Dilemma over upgrading camera body and or equipment
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20-07-11, 03:19 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
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Maybe have a look at the Canon 5D MKII. It can be had body only for under £1700 from Bristol Cameras. A 50mm f/1.8 MKII lense is about £75 new. Its a bit cheap feeling but, the optics are great. Flashgun for a couple hundred quid. Leaving you a fair bit to get another lens or sundry items.
As for lenses, until you could afford some decent quality EF / L glass (you'd drool over the 16-35mm f/2.8 USM II lol) you have the option of using old glass from other manufactures via adapters, such as M42 mount, Olympus OM, Pentax PK, Nikon F, Minolta MD and Practika.
If you're shooting mostly landscapes, get yourself something like the Nikon 28mm f/2.8 Ai-s or 24mm f/2.8D and some extension tubes for the 50mm for macro work (or reverse the 28mm), as AF isn't required for either really. Alternatively, the Tamron SP90 DI generally goes for £200 on eBay. If you wanted a dedicated portrait lens, then you could keep your eye open for a Nikon E-Series 100mm f/2.8.
I don't think I'd want go down the route of buying a Canon or Nikon camera and then buying non Canon/Nikon Fit lenses and a series of adapters. I would find the lack of full functionality a real pain!
I've heard great things and seen the evidence about the Tamron SP90 DI lens. Would a Sigma 10-20mm be ok with a full frame or is it best to use this lens with a crop sensored camera? The I would just need a decent telephoto lens and I'd be sorted.
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