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dirwoody 03-14-2010 9:53 PM

Body or Glass?
Trying to decide whether to upgrade my glass collection, or invest in the 7D.

Current bodies - 20 and 40D's
17-85 EFS
10-22 EFS
28-135 EF
70-200 2.8 IS

Looking at the 24-70L, also the 50 1.4, and the 17-40L, possibly the 24-105L - Not sure what it all would be yet, but pretty set on the 50.


wakedad33 03-15-2010 5:07 AM

Always a tough call, I have the same camera set up as you (20D & 40D) lenses 400 5.6, 70-200 f/4, 28-135, nifity fifty 1.8 and for wide angle I have a Tamron 17-50 2.8, love this tammy, very sharp!!

I was saving up for a 300 2.8 but really wanted the 7D for the 18 megapixel and better ISO capabilities for shooting wildlife. I went back and forth for the last couple months, 7D arrives today:D

scott_a 03-15-2010 12:46 PM

Get better glass. 5 years from now that 7D will be a dinosaur like your 20D is today, but a 24-70 will still be a great lens.

If you pick up a 24-70 or a 24-105, then you can sell the 17-85 and 28-135 and use that money to buy a 50. That will give you a FULL range of high end glass that will likely outlast the next few camera bodies that you upgrade to. IMO this is a better investment in the long term. AND if you decide to sell this stuff later, it will still have value to it.

barry 03-15-2010 2:28 PM

Yeah, what Scott said is almost my exact set-up:

28-70 2.8
70-200 2.8
50 1.8(soon to be replaced with a 1.4)

I never find myself adjusting for lapses. You'll be glad you spent your money on glass.

mrt111 06-06-2010 11:29 AM

GLASS (.) Have fun with it!

Walt 06-06-2010 11:47 AM


dcervenka 06-06-2010 12:44 PM


I agree with Scott's recommendation! Sell the cheaper glass to help fund the high-end glass and then never look back.

Use bing.com (before it dies on 7/30) and save around $75 on the following:

Canon 24-70 f2.8 L

Retail: $1309
With Bing: $1,282

Abes of Main: (9/10 on resellerratings)
Retail: $1,278.00
With Bing: $1,252

both offer free shipping on this lens!

50mm f/1.4

Retail: $345
With Bing: $338

Abes of Main: (9/10 on resellerratings)
Retail: $334.00
With Bing: $327

Save even bigger when buying a body using bing! Do you really need two bodies? Sell the 20D while you still can and if you don't need a second camera.. sell the 40D and get a canon 7D for only $1408 (vs. $1600) :D

dirwoody 07-16-2010 8:14 AM

Unfortunately, I do need 2 bodies for my wedding shoots, but my secondary doesn't have to be the best thing as it's a back up. Really want to pick up something....I'll keep you posted!

hyperlite 07-16-2010 12:56 PM


richd 07-17-2010 9:25 PM

The hottest rumor going right now is that Canon is coming out with the 24-70 f2.8 L II with IS this year. I'm not sure if right now is the best time to pick a 24-70 up because the resale of those is bound to take a big hit down the road. You've got a decent lens collection now, if you're a wedding shooter the 7D's high ISO performance might mean more right now then a lens upgrade. How about a 7D and a Canon 17-55 f2.8 efs? That gives you a wide high quality f2.8 zoom that's probably better overall then the 24-70. If you go 1 series or 5D down the road you can always sell it and get most of your money back.

mutau052 07-24-2010 10:07 PM

i have the 50 with a couple 40D's, I find that i would rather have the 30mm Sigma 1.4, but the 7D is one heck of a cam.

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