Spring 2012

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Stretching my budget for a new 70D body. Seems to be exactly what I'm looking for. Am I wasting my money only purchasing an EF lens to go with it? The EF-S is well out of my price range.

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marked as duplicate by mattdm, AJ Henderson, Esa Paulasto, Paul Cezanne, Itai Feb 3 '14 at 0:31

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Which EF and which EF-S lenses are you referring to? – Michael Clark Feb 1 '14 at 20:58
EF are generally the more expensive, EF-s are the cheaper generally speaking. Your question seems to have it backwards. – AJ Henderson Feb 2 '14 at 2:49
Generally speaking, stretching your budget to get a better camera at the expense of lenses leads to poorer results, unless there are specific features you need for the type of photography. – Itai Feb 2 '14 at 2:59

If you are building your kit of the first time and are on a budget constraint, then the only option that you can have is going for the EF-S lenses. There are still some really good lenses in the EFS system and you can most definitely make use of the additional 1.6x crop factor that comes with using an APS-C body like the 70D.

Also depending on the budget you can get third party lenses like(Tamron, Sigma, etc) for a better price that the first party Canon lenses.

It actually depends on what you really have available to spend on, and what kind of photography you would like to do.

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Before I answer your question, here's a piece of advice: Unless your camera is very old, it's probably better to invest in a good lens instead. Camera bodies come and go, you're going to be using those lenses for a long time. And lenses can affect the quality of your photo more than a body.

Here are two photos, both straight out of camera converted to JPG: One shot with a 7D and the other with a 10D (manufactured in 2003). It's pretty difficult to tell the difference (lighting and white balance notwithstanding). Both shot with the same lens.


So by that same reasoning, it's also better to invest in a EF L grade lens. If you ever decide to upgrade to a full frame camera, you won't be able to use your EF-S lenses anymore. Canon's L lenses are their top of the line but, there are no EF-S L grade lenses.

I used the same 10D for eight years before upgrading to a 7D, but in that time, I accumulated an extra four lenses, two of which were L glass.

If you can't afford L glass, I recommend the Tamron A09 SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom. It's the same lens that I shot both of the photos above with.

Dpreview.com has some good lens reviews that should help point you in the right direction.

Edit: And as Mihir mentioned, if you're building your kit for the first time and don't already own a camera, maybe consider buying a used camera and investing the money you save in a good lens instead.

And I probably should have mentioned: This is my perspective as a portrait photographer. Your needs will be different if you're shooting action.

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I'd disagree with most of this as general recommendation: 1) your examples are studio work; where new bodies have their biggest advantages are in low-light and fast action. Try shooting action sports with a 10D vs a 7D and you'll see a huge difference. 2) there's no point investing in pro level glass unless you've got the skills to make use of it. 3) A 28-75 (or in fact, most full-frame lenses) on a crop camera gives you no wide-angle capabilities. Maybe not a problem for you in the studio, but may be a deal breaker for what the OP wants to do. – Philip Kendall Feb 2 '14 at 21:36
You're right about the 28 not being very wide on a crop body, but I'm speaking from experience having spent $600 on a lens only to upgrade to L glass in the same focal range. Now I have a $600 lens that never gets used. The way I see it, if you're going to be a photographer as more than a passing fad, it's more cost effective to buy the expensive lens now. – Chad Feb 2 '14 at 22:18
links broken... – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen May 26 '15 at 17:50

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