OK, the first part of this thread was GREAT. Some excellent input from a worldwide group of photographers.
At this point, I'd like to continue the dialog of the initial thread by breaking it into different threads: Part 2 (this thread) = GEAR AND EQUIPMENT;
Part 3 (future thread) =Setting your price/Marketing/Getting the Job.
From the input of my initial thread, I'm leaning toward as much "Naked Light" as possible, accepting the fact that on occasion I may have to fill selective areas with lights. This reflects best with my vision, and will be adopted as my "style". Yes, I know there will be jobs I'll not get as a result of my decision, but so be it. (Worst case I'll move to Switzerland and shoot with the Europeans. )
Thus, let's get started with Part 2:
Now, let's say a chap or lass has decided to pursue AP work. Here are a few of the initial issues that relate to hardware which must be addressed. (Seems wise to have all gear ready with plenty of test/practice shots mastered before seeking you first job.)
Assuming we start with a Hasselblad H3DII-39MP camera with the 28, 80 and 150 lenses (which is what I own).
What gear (let's keep it digital) have you used with success, or wish you could use? Tech Pan camera? HTS adapter? Artec? etc.
What did you find to be the advantages and disadvantages of your digital capture gear?
Lights - by type/application in a scene: Brands, models, watts, etc. that have worked well for you.
Misc. hardware that I'm not even aware of needing for a shoot.
Hopefully, this thread will generate as much excellent dialog as the last one did. I know hardware discussions can bring out strong opinions in each of us but I ask that prejudices be set aside and suggestions be based on logic and success you have personally experienced from your gear - that which you have kept and that which you have discarded.