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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:30 pm 
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I have just sold my 550D and accesories and will put the money towards a new camera and lens. I have about £2500 max to spend.

I am mainly interested in landscape, portrait, architechture and nature shots.
I would like a FF camera body and quality walk-about lens.

Should I wait and see if there is a new 5D MK3 coming soon? I am not that keen on the present MK2 after reading some reviews about burst rate, focusing points etc. (comparing it to the 7D).


If you had £2500 for a camera body and lens what would you buy?

Replies greatly appreciated as I am camera-less at the moment and have withdrawal symptoms. :(
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probably a 5D Mark III



what I would really want would be a 1D-X though... but thats £5500

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probably a 5D Mark III


Do you think that could be available soon?


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I doubt soon soon - because I dont think Canon has announced anything at all.

Normally when they annouce it, they also annouce a release date, and that is, imo normally a few months after the annoucement.

But rumour has it, its comming early 2012 - but then again, its only rumour. But Canon has been quiet as of late - something is cooking.

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Do you have that much experience to go FF? What's wrong with a 7D and 10-22 and 15-85?

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Because I bought a 5D2 days ago, expect the 5D3 to be out January. BUT also expect it to eat up the whole budget before you look at a lens.

If I was starting from scratch and must have FF, then I'd get the 5D2+24-105L, with enough change left over for something else to taste. Perhaps a 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.8 since portrait was mentioned.

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Sorry, don't want to hijack this thread or start a 5D MkIII rumor thread, but if and when the Mk III comes out does Canon normally drop the price any on the previous model?

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There may be geographic variations, but I've observed prices seem to hit a low about the time when the replacement first appears. After that, it tends to go up again as the places that sell out cheap to shift them dry up leaving the few remaining perhaps trying to not sell at a loss if they got stock earlier.

Personally I can't see the 5D2 prices going significantly lower than they already have.

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Is there inherent advantage of full body to cropped body?

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Absolutely. In general, these are some of the advantages to having a full-frame sensor (provided that you're using the same lens and other equipment of course).

  • Superior noise management
  • Superior low-light performance
  • Wider fields of view (handy for landscapes and architecture)
  • Larger viewfinder


However, crop-frame sensor bodies have advantages of greater "reach" and much lower cost.

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The lower price of the 5D has got me thinking, only because I like more dof in the mid zoom range than I currently got. Typically Action and portrait type photos of the kids. Low iso isn`t so much an issue, but a second body would be nice, instead of changing lenses.

But I love the 19 active AF points and would consider that a step backwards. I use them all the time.
The 7D viewfinder is 100%, so actually better than 5D.
No pop up flash could be annoying.


In the end I could buy a 60D and a 17-55 2.8 lens for around the same price as a 5D II and I think I would be better off.

The 5D II may be full frame but its lacking a few things I really want.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:17 pm 
I'm really happy with the 7D and 17-55 EF-S. The 7D provides a lot of potential for developing yourself as a photographer as it is able to do the high speed stuff as well as capturing a good resolution landscape, or studio work. It really is a versatile, 'work horse' camera and still seems like a solid investment.


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In the end, I personally think that no matter what camera you get the shots you take would only be as good as the lens (and the camera person)

I decided to get a 7D and save my pennies for a White lens and maybe a versatile L zoom to replace my 15-85.

So when I decide to get a 5Dmk5 or a 6D or some kind of FF camera in the future, I have a 7D with my 15-85 and all my L lenses migrate to my new body and I know they arent exactly going to be replaced 5 times over in say.... 10 years (unlike bodies)

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Thanks for all the advice and tips, it's really appreciated.
I decided not to wait until 5DMKIII as it will probably be way over my budget when it finally comes out. Today I bought the MKII for a reasonble price of £1200 (body only) at Bestbuys store in Bristol. All Bestbuys stores throughout the UK are closing down and have a 25% discount on everything.
Best price i've seen online is around £1450 so I have grabbed a bargain.

Although there are some things I would prefer to be better on the MKII like faster burst and AF points I think I can live with it considering the type of shooting I do.

Now I need to consider a couple of lenses for it so any advice will, as always be greatfully received.

Thanks all.


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Congrats........
Now u have a body which can produce one of the best IQ from any DSLR

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Canon EF 24-105mm f4.0L IS.

This is one of Canon’s best general-purpose lenses, offering a flexible 4.4x optical range, a constant f4.0 aperture, quick and quiet USM focusing, Image Stabilisation, and L build quality which includes a smooth zoom ring, full-time manual focusing, environmental sealing on the mount and a lens hood.

We used this lens throughout our tests with the EOS 5D Mark II and found it an ideal partner;

+ EF 50mm F1.8/1.4// 85 f1.8( my choice)

Or consider Ef 24-70 F2.8, its a phenomenal lens, and the fastest zoom available, but u will going miss the ' reach'

If u r more keen to 'wild angle'- Ef 17-40 F4 will do the job with much less cost

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