Move to full frame to save money on primes?

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bepperb
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Move to full frame to save money on primes?
6 months ago

First question, I really want to think out loud preferably in a room with people who know more than I do.

My current lineup is

T1i body (crop)

18-55 and 55-250mm crop lenses

18-200 crop lens

28 1.8 and 50mm 1.8 full frame primes.

The only lenses that get any use are the 50mm prime (when I'm using the camera) and the 18-200 (when my wife is.)  I bought the 28mm 1.8 with high hopes, but it's kind of a drag.  It's big and heavy and the front element sticks way out.  The 50mm is a better lens is every way I can think of (1/6 the cost, 1/2 the weight, recessed lens) but impossible to use indoors due to focal length.

So I have considered selling the 28 1.8 and buying a used 5dmk1.  I take the 400 I can sell that 28 for and it's close enough to break even for me (and if it weren't I could sell the 18-55 and/or 55-250).  Then the 50mm goes on the 5d and I'm better off than where I started?  Right?

Or sell it all and get a 5dmk1 with a 28-135 and the 50mm 1.4 and it's like a free upgrade (not including the hassle of selling the stuff)?

Am I missing something?  Will Canon ever release a cheap light normal prime for the crop cameras (like Nikon does)?  Is buying an 8 year old body more risk than I'm considering?

Canon EOS 5D
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