How to spend $1800?????

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  1. Hardrock

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    So my equipment list is: Canon XT, 50mmf1.4, 100mmf2.8 macro, kit 18-55, 75-300mm cheapo, and 430exII. I mostly take family portraits, macro shots , landscapes and, animal shots. So basically all sorts of different shots.

    My question is what is the best way to spend the money out of these options? I realize the are all totally different but what would you get with this list of equipment and these options?

    I would like a new camera body for better cropping in and to check focus for macro work, and possibly a little better higher iso performance. I have thought about the 40d but would rather get the 50d.

    1. 50D and 17-40 f4 L
    2. 70-200 is usm f2.8L
    3. 100-400 f4.5-5.6L

    Thanks!
     
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    buy a 40d, buy ****ty lens, and give the rest to me ;)
     
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    lol
     
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    and then what would you buy?
     
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    a nice 50D + 100mm Canon macro lens :), with a little help of my own money :sexywink:
     
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    Normally I say Lens > Body. But it seems you have enough to fit your macro needs. Are you happy with the lenses?

    I say 50D!! :thumbup:

    But after the 50D you will have around 800$ To spend, I say get yourself a nice lens but since im a big Nikon user I cant suggest which one exactly.

    I see you have two telephotos and one wide angle on your to buy list. What are you looking to shoot?
     
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    Eventually I plan on buying all that is listed its just to much all at once, I need a good wide angle (I know its not as wide on a crop body), and some nice medium to long telephoto lens. I really like to shoot it all , landscape, portraits, macro, and animals.
     
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    hmm I'd say look at the 70-200mm f2.8 or the 100-400mm lenses as options instead of a better camera body -because even with a better body you will still have the cheap 70-300mm lens to use. Further the 50S is very demanding on glass - if you use cheap glass on it you might well get worse results than on a lower end body (since the sensor starts to show up more lens errors in the 50D).
    I moved from a cheap sigma 70-300mm lens to a 70-200mm f2.8 IS L and the difference was amazing - stick a 1.4TC on and you won't miss the 70-300mm at all.
     
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    I need to do this too, this sigma is killing me, but yes, very nice commentary.
     
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    get the lens (70-200) it keeps its value whereas a Body comes and goes!!!! so go with the 70-200 all the way! then you can save and get the next best camera body that comes out later
     
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    Thanks for advice!
     
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    Just one more point - but for an interest in wildife understand that the 70-200mm is not a wildlife lens on its own - its a complimentary lens - the sort that would be teamed with something like a 300mm or 400mm (or longer) prime lens as well - since 290mm (70-200mm+1.4TC at the long end) is not long enough (much of hte time) for wildlife work and a longer lens is idealy needed.
    The 100-400 does the job of all in one wildlife lens far better - infact the only other lens that does "all in one" wildlife which is popular is the 300mm f2.8 (with teleconverters) - but that is a major price jump
     

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