My wife uses 650D (4Ti?) even though I offered her 60D as well (my backup body), simply because it's smaller and lighter. Your (and your wife's) mileage may vary, but I'd ask her handle both before making a decision.
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Of course. I wasn't arguing nobody should take insurance, only explaining why I don't. Mostly it comes down to mental risk tolerance, rather than financial - how you feel about uncertainty.I insure nothing. Regardless of how high the risk is, I'm sure the insurance companies have figured it out better than I could, and if it's profitable for them, it can't be for me, in the long run.On a grand scale, for long-term you're correct. On a realistic scale though, it comes down to risk tolerance.
I am not an insurance company that can afford to "write off" the capital loss. For an insurance company, it makes sense to insure me, I'm likely 100% profit. But to me, the cost is worth it.Then by all means pay it. For me, it isn't, so I don't.
OK, I oversimplified the numbers, but really... would you rather pay $2000 now or $50/year forever? How about $500/month? If you preferred $50/month, congratulations, you've understood the time value of money.But in general, especially for a hobbyist, insurance does not pay.What are you talking about? ... You don't have to break half your gear for insurance to make sense, my 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II alone costs around $ 2000 ... paying 2.5% (i.e. $50 a year) is peanuts compared to not having an insurance and having the lens stolen/lost ... would you rather pay $ 50 or $ 2000.
Starting as of today I somehow feel that not insuring the stuff but carrying around the greater part of it most of the time is not exactly clever, on the other hand my budget is stretched as it is so I'm wondering if other people insure their "midrange" dslr gear against theft & damage or they consider the real world risk too low to pay for the insurance?I insure nothing. Regardless of how high the risk is, I'm sure the insurance companies have figured it out better than I could, and if it's profitable for them, it can't be for me, in the long run.
Yes. For two people. I think two people would need four bodies.Sounds like a good plan. Given that there're two of you, I'd consider getting an extra body
If you haven't noticed, he is already carrying 2 bodies, 7D and 5D3.
Thank you all for the great advice. It really helps. I am planning to leave the 17-55 and 35 home. I will take the both bodies with the 24-105, 100-400, and 70-200 with converters, and the 300. I will shoot the 5DIII with the 300 and put the 100-400 on the 7D for my son. For early morning drives, I will probably swap out the 100-400 for the 70-200.Sounds like a good plan. Given that there're two of you, I'd consider getting an extra body to keep the 24-105 in (or get a Rebel and take the 17-55 instead). There will be situations where you have the 300 mounted and something comes up close suddenly. And there will be situations where it's so dusty you don't want to change lenses. And a body may break and you'll have to fight with your son who gets to use the remaining one. Actually I'd even consider having two extra bodies, two for each of you.
Why if it's in a 1 series style body couldn't an upcoming high MP body be called the 1Ds mk IV?I bet it won't be called anything "D". When all cameras are digital, the D is superfluous anyway, and I think time is about ripe to drop it. Maybe "EOS 1S" if it's 1-series like body with vertical handle, or 3S or 5S without. Or maybe some other letter. Given "EOS M" they might even drop the initial number altogether ("EOS S"), but I don't think that's very likely.
Reach; this is only a question of money. Are you willing to pay twice as much for a lens, to get the same reach with a FF, as you would have to with a APS-C?Not only money, but also bulk and weight. If I want to shoot birds at a location I have to walk three days in difficult terrain to reach (with camping gear, food &c on my back), the weight difference between a crop body with 400mm lens vs. FF body and 600mm lens (and heavier tripod) is non-trivial.
I can't get past the fact that the 6D doesn't have a joystick or rear wheelThe 6D does have rear wheel, although (just like the 60D) no joystick.