As a real estate marketer; photography is a big part of my work and I feel I have reached the limit of what is possible with my current setup. Currently I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3i coupled with an EF-S 10-18mm lens, which definitely fall into the consumer arena. I have been feeling like I need to take the step up to the next level for about a year now, the limitation of consumer DSLR’s is becoming apparent to me.
Of course I would love to move upto a full frame DSLR like the Canon EOS 5D MK-IV but $3,500 just for the body is out of my price range. Also, I would have to replace all my lenses as EF-S lenses are designed specifically for APS-C sensors and not their 35mm equivalent full frame counterparts like the Canon 5D.
I have been looking at the new Canon EOS 80D which offers upto 7 AE bracketed shots, my T3i only has the option for three AE brackets. This is important to me as I use HDR to maximize the dynamic range of the shot, e.g. correctly exposing the room while being able to see the view out from the window.
I would also like to upgrade my ultra-wide angle lens to a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens, my current EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens has issues with flaring of light sources and falls into the budget end of the spectrum at $300, not to complain, it’s less than half the price of the EF-S 10-22mm.
The total outlay for the EOS 80D and EF-S 10-22mm lens would be about $1,850 which seems like a lot, but given that the camera body for the 5D is $1,650 more than the 80D and 10-22mm lens and I can still use all my existing lenses, it represents excellent value given the jump in quality and features.
No-one has complained about the quality of my photography, infact most have been incredibly complimentary about my work. So from a professional standpoint I do not need to upgrade, it comes down to my personal need to improve my photography. I am incredibly critical of my own work, I am never 100% happy with my own work, I always believe I can do better, a character flaw you might say.
It will be a battle within myself, I do want better equipment to improve my photography; but the frugal nature of my being fights against spending any money unless absolutely necessary. Adding close to $2,000 to my credit card balances is not something I want to do, but I also want new camera equipment.