11/08/2012

The Dilemma....

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!





6 comments:

Jan said...

right there with you! i've read that the canon 5kmark3 is the best digital camera ever...of any brand. i do the same thing as far as second guessing myself. now i'm wondering if i should get a used and older d700 since i'm afraid of the d600 and its dust issues. not to mention the fact that i feel guilty about its price and can't get the zoom lens that i want because the body is so expensive.

lenstip.com has some good info on lenses. also pixelpeeper.com can give you an idea of what people shoot with various lens. those sites may help you with your decision.

Audrey said...

It's so hard to know what to do for the best! The d600 looks like a great camera, if I wasn't already "with" Canon I'd be tempted with the d600. The downside with newly released cameras is that the early buyers are faced with any teething issues, they will probably fix the dust issues in the next production - it's frustrating. I don't know a lot about Nikon, but with Canon the cameras hold their price quite well, so it might be an idea to buy used older model now, wait till the dust issues are fixed, then resell and upgrade in six months without too much cost? It's such a difficult choice to make! I (think) I've decided on the mkiii just because of the focus system being so vastly improved (to something that Nikon have had for a while!) and I can still afford the lenses I would like - primes. I'll then save super hard for the 70-200. Basically, I'm taking my own advice of best camera body you can afford without sacrificing on lens quality. If I couldn't have afforded the lenses too, I would have gone for the mkii. I was maybe just being a bit greedy with the number of lenses I wanted! Let me know what you decide! X

Ray Smith said...

I would seriously consider the new Canon 6D which comes out in December. It will cost about the same as the 5D Mark II which I have but has a slightly different feature set including built in GPS and WiFi. If you have the money to spend, get the 5D Mark III but I would strongly consider the 6D over the 5D Mark II. I also highly recommend the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L lens, it is wonderful.

Audrey said...

Hi Ray, I had the 6d on my original list but took it out as it wasn't available yet, and thought I'd be able to get a better deal on the mkii than the 6d - but must admit it looks like a great option, with better ISO capabilities than the mkii (or so I believe!). Since you have a 5dmkii you can maybe help me with something! One of the reasons I am swaying towards the mkiii is because of the focus system apparently being better than both the 6d and the 5dmkii. Do you find you are limited at all by your mkii in this regard?

The Canon 24-70 was the lens I originally wanted but couldn't afford! ( those L lenses are expensive!) so I ended up with the Tamron version. I've heard the canon one is a great lens - I know if I try it I'll probably find the tamron one lacking so have stayed clear! In time, with funds allowing, I will probably upgrade the tamron for the canon as I've heard a lot of good things about it!

Ray Smith said...

I got my 24-70 from Craigslist. It was in perfect condition and I saved a lot of money. And I'm not qualified enough to really compare the focus systems of the mark 2, mark 3 and 6D. There is a huge price jump with the mark3 and there just isn't enough there to entice me with my skill level. Lately I use a single focus point, and have never needed that much ISO. Built in HDR is nice but I can do that just as well on the computer or using AEB. I wouldn't be surprised is the Mark 2 gets phased out with the 6D coming out. I'd rather spend that extra money on quality lens. An L lens on a T3i is better than a cheap lens on a 5D Mark 3 in my opinion. I've actually been lurking on your blog trying to hone my skills, your stuff is great.

Audrey said...

Thanks Ray! I agree completely about getting the best lens you can, it makes such a difference to the quality of the images. Once I have the 85mm and 135mm L lenses come Christmas day (so excited!) I plan on doing some completely non-scientific, and therefore probably fairly useless tests, on all my lenses on both camera bodies to see the differences. Just curious. As for bodies, If I had a Mark II already I definitely wouldn't bother going with the Mark III either and I feel the same as you, that for my skill level the mkIii is probably beyond what I need right now. I'm just waiting until dec to buy and will see if any deals pop up on these cameras and take it from there!

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