I had no idea that full frame bodies could be had so inexpensively. I'm going to start rethinking my goals here - I am completely unaware of the differences between full frame and crop bodies, and the benefits gained by going full frame. I know what I'll be reading up on this week! Now my head is thinking of getting a full frame body and the 135L. Then I could continue to add good lenses later.
I will share with you some pics to better illustrate what I want to do with photography. Please keep in mind that I am one of those that just randomly bought some camera stuff, and takes pics on the wing for fun. It's just for me - not to sell, etc. I simply want to learn to take better photos (and get better gear) for myself. I don't use a tripod because I am lazy/impatient - even though my mind knows I need to! And I WILL learn to force myself to. I really have hit a point where I want to get serious about discipline and doing it right instead of half-assed (if I can say that here). All these were taken with the 40mm handheld.
I took the pic of my cat as a test pic. Just the 40mm and me in her face. Since I love to take photos of insects, etc. I thought I would get the 100l macro. The insect pic was taken with the 40 and some cheap close-up filters. I have never used/seen extension tubes, but maybe they would satisfy me enough for now? Or reverse the lens? The scene with the creek is an example of Jefferson National Forest. I would like the option of getting wider shots without having to hike hundreds of yards away. The other pic shows what I meant by having a near focal point and a wide background panning away - but I'd like to go wider. I hope these might help me explain what my - somewhat vague - goals are. I'll add the landscapes in the next post - I don't know how to make the photos appear smaller - sorry!