Hi. All my store release set was rendered in blender cycles. I started learning blender 2 years ago only for rendering. You can use mcjteleblender to transfer pre-defined material from daz to blender without havinh to adjust material every pose.
the interface is very difference from other 3d software. I havent done any serious modeling in blender so i cant give advice on this though.
Also i would like to know if any artist outthere is also using blender for rendering?