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Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« on: May 20, 2013, 05:11:53 AM »
So after a long time being absent from photography I have decided that I want to stop my pursuit in becoming a semi-professional photographer.

That being said, I don't want to give up photography. I just want to be able to take good pictures for my personal portfolio! So I'm considering selling all of my Canon gear (Canon 5Dc, 17-40mm, 50mm, and 70-200mm) and buying a smaller set up that is unobtrusive.

I would probably get around 1,750 for everything in total. With that money, I planned on getting this set up:

  • Sony NEX C3 w/ 16mm f/2.8
  • Sigma 30mm f/2.8
  • Sony 50mm f/1.8

Anyways, am I crazy for going this route?
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Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2013, 05:34:26 AM »
Have you used a Sony NEX yet? The lack of an optical viewfinder makes the photography experience a little more detached in my opinion (Even if you have an EVF - the EVF on my NEX-6 is good, but nothing beats optical).

On the up-side, the NEX photo's are definitely DSLR quality. The Sigma 30 mm is a brilliant little lens. I can recommend to also get the Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS. (OSS = IS) It is a great zoom lens. No chroma's, plenty sharp and the distortion and vignetting are corrected in camera or in post.

I would suggest you sell your Canon zooms and get the Nex with a 30 mm prime and possibly the zoom I mentioned (it's surely available as a 'kit' which makes it a good value).

Keep the 5Dc and the 50 mm for now and only get rid of that if you're perfectly satisfied with the Nex, then get more primes as you suggested.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2013, 05:36:18 AM by mrsfotografie »
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Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2013, 05:35:50 AM »
Yes ... You are crazy to sell your Canon gear ... Especially because two months back you were seeking advice as to how to improve your gear -

So I made the jump to FF with my 5D

I love it so much and I feel like it was a step up from my T1i. Thanks to everyone who helped me on this forum haha.

My new question is what should my lens set up be? I currently have theses lenses for my 5D:
-Canon 17-40 f/4 (upgraded from a Tamron 17-35 f/2.8-4.0)
-Canon 50mm f/1.8
-Canon 70-200 f/4

Is there any other lens that I should be looking at? I mainly shoot at family parties and friendly gatherings. Occasionally I do some landscape photography and interior/exterior photography of buildings
I'm thinking about getting a Canon 24-105 but I have lens that already cover that focal length. I do want some primes like the Canon 35mm f/2 or the Canon 100mm f/2 (not the 2.8 macro).

I think I'm set for flashes since I have a 580exII and 430exII. Anyone have any suggestions for expanding my gear list?

Like many hobbyists, I think you may just be having an emotional pang. There have been numerous times when I've thought "so much gear and so little time for photos" but it goes away with time.

Shifting to a smaller setup won't solve anything because you'll miss the most obvious IQ benefits of the FF DSLRs. At the risk of sounding like an idiot giving the opposite advice of what you wish to do, I'd suggest buying something like a Sony RX 100 as a P&S in addition to your existing gear and use the P&S where you need to be unobtrusive. Give it 6 months and if you don't find yourself craving for the DSLR IQ, Sell your gear.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2013, 05:37:27 AM by J.R. »
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Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2013, 05:40:03 AM »
Yes ... You are crazy to sell your Canon gear ... Especially because two months back you were seeking advice as to how to improve your gear -

So I made the jump to FF with my 5D

I love it so much and I feel like it was a step up from my T1i. Thanks to everyone who helped me on this forum haha.

My new question is what should my lens set up be? I currently have theses lenses for my 5D:
-Canon 17-40 f/4 (upgraded from a Tamron 17-35 f/2.8-4.0)
-Canon 50mm f/1.8
-Canon 70-200 f/4

Is there any other lens that I should be looking at? I mainly shoot at family parties and friendly gatherings. Occasionally I do some landscape photography and interior/exterior photography of buildings
I'm thinking about getting a Canon 24-105 but I have lens that already cover that focal length. I do want some primes like the Canon 35mm f/2 or the Canon 100mm f/2 (not the 2.8 macro).

I think I'm set for flashes since I have a 580exII and 430exII. Anyone have any suggestions for expanding my gear list?

