griesmonkey wrote in post #18661737
My uses for the 7D MII have had a slight shift lately. I used to use it for a lot of indoor sports shooting for Volleyball. I have the Sigma 18-35 ART and 50-100 ART. Both professionally calibrated to this body. They are on point. I find myself being asked to do more senior photos, family shoots, and small weddings as of late and I feel left wanting that really good portrait bokeh from a 1.4 or similar on a full frame body. Don't get me wrong, what I'm getting are nice shots from it. But I want some wow factor.
Where do I go from here? If I sell off this set, I'll have about $2k to use towards something else but limited to additional funds I can spend. I'll seed need a 10-?mm for real estate shoots as well. Using the 10-18mm right now.
Super conflicted on the 6D MII. Is there another option? I'm not looking to go to Nikon, as I don't like their menu system. Is mirrorless an option? This is a hobby for me so I can't justify 2 bodies. 5D series is out of my budget and I'm not interested in a 5D III.
Thought was the 6D MII and an 85mm 1.4 IS? Peak budget
Tamron 24-70 G2
Fuji XT-2 worth it with the lens lineup of 1.4 and 1.2 primes? I know its not a full frame.
I do also love landscape photography.
I think you should start with a quality very fast prime. Try that with the 7D2 and see what you end up with. A very fast sharp prime on an APS-C delivers great results. Also make sure you have the correct lighting gear as well for portraiture. These 2 things, coupled with the 7D2, will deliver probably 80% of what you desire. If you still need to make a move, both the lens and lighting equipment are still very viable with the new body, you don't lose anything by doing this progression.
For what you are shooting, if you still want to go FF, the 6D is more than sufficient. I don't see where the 6D2 really gives you anything beyond what a 6D will. The 6D2 has more features and a better (albeit compact) AF system. There is a marginal improvement in IQ from comparisons all over the web, but the delta in funds here can buy a great lens instead which will do more for an image than a 6D to 6D2 move.
If you don't mind manual focusing for portraits, etc, then consider the Rokinon 85 1.2 SP lens. It has auto aperture so you don't need to worry about that, but it is still a manual focus lens, but delivers the goods in regard to IQ, blowing out the Canon 85L, and is cheaper than the Sigma 85 1.4 ART.
A fast lens makes a difference more than sensor size sometimes!