Canon EOS 40D
Canon EOS 40D
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM
Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM
Canon Speedlite 580EXII
Canon Speedlite 430EX
Lowepro Dryzone 200
Other Useful Things
Canon 2x Extender
Quantum Battery 2
2 UV Filters PER LENS
ND Grad Filters
Filter Thread Step Up Rings
Lens & Sensor Cleaning Kits
Tripod & Monopod
Now, Thats a lot of kit.
2 Bodies, 6 Lenses, 2 Flahes, 1 Bag, 1 Extender, Filters, Tripods,
Right now the explanation of why I think each of the things should be bought.
1) A Second body is pratically a must when your on location shooting an important event, because if your only body breaks, or something stops working on it, then thats it, your done for. The second body doesnt "have" to be a Canon 40D, A 20D or 30D would do just fine as a backup body. The other advantage of a second body is that you can attach the 70-200 to one and the 24-70 to the other, which saves you from changing lenses in evniroments where you'd rather not risk getting any dirt or dust into the camera or lens.
2) Zoom Lens choice. the lenses i've picked cover everything from extremely wide angle to pretty good telephoto range, 11mm to 400mm. The 11-16mm f/2.8 wide angle will be good for capturing those vast landscape shops, and also some interesting close up portraits and massive group shots. The 24-70 f/2.8 is just a superb lens, really sharp lens which has decent performance in relatively low light. It makes a great short range portrait lens, and is a great walk about lens, well, apart from its weight lol! 70-200 f/2.8 IS is an amazing lens, really sharp. The F/2.8 means photographing moving objects in low light shouldn't be to much of a problem, plus with the IS portraits should be easy!
3) Prime Lens choice. Well, I don't think you'll need to buy all 3, but I'd buy at least one of them. I dont think I could pass up the chance to get some night sky photos, since I'm assuming there will be hardly any interfering light, so I'd take the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. All depends what you need to take, if any really, but the 50mm is inbetween and will give you a happy medium between the 30mm and 80mm focal lengths.
4) Flashguns. These will be important in balancing light. I'm not trying to be racisit, but exposing for a person with darker skin with a really light background will be hard to do without a fill in flash. Using the 580 as a master and the 430 as a slave will ensure balanced lighting. If you can only take one, take the 580EX II
5) Backpack. This is a pretty generiously sized waterproof backpack that can even take being full submerged in water. Plenty space for water, camera, lenses, flash guns and accessories. There might be other choices, but I'm a fan of Lowepro.
6) Accessories. Extender - obvious. Quantum Battery 2 pack will let you go out and power your flash for 250 full power shots, or around 800 normal flashes. It can also power 2 flashguns at once, so if you do get 2 flashguns it can power both at the same time. UV filters to stop lenses getting strached etc, the rest are explanitary, ND's will be especially helpful at getting slower exposures out in the mid-day sun etc. Using the step-up rings will let to use the same ND filters [and other filters, e.g. a 82mm on a 62mm thread?] on all your lenses.
Tripods, monopods, cleaning kits are also self explanitory.
Anyway, hope this has helped =D
Canon EOS 5DmkII + BG-E6 + Canon EOS 40D + BG-E2N + Canon EOS 33
Canon 17-40 F/4L
USM + Canon 24-70 F/2.8L
USM + Canon 28mm F/1.8 USM + Canon 70-200 F/2.8L
USM IS + Canon 85mm F/1.8 USM
Canon Speedlite 580EX II + Canon Speedlite 540EZ + 2 x Nikon SB-80DX
Cactus V2s Wireless Trigger - 5 x
Cactus V2s Wireless Reciever