Help decide between an upgrade to a 20d and 300/400 IS lens

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  1. frankiscool

    frankiscool TPF Noob!

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    My wife has tentatively approved either an upgrade from the 300d to a 20d, or a 300 or maybe even a 400mm IS lens; both of those should cost around 600-800 after selling my 300d (estimate). I'm kind of torn.

    I shoot mostly martial arts tournaments and events like that, and sometimes I'm shooting from far away, so I would like to have the lens for those times. Plus, you never know when you might need a long-range lense like that, like on vac recently shooting ships.

    On the other hand, I'd like to move to the 20d which has more capabilities, esp. if I ever hope to start doing gigs on the side.

    Thoughts? Thanks
     
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    My suggestion would be to get the lens. It sounds like you would definetly use it. Getting the 20D would be very nice; however, you'd still be in the same boat with being far away at tournaments because the camera is sold with lens kits that are of moderate focal length (18-55mm, 17-85mm?). If you get the lens, you can use it now with your camera, then next month, after doing much yard work and completing a few dozen honey-do lists, you'll be able to get the 20D and you'll have a righteous lens to hang off the front of it.

    Just my thoughts, good luck with the purchase either way. :D
     
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    Primary,

    I'm sorry, I did neglect to mention that I would be buying the body only, since I have a 18-55 and also a 200mm Sigma lens at the moment... the 200mm is pretty good, but i'd like something even stronger, plus it isn't IS.

    Still think I should get the lens? Thanks for the info.
     
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    100%, get the lens. The 300d is the dig. rebel, right? Yeah, a 20d is a good idea, but its not something that you can't shoot with for a while until you save up for the new 20d. lenses should always be priotiry IMO. when you get in that situation where you need it... you'll be glad you did.
     
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    Frank,
    I think I would still go for the lens first. Either way, you better post some of those karate-kick-to-the-head pics!
     
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    to me, 'upgrading' from a 300d to a 20d seems more like a sidestep than a step forward, if you get my drift.

    Sure, you get an extra 2 million pixels - but what does that add up to in terms of resolution? Next to nothing. You can get good 12x18 prints off a drebel, do you really need more?

    Build quality - sure, you get a slightly more rugged magnesium alloy body, but is it really worth laying out another $999 usd or however much the 20d is over there to get just that?

    The only other possible advantages i can see are the 5fps/23 frame burst (significantly more than the 300d) and the 9 point AF as opposed to 7 point.

    Personally, now i have my 300d, i'm not planning on upgrading until the resolution at least doubles (notice i'm talking resolution here - not megapixels - meaning an image 6144x4096 or a 25 megapixel camera!)
    or the 10megapixel cameras with the magnesium/good body build quality come right down in price - the sensor is still stellar on the 300d and its still a very nice camera.

    I'd advise you put your money into your lens collection - as then you can always upgrade to a newer, better body when it actually becomes fiscally viable to do so.

    just my 0.02$.
     

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