Ever since I started photography, I bought a 450D which was the best entry level camera at the time. Since then I have put all my money into better lenses. Right now I have:
Sigma 8-16mm (landscape)
Canon 24-70 L (main gun)
Sigma 70-200 OS + two televerters both at 2x. (telephoto)
I might throw in a 50mm 1.4 in there. But it is getting very heavy already for an around the world travel. And I have finally settled for these lenses after going through over 12 lenses. And Im pretty happy with this set.
Now, obviously my body is a bit old and noobish. Yes I can still take good photos and I love the 1.6x crop factor at times.
Where Im going around the world is yet to be finalised. But it potentially includes:
1) Amazon rainforest ( not a tourist trip but going with a one-man guide through the jungle for two weeks, scary as hell thinking about it in case i get lost)
2) Argentine patagona, treking in the snow for many days. ( cold as hell and eat up my batteries)
3) and about 6 months of bashing in a backpack, with it being thrown around in buses, bumped around in my bag, escaping past hungry fingers of scammmers/robbers/pickpockets/muggers, and just generally being around in heavy sun, rain, beach, boats, you name it.
Question is, is the 450D gonna take all of this??? Im fully prepared to lose my 450D on the trip. As long as it takes photos inside, I dont mind if it dies at the end or end up an ugly duckling with screens scratched and body chipped. Im minly worried if its gonna break inside in terms of electronics half way during the priceless trip. eg, when Im in the middle of no where sleeping with the amazon tribes people with sticks through their noses and my 450 dies on me. (F**K!), or when Im caught in torential rain, and it drowns?
I havea bit of extra cash left. Im deciding between replacing my brand new sigma 70-200 OS with the cannon 70-200 IS II which gives sharper images, or getting a better body. And to be honest, non of the 60Ds or 7Ds look atttractive as its the same sensor as the 550D ( yes I have 450D) so I'll just upgrade to the 5DII. But that costs a lot of money, and potentially more tears if Im mugged.
So what do you think guys? Im fully prepared to lose all my eqquipments over a 6 months period. I will cry an ocean but its gonna be worth it on a 6month travel. (why buy cameras otherwise?) But now its got to a point if I spent an extra £1000, the loss will begin to hurt!