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Upgrade time...5D or L-lenses ?

 
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Dec 23, 2008 15:00 |  #1

Hey guys, I do more reading here than I do posting, but I'm having a bit of dilemna that I would love to have some input from other more experienced photographers out there.

I currently have 40D and Tammy 17-50 & 28-75 lenses. 50mm 1.4, 100mm macro, and 70-300. [NO EF-S lenses] I shoot a lot of nature and animals for personal hobby, but picked up more business recently for engagement shoots, portraits, and weddings. I'm looking to take my image quality up a level. The question is simple, the decision is not. Should I get the 5D OR 24-70 & 70-200L lenses ??? The cost is about the same. I will be upgrading all at some point, but just not at the same time. Which will I see more immediate benefit from...what will "wow" me more ? The FF body or the premium glass ????

I'm "slightly" leaning towards getting the lenses now (to take advantage of the rebates) and go for the new body early next year.

Your input and all opinons are welcome !! Worst case, I get split feedback and stuck in the same boat. Gee, I hope that's not the case. Dammit, I'll flip a coin if I have to :confused:




  
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Dec 23, 2008 15:04 |  #2

I think you are fine with the lens line-up. I would get a second body (another 40D) and one/two 580EXII strobes, umbrella kit and pocket wizards. For studio work strobes are a must and lots of folks use alienbees, but fom lots of feedback. The elinchrom have much better consistency. I would also add to your tool kit a macbeth color chart and a grey card. More memory is never a bad thing to have.


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Dec 23, 2008 15:10 |  #3

To body or to lens.. that is the question!! :) I'd go with the lenses... I'm trying to do the same, but I have few EFS lenses, so I'm trying to trade/sell and get some L glass. Then I'll look for a 5D :)


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Dec 23, 2008 15:38 |  #4

mclaydigital, your Tammy 17-50 is considered a EF-S lens (you'll get heavy vignetting on a FF), so if you went FF with the 5D, you'd probably have no need for it if you're going to sell your 40D.


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Dec 23, 2008 15:45 as a reply to  @ robojack's post |  #5

Get the glass. The 24-70 and 70-200 will make a much larger impression on you than the 40d to 5d switch. You'll love the 70-200!


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Dec 23, 2008 15:51 |  #6

Yamaha451 wrote in post #6934365 (external link)
Get the glass. The 24-70 and 70-200 will make a much larger impression on you than the 40d to 5d switch. You'll love the 70-200!

^that for the time being, the 40D is a beast of a camera for it's current price, and where it fits in Canon's line up with miles left on it's clock. It's also a very dynamic camera in terms of how you can utilize it. Investing in some quality EF-L lenses will increase what you can do with it; glass that will still be relevant if you choose a more expensive Canon camera

Edit: Oh, I found getting the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM life changing to my photography; and it's still going to be probably your main lens if you get a 5D or 5D mkII next year


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Dec 23, 2008 17:40 |  #7

The tamron 28-75 has decent IQ -- actually as good as my 24-70L at f4, and better at some focal lengths stopped down. After sending the L to canon and getting it back with little improvement, I sold it. The L does focus faster and have better build quality. The L is huge and heavy too.

How about another prime? 85/1.8 or 135/2.0?
Or just go for one big chunk of glass! 85/1.2! (love it)




  
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Dec 23, 2008 17:45 |  #8

mclaydigital wrote in post #6934200 (external link)
I'm looking to take my image quality up a level.

If you're looking to improve your image quality, go with glass.


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Dec 23, 2008 18:01 |  #9

Glass, glass, glass!



  
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Dec 23, 2008 18:47 |  #10

ditch the generic branded glass and get as much good quality "L' as possible then u/grade to a 5dmkII if it ever becomes available.


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Dec 23, 2008 18:49 |  #11

no use getting the 24-70L if you already have the 17-50. I'd just wait and save up more, personally. But if you are itching to spend, then I'd take the 70-200 as it's a fabulous lens on either camera. The 24-70 is less suited for 1.6 crop if you're used to a 17-XX zoom. And the 24-70L is a lottery, kinda like the Sigma 30. You just gotta hope that you get one that actually focuses correctly.


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Dec 23, 2008 19:22 |  #12
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picturecrazy wrote in post #6935424 (external link)
no use getting the 24-70L if you already have the 17-50. I'd just wait and save up more, personally. But if you are itching to spend, then I'd take the 70-200 as it's a fabulous lens on either camera. The 24-70 is less suited for 1.6 crop if you're used to a 17-XX zoom. And the 24-70L is a lottery, kinda like the Sigma 30. You just gotta hope that you get one that actually focuses correctly.

I agree completely, 1.6 with the 24-70L is just way too much, i'd say get the sell the 17-50 and get the 17-40L, and the 70-200.


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Dec 23, 2008 19:26 |  #13

Economically the glass should be a wise choice. Since there are rebates now, (and unless they are equal for the body), you'll save some money on the glass. When you buy the body later, hopefully, the prices may reduce (more likely than not). The glass prices won't reduce over time. The body prices mostly may.


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powerslave wrote in post #6935598 (external link)
Economically the glass should be a wise choice. Since there are rebates now, (and unless they are equal for the body), you'll save some money on the glass. When you buy the body later, hopefully, the prices may reduce (more likely than not). The glass prices won't reduce over time. The body prices mostly may.

yup 5d body only prices are dropping fast.


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Dec 23, 2008 20:18 |  #15

silvex wrote in post #6934214 (external link)
I think you are fine with the lens line-up. I would get a second body (another 40D) and one/two 580EXII strobes, umbrella kit and pocket wizards.

I don't think theres any point, in his case, to buy a second body thats exactly the same. Thats just wasting his money on something he doesn't need right now.
Hes looking to improve IQ, and in that case I would go with the lenses, and hold off on the 5D.


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