So I'm making the switch to full frame, not all at once, but over the course of this year. I could use some feedback on my choices and the order I should be purchasing to maximize utility and versatility. I currently have a 60D, 10-22, 50 1.8 II, and 70-200 f/4 IS, and 430EX II.
I shoot a lot of portraits. I quite enjoy shooting wildlife and do so on several trips a year (though I am inclined to rent for that as needed). I enjoy landscape as well and while I consider it a priority, I don't know if I do so enough to warrant the 24 TS. I've also been working on starscapes and such. I travel quite a bit and take a fair bit of street stuff as well as finding myself in dim churches, museums, etc meaning I'd like some fast glass. Also macro. Lastly, while I haven't shot a wedding, I have done some events and performances and would like to make that a larger part of my shooting. I also may be gearing toward work as a PJ at some point soon.
What I'm looking at...
(sell 60D, 10-22, 70-200, keep 50 b/c why the hell not?)
5D III (toying with the 1D IV for build and speed but perhaps as a second body next year?)
16-35 II (traveling, street, some landscape, group or environmental portraits even)
70-200 2.8 IS II (everything...weddings, events, portrait, some closer wildlife)
135L (covers my portraits, some street stuff, events/stage stuff)
24 1.4L (not as good as the TS but it's more versatile. churches, markets, lowlight, astro)
100 Macro (L or not? IS can come in handy and its only a $240 difference, weather sealing is a selling point)
50 1.4 (better bokeh than the 1.8, which I'd keep as backup or lightweight setup)
MAYBE a 600-RT but that likely comes last.
So...help me out. What would you change given my shooting tastes? Does the order of acquisition matter? I considered the 50L but I figured I'd have low light covered well and the difference in price nets me the L macro at a minimum.
Thanks in advance for all the help! If you want some degree of feel for what I shoot, visit www.rfaganphotography.com.
I think the 5DMKIII is a fine camera which will serve you YEARS. Anything less and you may grow out of it fairly soon.
Get the 16-35 and forget the 24. Really, how often do you think you'll need to go above f2.8?
I LOVE my 50mm lens and use it for almost everything. A Generalist lens. But anything you would be using it for could be covered by better lenses. If portraits aren't a specialty of yours, you have other lenses here that will completely suffice. So I say no to the 50mm. Your current 50mm would be totally fine for general-type work.
Drop the 135L. Unless you are in a big studio and shoot in it a lot, it's really too long for any other type of portraits. Again, if you're not a specialist, other lenses you have here will suffice.
Drop the 100 Macro.
Get the 70-200 f2.8L II. I debated this. It's an expensive lens. But it's super sharp and incredibly flexible. You can use this lens as your portrait, wildlife AND event lens. The f4 version is REALLY good and if I had a 5D Mark III, I would get the f4. But you might want the shallow DOF with the 2.8 for portraits. f4 isn't enough.
I'd say rent the macro before buying. You got enough to play with and learn for a while. :-)
If you sell your current 70-200 and 10-22, you can get an easy $1100 total. With that, you can buy a used 580EXII, couple of good lightstands and umbrellas and Phottix 2-receiver trigger system. You have lots of options here. I'd like to see three lights but again, you'll have plenty to keep you busy for a long time. :-)
So with my recommendations, you'd save $3450 which would cover the cost of your new camera. Okay, this was fun!