Actually, I have two dilemmas.....which camera to buy and which lens to buy. Yes, after posting about my Photography Wish List last week I have started to have some little doubts creep in about my choices......
First is with the lenses. Quite frankly, I want ALL of the lenses I mentioned, but I am beginning to wonder whether I should get just one lens instead - the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
It is a beast of a lens. I think I might even be a little embarrassed to have this on my camera - you certainly look like you must know what you are doing with this on! It is seriously huge and quite heavy and I have delicate little wrists! It's a lot to carry around with you and shoot with for any length of time I've heard. On the plus side though, it is meant to produce gorgeous images, it's extremely sharp for a zoom, and the Image Stabilisation is also top notch, meaning your hit rate of shots in focus is going to be quite high in spite of having that hunking great bit of glass weighing down the front of your camera.
Although there is also an f4 version, I like a bit of bokeh (blurred backgrounds) so I would want the F2.8. This is where the price starts to get serious - at $2100.00, its certainly not cheap so it is definitely an either / or situation - get the prime lenses I had in mind (the 85mm f/1.8
and the 135mm f/2L
) which are both renowned for their sharpness and the beautiful bokeh they produce, or the 70-200, which gives you less bokeh, but is a all-in-one kinda lens, albeit a heavy one.
My second big dilemma is with which camera body to go for. I'll be staying with Canon (just because going to Nikon would feel like I'd gone into another country where I'm not quite sure of the language and where everything is) and I have narrowed it down to the Canon 5D MkIII or the 5d MKII. The MarkIII is undoubtedly the better camera, with more focus points (61 compared to 9) and better ISO capabilities, but the question is do I really NEED these improvements? If I got the MkII, I know I will be getting a great camera and have the benefit of saving a good chunk of change which could then be spent on lenses..........but then is it better spent getting the most up-to-date technology rather than on one that looks likely to be on it's way out? Arrghh!
My Wish List had certainly started off as a bit of a "dream" list, but it looks like this christmas might make some of it a reality (yay!) so I'm going to need to make the decision before then. I have the same problem that everyone probably has when buying a camera, whether it's the top of the range models or your first DSLR, and that is budget. If we had unlimited funds the problems faced by which camera to buy and which lens to get would simply sort itself out - by getting them all!
So, the dilemma that is currently keeping me awake at night is........
- Get the 85 and 135mm primes or 70-200mm zoom?
- Get the Canon 5d MkII or MkIII?
If anyone have any thoughts or input to this to help me make up my mind - please let me know!