,
2. Create more subject isolation with wider apertures,
3. Maintain a creative mindset,
4. Use a lighter, yet still versatile, kit,
5. Have focal length redundancy for weddings in case turds hit the fan.
With my 24-70/70-200, I have been using the inexpensive-yet-decent 28mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.4. As a pair, they work great, but alone, they are odd-balls. The 28mm focal length is too wide for pretty environmental portraits but it does allow me to get in close to exaggerate items. The 50mm focal length is really versatile, but I often feel it's too loose or too tight.
I feel that I may benefit from the 35mm (less distortion) and 85mm (more compression) combo (one on each camera). My other option is 24mm, 50mm, 135mm combo. What do you think would serve me better for weddings and as a general go-light kit?