May I suggest just staying with a more normaly priced body like the Nikon D80?
I would invest in a superzoom like the Nikon 18-200 VR which gives unprecedented flexibility to take wide shots and only seconds after that the close up. You can do it in that quality with no
other camera (except Nikon D200). You don't have to bother about changing lenses when the happening is in full swing and the picture quality is great
I'd rather invest some of the saved money in at least one flash
, better 2 or even 3. The most professional look comes from the lights that you use, not the camera! Take two Nikon SB-800. Set one on your camera to give you that extra light that the built-in flash with a large group of people cannot deliver and set the second up somewhere in the room to give some ambient light to the room that you're photographing in as a slave (better: two slaves!).
(And don't be surprised to learn, that one single SB-800 is already at 400$ or so!!!
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