One of the hardest things for me about taking up photography as a hobby is understanding the best kind of equipment to use.
I started out on this adventure by purchasing a Canon Digital Rebel XS with the 18-35 mm kit lens.
I was so excited to open the camera and starting taking beautiful pictures. But it didn’t really work that way.
I soon learned about aperture and shutter speed and how I needed a lens with a low “f” number to get those stunning photos with the blurry background.
So, I bought a 50 mm f/1.8 lens. The “nifty fifty” was one of the best purchases I made.
Over the summer, The Nerd bought me the Tamron 28-75 mm f/2.8 lens. Oh how I love this lens. It is my go-to lens if I’m just out for the day with my camera.
My photography evolved with this lens. I think it was a good investment.
And then, I bought the 85 mm f/1.8 lens. It is an amazing portrait lens. Some of my favorite photos have been with this lens.
Again, a good investment.
Now, I’m looking to upgrade some more equipment, but I’m facing a tough decision.
And what do bloggers do when they’re facing a tough decision?
They write about it!!
So here I am.
I’d really like to upgrade the body of my camera.
I’m leaning toward the Canon 7D.
It is a significant upgrade from my current model, and will offer a boost in ISO and autofocus point selection.
However, it is not a “full-frame” model, which means that cropping occurs in-camera when I take photos.
If I get the Canon 7D, I can also afford to purchase a wide-angle lens, which will come in handy when I take a trip out West in a few months. I’m looking at the Canon 17-40 f/4L lens.
BUT, if I want to go top-of-the-line with a full-frame camera, I *could* get the Canon 5D Mark II.
This camera costs about $800 more than the 7D, which means I could not afford to get another lens.
Is a full-frame model worth the difference?
I’m not quite sure. The only time I could see that being a factor is if I wanted to use a fisheye lens or extreme wide angle lens.
What do you think? Should I go with the 7D and invest in a lens, or go with the 5D Mark II and buy the body only?
Dang, photography is an expensive hobby. 🙂
Thanks for looking!