Nicheplayer wrote in post #12944899
Just back from vacation with my kids (and my 5DMKII, 17-40, 100mm macro, Sigma 70-200, XTi, and Sigma 17-70), and of the couple hundred shots I took, one of my favorites was taken with the XTi and the 100mm macro. I understand this is bound to happen, but I start to wonder...what the hell am I doing with all this pricey gear, when 95% of what I shoot could be shot with the XTi, the Sigma 17-70, and the 100mm? I don't print, and I don't take photos for other people, so I'm finding it more and more difficult to justify having the 5DMKII around. Is this just crazy talk? Do I need to take a few deep breaths and slow down? Should I feel insane for even considering selling the MKII?
The question that comes to mind here is this: the ones that were your favorite, were they your favorite because of the subject matter or did you find them just as technically good as your more expensive body/lens could have done? If they were your fav because of the subject matter, don't thank your Xti. If they were your favorite because you feel that the IQ was just as good as the 5d, subject matter be damned, then you have a valid point.
NOW, going on that assumption, that you feel the IQ of both cameras/lenses are the same, would they hold up to the scrutiny of a more learned set of photographic eyes? Would a majority of learned photographers agree that yes, they are both technically speaking, comparable? (Not that it matters, YOU have the only opinion that counts, but don't miss my point.) I bring that up because it often happens that once you have some miles under the metaphorical photographic bridge, you might look back one day and say, "Really, did I used to think that was great photography?" I certainly know that I have said that about some of my past work. and to hear my family go on and on, you'd have thought I was Annie Leibowitz. I know better now.
Perhaps you already have the expertise, experience etc. to make a valid judgement that Yes, these two photos are technically equal, and I don't need a 5DII when I can take just as good photographs with an XTi. Many, many people CAN do that, and do that regularly. I'm just asking you if you have clarity on that point or have you not looked at things from the perspective I'm offering. If so, sell the 5dII and enjoy taking pictures. Use the money on another vacation, cuz you and your family will enjoy experiences over things when they look back over their lifetime.