Right. I read the first little bit of Ed's article.
5-10!!! 2-4Gb Cards? WHAT!
I use 4 x 2Gb Cards, thats MORE than enough, even for RAW.
Bottle of water? WHAT!? I go out without breakfast, 5 hours sleep, and dont get anything to drink till 4-6pm. - Be Hardcore, carrying more just means more hassle, and imagine if that water got into a lens =O
As for Lenses. Get f/2.8 zooms if possible, because weddings can get dark. maybe 2 more fast primes, a 50mm equiv and a 85m/135mm equiv f/1.8 or faster.
I use a 24-70mm f/2.8 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS and that covers just abut everything. a 16-36 thrown in for good measure would mean I had all but the most extreme angles covered.
So to recap:
1) Good Flashgun with a bounce card and wide angle diffuser
2) A pair of f/2.8 zooms. from decent wide angle to telephoto
3) A pair of f/1.8 primes, 50mm and 85/135mm equiv (not needed)
4) Good shoulder/messenger bag that is easy to get stuf out off.
5) Another camera, probably a E3/E520
Thanks for your input Daniel. Let's take a few things into perspective:
- Number of cards and total memory is a minor thing. For the "weaker" photographers, they will benefit with taking more images to boost their success rate. For the experienced, you'll know what to take and so memory becomes less an issue. Reducing the number of "crap" photos is hard when you don't shoot weddings regularly.
EDIT: When you're in the profession it's terribly easy to make such comments, but in reality it's not that simple. I prefer a level approach to entering the wedding photography scene. Equipment comes later - experience comes first.
- Advice with the bottle of water comes with my chosen line of profession. Keep it separate from your kit bag in the day-pack section, or through a looped external lens pouch. We can't all be unhealthy, like you.
- Fast lenses are great to have, but for those not doing it as paid work like Caldwell, it might not be financially viable. ISO boosting may lose a little in quality and effect compared to fast glass, but may be more within reach of many.