What lenses do you currently have besides the EF-S 18-200mm? What's your budget for this venture?
That is my only other "working" lens. My 50mm 1.8 decide to act like there is sand inside so auto focus is out of the question and manual focus is difficult at best.
As for budget, approximately $4000.
For some of the other folks above please note that I have not been hired for any weddings or events as of yet. I will most likely start out as a second shooter to refine my skill and build a portfolio. Also I expect that some of my events will be outside sports though I think most work would be indoors.
I will say that I am hung up on / expect big things from the 65 DP AF points up from my current 9.
I know I still have a lot to learn so please continue to chime in.
Thanks again everyone for your input.
Let me start by saying that I have a 7D2 on pre-order.... that should tell you my opinion on crop cameras....
The next thing I have to say is if your budget is $4000, get a 6D. For some strange reason weddings seem to occur in churches and the lighting is not the best in the world.... For low light there is no substitute for FF cameras.
Other than the ceremony, most weddings involve a photo shoot, usually outdoors (unless it rains and then it moves inside to poor lighting) and that sounds suspiciously like landscape photography to me..... an area where the 6D excels.
#2 - Get a flash.... a decent one with a bounce/swivel head and spend a lot of time learning how to use it well.
#3 - a wide angle lens.... you can't beat the 24-70F2.8. This will be your go-to lens for weddings and you will use it a lot.
#4 - a longer lens.... I would say 70-200F4IS. Keep it mounted on your rebel. You will be amazed at how much better it will make your T2i perform. (I have the 18-200 lens and have not touched it since I got the 70-200... it really is that much better!)
you are looking at:
$1900 - 6D camera
$2100 - 24-70 lens
and there goes your budget....
You could cheap out by getting the F4 version of the 24-70, but you don't save that much and in the end you will regret not having the faster lens as you stand in a dimly lit church or reception hall...
I recommended the F4 version of the 70-200 over the F2.8 version as the image quality is indistinguishable yet it is a LOT lighter and less expensive... it balances nicely on a rebel as your second camera....