I am almost finished with the initial purchase of equipment and software to start up the business. All of the equipment has arrived, and I have been photographing with it for almost a month now. I am still waiting on several software purchases. Still haven’t made a final decision between Lightroom and Aperture.
As far as equipment goes, I decided to go with Canon rather than Nikon, primarily because of the current lineup of DSLR cameras. I found the 5DMKii to have many more advantages than the D700. The D700 is a great camera, and I love the solid feel and ergonomics, but 5DMKii’s sensor and the Canon EOS lenses were just too good to be beat. Having the same 21MP sensor as the 1DS Mark III at a fraction of the price was the motivating factor in my decision. I decided to go with fast lenses because the majority of my wedding work would be done in very low light. I ended up with the Canon 24-70/2.8, the Canon 70-200/2.8 IS, and a Canon 50mm/1.4 prime. I am looking to add a 4th lens to the bag on the wide angle side, most likely the 17-40/4 or the 16-35/2.8.
Regarding lighting equipment, I did a lot of research on what is being used professionally at the moment. I was heavily influenced by the Strobist blog and his use of lightweight strobes. I knew immediately that I needed a wireless triggering system to enable me to light my subjects from off camera, which is a necessity in high quality photography. However, I also realized that I would be photographing in a very fast paced environment, and needed automatic metering, so I decided to go with a RadioPopper triggering system, rather than Pocket Wizards. I am very happy with the Radiopopper system, although one of my receivers was faulty when I received it, and I’m still waiting for a replacement one to be sent.
I purchased 2 580exii flashes, one 430exii flash, and one White Lightning x1600 strobe. I also bought an assortment of modifiers and stands.