When I first started out with photography, it was a keen interest. Then, it became more and more of an obsession, in a good way :). As the desire to capture that elusive perfect shot grew, so too did the collection of camera gear I felt I needed to get my hands onto!
My first digital camera was a Kodak with a tiny 1.2 MP resolution! From there I moved to a Panasonic Lumix which was fantastic to get to learn the ropes of image processing and fiddling with lots of settings. This camera let me learn lots of tricks and strategies for composition.
After I felt like I outgrew it, the next camera in my sights was an SLR. I went with the Canon 400D, twin lens kit. I took thousands of pictures and my passion grew. However, I needed faster, more versatile lenses to extend my kit. I bought a Canon ES-S 17-85mm and an EF 50mm 1.8. I thought they were great, sharp lenses and the IS on the 17-85mm was a huge bonus.
From here the numbers, and prices, kept going up, wth the 600D and then the 650D and my skills and interest continued to grow. The desire for a full frame body finally got the better of me when we were travelling a lot, and I saved all of my pennies, (and more) to get my hands on a Canon 5D Mark III. It was a tough decision, as it’s a bigger, heavier, more expensive camera, and I wanted to be sure the pros of the full frame vs the crop sensor were worth it. After a short while, for looking through the pictures, to me the upgrade was fully worth it!
To the collection, I’ve since added the EF 70-300mm, the EF-L series 24-105mm and the EF-L series 17-40mm, a Kenko 2x teleconverter, a Canon Speedlite 320EX and Sirui carbon Tripod.
So… if you’re considering the upgrade, the tough decision is up to you unfortunately. If you don’t mind the extra weight and size in your camera bag for the full frame camera, the cinematic video quality, fast shutter speeds and depth of field for your photos, then what have you got to lose?