anitaw2 wrote in post #18452928
OMG, those are some strong arguments. People are really serious about their lenses here. It was suggested that instead of purchasing a lens, I should look at buying a used FF camera. I am so confused now. I really don't know what to do. My 7D works great but in low light, it produced a lot of noise and I have been dreaming of getting a FF, if the price was right.
There isn't a huge difference between aps-c and full frame (same generation) for noise. Of course, tolerance varies by shooter, but there is a lot you can do to get better photos without spending big money to get a full frame camera, and only getting 1 stop better noise performance. I get acceptable results from my 6D at ISO 25,600, and from my 80D at ISO 16000. I had a 60D (same sensor as 7D), and was happy with it at ISO 6400.
Moving from very good f/1.8 lenses to very expensive f/1.2 lenses isn't going to help much with noise. Your 7D is quite capable of excellent results at ISO 6400, and good, usable results at ISO 12,800. If you are not getting those results, 1 of 3 things is causing that problem.
1.) You are pixel-peeping and you are judging noise at 100%.
2.) You are not exposing properly.
3.) You are not processing your raw files effectively for noise control.
Notice the cause of the problem (hint: first word in each). It is also possible that you have a low tolerance for noise. There isn't much you can do about that. Spending big money on a full frame sensor and outrageously expensive glass will get you a lot less noise control than correcting the three items listed above, and all three of them are FREE.