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Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2014, 03:39:14 PM »
I'd say jump into the pool.  Gear devalues over time, bodies more so than lenses... but if you get a 6d for 1500 now and a 50 f1.2, that would go a long way in getting you close to where you want to be.  Then when the time comes, sell the 6d, decide on the lens... it can be cheaper than a rental.

When I got my Canon xs, I paid about 400 plus two lenses.  Two years later I sold all of the great for what I originally paid.  Fast forward to my 60d and after two years I lost 150-200 in value... still pretty cheap for a two year rental. 
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Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2014, 03:39:14 PM »

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Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« Reply #31 on: January 03, 2014, 03:43:17 PM »
Also a 135 L would work nicely on a 6d with maybe a single yongnuo 622c which will emit a red grid of lines and help lock onto focus.  There are a ton of options... Heck manually focusing will work if you do it often enough.
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XS->60D->5d Mkiii:18-55->24-105L:75-300->55-250->70-300->70-200 f4L USM->70-200 f/2.8L USM->70-200 f/2.8L IS Mkii:50 f/1.8->50 f/1.4->100 f/2.8L->85mm f/1.8 USM->135L -> 8mm ->100L

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Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« Reply #32 on: January 03, 2014, 05:46:50 PM »
Also a 135 L would work nicely on a 6d with maybe a single yongnuo 622c which will emit a red grid of lines and help lock onto focus.  There are a ton of options... Heck manually focusing will work if you do it often enough.
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If 135mm is a regularly required focal length and a wide spread of AF points isn't needed, the 6D/135L system would be hard to beat in low light.
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Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« Reply #33 on: January 03, 2014, 08:16:06 PM »
My new camera fund has reached $3000, barely enough for a used 1D4 or a new 5D3.  Looking around, I can also get a Sony A7R with 36MP, ISO 25600 and a 24-70 f/4 FF lens.  Or do I keep going and hope to get a lower priced or refurb 1DX for another $5000.  I would like a camera for low light stage events.

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Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« Reply #34 on: January 03, 2014, 08:51:08 PM »
Also a 135 L would work nicely on a 6d with maybe a single yongnuo 622c which will emit a red grid of lines and help lock onto focus.  There are a ton of options... Heck manually focusing will work if you do it often enough.
+1

If 135mm is a regularly required focal length and a wide spread of AF points isn't needed, the 6D/135L system would be hard to beat in low light.

The 1DX is a great body, but you can achieve comparable results at a fraction of the price.  Another guy mentioned it before, but I thought it was interesting. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paJqHPHLExo

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Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« Reply #35 on: January 10, 2014, 08:26:49 PM »
Also a 135 L would work nicely on a 6d with maybe a single yongnuo 622c which will emit a red grid of lines and help lock onto focus.  There are a ton of options... Heck manually focusing will work if you do it often enough.
+1

If 135mm is a regularly required focal length and a wide spread of AF points isn't needed, the 6D/135L system would be hard to beat in low light.

The 1DX is a great body, but you can achieve comparable results at a fraction of the price.  Another guy mentioned it before, but I thought it was interesting. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paJqHPHLExo

pictures of herons catching fish?  Sometimes you don't need the best to capture mundane...

That's a funny clip!  Reminds me of some people on here, only they aren't funny :P...

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Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2014, 10:14:08 PM »
Also a 135 L would work nicely on a 6d with maybe a single yongnuo 622c which will emit a red grid of lines and help lock onto focus.  There are a ton of options... Heck manually focusing will work if you do it often enough.
+1

If 135mm is a regularly required focal length and a wide spread of AF points isn't needed, the 6D/135L system would be hard to beat in low light.

The 1DX is a great body, but you can achieve comparable results at a fraction of the price.  Another guy mentioned it before, but I thought it was interesting. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paJqHPHLExo

pictures of herons catching fish?  Sometimes you don't need the best to capture mundane...

Someone here introduced me to that clip but it seems apropos.  Spending other people's money is so easy.  Sometimes a t1i will suffice for someone's photographic ventures... plus a good lens of course.

That's a funny clip!  Reminds me of some people on here, only they aren't funny :P...
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Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2014, 10:14:08 PM »

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Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« Reply #37 on: January 12, 2014, 09:06:38 AM »
I would go for the fast glass(es) first.
One up to two stops faster.
You will need them anyway for low light.
Then you can decide, if you need/want a newer body too.

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Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« Reply #37 on: January 12, 2014, 09:06:38 AM »