from APS-C to full-frame

10 months 3 weeks ago #671028 by amatula
Hi!
I have had a Canon Rebel SL1 with a 24 mm F2.8 IS lens which I use predominantly for landscape and next, travel.

I love it, but I have thought to upgrade to full-frame so I can capture more shadow areas and more detail.

I have a chance to purchase a used Canon 5D Mark II camera from a camera store where I live for $6oo.  It is heavy I acknowledge and older but I do not feel I need the "latest and greatest."

I am thinking too a F2.8 zoom lens in the range of 15 - 85 would be just what I need.

But I am also a travel photographer so don't really want to haul around heavy/bulky gear traveling and hiking and wondering if there are any other options available for full-frame (or mirror).

And because I travel, I don't want to spend the money full the best/most professional cameras (but I would buy high quality used from a camera store).

If you have a camera (any manufacturer!) and lens that you love for travel and landscape (with image stabilization), can you share, along with the lens?

Thank you for your time and happy New Year!
Annie


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10 months 3 weeks ago #671042 by garyrhook
Budget?

You are correct that a larger sensor will help get more detail in the extremes of the dynamic range. But frankly, a used Nikon D700 would be a better choice than the 5D mk II (and both are heavy). And if your budget is modest, your only choice for mirrorless with larger sensors is Sony. Otherwise, you're looking at micro four thirds, where there are a lot of choices there in both bodies and lenses.

You don't need an f/2.8 lens for landscapes, and you hardly need it for travel. f/4 would, with a decent body, get you everything you need, excepting dark environments.


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10 months 3 weeks ago #671126 by amatula
Thank you, Gary,
I appreciate the reply.
Out of curiosity, why do you think the Nikon D700 (at 12.1 mp) is a better choice than the D5 Mark II (21 mp)?

I do not mind buying used from a dealer... I get the best of both worlds then: a better camera and a good price :)

Happy New Year!
Annie


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10 months 3 weeks ago #671130 by Nikon Shooter
When I go low light, my workhorse will always be
full-frame and 12 or maybe 24 MP… the argument
of larger pixels still holds the road. My experience.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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10 months 3 weeks ago #671148 by garyrhook
I've used both of those bodies, and the D700 performs beautifully in low light. I can't say the same for the mk II (in my not-so-humble opinion). The D700 has very fat pixels that handle challenging situations very well.


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10 months 2 weeks ago #672134 by Kenta
D700 is a landscape photographers work horse.  Can't go wrong with that camera.  


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10 months 1 week ago #672237 by amatula
Hi Kenta,
That's very interesting that you mentioned that! I had also been considering a used Nikon D610 that a local photography store has and just surfed for more info on the D700. I also looked at a used Canon 5D Mark II.
Hoping I can demo a few.
Thanks again!
Annie


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