dahonu wrote in post #3738972
she is using a canon point and shoot. her gear got ripped off a month ago, but it was the old school slr A1 film camera.
thought it was time to upgrade. but someone mention getting the 30D over the 5D? did i make a bad decision??
Yes, that was me, in the other thread you started:
For wildlife photography, the 100-400 F/4.5-F/5.6 L IS is considered a good lens. 300 is a little short, especially on a FF camera like the 5D. I'll come back to that just now.
The 28-300 is a very heavy ultra-zoom, with, even being an L, all the compromises of an ultrazoom.
For a 5D, I would rather get both the 24-105 F/4 L IS, which is a great standard zoom fro the 5D, and the above mentioned 100-400. This would give her a range from 24-400 mm with 2 lenses, at better image quality than the 28-300, and also at a more handholdable weight.
However, if your wife is really into wildlife and nature photography, you could probably do her a bigger favour with a 30D, or the upcoming 40D. These or not FF cameras, but APS-C bodies. The advantage of these is that they provide her with the 1.6X crop factor, something which tends to be highly appreciated amongstwildlife and nature photographers, due to the additional reach you get with tele lenses or tele zooms. Efectively, the 100-400 would become a 160-640, in FF equivalent terms.
You could still get her the same lenses, but add the EF-S 10-22 ultrawide, to give her a complete range of focal lengths from 10-400 mm.
There are other options, too, different lenses and the like, but I would assume other people will chip in, too.
Kind regards, Wim
The thing is, especially since you stated that she had an A-1, the 5D might be a bit much, weight wise, I honestly don't know. The IQ of the 5D is better, in principle, but you'd have less reach.
dahonu wrote in post #3739028
I suppose i could ask her... but i think im not sure but that would ruin what is other wise known as "the supprise part of the suprise" lol
i believe she had a canon 70-300mm f/4 , a 50mm, a macro, and two other lens.
but to be honest i cant really seeing going wrong with a 5D over a 30D i mean its a gift.
Would you complain. ( i hope not) lol
I think the 5D would be a great gift, no doubts about that!
Why not get her a complete replacement of what she had, but then better?
Something along the lines of:
24-105 F/4 L IS or 24-70 F/2.8 L
maybe a 70-200 F/4 L IS
100-400 F/4.5-F/5.6 L IS or 70-300 F/4-F/5.6 IS, but then also skip the 70-200
100 F/2.8 macro
50 F/1.4 or 85 F/1.8 (fast lens, the latter for portrait work)
maybe a Kenko 1.4X DG converter, for those occasions where you'd need it
For the price of the 28-300 you should be able to get
24-105 or 24-70
50 F/1.4 or 85 F/1.8
This would more or less give her what she had before, likely at better quality.
If you'd add the 100-400 instead of the 70-300, the set would be more like:
100 macro or 50 F/1.4 or 85 F/1.8
Kind regards, Wim