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Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« on: June 04, 2013, 08:32:54 AM »
Dear Forum,

I've been a happy user of a panasonic GF-1, 20 mm 1.7, and 45-200 for about 3 years. I would very much appreciate recommendations regarding an upgrade. I'm specifically looking for better autofocus, handling, and low light performance. I would love a  large bright viewfinder as well. (I have been using the LVF-1 from panasonic).

I'm looking for something versitile (i.e. landscape, portrait, minimal action shots).  Size and weight is also a factor for me.

Thank you for your thoughts.


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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2013, 11:01:15 AM »
A rebel T4i or If your willing to sacrifice some stuff, a used 5Dc is what I'd go with for the landscapes.

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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2013, 11:06:23 AM »
What's your budget?
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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2013, 04:32:11 PM »
OM-D EM-5. If weight is a consideration.
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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2013, 06:14:10 PM »
What's your budget?

+1 It really depends on how much you want to spend. 

You listed these criteria:

Better autofocus                                             1DX, 5D3, 7D
Handling                                                         1DX, 5D3, 6D, 7D, 60D
Low light performance                                      1DX, 6D, 5D3
Large, bright viewfinder                                    1DX, 5D3, 6D, 7D, 60D
Versatile (landscape, portrait, minimal action)     6D, 60D
Limited size and weight                                    6D, 60D, SL1, 650D

So, depending on how you weigh these factors, your choice could be anything from a 1DX to a SL1.  The 6D might be best all-around option as it makes the list on all factors except "better autofocus" and its decent there, but not great.  Fine for everything but a lot of fast moving sports.
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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013, 09:40:16 AM »
Thanks for the great reply.  I think I'm leaning towards the 6d and 24-105 kit lens. In time I'll get the 70-200 f4 is and maybe a teleconverter Maybe  one prime lens and I should be all set.
Thanks again

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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2013, 10:18:10 AM »
Thanks for the great reply.  I think I'm leaning towards the 6d and 24-105 kit lens. In time I'll get the 70-200 f4 is and maybe a teleconverter Maybe  one prime lens and I should be all set.
Thanks again

A 6D and 24-105 can do a lot!  Adding a 70-200 and fast prime later sounds like a great plan.
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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2013, 10:55:15 AM »
Thanks for the great reply.  I think I'm leaning towards the 6d and 24-105 kit lens. In time I'll get the 70-200 f4 is and maybe a teleconverter Maybe  one prime lens and I should be all set.
Thanks again

A 6D and 24-105 can do a lot!  Adding a 70-200 and fast prime later sounds like a great plan.

Good suggestion

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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2013, 11:28:41 AM »
Thanks for the great reply.  I think I'm leaning towards the 6d and 24-105 kit lens. In time I'll get the 70-200 f4 is and maybe a teleconverter Maybe  one prime lens and I should be all set.
Thanks again
Get the 70-200 f/2.8 instead....definitely worth the extra $$'s.

What prime are you looking to get?

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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2013, 12:08:49 PM »
Thanks for the great reply.  I think I'm leaning towards the 6d and 24-105 kit lens. In time I'll get the 70-200 f4 is and maybe a teleconverter Maybe  one prime lens and I should be all set.
Thanks again
Get the 70-200 f/2.8 instead....definitely worth the extra $$'s.

What prime are you looking to get?

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Only if OP needs that extra stop. To be honest I don't think it's worth paying twice as much as the f/4 unless you need the f/2.8. I'm sure the lens kicks ass but you can get by or otherwise there's the 135L if you need the extra light.
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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2013, 12:31:22 PM »
About the lens, 24-70 f/2.8 is also a good option if you have the budget to get it
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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2013, 06:45:21 PM »
6d although I recommend primes instead of zooms.

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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2013, 08:43:29 PM »
6d although I recommend primes instead of zooms.

I disagree, limiting yourself like that can be creative but sometimes a job calls for the flexibilty of a zoom. Now, I reckon just one or two zooms will do it and then build up your primes. A 24-105L is prob all you'll need. Then decide what focal lengths you are drawn to. Don't get a 35mm just because it's cool to have one. You'll have to analyse your shooting and framing styles over a long period of time. And it's ongoing. You may find that this year you are more of a tele kind of guy.
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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2013, 09:40:24 PM »
6d although I recommend primes instead of zooms.

I disagree, limiting yourself like that can be creative but sometimes a job calls for the flexibilty of a zoom. Now, I reckon just one or two zooms will do it and then build up your primes. A 24-105L is prob all you'll need. Then decide what focal lengths you are drawn to. Don't get a 35mm just because it's cool to have one. You'll have to analyse your shooting and framing styles over a long period of time. And it's ongoing. You may find that this year you are more of a tele kind of guy.
I have a 400mm f5.6, 135mm f2, 50mm f1.8 and 17mm t/s f4. I rarely use the 50mm. Maybe later on I'll get a 600mm or 800mm. I'm definitely either medium to long telephoto or ultra wide angle. Later on I may end up in shooting differently.

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Re: Seeking Recommendations regarding camera upgrade
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2013, 11:43:14 PM »
6d although I recommend primes instead of zooms.

I disagree, limiting yourself like that can be creative but sometimes a job calls for the flexibilty of a zoom. Now, I reckon just one or two zooms will do it and then build up your primes. A 24-105L is prob all you'll need. Then decide what focal lengths you are drawn to. Don't get a 35mm just because it's cool to have one. You'll have to analyse your shooting and framing styles over a long period of time. And it's ongoing. You may find that this year you are more of a tele kind of guy.

I agree with this post as well. Nothing against Sebring5, but I shoot a ultra wide angle (17-40L), prime (35L), and tele (70-200ii). Also, as was mentioned, if you do need the extra stop and/or happen to win the lottery, the 70-200 2.8 IS is a beast. If you won't need the 2.8, no sweat, the f/4 version is a great option as well.

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