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| p.1 #3 · Next step in gear upgrade? |
I have about $200 form Christmas money that I got and I'm debating what to do with it. My current gear is as follows: Canon 7D Canon 50mm f/1.8 Canon 70-200mm f/4 Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. I'm 16 and have bought all my gear on my own, minus the 50mm which I got for Christmas as a gift. I love doing sports, which is why I have the 7D(Upgraded from a T2i), and the 70-200. The 70-200 does a good job, but with it being winter time. It is a little dark inside, and I am going to upgrade it to...Show more →
A few bits of advice:
As a new, young photographer who is figuring out what his favorite sorts of photography might be and where this will all lead... this is not the time to be spending a ton of money on high end gear. Frankly, your f/4 70-200mm lens is a fine piece of gear that quite a few very serious photographers rely on, including some folks whose names are well-known, whose workshops are booked up, whose photographs sell well, and whose books are well-read.
You primary focus at this point is not gear - it should be photography, and you can do quite a fine job of without getting the high end, very expensive equipment at this point.
Your 7D is a fine camera. Put the idea of replacing the body out of your mind for now.
A "lens collection" is not a "collection," like a stamp collection might be. You want to purchase lenses because they are effective, functional tools that let you make photographs, not because you want to "build a collection," or because you want to have the gear that looks like pro gear. It isn't about the gear. It is about the photographs.
A fact: If someone were to hand you every lens and body on your list right now, a) your photography would likely be no better, b) you'd have to start focusing on the important thing, photography, c) you might still find new excuses to engage in gear lust, and d) you can do the most important thing right now with the gear you have, namely develop your eye, your technical understanding, and your style.
Edited on Dec 31, 2012 at 07:16 AM · View previous versions