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

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

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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)

Image btw,He who dies with the most toys, WINS!
Nikon D800E & D700 bodies + Nikon 200-400mm F4 VR1, 50mm F1.4G, 16-35mm f/4G VR, 105 F2.8 VR macro, 70-300mm lenses. A couple of filters, Giotto tripod & ballhead. Lowepro Slingshot 302 AW

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:22 pm 
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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:

Canon EOS 500D + Canon EOS 5D Mark III + Canon EOS 33v
Canon EF 28-80mm 3.5-5.6 USM + EF 24-105mm 4L IS USM + EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS USM + EF 50mm 1.8 II + EF 100mm 2.8L Macro IS USM + Sigma 12-24mm 4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM + Canon Speedlite 580 EX II + Nissin Speedlite Di 466

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:00 am 
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the features you'll mostly use are in both your body options.
so go for better glass

Canon PowerShot S100
Canon 50D , SIGMA 10-20 f3.5 ,Canon EF 24-105 L IS USM, Canon EF 100/2.8 macro Canon EF 50/1.4 ,Canon EF 85 f1.8,Canon EF-S17-85 4-5.6 Old Tamron 28-300 inherited from my Canon Rebel G film camera

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:23 am 
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Location: St. John's, NL, Canada
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"

Trevor Harris

Nikon D200
YN-560 II
YN RF 603 x 4
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8
Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:51 pm 
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Location: United Kingdom
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.

DSLRs: Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EOS 70D
CSC: Canon EOS M3
Lenses: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 II, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, Canon EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM

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