Rarit-T wrote in post #15740075
Sorry if this is repeating many issues (which I know it is) but I have been researching this for two weeks now and my head is muddled. I have a 450d at the moment and am not totally experienced by any means; so any overly abundant tech language will add to my woes
Ok, I want to do nature photography (including birds) , architecture and landscapes and have just under £4000 to spend. I also will do some macro stuff every now and then but compared to my 450D I have a feeling I will cream myself at the quality anyway!
Here's my dilemma...
Issue 1 – which camera?
The 6D or the 5D mark 3?
I was originally going to go for the 6D as that seemed suitable for my needs but the 61 point auto focus on the 5D threw a spanner in that thinking. I don't really need the wi-fi or GPS and thought that the auto focus will allow me to track flying birds a lot more accurately than the 6D. The extra megapixels will always come in handy if I need to crop and for printing stupidly large prints. I just read a thread on here about the sensor being better than on the 6D than the 5D m3! Another spanner. My feeling is here that for longevity, the 5D m3 will be better; I really do not want to spend 3 years paying off a loan and feel I made the wrong choice! But obviously the compromise is the price because I am going to need everything from a bag to filters to lenses and the body.
Issue 2 – which lens?
If I am spending this much I am obviously going for the best quality images I can! So which lens?
I going to get the body with the 24 – 105mm L kit, so my understanding is that this should be good for landscapes (with the full frame sensor ) and general portraiture. It should cover most basic needs but will it produce good quality macro shots (not a biggie!)?
option 1: 70-300mm L with 1.4 extender mk3 – I only started researching this combo tonight so am a bit foggy on how good this is, but the consensus seems to be good IQ (although not as good as the 400mm prime) and fast auto focus. Does it work effectively with the extender?
Option 2: 100-400mm L IS. I suppose this lens will fit in nicely with the 24-105 mm L. But from what I have read the quality is slightly less than the 400mm prime especially at full length and a bit soft around the edges; but it does have IS and will compliment the above lens.
Option 3: the 400mm prime L – I know it doesn't have IS but the arguments are 50/50 from what I have read – it has a faster focus and slightly better IQ. I feel I could get by without IS and improve my hand held stability – I may be deluding myself!
All of these take me just over my budget and leave me no room for a bag or for filters; I am thinking that because I am getting £1000 lenses it would be prudent to get some protective UV filters.
I also want to do some sunset shots so can anyone recommend a good polariser for a good price for L lenses.
What bag will fit these lenses at a good price.
A good monopod – I have a good tripod already.
A good memory card at a good price – compact is best is it not?
I am hoping that (maybe wishing) that because I am dropping £4000 in one hit I might be able to haggle a bit and get some freebies – has anyone known this to happen? Maybe the filters for free?
If you got this far I thank you for any advice and/ or suggestions. I am scared dropping this cash! Probably my biggest ever spend excluding a car purchase – exciting and spooky! Thanks again.
Wow, you want to do a lot of different things with your camera, wich is fine.
You have a lot of choices, but i'll tell you what I would do.
First thing first, for birds you don't need a full frame, apsc will do just fine, but if you take that road, its costly, lets say a
with a great autofocus, but you lose a lot of reach, from the sensor.
Maybe a refurbished,
(still lose reach)would be great for everything but not a good as for shooting fast erratic movements such as wildlife, but great for landscape, city, sunsets and more.
I would get maybe the new 7DII coming soon, after 5 years of waiting you could wait another 5 months
New cameras with great deals for now
7D used to be expensive but now you it at a cheap price.Its grainy when you crop, I prefer the 5dmkII, very fats AF compared to the 5dmkII
Great camera. IQ is very nice, comes with a 24-105 wich is great all around.
Tokina 11-16 its a dx model, but its still great and real sharp.
Why don't you go and rent some nice lens for the week ends, its not expensive, or maybe buy a used one from someone you know, or have it check before you buy it from a camera dealer.
Since you get a $6000 loan, and like new stuff, the 5d3 with a converter and rent a lens , specially on a nice summer day.Get a nice flash, 580exII
A tripod and a camera bag and a fast flash card.
Like I said, renting is a great way to go.
10x$25=250, wich is not too bad for a whole year!