So I have been shooting weddings on and off for a few years but have always used borrowed equipment. Since I have a big boy job now, I've been able to save up some cash to invest in my little side business. I haven't done a great deal of research just yet as my purchases will probably come closer to the end of '11 but I would love some input from you guys to get me started.
1) What is your budget? How much money can you spend right away, and do you think you can get more money to invest in the future? $3,500 for the camera not including accessories
2) What experience do you already have with cameras? Have you ever even used one before? Have you helped your friend out with his camera? Have you owned your own? I have been shooting for years but mainly with SD consumer and prosumer level camcorders. I am new to HD and haven't shot much with it. I've done my research with HDSLR's though and while I like their capabilities, I'm looking for a more versatile camcorder. I look to invest alot of time to learn the ins and outs of the camera before I start shooting weddings with it.
2) What gear, if any, do you currently have? (tripod, old camera lenses, mics, etc) - Everything I own is low end and thus I will need to invest $ in almost every piece of gear(unfortunately)
4) What are you planning to shoot and how do you want to use your camera? Are you going to use this with the sole purpose of shooting skiing? or do you think you might try other stuff as well (movies, documentaries, short films, etc) - Solely for weddings and other contract work I can find. I would like alot of manual control, solid state, and be able to shoot well in low light. HD 3CCD is a must. I would sacrifice features for picture quality.
7) What computer do you currently have/use to edit (if not currently editing, what would you most likely use)? If you can provide specifics, such as hard drive space, RAM, processor size, that would be great. -Looking to invest in a powerful computer as well...