Well I can’t buy wine (the 2009 Bordeauxs!) or new camera equipment because I’m out of budget for this year 🙁 But that doesn’t mean on Black Friday, I can’t want some cool things. So if you are generous this holiday season for the dedicated amateur geek who wants cool lenses and things, here are some things for the person who already has his Canon 5D Mark II and wonderful camera kit (50mm F/1.4 for available light, 16-35 for landscapes, 24-105 F/4 for travel, 70-200 F/2.8 for portraits and indoor sports, 100-400 for outdoor sports and wildlife). Here are the lust lenses:
- Canon 85MM F/1.8 for indoor sports. It isn’t image stabilized and isn’t a long zoom, but it is very fast at autofocusing which you need for basketball. Coupled with a ISO 1600 and you get 2+ shutter speed that you would with a F/2.8 lense. Don’t get the 85MM F/1.2, its confusing, but this is a portrait lense and slow. $400 for so.
- Canon 135MM F/2 for more zoom, but slower autofocus but it is way more expensive at $1000
- Canon 8-15MM is another specialty lense listing at $1700. With a full frame camera, it makes a 180 degree fish eye view which can be pretty cool and interesting. I’ve been doing alot more with my 16-35MM and it is a pretty cool effect.
- Canon T2i (550D) or 60D. These are probably the best values in the Canon bodies right now. Both at 18 megapixels but the main thing is that they are fast and light and relatively cheap ($800 and $1100 body only). Way faster than the original Rebel XT (350D) I have mainly because the maximum ISO is 1600 vs. 400. As with all bodies, the main issue is getting a high quality lense. The main difference between the two is burst speed (the 60D is 5fps so good for sports) and convenience of a tilting LCD screen (not a big deal for me I think). The main drawback is that it has the older 9 AF sensors, while the 7D has the newer 19 autofocus sensors and a 8fps rate, so its the dream although its LCD screen is marginally a generation behind but still 3″ so in the main I’d say either stick with the 550D or hold your breath and head for the 7D. Personally, I’d favor the 550D as I think bodies continue to evolve at a geometric rate and it is way lighter at 1.8 pounds which makes a difference as a travel camera.
- The big issue is the path of the next Sony NEX-5 class cameras that have nearly the same performance of a dSLR in a compact body, but there isn’t a perfect camera there yet. The Canon G12 is the best of the compacts but the APS-C sized sensors that are mirrorless are evolving so, so, so fast.
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