Get the 3k budget..employ a Pro photog for 600-1k, the remaining 2k goes to ur pocket..
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Make sure factor in a decent tripod.. else how are u gonna be in the company photo??
I think $2k budget should about cover the D50 + kit lens + SB600 + tripod + batteries + charger + memory card + memory card reader + camera bag + electrical dry box + uv filter... anything else?
Oopss.. forgot something.. can try factor in a licensed copy of Photoshop CS2.. see if your boss can still accept the cost..
I think he'll probably ask u to use the nikon software provided to do editing..
I think you should try to wake some sense into your boss, let him know that just having a DSLR won't mean having better images. In fact, initially w/o tweaking chances are it's output is lousier than a pns. Let him know you won't be responsible (actually quite hard lah, looks like the finger's locked onto you) if the images aren't up to standards and they'll have to pay even more to get someone to do it later.
see lar .. i tried toking to him after his afternoon lunch (with similing face) .. and kena scolded. Said my camera Def. Can't Make It.
ahnah - if you boss laughed at the entry level dslrs, then you can consider putting up recommendations for the Canon 30D or the Nikon D200.
lense range would be your next issue, i would go for the 17-55f2.8 for general event shooting, but if your purpose if large group shots, you might want to consider lenses which deal with the distortion a little better, e.g. the Canon 16-35f2.8 and the Nikon 17-35f2.8
This thread is giving me a deja vu on this: http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=227113