What would you do?

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  1. drlynn

    drlynn TPF Noob!

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    I have been looking at getting into some portrait work on the side (my wife runs a scrapbooking business, and I'm basically thinking of ways to help her business) and I have a couple of options for equipment.
    I have always been a Canon guy, and have a Rebel Ti and a couple of lenses (but nothing really good enough to do portrait work :( ). I also have an older manual Canon AV-1 with a 50mm f/1.8, 135mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/3.5-4.

    So, here are my options. Each is roughly the same $-wise, tho #1 will be a little less, probably:

    1. Buy a couple of nice lenses for my Canon, ie 135mm f/2.8, 100mm, etc.

    2. Buy the Minolta Maxxum 7 + 28-100 and 75-300 lenses I've been drooling over, and use the AV-1 with the 135 f/2.8 as my backup

    My dilemma lies in wondering if the extra features on the Minolta (flash compensation, mirror lock-up, etc) would be nicer to have than the dedicated portrait lens.
     
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    Personally I'd go with the lenses. While features on the camera can be nice and make things easier, it's really the lens that makes a picture look the way it does (for film cameras). The EOS 85mm f1.8 is a dream portrait lens for the Canon, and I think you will be much happier with the pictures it takes than what you would get with a zoom lens in the long run. That combined with the 135mm f2.8 lens would cover most portrait situations. A 50mm f1.8 is fairly inexpensive and would be good for environmental portraits.
     
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    I second the 85mm 1.8 lens. It's amazing for portraits.
     
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    Mark and Voods,
    Thanks for the input. I saw a WOW price on the Maxxum 7 kit (under $700!) with the 2 lenses, and having read up on all that the thing can do, I had been contemplating selling all my stuff and switching. But there are not a lot of quality dedicated portrait lenses available for the Minolta that I could find, so I was starting to lean towards the new lenses for my Canon.

    That's probably what I'll do, and start saving for an EOS 3 for the (fairly distant) future.

    Thanks again!
     
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    Unless there's a specific feature that the EOS 3 has that you are looking for, you might want to check out the A2 (or A2e). I had two, and I love them. One is actually an EOS 5 (the Eurpean version), which I still have and keep meaning to stick up on eBay. The extra focus zones and do-dads of the EOS 3 are nice, but the A2 has probably the best bang-for-the-buck out of the entire Canon line.
     
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    Funny you should mention the EOS 5/A2e, Mark.

    I have been looking at them on eBay, and all the reviews I have seen have been positive. They say that the European version is better, due to some patent problems in the States forcing a couple of features off of the US version.

    I am leaning toward the 3 mainly for the new camera warranty, but I haven't really decided. And I'll probably change my mind 50-60 times between now and the day I buy it. :D
     
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    Another thumbs up from me on the EOS 85mm f1.8 and the tried and true 50mm f1.8.
     
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    The EOS 5 has a Quartz Date Back. Whether that's good or not is questionable. The patent issue is when it's in manual mode. The A2(e) will only show + or - if you are over or underexposed, while the EOS 5 uses the typical graph with the +/- 2 stop range.

    You could get a main EOS 5 and a backup for less than one new EOS 3, and still have money left for a third camera if one busted. (You only need one vertical grip.)

    Just a thought. ;)

    I'd rather sell it to someone on here than on eBay. I'd like to get $250 for it with the vertical grip, if you are interested. They are both in great shape, but at some point I put on the battery cover from my backup camera, so the rubber is a little worn on that part. I have the box, but can't find the manual at the moment. The battery meter still shows full.
     
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    Mark, that's a great deal! Makes me wish I was ready to buy now! But my wife just agreed to $600+ in new lenses, so I'd better not press my luck. :wink:


    I'm gettin' the 85mm, 135mm soft focus, and the 50mm 1.8 (douldn't afford the 1.4 along with the other 2, and it's the lens of least need, so I didn't want to skip one of the others to upgrade).

    WOOHOOO!! NEW TOYS!!! :D :D :D

    :smileys:
     
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    No worries. I'll plunk it on eBay once I get my butt in gear.

    Great choices on the lenses! Even if you do get the 50/1.4 later, the 1.8 is still good to have around. It's lighter and makes a good backup lens for outings when you don't want to risk hurting the 1.4.
     

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