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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


I want to buy a new camera before I go to Alaska in April. Nikon isn't an option and I'd prefer FF.


Nov 19, 2012 at 09:36 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


If you primarily want FF, I would go with a 5D original (600-800 used) + a schnazzy new lens for whatever kind of photography you're into.

But other than that, it depends on how important autofocus and low-light performance are. If you're going to be shooting birds or sports, then wait to see how the 6D AF tracking performs. If not, just get the used 5DMKII because the 6D won't be *that* much better in other specs.



Nov 19, 2012 at 09:51 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


used mark 2 and used 17-40L or 28 F1.8 for the epic landscapes.


Nov 19, 2012 at 09:53 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


+1 for 5d2 and 17-40L.


Nov 19, 2012 at 09:54 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


How about a used 1dsII + nice lens/nice gift for wife.


Nov 19, 2012 at 09:55 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


I haven't been considering the 5Dc because I would like higher screen quality and better ISO performance. I have a 40D now.


Nov 19, 2012 at 09:59 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


Good suggestion Ghost. I was considering that too. I don't think I quite want a camera that size. This will be the last camera I buy for a long time (at least I tell my wife that) so I was hoping to get something newer.


Nov 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


I like the 5d2 17-40L suggestions. I could use a better lens in that range.


Nov 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


the 6d seems to me to be a repackaged 5dii with less magnesium so they could outfit it with wifi and gps which will impress the move up crowd. I doubt your decision will be any clearer once the 6d is out, but you may quickly lose out on the chance to buy a new 5dii if you don't feel comfortable with used. That being said, happy wife, happy life, so go get a used 5dii and spend $600 on her. She'll hardly notice the new camera if what you get her sparkles enough..


Nov 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


Planning to do any wildlife photography??


Nov 19, 2012 at 11:40 PM
 

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


RobDickinson wrote:
+1 for 5d2 and 17-40L.


+2

Super combo. Get a high quality CPL.



Nov 19, 2012 at 11:43 PM
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mco_970 wrote:
Planning to do any wildlife photography??


Not on that budget I'd guess.



Nov 19, 2012 at 11:43 PM
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Pixel Perfect wrote:
Not on that budget I'd guess.


Yeah, I'd try 6D for sure if photographing animals is involved. Otherwise, can't think of a reason not to use 5D2 for purely landscape.



Nov 19, 2012 at 11:51 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


Buy a used 5DIII for $2,200 or less. No question!!

Lensrentals.com is offering them at some point this weekend for that. You should be able to find one for that price by April.

Lensrentals Black Friday Sale



Nov 20, 2012 at 12:53 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


What do you want to photograph?

I am assuming landscape...so maybe a MF rangefinder and say two dozen rolls of film..plus something like a Fuji X10 for the pocket. Or G1X for a larger pocket.

Or make the G1X the only camera as I can't see why you assess FF as being important from your post...do you want to make mega prints afterwards? In which case definitely the MF film RF...



Nov 20, 2012 at 12:59 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


Is this a cruise or a trip to a specific location?

Cruise-tastic advice:

I took cruise a year ago, Seattle to Skagway. I could have taken full frame, but I chose the 60D and 15-85 IS, and it worked out great. We took a few excursions and also roamed around the hillsides in Skagway, and the downtown in Juneau (get a great view from the State Office Building). The point being, the IS came in really handy to keep the ISO down for handheld shots even at dusk. I highly recommend that and a small P&S like S100 or G10-G15.

But if you really are jonesing for FF, the best deal would be a nice used 5D2. The 24-105 would be a great lens to take, similar in range to that 15-85 IS (a little shorter), but coupled with a fast normal is all you would need for a cruise.

You know coastal regions are going to be socked-in with rain, overcast, and maybe a peek at the sun, so a CPL won't be really a priority.

Have fun!



Nov 20, 2012 at 01:12 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


Gunzorro wrote:
Is this a cruise or a trip to a specific location?

Cruise-tastic advice:

I took cruise a year ago, Seattle to Skagway. I could have taken full frame, but I chose the 60D and 15-85 IS, and it worked out great. We took a few excursions and also roamed around the hillsides in Skagway, and the downtown in Juneau (get a great view from the State Office Building). The point being, the IS came in really handy to keep the ISO down for handheld shots even at dusk. I highly recommend that and a small P&S like S100 or G10-G15.

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Save a fortune and take the Ferry from Bellingham to Juneau. If you get there early enough you can sleep on deck (under cover) and still free to use showers etc and can keep a look out for the northern lights.



Nov 20, 2012 at 01:16 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


I'm actually going to Fairbanks for my sister's wedding. She works for a tour company there and they do bus trips to the arctic circle and flights to some remote Eskimo villages. Last time my mother went to Alaska she got to hop on whatever empty seat they had available and I'm hoping I can do the same.

Other than this trip, I'm mainly a hobbyist that does some photo work for the company I work for such as events and employee photos.



Nov 20, 2012 at 01:31 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


Thanks for the added info.

Yes, to full frame! The tough choice for you will be between a used 5D2 and nice lens, of what looks to be a smaller uber-cam, the 6D.

Sounds like an amazing trip!



Nov 20, 2012 at 01:51 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · If you had $2000 and 5 months to decide...


DizzelDel wrote:
used mark 2 and used 17-40L or 28 F1.8 for the epic landscapes.


Don;t forget something long too. You will definitely be caught way too short if all you have is a 17-40. Nab a 70-200 f/4 IS or 70-300L or at least 70-200 f/4 non-IS or even Tamron 70-300 VC too.

Landscapes and natural scenery is FAR from being all about ultra-wide. I feel the need for 70mm+ a LOT more than wider than 24mm on FF.



Nov 20, 2012 at 01:54 AM
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