Nothing wrong to start from FF if OP can affordNow, normally I wouldn't ask this on a site that could potentially be biased...however; with all the rigamarole, spec tossing, opinions and blatant fear I am thinking people might be pretty objective with my situation. As I said this would be my first DSLR(I know, either camera is way more camera than i'll even be able to utilize before the next upgrade occurs anyways), I have NO investment thus far on any series of lenses. I was 'set' on Canon because the only two pros i know use Canon...ive had Canon p+s cameras in the past and loved them compared to any others. I already preordered a mark iii, and at the same time discovered the D800. With that being said, i'm wondering what the majority of the experienced pros here would do in my situation. Starting from scratch which direction would you veer? I intend on shooting(in order of majority of):
Landscape(time-lapse videos, the higher DR is of significant value to me, although a lot of TLs I saw done with the mkII were nothing less than phenomenal)
Outdoor/rock climbing shots
Everyday walk around camera
The occasional wedding
And hoping to get into stock photography...
I know the D800 is supposed to be amazing for landscapes, but I don't plan on cropping much due to it being a time-lapse on a dolly...so the extra MP is more of a hindrance to me I am thinking at this point. But the DR is very attractive. The canon lens are also a big factor, although I plan on shooting a lot on Zeiss lens, so how much does that factor weigh in?
So, you're starting from scratch, and you're shooting what I will be shooting, which direction do you go?
For your first DSLR, I would recommend a cheap D550 or something similar with the kit lens. Get used to how a DSLR works and build your craft before going into the deep end with pro gear like the 5D3.
absolutely true!!! it will actually be more economical to buy top end rather than buying a crop then upgrade later. Whatever you need get it NOW otherwise you'll miss the shots
for me the deciding factor will be if you can ignore cross hatches or banding noises then go with canon as you will have vast choice of lenses. the difference between competing models are small it's just a matter of your preference. before I bought my first canon camera I was using my cousins' nikon D60 and I liked it but it was taken by a burglar so I had no choice but to buy a new camera. It was a tough one since I've wanted the D700 but after comparing canon lenses vs nikon lenses, I decided to go canon thinking that my mates are with canon as well and that I could borrow some stuff whenver I need it...I wanted a FF camera but I ended up with 50D since I've heard rumors about 5d3 (that's 3yrs. ago) and now that 5d3 is here, d800 is also here so I was waiting again for another couple of months for some reviews and hopefully hands on tests before I could decide which one.
If he wants to do weddings, he will need 2 cameras anyway, and 2 main lenses. Getting the cheapest one first makes a lot of sense. It is quite possible that he may find photography to be less interesting than he expected, in which case he has lost a lot less if he goes for the cheaper option to begin with.
Of course, if he has money to burn, sure get a 5D3 and a set of L lenses to go with it. It's totally up to him, but he did ask for advice.