Hi! I was recently asked by my good friend to be the main photographer at a reception/award ceremony with 60-70 guests that will be held in a restaurant between 7 and 9 pm.
I don't know the exact room dimensions or the ceiling height, but I have pictures of the space from the restaurant website: http://etcetcnyc.com/upstairs/
I have a Nikon D5100 and AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8 lens (and can borrow 80mm f/1.4 lens) for individual or small group portraits of the guests. Which portrait lens should I choose for this event?
I want to invest in an additional body, lens, speedlight and tripod that will take nice long shots.
Please recommend or comment on my considerations.
Body: I am more familiar with Nikon rather than Canon, but wouldn't mind having both. I don't want to go much over $1000.
Lens: considering Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 or Nikon 55-200mm
Speedlight: considering Nikon SB-700. Is there a strong reason to go up to Nikon SB-910?
Tripod: I should be quite mobile while getting to and from the event. I also plan to set up the tripod with long shot lens and shoot the whole award ceremony from the same spot. So for these purposes I am considering the Dolica ZX600B103 Professional 60-Inch ZX Series Carbon Fiber Tripod. Any other recommendations?
Many thanks! I did read some answers on the forums posted here, but being a mother of a small kid I have limited amount of time so I hope to get specific answers.