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hoytme
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Jul 15, 2011 13:53 |  #1

I am currently in the market to upgrade to some new equipment I'm looking for some opinions on which way to go. My current set-up is a T1i and I generally shoot with one of three lens, the 18-55 kit lens, 28-75 Tamron or my 18-270 Tamron lens. While I'm happy with the pictures I get I'm looking to upgrade and get a little more serious. I currently can't decide between apgrading to the Canon 7D with 28-135 kit lens or just a good lens for my T1i. I was thinking of the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS. I like to take pictures of my kids ballgames, some wildlife and general photos. I thought if I bought the 7D kit I would also buy a 1.4 for some addition reach. Thaughts pros and cons? Thanks in adavance.




  
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Jul 15, 2011 13:54 |  #2

always lens. always.

the t1i is a crop sensor, same as the 7D. Very high megapixels too. Unless you see features you need on the 7D over the T1i, I'd get better glass first.


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Jul 15, 2011 13:56 |  #3

I would upgrade lenses first. Lenses have the greatest impact on IQ. Once you buy good lenses you will keep them for a while.




  
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Jul 15, 2011 14:03 |  #4

bemerick wrote in post #12764005 (external link)
always lens. always.

the t1i is a crop sensor, same as the 7D. Very high megapixels too. Unless you see features you need on the 7D over the T1i, I'd get better glass first.

Usually lens. usually.

As you indicated, sometimes there will be compelling features on a higher end camera model that will offer greater value to a given user than another lens.




  
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Jul 15, 2011 14:07 |  #5

Is your current limiting you in anyway? If not, go for a better lens~!


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Jul 15, 2011 14:08 as a reply to  @ bpark42's post |  #6

we traded in our first generation 18-270 for the new pzd version. BIG improvment. The new lenses are smaller, lighter, and do not hang when zooming. There is a review in the back of a recent PP. Very good rating from 18-200. After 200 things start getting soft.....not surprising.

Remember that a good lens investment can last a lifetime....through the lifespan of many camera bodies. So indeed, invest in glass first. BTW, I still prefer my 24-105. ;)




  
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Jul 15, 2011 14:13 as a reply to  @ bpark42's post |  #7

It's swings and round abouts, really. A 7D would be a decent upgrade to your T1i but not really in terms of image quality. It will, however, give you the capability to take pictures that you might not be able to take with the T1i. Higher frame rate, certain metering/AF modes, etc...

Better lenses will give you better image quality, but you will still be constrained by the limitations of the lesser body.

At the end of the day, it's your call.


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Jul 15, 2011 14:41 |  #8

reads like you enjoy taking photographs of things that move (kid ballgames, wildlife). the 7d is an excellent choice for that, I think you should go with the 7D and either the 1.4 lens you're thinking about or that 85 1.8.




  
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Jul 15, 2011 15:31 |  #9

bemerick wrote in post #12764005 (external link)
always lens. always.

the t1i is a crop sensor, same as the 7D. Very high megapixels too. Unless you see features you need on the 7D over the T1i, I'd get better glass first.

only thing would be the ISO but if thats it....go with a new lens!!! lens hold their value a whole lot better than bodies. rule of thumb: upgrade ur lenses then ur body.


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bemerick
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Jul 15, 2011 15:35 |  #10

maybe ISO, but not for what he says he shoots.


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Jul 15, 2011 15:45 |  #11

7D is a must for U ? or U can consider the 50D or 60D, they R very capable bodies, for me personally i really dislike rebel bodies, too small, too plastic feel, not ergonomic, no top screen or rear wheel etc.. but hey that's just me
U can sell ur t1i and lenses and pay some extra money for either of it and buy a decent lens


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Jul 15, 2011 16:01 |  #12

EvanRude11 wrote in post #12764550 (external link)
rule of thumb: upgrade ur lenses then ur body.

Rule of thumb: upgrade yourself, then your lenses, then perhaps your body.




  
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Jul 15, 2011 18:23 |  #13

I wish I could upgrade my body:cool:


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Jul 15, 2011 19:34 |  #14

I'd upgrade lenses. I own a T2i and outfitted it with decent lenses. They make more of a difference at the end of the day than a new body for roughly the same price range.


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Jul 15, 2011 19:54 |  #15

with the info in the first post. lens first.


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