Upload & Sell: On
| p.1 #8 · At an impass, starting from scratch, sort of... |
Before I got married, I shot Nikon. I got married, and my wife and I decided that shooting 2 lens systems was a pretty bad idea, and I did what all smart men would do, sold my Nikon stuff, and bought a 50d. Haven't really shot much as a result of many life events, and ended up selling it to a friend. I am currently lensless personally, although my wife has a 17-40l, 50 1.8, 28-135, and a 580EX. She gave me the go ahead to go back to NIkon, but with 2 littles ones JUST born, buying 2 24-70s...Show more →
I'm consistent in my position that it really doesn't matter which brand you shoot, especially in the longer term. If you wife shot Nikon and you were a former Canon user, my advice would be essentially the same - stick to a single brand. In this case, that probably means working with Canon gear, since that is what she has and you are the one who needs to acquire gear.
You certainly could shoot different brands, but there are advantages in being able to share some equipment, especially the less used pieces that you might otherwise be less able to justify.
As far as full frame Canon gear goes, you have some options. The 5D3 is the current best body in that category by most standards, and there are some good pricing options right now. The previous 5D2 is also an excellent camera - I chose to keep mine rather than upgrading to the 5D3 - and the cost is lower, which might make it more attractive to you as you try this move back to Canon shooting and to full frame.
Lenses raise an interesting set of questions. There is a new 24-70mm f/2.8 lens from Canon that is reportedly an excellent performer, though it is quite pricey. The previous model of this lens is well-regarded and less expensive. Many also like the 24-105mm f/4 L IS lens, though that may not satisfy your desire for very thin DOF. Another option could be to combine one of these (the 24-105?) with a large aperture prime or two. While you can spend a ton on L primes, there are some fine non-L prime options that are quite good, too. These include the 35mm f/2, the 50mm f/1.4, and the 85mm f/1.8.