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Oct 23, 2012 14:43 |  #1

The 5D Mark II has dropped to $1,500 or lower for a used body, my immediate reaction is to purchase one and hold onto my Rebel XSi as a workhorse and spare body. While the price has dropped significantly I am still in a struggle to actually purchase the 5D Mark II. With student loans hanging over my head it really pulls me back and make me second guess the purchase as I am honestly not sure if my work calls for the upgrade.

I prefer to work with portraiture and am wanting to take my portfolio in a editorial direction. I occasionally take on weddings and enjoy doing so though it is not my full time desire.

If you would kindly review my portfolio at the.jenniferhaggerty.c​om I would appreciate opinions and suggestions per my dilemma.

My current arsenal includes:
-Rebel XSi
-50mm f/1.4
-18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
-AlienBee B800 with octobox
-Vivitar speedlight (this thing is so old it goes by a red dot, blue dot, yellow triangle metering that I'm not 100% on how to use)
-5 in 1 diffuser

Thank you in advance and I really am looking forward to your responses!




  
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Oct 23, 2012 14:45 |  #2

If you are taking on weddings, you must have a second body to use. Going in with one body is irresponsible because equipment does fail. I dont know your rate, but a wedding or two and it will pay for itself.




  
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Oct 23, 2012 14:48 |  #3

I am well aware of this fact. It is constantly on my mind and another consideration for my issue. I don't do many weddings, having only been hired for 3 during college. I am more-so interested in portraiture and editorial/magazine work.




  
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Oct 23, 2012 15:44 |  #4

You can always rent. You don't need to own.




  
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Oct 23, 2012 15:50 |  #5

The price of a used 5DII will continue to decline over time, there is no rush to get one now. However, the cost of good glass will continue to rise over time. If money is short, given your somewhat limited selection of lenses, I would suggest you invest in that department for now.


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Oct 23, 2012 16:06 |  #6

^^This. That's exactly what I was thinking when I saw the equipment list - she'd have exactly ONE lens (the 50) to use on the 5DII, so it makes more sense now to expand the glass inventory.


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Oct 23, 2012 16:08 |  #7

munzzzzzzz wrote in post #15160049 (external link)
The price of a used 5DII will continue to decline over time, there is no rush to get one now. However, the cost of good glass will continue to rise over time. If money is short, given your somewhat limited selection of lenses, I would suggest you invest in that department for now.

Agree


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Oct 23, 2012 16:10 |  #8

Thank you Munzzzzzzz and Mike1812. I've just spent the last 2 hours looking at glass options. I have come to land on the Canon 85mm f/1.8 EF USM as a possibility. All of the content I've read state this is a good affordable option and it's great for portraiture.

If there are any other suggestions as to which lenses I should look into please let me know!




  
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Oct 23, 2012 16:18 as a reply to  @ dozerjenn's post |  #9

24-70 2.8, it'll give you some great wedding shots (because we can all use some extra money here and there) and will also broaden your range, you can do engagement sessions, park and family shots, and some nice landscape too.


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Oct 23, 2012 16:45 |  #10

While the 85 f/1.8 is a great lens, it would have limited uses on a crop body and if you are limited in funds, I'm still not sure it is your best choice unless you are specifically looking for something longer. I'd probably go for either a 24-70 f/2.8 as mentioned above, or upgrade your 18-55 to a 17-55 f/2.8. The 24-70 is a lens you could use on a FF body down the road, but if you're planning to buy used you could buy the 17-55 now, use it until you get a FF body (if you ever do), and then sell it with little or no loss, potentially even a gain. It really depends on what your needs are, though... if you are happy with your current focal range but want to improve IQ I'd go for one of the zooms. If you want something longer, the 85 f/1.8 or even a 100L or 135L would be good options.


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Oct 23, 2012 16:49 |  #11

The other thing to consider is possibly adding a classic 5D to your kit and keeping the XSi. That body combined with your 50 f/1.4 would be a great combo that would be much more useful and also have much better IQ, and would also give you that backup body for the times you do weddings. They can be had for < $700 and, while good glass is usually the best investment, that wouldn't be the worst investment in your case as prices are unlikely to drop a whole lot further.


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Oct 23, 2012 17:07 as a reply to  @ munzzzzzzz's post |  #12

Or how about the Nikon D600!

I needed or rather wanted a 2nd body mainly due to the fact that I hated changing lenses especially when doing street stuff as I often missed the shot whilst fiddling around. The final straw was getting some sand on the mount when I was changing on a beach, I was very very careful but when I screwed the lens on I could feel a grain of sand.

So, like you I have very few lenses, at the moment, and decided that the Nikon was a better option than any Canon offering!


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Oct 23, 2012 17:46 |  #13

Thank you Davisje011 I will be sure to check out the lens :)
Munzzzzzzz the information you have provided is most appreciated! I am going to research the options you gave me and decide on which route to take. I really appreciate your time!

Wide Boy.... no. I have worked with Nikon before and while it's not a bad line I much prefer the handling of the Canon. And the 5D Mark II used is much cheaper than the D600 used. Your input is appreciated!




  
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Oct 23, 2012 17:48 |  #14

munzzzzzzz wrote in post #15160263 (external link)
The other thing to consider is possibly adding a classic 5D to your kit and keeping the XSi. That body combined with your 50 f/1.4 would be a great combo that would be much more useful and also have much better IQ, and would also give you that backup body for the times you do weddings. They can be had for < $700 and, while good glass is usually the best investment, that wouldn't be the worst investment in your case as prices are unlikely to drop a whole lot further.

I second the 5Dc - if you have your mind set on another body.


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Oct 23, 2012 19:42 |  #15

5dc is a great cam.. below iso1000..my limit was 800


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