« on: April 01, 2013, 10:49:22 PM »
I'll play this game, but I don't like having a 5d mkiii as an option because if you do get that... it's game over... so where's the fun?
First, I'd buy most canon refurbs or used from a reputable dealer... I used to like new, but it got in the way of me not having enough money.
So actually if you are willing to considering the 6D... then you are willing to consider the specs of the 5dmkii... because outside of better low light performance, and the wifi and gps (which aren't available on the standard 5dmkiii), then the 5d mkii should work JUST FINE. Price tag (before tax) $1400. Sell the t3i for $450 and your final walk away price is $950. Remaining funds, $1850.
You only have one zoom in your arsenal... but I'd suggest getting my favorite lens, the 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. It is so incredibly versitile. Macro obviously, but it works well as a portrait lens (though 135 is preferred), and it is so very sharp. According to dpreview, it is a good deal sharper than the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS mkii. That's high praise. I bought one for $800ish last year. So that leaves you with $1000.
I know you have a f/2.8 zoom and I know they are great for indoors, but I'm going to push you a different direction. Bouncing flash with a really good L lens can really make your subjects pop! I'd go with a 24-105mm f/4L IS for $750 from Big Value on ebay. They've had that price on a number of occasions, and it is a really good lens, but f/4... which as we all know isn't ideal for indoor lighting. Though I will say, the 5dmkii is solid at higher iso's... so that issue can be reduced. Remaining amount, $250.
And use that $250 to buy a 430exii... used of course. Learn to bounce light or have a helper who will use a diffuser and point the flash at your subjects from the side and above. And done. I know people generally scoff at flash, but that's because of the mediocre results from the built in flash. Head on isn't flattering, unless you are using it for fill in... but that should be in small amounts.
So there you go... a new zoom, a new prime, a new flash, and a new full frame camera.