New camera, or new lens…or both…

It’s been a while since I posted to this blog, so I’m going to update my current dilemma: Do I get a Canon 5D used, or a new Canon 40D, the 50D or even shell out for the new 5D Mark 2?

I’ve had my 30D since August 2007, so roughly a year and a half. And in that 17 months, I recently estimated I’ve taken over 50,000 pics with it. That’s an average of 2,941 a month. Wow. In contrast, in the two years, four months (28 months) I was using my old D-Rebel XT I had taken less than 15,000 (or 535 pics per month). Of course neither camera (and I still keep the XT as a backup) is anywhere near it’s expected “die off” limit (30Ds — and the 40D, 50D and 5D — have a shot life expectancy of 100,000 before the shutter can expect to go kaput (the XT’s is 50,000). So I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of my cameras.

So it’s not urgent I get a new camera. I just want a new toy 🙂 Seriously, the big upshot of the newer cameras is that they all (with the exception of the original 5D) have in-camera sensor cleaning to shake off dust, and live view. The extra megapixels are neither here nor there (although the 50D’s 15MP seem overkill for a cropped sensor), and from all my research the ISO on the 40D and even 50D is very similar to the 30D. Now the 5D, on the other hand, and especially the 5D Mark 2…wow. I can get a 5D used on both Craigslist and eBay for around $1200…but it doesn’t have sensor cleaning and I hear it’s a dust magnet. The 5D Mark 2 is just way too expensive for what I’m willing to pay right now. So I’m leaning towards the 40D which I can get for less than $800 ($650 for a refurbished model).

And there’s also this idea that I might take that money I wouldn’t be spending on a 5D and putting it into a new lens, maybe the Canon 17-55 2.8 IS, and selling my Tamron 17-50 2.8. (I’d sell my XT if I get a new camera and make my 30D the backup). While I’ve liked the Tamron for the most part, recently it seems like it’s not sharp enough at 2.8 for my needs, and shooting in low light the Canon’s IS would be very handy; I often shoot live bands and events where my standard settings are 1/25 shutter, f2.8 and ISO 1600 or even 3200; that IS would go a very long way to helping my shots be sharper (except when the band members are rocking out, then there’d be nothing to be done about the blurring of them moving).

So that’s where I’m at right now. Trying to decide….

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