pixelsoldier wrote in post #14302733
As for people suggesting not to bother buying new lenses, I find this a bit ridiculous as I bought my DSLR to take better quality photos. Yes, I know that better lenses don't make better photos, however you can't deny that they help.
True… I went from a T2i and bought L lenses as I went along and could afford it. Then upgraded to the 5D3 with another L lens. Im not done yet. I have found my keeper rates have gone up with the L lenses compared to the 18-135mm EF-S kit lens even on the T2i, but with your limited budget, you are not giving yourself alot of breathing room for some critical things that make a difference between not as sharp vs real sharp photos. I find myself saying I need to use my tripod more for landscapes even with the L lenses because it does make a difference.
I bought a cheap filter system to start with and feel I wasted my money and should have saved up for better quality filters. I had a cheap tripod to start with. Too much lens wobble. So I bought a CF quality travel tripod and ballhead. Im currently saving up for quality filters (will use the cheap ones for now) I agree with the first response you got from Naturalist. For the trip you plan, a good tripod, ballhead and filters are essential. You CAN take good quality pics with what you have, and I agree you COULD get better quality pics with improved lenses, even more so with a better quality camera body… as long as your skills progress as well...
BUT, it looks like as you improve your skills, and want to upgrade to better equipment, your pocketbook did not get the memo and is not keeping up with you.
There are some trips on my bucket list I am postponing until I get a "few more things"