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Apr 23, 2009 10:29 |  #1

Hi everybody,

as a gearhead, I was just wondering what I should buy if I would start again with sort of the same money. With the info you know now by reading this forum, would you do it comletely different?

Off course the bodies have been reduced in price and the lenses went up, indexes have been done and blablabla. You get the point ;)

I Started out with 400D + Grip, EF-S 18-55, EF-S 75-300.

If I would start over I would get a 40D with a 28mm F1.8 and later I would add a 70-200 F4 IS.

Reason: I started out with some zooms, sold them both and bought some others, both primes, ... In the past 2 years I havn't had a lens I kept longer then 8 months. As I am an occasional shooter I really don't know my gear as well as I should. I have already limited my gear to 1 zoom and 3 primes (maybe getting a 4th prime :oops:) but when I go out I seem never to know which lens I want and always switch.
That's why I would start out with just one prime. A "standard " FOV and after a while I would know if I should get something wider or longer (in my case longer)


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Apr 23, 2009 10:40 |  #2

Cut my teeth with film camera gear. Made lots of mistakes and had lots of regrets. You live and learn. When I had the chance to start fresh and enter the digital age I had certain things in mind. Honestly have no regrets with the path I am on. Have the lenses that fit my shooting needs. Had always wanted to own the 70-200/2.8 IS w/ a 1.4tc so that desire came true. Still have some gaps and needs. Over time I'll get closer to where I'd like to be. In the meantime I'm using my gear as much as possible and trying to keep it in as good of shape as possible. Its my hope my lenses reach a rip old age in terrific shape. :D




  
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Apr 23, 2009 10:47 |  #3

At the moment, I wouldn't change a thing. I would change the Tamron if someone came out with something better overall. So far there hasn't been anything, imo, but the new Sigma 24-70 is still an unknown.

I will be going to a FF, maybe, very soon. That might require some realignment or additional lenses. I am not getting rid of the 40D.

I go back to film days, believe I have a good grasp of what and how I like to shoot. My lenses were pretty much planned out, in terms of zooms, range etc. before I bought my first one for the 40D. The only non planned (from Day 1) was the 85/1.8


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Apr 23, 2009 10:53 as a reply to  @ bohdank's post |  #4

I started out with a 30D and 50 f/1.4. At the time, that setup worked out pretty well for me, so I don't think I'd change it. I went through quite a bit of gear to get to where I'm at now, but I guess that's part of the learning process. If I knew then what I know now, I'd probably have been a bit more patient and methodical with the gear acquisition.


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Apr 23, 2009 11:02 |  #5

bohdank wrote in post #7788329 (external link)
I will be going to a FF, maybe, very soon. That might require some realignment or additional lenses. I am not getting rid of the 40D.

Was hoping to add a FF body down the road too. Like you, not to replace my crop camera but to add options to the subjects being shot. Each has its own strongpoints.




  
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Apr 23, 2009 11:25 |  #6

I wanted the 5D and 35L to start with, but thought it would limit me too much.

So I started with the 30D, 200 2.8, 35 2.0, 50 1.4 and the 100 macro. I now have added the 50 1.8 (sold the 1.4,) the 24 2.8 and the 28-105II zoom (as my walk around lens) I plan on adding more soon, or just keep saving for the 5D. Not sure yet.

If I had to start over today and I had more money then I do now, I'd get the 5DII, 24-105, 35L, 50 and the 135L.


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Apr 23, 2009 11:58 |  #7

I started with the 40D, Sigma 18-50, Canon 28-135, Canon 50 f/1.8, and Sigma 70-300 APO. If I were starting again, I'd give up the 18-50, 28-135, and 50 f/1.8 for the 17-55 f/2.8 IS.

That said, it is only through getting better lenses that I'm not liking my Sigma so much now. When I started (and came from a 4+ year old, 3.2mp Canon A75), the Sigma blew me away, and I couldn't imagine it getting better...


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Apr 23, 2009 12:41 |  #8

Started: 40D + 17-85 + 70-300 IS

Again (keeping Canon): 40D + 70-200 f/4L + 17-55 IS

Again (dark side): D300 + Sigma 150-500 + something wider at f/2.8


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Apr 23, 2009 14:28 |  #9

No regrets with my purchases except for the order in which I got them. Bought the zooms first then the primes. Should have done it the other way round!!


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Apr 23, 2009 16:23 |  #10

You could argue that I wasted money on my 350D, 30D and 70-300 IS - as I sold all of those on at a loss in an upgrade path. Each helped me learn a little more about what was important to me though.

I managed to borrow a 1DmkIIN before I got the mkIII - that helped cement the idea that the mkIII was a worthwhile jump up from the 30D.

As Rammy says though - life changed when I found primes. I guess I probably wouldn't own the 70-200 2.8 IS L now if I'd started out on primes - and given how much I use it, I'm not sure it's doing much good in the case. Hmm....


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Apr 23, 2009 18:02 as a reply to  @ Myles7's post |  #11

I would only change one purchase... O.K., Two...

I have purchased my camera equipment as a system, so I have not overlapped to any great degree nor purchased items which I did not like or need. I would change only two purchases:

First: Since I have the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens which is a great low light glass, I would not get the 50mm f/1.8 Mark-I which I will soon sell. The 17-55mm was not available when I purchased my 17-55mm IS lens.

Second: I would have converted a top line P&S like the Canon G-9 instead of the D60 to full time infra-red. That way, I could just slip it in my shooting vest and have my IR capability with me all the time. The D60 is a bit heavy to carry for IR along with my other two or three 1.6x cameras I use.


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Apr 23, 2009 18:49 |  #12

Well I started with film, a nikon FE2 and a bunch of manual lens and ended my professional career with a few hasselblad medium format and a élan 2e. I recently started photography again as a hobby with the 5d2 and a 24-70l a few months ago.

If I had to start over, it would be a 1ds3 with a 35l, 85l and a 135l. As a matter of fact I'm seriously contemplating that right now. I'm enjoying photography now as a hobby and not as a career.



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Apr 23, 2009 21:37 as a reply to  @ justaf IREMAN's post |  #13

Born from the dark side.

Now on the brighter side, getting the 24L , 50L, and 85L, and thats about what I need / want / love / desire :p

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Apr 23, 2009 21:54 |  #14

Dawud wrote in post #7788218 (external link)
I Started out with 400D + Grip, EF-S 18-55, EF-S 75-300.

If I would start over I would get a 40D with a 28mm F1.8 and later I would add a 70-200 F4 IS.

Never too late! ;) Don't worry about 'starting over'. Everytime we switch gear, we're doing precisely that.


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Apr 23, 2009 22:02 |  #15

My first set-up was a 30D, a 24-105L, a 50 1.4, and a 70-200 2.8 IS.

I wouldn't change a thing!

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