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leekbi

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Please advice on my next camera
« on: April 26, 2012, 07:49:13 PM »
Currently I'm using Canon T2i with kit lense 18-135mm IS, and 50mm f1.4USM

Now, I want to upgrade. Please give me advices.

Option 1: Keep T2i, and buy Canon 24-70 f2.8L USM or Canon 70-200 f2.8L II USM
Option 2: Sell T2i, buy Canon 7D with Canon 24-70 f2.8L USM
Option 3: Sell T2i, buy Canon 5D Mark II with kit lense 24-105 IS USM

Thanks everyone!

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Please advice on my next camera
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Re: Please advice on my next camera
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2012, 08:15:37 PM »
What is driving the upgrade?  I used to have a T2i and then now currently a 7d and 5dMkiii.  All my upgrades were driven by a specific need. 

What type of photography do you like?  Do you need a high FPS or a High ISO? 

When I went from the T2i to the 7d I noticed a touch of improvement in IQ but the real improvement was in ergonomics, shutterspeed, build quality, and AF.

The Mkii will increase your high ISO ability so if you do alot of indoor and low light photography then this will help.  Detail will also increase.  The AF and Shutterspeed could limit you so keep that in mind.

As far as lenses go I have both the 24-70 and 70-2002.8 II and they are very sharp but pretty heavy.  if you put the 70-2002.8 on the front of the T2i and that is going to be pretty unbalanced and not to fun to carry around.

If you don't have a specific reason to get rid of the T2i go for the glass. 
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Re: Please advice on my next camera
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2012, 11:44:27 PM »
I mainly take landscape, portrait, and wedding photos.
The main reason is I will be focusing on wedding photography, so I need the one that take nice portrait and fast.

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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2012, 06:52:24 AM »
As a wedding photographer you need backup equipment. You don't want to be responsible for losing part of someone's special day.

Option 4: buy a 5dii, keep the current body as a backup, rent lenses as you need them until you can afford to buy..

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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2012, 12:15:37 PM »
Option 3. And you can thank me in the morning.
In landscape photography, when you shoot is more important than where.

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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2012, 03:17:31 PM »
As a wedding photographer you need backup equipment. You don't want to be responsible for losing part of someone's special day.

Option 4: buy a 5dii, keep the current body as a backup, rent lenses as you need them until you can afford to buy..

+1  If you camera dies as they say I do you need something to capture the images.  If you're doing weddings you will need a 5dMkii or better for the high iso.  When I'm indoors I sometimes need ISO 1600 or 3200 and the 7D doesn't do this well.  24-70 is a great wedding lens IMHO...The 2.8 is fast for the low light and can give you some great Bokeh that will sell pictures
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Re: Please advice on my next camera
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2012, 07:27:41 PM »
As a wedding photographer you need backup equipment. You don't want to be responsible for losing part of someone's special day.

Option 4: buy a 5dii, keep the current body as a backup, rent lenses as you need them until you can afford to buy..

+1  If you camera dies as they say I do you need something to capture the images.  If you're doing weddings you will need a 5dMkii or better for the high iso.  When I'm indoors I sometimes need ISO 1600 or 3200 and the 7D doesn't do this well.  24-70 is a great wedding lens IMHO...The 2.8 is fast for the low light and can give you some great Bokeh that will sell pictures

24-70 is my next purchase hopefully.

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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2012, 07:27:41 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2012, 09:27:51 PM »
I mainly take landscape, portrait, and wedding photos.
The main reason is I will be focusing on wedding photography, so I need the one that take nice portrait and fast.

Are you going as the professional wedding photographer, a second shooter, or uncle Bob ?

If the former, you need at least two bodies and really should have a decent hot shoe mounted flash. Both the bodies should be xxD or better. (buy used if your budget is tight, need not be the latest model). They don't need  to be full frame, but full frame would really help.  Lenses -- the faster the better. Rent if you can't afford to buy.

If you're uncle Bob, you can use whatever gear is the most fun to use. For me this would be whatever body I happened to own, fast primes and a decent flash.

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Re: Please advice on my next camera
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2012, 02:26:57 AM »
As a wedding photographer you need backup equipment. You don't want to be responsible for losing part of someone's special day.

Option 4: buy a 5dii, keep the current body as a backup, rent lenses as you need them until you can afford to buy..

^I agree. You're setting yourself up for disaster if you put yourself in a high pressure shooting scenario such as a wedding equipped with only one camera (no matter how good it is). If that one body fails for whatever reason, you're going to have to give the couple a full refund and you're reputation would be seriously tarnished since you were the guy that failed to capture the events of their once in a lifetime special day. If you trying to budget, I'd even go with keeping your T2i and getting a 60D if it came down to it.  ;)

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Re: Please advice on my next camera
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2012, 03:51:35 AM »
Currently I'm using Canon T2i with kit lense 18-135mm IS, and 50mm f1.4USM

Option 3: Sell T2i, buy Canon 5D Mark II with kit lense 24-105 IS USM

Option 3 sounds to me like you won't have enough low light capability - the 24-105 is just an f/4 lens and I guess you would rather have f/2.8 or faster for weddings.

You should also keep in mind the really outdated AF on the 5D II...

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Re: Please advice on my next camera
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2012, 09:00:05 AM »
Easy.

Buy an old 5Dc and keep the 50mm 1.4 on it. It will give you a great low light combo and FOV.

Use the 18-135mm on the t2i for good outdoor light.

Get a flash for bounceing some light if it gets pitch black at the wedding.

Lower the expedtations to the bride and groom and wow them when they see the great results. (assuming that your exposures are nailed and strong compositions are done)

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Re: Please advice on my next camera
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2012, 09:00:05 AM »