« on: November 06, 2012, 09:55:12 AM »
Rusty, I think your post is right on the money for the most part. Like you I have patiently shopped for used or refurbished lenses and bodies. I fall firmly into your enthusiast category with a collection of lenses. I owned a 7D and loved its AF and overall speed, but then sold it for the 5D Mk II's IQ. I was really looking forward to what the Mk3 would offer. When it was announced I salivated at the thought of even more speed and image quality, but was also shocked at the price. The speed and improved AF would help me take better pictures based on my shooting style... I don't do a lot of planning or tripod shooting and the AF on the Mk II did cause me to miss shots. Deciding that the Mk 3 represented the perfect camera for me and the one I would keep for the next 4-5 years, I preordered. I felt sick when the first killer deals popped up at the end of the summer, but then remembered all the rad shots I've gotten since my camera arrived.
Which brings me to the new lenses. I get a ton of use out of my 24-105 and none of the recent offerings are better enough to justify me spending any money. With the Canon 24-70 2.8, I would gain one stop and IQ, but lose IS and focal length...not worth nearly 3x the street price of 24-105. With the 24-70 f/4 IS, I would gain IQ, but lose focal length...for a similar price to 24-105, sure...for 2x the cost, no way. Which brings me to the Tamron. It would loose focal length, tie IQ, and gain a stop for 1.5 the cost...that is starting to get more interesting. If I see a sale I will probably buy one.