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 Post subject: Body vs Lens
PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:24 pm 
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Hi

New to the forum so hello and please excuse a newbie question if it appears like one!

Anyways I'm in the market for an upgrade to a Canon DSLR from an older Olympus DSLR and would appreciate some advice...

I would see myself as between the entry-level and the Semi-Pros Canons and as such find myself trying to decide between a 600d (or 550d) and a 60d.
I would consider the 7d also but given the fact I want to purchase a reasonably good walkabout lens, the budget certainly would not stretch. I also think the 7d is probably more camera than I need at my current level.

The problem, and hence my question, is with the lens.

I can afford the more expensive 60d body but would then need to "settle" for a lens like the EF-S 18-135mm lens.
Alternatively I could purchase the cheaper 600d (or even 550d) body but then get the EF-S 15-85mm lens which seems from all my reading to be an extremely good all-purpose lens and provides a much better IQ than the kit lenses.

So given I am not really at the semi-pro level and still have a lot to learn where would the extra money be better spent, on the body or on the lens?

Cheers in advance
Tim


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:42 pm 
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Hi Tim & welcome.
Glass 1st, then body. (unless you need any extra features in a camera, that you don't presently have)

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+1 :wink:

I'm "only" using a Canon EOS 500D but I have some pretty nice glass like the EF 100mm 2.8L Macro IS USM and the 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS USM, a Sigma 12-24mm EX etc.
I always thought like "I could buy a new camera or I could buy a new lens" - and ended up getting the new lens as "higher end cameras" don't offer a better image quality - a better lens does. I'd really love an EOS 7D as the handling would be nicer but in terms of image quality I prefer better lenses. I'm going to get a 24-105mm f4L IS USM and then I might think of a better body. :wink:

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+1
the features you'll mostly use are in both your body options.
so go for better glass

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:23 am 
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I too agree... Lens first. They don't degrade (in market value) near as rapidly as the body does.

I've once heard a great photographer say:
"The body is just the thing that hangs off the back of the lens"

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Lens as well though I think the lower resale value of the body is incidental - as others have said, the investment in good lenses is more likely to result in good image quality.

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