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| p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Buy superwide crop lens or just get a used 5d? |
That's a tough call, I shoot crop bodies, 40/50Ds, as well as the EOS3 film cameras. A 24-85 was my widest lens prior to going digital, just wasn't comfortable any wider.
I choose to push my uncomfortable self and go a bit wider and picked up the EF-S 10-22 (equivalent to 16-35 on FF/Film) and love it. But, since I've used the lens these last threes years I'm noticing most of my shots are between 20 and 35mm, below twenty just gets to...difficult...for me (more practice is required.)
Given it's cost I wondered if I might have been better served with the 17-40L as I will be moving to FF in a year or so. But the pluses out weighed minuses given the 10-22 is super sharp, has less distortion then the 17-40 and it has a good resale value. I've had a blast shooting with it, 3yrs and counting and that is a huge bonus, as it was worth exploring 16-35mm and discovering I don't really need/want ultra-wide....yet
Like you I've seriously pondered the 5Dc, would love to shoot digital FF, but for me the lack of Live View, it's older AF and a few other missing features stopped me from buying one. I do envy images it produces however!
I'm guessing the 17-35 you have is the superb f2.8L? If I already had that lens and could give up Live View, give up a good/usable LCD, auto dust removal, use mostly the viewfinder, I might get the 5Dc. Do remember it's 5+ years old, if it needs repairs; like a mirror box and/or a new shutter, that could potentially be another $400 or more on top of your original cost. Get plenty of info from the seller, see when it was last serviced, what the shutter count is.
I've decided to sit FF out for a bit, save for a 5D3, keep myself informed about the new AF systems of the 7D and 5D3; if an update to the 7D comes out with better AF, FF might be even further out...
Good luck with your choice...it is a tough one.