New Lens or New Body?

Started Nov 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
eyeport Regular Member • Posts: 347
Re: New Lens or New Body?

Myatix wrote:

Hi All,

I am a hobbiest and have had a 20D for about 7 years... My current kit includes 17-55 kit lens, a 70-200 f/4 and a 50mm f/1.8ii

I mainly take portraits but also some landscapes and am thinking about doing some street photography!

I have be considering upgrading to the Canon 5Dii or iii, or else getting some new L lenses, perhaps the 17-40mm f/4 or the 24-105mm f/4L or a 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.8

What should I get considering my current kit? I also live in Denmark, so light isn't always as bright as it might be in sunnier climates!

Look forward to hearing some educated responses!

Thanks in advance!

I tend to go with the "buy less, buy quality" rule when purchasing gears. 5dmk3 is a wonderful camera and its a workhorse just like the 1D series 95% of time for day to day use. But at this current market the 5dmk3 price is likely to drop if you wait. And I agree that 5Dmk2->5Dmk3 is a big upgrade.

As far as lenses go you will need a 50mm prime. f1.4 will do the job. For landscape 17-40 is certainly a handy lens. Plus you've already got a 70200 F4, another landscape stellar lens!

If you dont need to responsiveness of 5Dmk3 I would suggest to go with 5Dmk2, then add 50 1.4 and 17-40 or even 16-35 if you have the budget.

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Felix Wu
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