Upgrade body or lenses?

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  1. poopingfish

    poopingfish TPF Noob!

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    Ive currently got an Xt. Looking around the forums I feel kinda left out :(
    I was going to be buying a Tokina 10-17, external flash of sorts, 50 1.8, and a maybe the Canon 55-250IS tele. Adding it all up its about a grand.

    Realizing this, should I use the money to get a new body? Im really wanting one and this may very well be my only chance for awhile. Im thinking perhaps a used 30D or maybe higher. Then with the money left over and selling my XT get a new lense.
    I know its all about the glass, but this is quite the entry level body and a rare chance for me.

    I value all input, thanks guys.

    The main two cameras I want is either the 40D or a D80. although I dont know anything of Nikon lenses as of yet.
     
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  2. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Keep the XT and get some good glass.

    Why do you feel left out? Lots of people here use a XT (aka 350D); I do, for one - lots of others do too though.

    The XT (350D) is plenty capable, get some decent lenses and you'll be impressed with the results.
     
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    frXnz kafka TPF Noob!

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    I just upgraded from an XT to a 30D. After selling my XT I ended up spending about $300. My biggest reason for upgrading was that I wanted to be able to shoot at ISO 3200. If there is something the XT can't do that you really need it to do (ISO3200, spot metering, 5 FPS) then get a new body. Otherwise, get new glass.
     
  4. poopingfish

    poopingfish TPF Noob!

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    Well, hopefully better colors. Higher res shots although that doesnt actually matter. I would like a faster burst rate for skating sequences. The 3200 would also be a little nicer for skating shots in lower light without using a harsh flash.

    Do you think Iso3200 after being PPd in decent light would be better then 1600 with a 230EX?
     
  5. astrostu

    astrostu I shoot for the stars

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    I agree with the others and go for new lenses over a new body unless you NEED the features on the new body. Think of it this way: (1) Lenses get revised much less often than bodies, and so will be out-of-date MUCH less quickly than a new body would; and (2) A new body shooting through poor glass will still give you a worse photo than good lenses mounted on an older body ... in MOST situations.
     
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    Glass, glass.....did I mention.....glass.

    This answer, unlike most other subjects, is likely to be quite unanimous.
     
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    One thing to mention, the 50D just came out, so a lot of 30D and 40D owners may consider upgrading so you'll see some bodies go out on Craig's List.
     
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    poopingfish TPF Noob!

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    I think Ill continue to get the lenses. When the time comes I gain extra money Ill try and buy a used 40d if I can.

    Now I cant decide whether to get me telephoto lens or 50 1.8 first. I have to wait on the tokina.
     
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    Good decision:)
     
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    you cant ALWAYS pick glass over a body. if youre low on gear right now and havent really got the chance to experience a new lens then go for that. and a hot shoe flash is another essential.
     
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    Normally I would say glass first, but since your current body does not have the features you need, an upgrade may be in hand. That said, wait a bit for the price to drop on the 40D. It will make it's way to the $850 range shortly once the 50D is released. The 6.5fps is great for sequence shot. Pair it with a larger aperature telephoto and you should be able to capture the skating scenes. To capture moving subjects and action shots, there is really no substitute for fast glass IS or not. If price is an issue, check out the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 that many here tout. The Canon model is as good as it gets.
     
  12. skiboarder72

    skiboarder72 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Like everyone else is saying... get better glass and get out there and shoot until your camera dies... then upgrade it :)
     

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