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Nov 28, 2015 09:05 |  #1

Yes, another upgrade question. My xti is well loved and needs to be upgraded. I have debated back and forth about switching to a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and Sony RX100 iii combo or keeping my L lenses and upgrading. I would also add an 85L to my stash.

I travel on cruises to Alaska fairly often and I'm a whale watcher. If/when I upgrade my Canon, I will also upgrade to a longer lens, too. The 70-200 isn't quite long enough for those shots I'd like to get, even from a small 6 person boat. I also take photos of my 9 year old often, particularly during soccer, at the beach, the pumpkin patch, and for portraits. I've also shot at dog agility trials, mostly outdoors, and once in a while an indoor dog show. I prefer natural light and I honestly can't remember the last time I took out my flash. I'm also our family's wedding photographer (even when a photographer is hired).

The Sony will likely end up as part of my stash, simply to have a small point and shoot that will live in my purse for those unexpected moments I may need a camera and for places like amusement parks where I don't want to lug around a large camera. The Panasonic was a possibility, because it would provide an easy travel camera without the need to carry so much gear with a decent zoom and video capability. And then I think about the quality of photos and go back to Canon.

So, I've considered the 7D, but know it's not a portrait lens. The 5DIII is out of my budget range for now and the size of it really is too big for my hands. I'm certainly not a professional photographer, but I have had worked published in magazines on occasion. I do not blow up images larger than 8x10. Most of my images are for print. I do share my images online, too.

No small order here! I would appreciate your thoughts! Thank you.


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Jan 08, 2016 11:46 |  #2

Buying a camera body is like marrying a bride with an extended family. You are pretty well stuck with that family (metaphor = lenses and accessories) because getting a divorce can become quite expensive.


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Jan 08, 2016 12:19 |  #3

I, just a couple of months ago upgraded from my well used xti to a 1dmkiii. Cost me under $500 which allowed me to pick up a Canon refurbished 24-70 lens. Check out the For Sale threads as you can get many Pro bodies that put the xti to shame for an affordable price. I always thought the xti did a great job, and it did, but the 1d blows it away. In a couple more years I will upgrade to another used body and won't regret it.


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Jan 08, 2016 18:06 |  #4

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So, I've considered the 7D, but know it's not a portrait lens. The 5DIII is out of my budget range for now and the size of it really is too big for my hands. I'm certainly not a professional photographer, but I have had worked published in magazines on occasion. I do not blow up images larger than 8x10. Most of my images are for print. I do share my images online, too.

No small order here! I would appreciate your thoughts! Thank you.

Any camera is a portrait camera... In fact if you are controlling the scene for portraits, it is one of the easiest things (technically, not creatively) to shoot over about anything else. An 85L on a 7D would be outstanding.

What is your budget?

How about an SL1? It shares the same basic sensor as the 7D, and is very travel friendly, with a touch screen. It is also very inexpensive.


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Jan 09, 2016 22:49 |  #5

Thank you both for your replies. After a friend showed me the Sony a6000, I've made the switch. Debating whether or not to sell my Canon gear. My biggest reason (and I know the a6000 is not the top of the line that Sony has, but I really like it) for switching is the small-ness. I have arthritis and I couldn't get over how much easier it was to hold.


Sony: a6000, 70-200 f4, 50 f1.8, 35 f1.8, 3.5/30 macro, 55-210, 16-50

  
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Jan 18, 2016 21:05 |  #6

travln1 wrote in post #17851881 (external link)
Thank you both for your replies. After a friend showed me the Sony a6000, I've made the switch. Debating whether or not to sell my Canon gear. My biggest reason (and I know the a6000 is not the top of the line that Sony has, but I really like it) for switching is the small-ness. I have arthritis and I couldn't get over how much easier it was to hold.

A friend of mine has the A6000, I played around with it a bit. Nice little camera. Was actually surprised by all it did for the pricepoint!

I'm in a similar boat. Only I'm considering the jump to Nikon from Canon. Luckily I'm not to invested in canon. Only 1 lens of any value. My macro which I know I can easily enough sell here if I do make the switch. So nothing to do now but research my options. And mull over my findings for months, till I have the money for something!


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Apr 13, 2016 05:21 as a reply to  @ Cormac's post |  #7

I absolutely love the a6000. Lens choices are improving and I now have something lightweight that suits my needs just fine. I'm not a professional, I just do this as a hobby, so sometimes it's not about the biggest and the best equipment. It's what works for you. I also picked up the Panasonic FZ1000. Mostly for the video zoom while on vacation. Not sure if I like it yet.


Sony: a6000, 70-200 f4, 50 f1.8, 35 f1.8, 3.5/30 macro, 55-210, 16-50

  
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