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If you had $3,000 to spend on photo equipment and currently used 60d and fuji x100...not a professional photographer just a hobby..,would you spend money on 5d m2 for a full frame or wait for successor. Would love to hear your thoughts.
 
If you had $3,000 to spend on photo equipment and currently used 60d and fuji x100...not a professional photographer just a hobby..,would you spend money on 5d m2 for a full frame or wait for successor. Would love to hear your thoughts.

Me personally I would keep the 60d and buy a 24-70L,70-200L,and a nice flash but that is what fits my needs.
 
It depends on what you want to shoot.

The 5D is a better studio/landscape camera than anything. The autofocus is not very swell, and neither is the frame rate. The 60D is kind of a 'jack-of-all-trades.' It's not best at anything, but it does most things decently.
 
Don't forgot that CES starts today in Las Vegas. If Canon is releasing any new cameras or equipment they will be announced at CES (January 10-13). So wait until the end of the CES conference before you make any decisions.
 
I would personally get the original 5D and the 24-70 f2.8L, and a 580EX II. the 18-135 and Promaster flash are definitely the weak links in your current kit.
 
I'd probably buy a Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 OS (if its under 3K in the USA, I'm not sure of its US price).

Honestly there are a million and one options you could do with that kind of money - new camera lenses, bodies, accessories, tripods, lighting, pro filter sets, location scouting, model hiring etc...

The only way to get a meaningful answer is to put your criteria on the table. Otherwise you'll get more replies like mine above, good suggestions for someone with (most likely) totally different criteria to yourself.
 
I'd stick with the 60D, get a nice lowepro backpack and a round trip ticket to Europe. Improve my photos by making the subjects more interesting!
 
If it was my $3K and I had the list you have...

I'd sell the 60D (~$750), sell the 18-135 (~$250), and sell the Promaster 7500 (~$60-70). That would leave your budget at around $4000 after shipping all that other out.
With the 4K, i'd pick up a lightly used 5D2 w/grip (~$2000), a lightly used 24-70mm f/2.8 (~$1000), a lightly used 580EXII (~$375), and that will leave ~$600 for light modifiers, tripod, filters, etc... or maybe even another 580EXII so you can get a little more creative with your lighting... perhaps some Yongnuo radio triggers.
 
I'd stick with the 60D. The focus system is far better in your camera than the 5d2 and your camera is more equipped to do the everything kind of photography that a hobbyist like you shoots than the 5d2 is. The 5d2 is designed more for specifically portraits and weddings. You have a current camera body that has all of the abilities and more that you can need. The 60D is a newer body than the 5d2. It's a silly move that is usually part of the "penis game." Mine is bigger than yours... If you MUST upgrade the body (why I have no clue) I'd think about the 7D, but it isn't really that much of an upgrade. A few features, weather sealing and magnesium alloy body...

I'd spend the money on good glass instead. I'd get rid of that 18-135 and get the canon 24-70 f/2.8L. The 580EX II flash and maybe a good gear bag. If you don't have a good tripod and remote shutter release those would go on the list. If you are interested in taking that flash off camera then I'd go for a stand, adapter and modifier for it.
 
5D classic, 24L & Sigma 85 f/1.4.
 
If it was my $3K and I had the list you have...

I'd sell the 60D (~$750), sell the 18-135 (~$250), and sell the Promaster 7500 (~$60-70). That would leave your budget at around $4000 after shipping all that other out.
With the 4K, i'd pick up a lightly used 5D2 w/grip (~$2000), a lightly used 24-70mm f/2.8 (~$1000), a lightly used 580EXII (~$375), and that will leave ~$600 for light modifiers, tripod, filters, etc... or maybe even another 580EXII so you can get a little more creative with your lighting... perhaps some Yongnuo radio triggers.

I think this man has it right. Also might want to look into a good tripod.
 
Skip the 5D, and get more glass for the 60D + an awesome tripod if you don't have one.

$3k gets you 1 tripod and 1 lens, or 2 lenses (if you shop carefully)...

If you already had plenty of glass AND a tripod, only then would I be thinking body upgrade.
 
Here's the big question: Do you shoot anything that moves like the wind? Sports? Racing? The 5d2 does NOT handle it well. It's a still camera in every sense of the word, so if you do the occasional football game, race, kids sports... It's definitely harder to do with the 5d2.
Do you shoot in low light (football, indoors...) with no flash? You will be limited to shooting only with your center focus point with the 5d2.
Still life and decent light? It's an awesome camera and I might then jump on it.
 
I'm waiting for the new release to see what its all about and then I am going to decide what I am going to buy. I even had a dream about it two nights ago. :shock:
 

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