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Vin Le Photography

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Aug 24, 2015
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I'm brand new to this forum and I was hoping someone could help me out with a financial decision.

Long-story-short, upgrade to 5D Mk3 from t4i; or buy more lenses?

Long story:
I am currently shooting on a Canon t4i, but I want to upgrade to a 5D Mk3. I am slowly attracting new customers for weddings, events, family portraits, etc. However, I feel "tiny" and "unprofessional" when other guests are running around with higher-end bodies than I am. I am also taking a long time capturing some images on the t4i whereas I know it would be much easier for me to have captured the same image on a 5D (I've used one a few times, and the differences were obviously phenomenally significant).

The 5D would definitely help me in event and low-light settings where I am having trouble with the t4i. The 61 AF points are lovely as well.

Would upgrading be worth it for me, or should I invest in more lenses first? I currently have a Tamron 24-75 f/2.8 and 85 f/1.8. Other than that, nothing else I have will fit on the 5D.

I would benefit from having a second body for events; but is it better for me to invest in a couple other lenses first?

Things I shoot:
Portraits, nature, landscapes, weddings/events.

If there is any other information I need to provide to help give a more educated answer, please let me know!

Thanks in advance for your answers!


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Sounds like you answered your own question in your description other than the "looking unprofessional"

Probably the main underlying issue is the money it takes to purchase a 5dM3. You could save some $$$ by getting a 5dM2. But from you description of the problems it would help you tremendously. I say get the body first then work on upgrading lenses as long as you know EF-S specific lenses won't work on the EF bodies (if I understand it correctly, Nikon user here).

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