I'm slightly at a crossroads. I want a 5Dii. I've been working my ars off since september finding ways to generate extra income on top of my 50/hr week job. Well, a whole lot of web designing and three months later -I did it! I've scrapped up $3000 and now come the decisions.
My gear: Canon XSi, Canon 17-55 f/3.5-5.6, Canon 50mm 1.4 and the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS. (580EX II) It's an odd mix of low to high end, but it gets me by
I shoot low budget weddings. My clients know what they are paying for. Low budget because of my lack of equipment and experience. I'm not dumb; I have a college background in the arts and I'm fairly technically inclined about photography. I'm aware of the advantages when stepping up to a 5Dii. My shots with the XSi do look stunning, though the 1-series owners might cringe at such a thought. I know what I need - a wide lens (ie. 24L f/1.4) , and a better body. I can't afford both. Infact, the money may even be better served as a down-payment for a future house. I'm really struggling with my options as you can already tell. 3G can buy me a lot of glass (2 nice primes) but only one body - the 5Dii - a behemoth of a purchase. Oh! the costs of state-of-the-art! Ultimately if I went 5Dii I would eventually aqcuire 1 or 2 L lenses. But... is getting such a "state of the art" body necessary considering my pictures are already turning out great on the XSi and my clients are happy? I know ISO 3200 and 6400 would be very useful and it would remove some lighting challenges that are present at weddings. But, I've not owned anything greater than the XSi. I haven't experienced first hand what it is I'm missing out on. I have a general idea of the advantages I'd gain - better IQ and dynamic range, face detection, low noise high ISO, less shutter lag, etc, etc. Wedding photography is a business. If I want to get more serious and be able to charge more, should I be putting all my eggs in this one basket and take the 5Dii dive? Or would some think, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it, and take the responsible road - invest in a home, build equity. The XSi will hold you over until the time is right".
I just hate shooting weddings and walking around with such a small body. Is it just a vanity thing? I feel like a news reporter shooting his work with a camcorder. I'm worried I'm just buying into an image thing if I buy the 5Dii.
A little perspective from 5D or 1D owners would be greatly appreciated as it would really help weigh my choices!
(I feel terrible. My topics rarely generate much discussion because I start them off too deep. I'm such an over-analyzer!!! :P )