I'm currently teaching someone the basics of SLR photography and the basic understanding of exposure (aperture, shutter, ISO), DoF, etc. etc.
Here's my challenge... to find her the best lightweight setup.
She is a petite girl with smaller hands. To her, a Canon EOS 50D w/ battery grip, EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS USM, and a 580EX II Flash w/ Gary Fong Lightsphere is too heavy.
She ultimately wants to be a wedding second shooter on the side with only one camera. Eliminating the battery grip is not an option. She likes shooting vertical shots with the battery grip on.
So now I'm trying to figure out what the options are.
I could recommend to her a 50D w/ battery grip, 1 battery (to reduce weight), 430 EX II Flash (to reduce weight over the 580EX II) w/ lighter Stofen dffuser, and instead of the brick, a lighter lens, but it would have to have good IQ.
I could also go lighter with Canon Digital Rebel T1i w/ battery grip, a 430EX II Flash, and EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM lens, but not sure if it will be acceptable in general for wedding shoots. Also, not having that second wheel might be a hassle in manual mode.
Any other ideas?