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Oct 13, 2013 15:37 |  #1

For one reason or another I have ended up with a lot of camera bodies:


  1. 450D - spare with stock lens.
  2. 550D - currently my holiday or anything non-macro camera.
  3. 600D - Standard macro rig, I have a Tamron 90 Macro lens attached.
  4. 5DMKII - was, until today, my go to macro rig, with the MP-E65. Sensor needs a professional clean but other than that has been my favourite rig this year.
  5. 5DMKIII - now houses the MPE-so should be my new favourite soon :)



I don't make money from photography, and I would like to end up with three bodies (one general purpose, one macro and one MP-E macro), but I am undecided which. I prefer not to change lenses - to keep the dust out of the bodies, hence having the bodies set up for separate jobs.


The 5DIII should soon become my tool of choice with the MP-E.

The 600D has the articulated screen so that is useful for macro.
The 550D is similar to the 600D minus the articulated screen.
Both are good cameras, clean and no dust or spots on the sensors.
Both could be general purpose, or macro bodies.

Ideally the 450D will be sold, it is in lovely condition so should make someone a good starting camera.

That leaves the 5DII. It has some spots on the sensor, but nothing that cannot be cleaned. Most are only visible at 100% view.

So in your opinion is it worth using the 5D MKII as the macro camera, or the general purpose (I would need to buy a lens as my general purpose lens is EF-S), or is it worth selling the 5DII along with the 450D? Is there any advantage to crop for the macro lens?

Any ideas appreciated.

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Oct 14, 2013 01:40 |  #2

Keep the 5D3 and another one of your choice.

I have only one - a really old 40D. Will be looking for another body in the not-so-near future!


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Oct 14, 2013 11:00 |  #3

Don't make me come over there. :mad:


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Oct 14, 2013 13:07 |  #4

Haha, I just read your signature, and see what you said about yourself. I also saw your setups camera setups. My advise probably does not apply to you :)

Anyway, here is what I suggest:

I would keep the 5D3 and the 600D, and sell everything else. I have never heard of anyone who has a rule against changing lenses :). This is what a DSLR is about. When you are shooting, you should know before hand what you are shooting, and if you are shooting Macro, just change the lens at home, with the camera upside down when you are changing lenses. Unless money is no object, recover some money from all those bodies. All they are doing is sitting devaluing in your closet.


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Oct 14, 2013 17:37 |  #5

Thank you, that sounds like a plan.

So I can sell
a 450D and stock lens
a 550D body
a 70-300 Canon lens
A 5DII body.
A Metz flash


Leaving me with 5DIII and 600D, Tamron 90 and MP-E for Macro, the 18-70 and 70-300 for standard work, with a suitable flash for both bodies.


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Oct 14, 2013 18:10 |  #6

BasAndrews wrote in post #16371075 (external link)
Leaving me with 5DIII and 600D, Tamron 90 and MP-E for Macro, the 18-70 and 70-300 for standard work, with a suitable flash for both bodies.

You might want a standard zoom lens for the 5D3 as well. I guarantee, everytime you use the 5D3, and then you use the 600D, you will wish that you had used the 5D3 all the time. It is 'that' good :)


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Oct 15, 2013 00:27 |  #7

Thanks. That is a good point, but with the MT-24 twin flash I would have to change flash units for a lot of work, and that becomes even more of a nause. For now I plan to stick with the crop for macro and general, then the FF for super macro.

I may keep the other flash as it acts as a slave for other speedlights. (a bonus for the water drop stuff I am starting to get into).


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Oct 20, 2013 21:17 |  #8

I have a 5d MKIII and ended up buying a 7d to go with it for macro shots of jewelry- the 7d with the smaller crop factor gives me some advantages over the full frame 5dIII

Also - you might want to look at adding a Weye-Feye.com wireless device that lets you do live view shooting on an android or Apple device- very handy to have and the MSRP is only $250 and works better than the Cam ranger that I tried out-

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Nov 23, 2013 15:30 |  #9

Thank you.

I have part exchanged my 450, 550 and 5DII for a 24-105 L and some odds and ends.

Now I really need to learn how to take a picture.


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