The Glass First Argument (then bodies)

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The Glass First Argument (then bodies)

Back when I first bought my first DSLR, I elected to go Canon. And I must admit that the primary reason I made that decision was because I was impressed with the quality and diversity of Canon's available lenses.

Recently, I have been acquainted with a camera body budget buying strategy that sort of follows hard on my original motives for buying into Canon gear. The strategy targets low budget beginners who are shopping for their first DSLR camera and can't make up their mind which to buy.

The primary premise is lens quality, stating that a good optical quality lens actually improves performance in time as camera body technology changes. What? Why that's the most unheard of thing I ever heard of! Further, for a beginner looking to budget for a new DSLR, it suggests putting most of the budget toward a high quality lens and starting out with a lower end body. The lens will remain integral in gear, but the future then may see an upgrade in camera body (as budget permits). The new body, it is postulated, will only improve lens performance.

I must admit that I have only had two DSLRs and still have both, a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and a Canon 1Dx Mk II. Actually, I recently acquired a film Canon EOS 3, but this argument regards DSLRs and we all know that the lens mount system changed for Canon going mirrorless. I understand my two DSLRs well enough to know that they have similar optical/sensor characteristics and that limits any lens first testing I might endeavor to do - the point being that I have not been able to properly evaluate this Glass First Argument and satisfy my own curiosity about its verity.

So instead, I am throwing the argument up for discussion. I could have posted in Open Talk or perhaps even, the Beginners forum, but elected to keep it in the Canon family for responses.

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