04-12-2014 07:02 AM
To start with this what i own right now from past 2 years:
Canon 550D with
EF-s 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM and
EF-s 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM
I've saved up around $3500 and am looking for my next investment in the camera/lenses. I'm mainly into wedding and macro photography, and ocasionaly do sports and wildlife. Till now I was using this with some accessories like wireless remote triger and a tripod to get my work. But its time for a upgrade i guess. I would like to stick with canon as a camera brand but am open for non-canon lenses. Please put in your suggestions for me.
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04-12-2014 09:48 AM - edited 04-12-2014 09:51 AM
04-12-2014 11:20 AM - edited 04-12-2014 11:22 AM
Although the rumor persists about the upcoming release of the 7D Mk II, I think I would still recommend you buy a currently available EOS 7D. No matter if the new one is true or not the original 7D is the best buy in a nearly full on pro level body there is.
Now to lenses, as a general guideline I don't recommend third-party lenses. No matter what someone else will say about them and how great they are, there are just as many unhappy people. Too, many will not focus right. Err 99, or they break and there is no service or customer support. You don't want to be that guy!
However, lately within the last year or two, there have been some big strides in the off-brand lens market. Notably Sigma. And Sigma makes a wonderful pair designed specifically for the Canon EOS 7D.
These not only work, they work very well. Light-years ahead of the lenses you currently have.
I am talking about the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Aspherical Macro Lens and the
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO Lens. Both of these lenses are constant aperture. A real plus.
Now since you have a bit more money the next choice would be the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens. Another truly outstanding lenses for the price.
If there is enough money left over get the battery grip and an extra battery for the EOS 7D. It makes all the difference in how the camera feels in your hands.
This will be (is) one killer outfit. I know first hand as I have all this stuff !
04-17-2014 12:40 PM
What is your current setup not doing for you that you'd like to improve? Don't buy new stuff just because you have money burning a hole in your pocket.
Though, you mention macro and don't have a macro lens. Get a macro lens, it's probably the the most significant jump in quality that you'll ever see. Both the Canon 100mm "non L" and 100mm L are fantastic lenses. L has image stabilization but costs much more.
04-19-2014 02:08 PM
Weddngs are primarily dark and benefit from cameras that can handle high ISO with low noise. Sports and wildlife action photography benefit from cameras with good focus and focus tracking and a fast continuous shooting speed.
The single camera that's good at all of that is the 5D III... but the "body only" version of a 5D III is $3400 and it CANNOT use your current EF-S lenses (EF-S lenses only work on APS-C crop-frame size sensor cameras -- full frame cameras require "EF" lenses (without the "-S" suffix.))
That's a bit over your budget... (especially since you'd still need some new glass) but it would be an ideal body.
The 6D is considerably less expensive, excellent at low light, but the focus and shooting system aren't optimized for action photography (it would not be much different than your 550D in that regard... that camera's forcus and shooting speed aren't optimized for action photography either.)
The 7D and 70D *are* good action photography, but will give you very little improvement in low-light over your current camera -- mostly they offer a big improvement in focus system and shooting speed.