Like many hobbyists, I think you may just be having an emotional pang. There have been numerous times when I've thought "so much gear and so little time for photos" but it goes away with time.

Shifting to a smaller setup won't solve anything because you'll miss the most obvious IQ benefits of the FF DSLRs. At the risk of sounding like an idiot giving the opposite advice of what you wish to do, I'd suggest buying something like a Sony RX 100 as a P&S in addition to your existing gear and use the P&S where you need to be unobtrusive. Give it 6 months and if you don't find yourself craving for the DSLR IQ, Sell your gear.

+1. Give it some time and live with your gear.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2013, 06:24:54 AM by mrsfotografie »
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Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2013, 06:37:08 AM »
Go Fuji..

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Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2013, 06:49:14 AM »
You did not mention the kind of photography you do.
Decision depends on that.


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Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2013, 08:18:41 AM »
Yes ... You are crazy to sell your Canon gear ... Especially because two months back you were seeking advice as to how to improve your gear -
Give it 6 months and if you don't find yourself craving for the DSLR IQ, Sell your gear.

+1. Give it some time and live with your gear.

+1 Give you current gear at least 6-9 months before moving in a different direction.  If you have only had your 5Dc for 2 months, that's not enough time for a real evaluation.
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Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2013, 08:30:39 AM »
Yes ... You are crazy to sell your Canon gear ... Especially because two months back you were seeking advice as to how to improve your gear -
Give it 6 months and if you don't find yourself craving for the DSLR IQ, Sell your gear.

+1. Give it some time and live with your gear.

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Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2013, 08:47:14 AM »
You did not mention the kind of photography you do.
Decision depends on that.

+1.  If you like the creativity of thin DoF, stick with FF.
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Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2013, 09:01:27 AM »
Not per se, but announcing it on CR means you probably are........

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Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2013, 09:01:41 AM »
@ OP - smaller gear or mirrorless will be a good choice IF; you only do still shooting. Otherwise, DSLR is still the king in term of speed and IQ.

RX1 is my 1st choice for light travel, but I will not sell my 5D III + lenses until I only do still photography.
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Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2013, 09:02:51 AM »
So after a long time being absent from photography I have decided that I want to stop my pursuit in becoming a semi-professional photographer.

That being said, I don't want to give up photography. I just want to be able to take good pictures for my personal portfolio! So I'm considering selling all of my Canon gear (Canon 5Dc, 17-40mm, 50mm, and 70-200mm) and buying a smaller set up that is unobtrusive.

I would probably get around 1,750 for everything in total. With that money, I planned on getting this set up:

  • Sony NEX C3 w/ 16mm f/2.8
  • Sigma 30mm f/2.8
  • Sony 50mm f/1.8

Anyways, am I crazy for going this route?

You are not crazy!

To me this is a either or, and I can feel your ambivalence. I think that if you do sell your gear, - stick with a compact. Why go to an inferior system, or a system at all? Buy a compact with a zoom or a fixed focal lenght. Other than that; you will wind up missing your gear.

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Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2013, 10:12:22 AM »
...and buying a smaller set up that is unobtrusive...

Anyways, am I crazy for going this route?

If that's a primary objective, I can't knock your thinking.  Plus, I think you'd gain a few extra capabilities and IQ benefits over the 5Dc.  But there are a lot of downsides with going mirrorless and I'd suggest taking baby steps.  Did you know there are some really good EF to NEX adapters that might allow you to retain aperture control and (admittedly very slow) AF when using your lenses on the Sony? Why not just pick up the NEX C3 and one lens and keep your Canon gear for the time being?  Best of both worlds.
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Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2013, 10:31:31 AM »
I like the idea of going with smaller gear for certain situations, and the IQ is certainly very good now... but have you held on in your hands?

I held a friend's NEX a couple months ago and it cramped my hands inside a minute.  Ergonomics are worth something I'd say. 

When I decided to go digital, I had an older Minolta manual focus system, so I had no upgrade path to follow, and I looked at every brand and option.  I went with Canon for both lens selection and how they felt in my hand. 

So, if you try something new, try it in your hands before you sell the old gear, at the least.