My friend Phil wants to buy the best camera he can and has been agonizing over which one to buy. 5D Mark II, 7D, 6D, 60D, T4i???? And what about all those Nikons? What to do?
Being a friend, I didn’t have to ask the most important question…”What do you want to shoot?”…I already knew what he shoots. His dilemma – he wants the best – otherwise he will have second thoughts later. But, he doesn’t want to waste money either. He is not one to rush into decisions.
He did get a good offer for his lens on a trade-in so Canon is looking good.
2) Full frame or crop sensor? The 5D III is full frame…I love full frame but, knowing his needs (hobbyist and pictures of the grand-dog) I told him that he doesn’t need a full frame.
3) How many frames per second? The 7D is “rapid fire”. He doesn’t do HDR and doesn’t do sports so most cameras would fit his needs there.
4) Does weight matter? I don’t like a heavy camera on vacation but he is used to it. I use a T3i for travel. I save the 5D II for the studio/professional work on a tripod.
5) Megapixels? All the cameras have more than enough megapixels
My advice: Don’t worry about the body. Concentrate on the lens. A T4i is more than enough camera for his needs. Invest the difference in price in lenses.
My feeling is that he is going to get the Canon 6D (full frame) kit with the 24-105 L lens. B&H says it should come out this Monday and they have a $200 discount. Exactly the opposite of all of my suggestions…He’s going to love it 🙂