So I currently have a Sony A700 which I bought a year ago, and wanting to get some quality glass. I was looking at the Carl Zeiss 24-70/f2.8 lens, but then got talking to a friend who's a Canon user.
He raised some good points about Canon vs Sony, namely: - Availability - second hand gear, hire gear, borrow, etc - Repairs - if my camera breaks when I'm in the Amazon jungle, much better chance of finding somebody to repair a Canon than a Sony
I'm totally happy with my Sony A700, however if I'm going to be spending $2000 on some quality glass, I'm starting to think maybe I should spend some more and get Canon quality glass (along with a canon body of course). I could sell my Sony + lenses and recoup perhaps 1/3 of the cost of the new kit, a little less than the extra I'll be paying for a new body, so really what I'll be losing out of it is the extra Sony lenses I have, but gaining a kickass new body, a killer lens, and a new more widely supported system.
If I do this, I'm thinking the 5D (either second hand, or a new Mark II).
My question is, for all your experienced photographers/ enthusiasts out there, what would you do if you were in my shoes?
It's a tough choice, as was my original choice to go with Sony (which I am now slightly regretting).
UPDATE: Thanks for an excellent discussion everybody, I'm glad I stumbled across this site the other day. All things considered, I'm leaning towards cutting my losses and switching to Canon before I have even more invested.
I figure if I can sell my Sony kit (which I've spent about 2.3k on) for about 1k, then for a 5d mk II with 24-105 lens I'll be out of pocket another 2.4k. That gives me an amazing body, video capabilities, a great versatile pro lens, and the advantages that Canon has over Sony.
On the other hand, if I stick with Sony, I'm looking at spending about 1.7k on their 24-70 Carl Zeiss lens. that's a saving of around $700, but I'll still be on a partial frame camera, and still have the pitfalls of a smaller user base and less gear availability. I think now is a good time for me to switch... it feels like the right thing to do.
Thanks everybody for your advice... I'm very surprised to have seen such level-headed arguments about brands... amazed in fact. Nobody bashed another brand, at all, which is really refreshing.. I can see the value of Sony and Carl Zeiss (reading reviews it seems there 24-70 is best in class lens, as are their new primes), however they just don't have the market penetration I'm craving.
I still have a little while before I part with my cash, so will be partaking in further discussion here if there is more, but if not I'm happy with what I got from it. You're all fantastic.