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to the OP: honestly you are are going to be fine with your current set up. If anything do as others have suggested and buy/rent a FF body.
Obviously if you are doing this for friends you want to make sure their day is special, but since you aren't being paid don't go over board with a bunch of stuff you have to cart around with you all day. After all I assume you want to enjoy the day celebrating your friends as much as you want to also capture it. Set expecations low, then they will be pleasantly surprised when you deliver the goods!
If it was me, I'd bring the 7D, 24-70, a flash, and be done with it.
Wow, bashing a camera that you don't even own. Have you even used one? This camera is built for professional photojournalists and wedding photographers in mind. The majority of us don't need or want 36 megapixels because that is not great for working out in the field. When you submit photos to most wire services you only need about 2000 x 2000 pixels at most. The samples I have seen at ISO 6400 are super clean and the ones I saw at ISO 40k had no banding (maybe if you push it a stop or two).
Go ahead and switch to Nikon if you want, then after you find out how hard it is to get Nikon bodies and lenses you'll want to come back to Canon.
For 10k? I'd buy a lot of 600EX-RTs with a 1DX.
Again, lots of very useful stuff there - thank you all. Seriously looking at a 5D now, rather than a lens.
On the long lens argument (gosh, so sorry - I didn't mean to start a fight but really appreciate that you care ), I take the point on the 70-200 and will consider renting though there aren't many options locally.
I think I'd probably only use the 70-300 for outdoor candids from an unobtrusive distance. And I'm very happy to let the wifesistant lug it around.
Interesting comments on the wireless flash for the reception. I do have wireless triggers but had originally discounted it as too much faffing around, potentially intrusive and at risk of kids booting the light stands over. But I'll take them with me when I go to check the venue, see how it looks.
yeah try the image review and zooming on any other camera and then swapping to the 5Dmk3 and backjust sayin
I tend to use the same controls on all the bodies so this little differences get ignored
My brain cant cope with the 'which camera am I using today' analysis
drives one absolutely nuts i tell ya
... and changing iso in flight.
1D4 is set for auto iso, my others aren't
IIRC the 5DIII is different again
The 580ex ii is quite a lot cheaper than the 600 ex-rt. The 500ex ii is around £300 whereas the 600 ex-rt is £530. That's a fair bit of change.
From what I have read there are a few distinct advantages to the 600. One is the built-in AF-assist beam that works with the new AF system of the 5D Mark III and the 1DX, the other is the distance of radio controlled wireless transmission and another the fact that the flash do not need line of sight. Plus the backlit buttons are handy. There are more of course but these are some of the main ones. But there are also quite a few negatives too.
Are these improvements worth an extra GBP 230? You could get nearly two 500ex ii for the price of one 600 and that is brand new! As already mentioned they are cheaper used too.