Help needed - Upgrade or Downgrade?

Started Nov 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
Moogles
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Re: Lenses?
In reply to pcassel, Nov 22, 2012

pcassel wrote:

Moogles wrote:

Hi, of all the post, I think yours is most interesting because:

1. You've guessed the lens I used. The main lens on my 5D2 is the 24-70 or the 16-35. I dont do telephoto much but when I do it's mostly in the zoo or safari with a 2x EF Extender III and the 70-200 2.8 IS II. The 24-70 is the most used lens as my walkabout and street / candid shots. The 16-35 is for group photos or landscape only but not that frequent.

2. You shift my perspective from changing system to changing lens. I have always wanted to get fast prime - 35mm. Primes are generally lighter than zooms. It do not have to be the L, cannot afford it since our 2nd child was born 4 months ago. I am looking at the new 35mm f2.0 IS USM but it's not available in Asia yet. I am not sure when is the release date. The other 35mm f2.0 is quite hard to find in where I live now. I've tried it before and indeed it's beautiful.

Being a very normal guy in his 30s, I think it's normal that I want the latest technology every time I see one. It's not just about DSLR but about computers, mobile phones, car and etc. The thoughts of upgrading to 5D3 was there once but was put on hold because of more important things like the birth of our second son and a new business setup. The fact that 61 AF points over 9 AF points on the 5D2 made it a lot more tempting but as said, the thoughts were put off. I have not thought or speak about the 5D3 since and only recently when we returned from a family event and ran through the shots, we realized that about 20 - 30% of the shots were unusable.

The event was her grandpa's birthday at a restaurant I never been, so we weren't expecting poor lighting. I didnt have a speedlite (heavy + lazy). Most of the shots are ok but some turn out blurry. She just made a remark to upgrade to the 5D3 next year. It took me by surprised as well but I didnt tell her that I have thoughts of changing system. Selling any gadget or tech stuff is always a loss so she hated it so I kept silent.

Guess dpreview was my only outlet. Thanks for reading and suggesting and changing my perspective. I really appreciate it and am planning to do just that.

I am considering selling either the 16-35 or the 24-70. I am not sure which as this has always been my dilemma. I like some people's shot at 50mm but I cant do produce the same result. I used a program from the net and found 70 - 80% of my shots were done at 35mm. I guess I'm the 35mm person but am not sure whether to sell my 16-35 or 24-70 to fund for a new prime.

Here's how to rid yourself of 5D3 envy. Instead of looking at how much the 5D3 would make you happy now, instead look past it and think of how much better the 5D4 would do or the rumored 3D. Hold that perspective and it makes the D3 look shabby so easy to overlook and keep you satisfied with your D2.

Were I to suggest, it'd be for you to sell the 24-70 and get a 35mm 1.4 unless you are truly seeking dramatically less mass and then it'd be the f2. I say that because you seem to be oriented toward the wider lenses. I suggest the 1.4 because you seem reluctant to carry the Speedlight and who can blame you? Either 35mm will give much better results than the 16-35 @ 35 or the 24-70 at 35 - they are superb lenses which are almost guaranteed to please.

The only downside would be now you have no portrait lenses to snap your growing family. If that's a consideration, then I'd suggest the 35 f2 and the 80 f1.8 in lieu of the 35 1.4. I think this combo would not cost that much, if anything, over what you'd get for your 24-70 and would satisfy your itch for newer, lighter tech adventure.

Surely I understand your desire for new. I just got an iPhone 5 to replace a perfectly adequate iPhone 4, but then again, my child is 19 and somewhat independent.

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-paul

Hi there, I understand what you mean - to look past the 5D3 and wait a couple of years more for upcoming better technology. That's what I plan on doing because I'm a little disappointed when I saw the Youtube comparisons between 5D3 and D800.

Someone made an offer for my 24-70 L yesterday and I am thinking of making use of the money to get a 35 f/1.4 and a Speedlite 270EXII. After discussing with my wife about an hour ago, I think I may use the money to get the NEX 6 with the 16-50mm kit lens. I am not sure if this is a right decision to move which is why I'm posting it up here. Would appreciate your thoughts.

Instead of committing into another 35 f/1.4 L lens, I think I should make the move to NEX 6. If indeed at all that the shots I produce from the NEX, I'd drop the whole DSLR package altogether. I am just concerned I will regret my decisions with another L.

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