2 years ago while in the midst of my first career after college, which involved constant travel and late nights with clients I decided to give up most of my Canon photography gear and downsize to something more portable and manageable for someone who takes photos maybe once a month. I gave up my 50D and 35L, 50 1.4, and 24-70L for a Nikon D7100 and 35mm 1.8. I didn't have a single complaint, the D7100 was perfect and the 35mm 1.8G sharp and versatile as can be. Especially paired with the 2x crop function. I took a lot of great photos with that combo. But even in 2 years, I put about 3500 clicks on that camera.
Well now my situation has changed, I've changed jobs, relocated back to my hometown, gotten married, have a puppy, and a new baby on the way. I've found myself slowly taking more and more photos. The more I think about it, the more I want my canon gear back. I've got a local guy pondering buying my setup as a step up from his D3100. Below is what I'm contemplating.
1) My initial reaction: Basically buy my old setup back with a less cash investment. Buy a 50D, 24-105 F4L, and a 50mm 1.8.
2) Save a bit, upgrade to something from what I had like a 60D with a 24-105 F4L and a 50mm 1.8
3) Pick up a 5D, and finally piddle in the world of full frame like I had always dreamed in college. Probably with just a 24-105 and 50mm 1.8
I could also
- Pick up a more expensive body more like my D7100 and get a 50mm 1.8. But I really miss having a versitle zoom like the 24-70 i used to have or even a 70-200.
- Pick up a cheaper body like a T3/4i and get a 24-70 2.8 and call it done.
I'll have about 1100 dollars to play with all in all. It's just a hobby. I shoot primarily cars, my dog, still life, and soon a baby and I don't want to miss a moment.