I'm hoping at least one person can be bothered to read such a convoluted load of ramble (pronounced bullsh*t)...and help me...
But let's get to it, shall we?
I'm a Nikon user. Have been since I got into photography 18 months ago. My parents bought a D70 which I took over, and then eventually purchased myself a D300 when they first came out in November last year. I have 4 lenses, listed in my signature, only one of which is decent (the 10.5 fish). I'm rather obsessed with full-frame, and would like more decent lenses (24-70/70-200) to shoot both glamour/portraiture and action sport (mountain biking, mainly). Nikon gear is relatively expensive, compared to Canon, with example comparisons such as the 24-70 f/2.8 going for $AU1869 for the Canon and $AU2579 for the Nikon (where I shop).
I've been thinking a lot lately about shifting systems, because although it'd cost a reasonable amount for the moment (initial outlay), it'd be cheaper in the long run (lenses wise), plus Canon have an extremely decent range of glass. Lenses i'd like to purchase in the future include either the 300 f/2.8 or 400 f/2.8, 16-35 f/2.8, and 85 f/1.2, all cheaper than the Nikon alternatives...(well, not the 85, but it'd be great to own)...
At first i'd considered simply selling the D300 for a 50D, and purchasing a 70-200 with the money I may get for the glass I currently own, to use for portraiture and riding photography, however with the release of the 5D2 i'm in a total haze about which body to save for. Obviously the 5D2 is of much higher quality (plus i'm damn keen on the video capabilities (have you seen Reverie?!?)), however i'm not sure what the Aus price will be..i'm guessing a little above my intended budget. I can sell my liver if it's THAT pricey, I guess...
If I were to stay Nikon this would be my future plans (over the next 18 months): (All prices in $AUS, from my local store)
- D700 = $3285
- 24-70 f/2.8 = $2579
- 70-200 f/2.8VR = $2389
- 16 f/2.8fish = $959
- Total = $9212
If I were to shift to Canon this would be my future plans.
- 5D2 OR 50D = $3200 (roughly, hopefully) or $1750 respectively
- 24-70 f/2.8 = $1869
- 70-200 f/2.8 = $1469
- 15 f/2.8fish = $899
- Total = $7433 or $5983
Obviously this doesn't take into account the prices of products dropping in the coming months, however you can see there is a moderate price difference, as well as the fact i'd make up some of it by selling my current gear. Plus other lenses I haven't listed for fear of being unrealistic (for the moment).
So, in reality, i'm not actually quite sure what I hope to gain through this mega-thread, apart from a little support, or input, from anyone who might have had the balls not to press the backspace button the moment they saw the size of this post. I can see, monetarily, there are savings to be had, I just don't know whether shifting my entire system is a good idea (oh yeah, did I mention my grandfather shot Nikon as a medical photographer and passed down some reasonable glass which I guess is one argument for keeping Nikon...).
Got an opinion? Don't be shy...
Thanks in advance,