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Old Apr 7, 2010, 1:22 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

A friend of mine asked me if he should get a 550D. He said price was not a problem but wanted to know which one he should get.

I asked him what he was planning to shoot and he said lots of wideangle and some portraits(Family)

I suggested 5D m ark II with 24-105 lens and then save more for other lenses based on his learning curve.

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tell me if you think a cropped sensor is better for his case or a Full frame.

After suggesting 5D i felt may be i should have suggested the 7D with 15-85 or the super fast 17-55. But i still think 5D and 24-105 as the best combo one can have doing landscape and portraits(just adding a flash to the set up)

Please cuss,laugh or respond to my suggestion. May be i am in love with 5D too much that i am forcing my liking on my friend.

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Old Apr 7, 2010, 9:57 AM   #2
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If the budget allows it, FF 5DMkII will be a lot better for portraits and landscapes than an APS-C sensor camera. 5D + 24-105 kit, 17-40 and a decent flash with an off-camera cable will do the job. And a few fast primes down the road if he feels like it
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if budget really isn't an issue. for those purposes, the 5dmkii can't be beat. you can do alot with the 24-105, and later if they need to go wider can pick up the 17-40 or 16-35.
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If he hasn't got any glass then go for the Sony A850
-> It got the best Carl Zeiss lenses in this segment + everything is stabilized (including the Sigma 12-24)!
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The CZ 135mm f/1.8 with in-body IS is also quite unique for portrait...

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one thing i neglected to think about originally.

is weight and size any problem for your friend? because going up to a 5dmkii or a850 or whatever is a substantial size increase over something like the 550d he mentioned.
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one thing i neglected to think about originally.

is weight and size any problem for your friend? because going up to a 5dmkii or a850 or whatever is a substantial size increase over something like the 550d he mentioned.
Quite true, but all it takes is a look in the viewfinder... and a bright full-frame will make everyone forget!
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Quite true, but all it takes is a look in the viewfinder... and a bright full-frame will make everyone forget!
indeed, indeed...
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Not really. After traveling with a EOS 1 for 10 year. Lighter more compact has a great advantage. Especially if you travel allot!!

But if price is really not an issue. The 5DMKII is a great camera and the Sony is not bad either in the full frame segment. But you will not beat Leica R or S series. And you only can get top of the line glass for it.
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i wish i can suggest the M9 and bunch of lenses for him..i am sure he will kill me..

i myself want to grab the 5D mark II, but going to wait few more months and see how things move....
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One thing to mention, is for portraits, the 7D has built in wireless flash function. It works very well and it's something the 5D does not have.
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