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    Question Personal Camera and Lens evolution

    Hi all, what a great forum to post questions that are troubling me...

    I am about to spend some money on a camera and lenses. I have a great camera (5DII) and great lenses (100-400L, 70-200 F2.8, 25-70 F2.8, 16-24 F2.8 L).

    So you might be wondering, what else does this idiot want? Such great gear! And indeed I ask myself these questions too.

    Well, this is where the real question comes in. I started with a Canon Rebel and 15-55 and 55-200 lenses (or something like that). I then upgraded to 40D, then some better zoom lenses, then 5D and more lenses.

    Now I am looking at getting some prime lenses. I am also looking at getting a neat little hand-held unit with good manual settings and a good lens for those occations when you don't want to seem like a dork at a party. I hear that there is a 40MPixel Nocia Phone out (?!?). Having talked to others, I find that they have gone through similar steps and some are on the way to a similar progression.

    So I guess my question is, am I going through a typical eloutionary pattern? SLR=> Zoom Lenses => SLR + => Zoom Lenses + => Primes => Small modular camera? And what will be my future descisions if I keep going? Medium/large format?
    Last edited by mkooper; 28-06-2012 at 11:03am.
    Best Regards, Mark (Criticism encouraged on all my photos. Thanking you for your guidance).

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    (I want: Canon EF 24-105 mm f4L IS | Canon 50mm f1.4 prime | Cokin filters (NDx1; GNDx1) | Sun reflector)

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    Next step up would be either a Pentax 645 medium format, or if you have the funds, a Hasselblad.

    If you are looking for a discrete smaller camera that takes really good shots and has a good lens, and has manual control, I doubt you could really go past a Canon G1X, and it will use your flashes and other Canon accessories too.
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    Everyone is different, but you could try a small or medium format rangefinder camera, in either digital or film, or a medium format SLR (these can be had cheap if you go with a film version). I guess the thing is that small format DSLR's are cheap, and although most, I would think, want to go to a Pentax 645D or even a Leica S2, a lack of disposable income will prevent them from justifying such a purchase.

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