big_g wrote in post #10617483
Just shooting for fun but luckily I make enough money elsewhere to indulge my other passions. I really enjoy having the best available whatever I am doing. Luckily photography is not too crazy expensive compared to other hobbies so I can undulge a little.
As I said before I am in a fortunate position (don't worry, I appreciate it
) but I don't want to waste my cash unnecessarily.
More advice from people who actually have both bodies would be great. Keep it coming guys
Looking down on "copious consumption" is the new flavour trend of the day. It's relative to your financial situation, but in the bigger scheme of things, $4k is nothing. If you want it and it's the right camera for you (even if it's because it makes you feel good), I say get it. I don't let anyone tell me what NOT to buy because it's a waste of money.
jacobsen1 wrote in post #10618015
But you need to decide what's more important TO YOU. Reach? ISOs? Size/weight? The 7D is a steal right now, so for those on a budget it's an easier decision. W/o the budget, the 1 series is a better camera for most things it's just bigger which can become tiring.
well, you loose reach and FPS, but you get twice the MP. If you have long enough lenses it's amazing, but with birds you probably NEVER have long enough lenses....
I'd agree. Weight and size would be the only reason to not get the Mark IV. I'm thinking of getting one just to take baby photos. I was taking shots of my kid on a swing on the weekend and my 5D was having a hard time with focus. If a Mark IV would solve those problems (I don't know because I haven't tried), I'd spend $4k to get those shots back.
big_g wrote in post #10625433
I've almost decided to just get another 7D as it is a really great piece of kit but I have also been reading the post on here with people using a 5d Mk II for sport. Crikey this is difficult:
5D for sport? Maybe darts, curling, bowling and the like, but fast sports? It's possible, but so is digging a 30 foot ditch by hand - I'd rather use a Caterpillar.
wask_ wrote in post #10626234
Unless you won the lottery I don't see how you can call it a "not so expensive hobby" even if you're healthy.
But I'm off topic sorry.
It's relative. There are a LOT of people who haven't won the lottery and can easily afford a $10K kit. For MANY people, photography is their cheapest hobby. Just to name a few: boating, watches, pens (yes, you read that right - it's easy to have a pen collection worth $500K), guns (I'm not into them but I know people who are). For an amateur, I'd say I've got a pretty good kit and I don't think I've spent $20K on it. Not trying to argue, but show you that sometimes you have to look outside the scope of your own circle - it's a really big world.
big_g wrote in post #10646317
I think when you share a relationship it is always good to make joint decisions when spennding money on things that you don't really need so technically I get "permission" to spend the cash
Finally, I am very lucky in that she has very little interest in real expensive stuff which is great as it leaves me plenty to indulge my passions
So, I made the decision this morning and have ordered a 5D Mk 2 with a 17 - 40 f4 L to replace the 10 - 22 EFS that wont work on the 5D. I can't wait to get it now
Good for you. I'd echo the exact same advice to anyone in a serious relationship. You don't have to ask advice, but it's good to be respectful. I always give a heads up to my wife even though she'll never tell me "No" to buying something.