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alynch 8 8 Northern Ireland
16 May 2020 4:52PM
I am currently shooting with a canon 500D and looking to upgrade. I shoot mostly landscape and a little sport but would like to do more wildlife photography. I have a wide lens for the camera.

I would be interested to here what the options would be, looking to take my photography a bit more serious.


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clicknimagine Plus
10 635 100 India
17 May 2020 9:35AM
A full frame camera will be the best option, you can go with full frame mirrorless too...but the most important choice will be on the all will depend on your budget...
alynch 8 8 Northern Ireland
17 May 2020 11:55AM
Thanks, changing from my Cankn 500d to a full frame camera will mean that I would have to change my lens as the ones I have at present wouldn't work on full frame camera
clicknimagine Plus
10 635 100 India
17 May 2020 12:11PM
What are the lenses you have at present...
dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 663 England
17 May 2020 1:04PM
Why do you want to 'upgrade'?
What is it that your present kit doesn't allow you to do or you think is lacking?
What are your current lenses?

The more details like those the better we can make suggestions, and even if an upgrade is appropriate.
thewilliam2 3 1.4k
17 May 2020 1:50PM
If the OP has plenty of money, an upgrade might bring a good and fully functional camera to the market at a price that an impecunious photographer can afford!

If the OP is an enthusiast rather than a professional, a new camera provides a feel-good factor and there's no need for any justification.
mattw 16 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
17 May 2020 2:47PM
You should think about if you might want to move to full frame some time in the future - because while it might be something you are not considering right now, building up a collection of full frame lenses over time can ease the transition if you do decide to make it.

In general lenses usually provide a bigger gain when upgrading than camera bodies, but its also a balancing act. What lenses do you currently have, what is your budget and what are the shortcomings you are finding with your current kit?

alynch 8 8 Northern Ireland
17 May 2020 3:04PM
I have the two kit lens which came with the camera a 18-55 and 75 to 400 i think. I then have a Tamron sp 10-24mm 1:3,5 - 4.5.

My current camera is fine and i get good results but feel it lacks something at night/low light photography and also with animal photography the shutter speed is to slow. I also have a new born so portraits will become natural

I haven't set myself any budget yet to i see what is available and how it differs nd the improvements it will make i will take into consideration.

I am going to put more time into my photography and just feel my current camera has reached its potential.
thewilliam2 3 1.4k
17 May 2020 4:53PM
I don't know Canon, but if the 18-55mm is as good as the Nikon equivalent, it's worth keeping for walkabout. The downside is that it's only f5.6 at the long end so it might be worth getting an f1.8 50mm prime for the indoor shots, and they tend to be available quite cheaply. Our standard lenses are f1.4 and they very rarely get used wide open!

In general, the higher-range models allow higher ISO, which will give faster shutter-speeds.

It's worth the OP writing a list of the perceived shortcomings and what performance figures the OP would prefer to have. This effectively writes the spec for the new camera.
sherlob Plus
14 3.1k 129 United Kingdom
18 May 2020 6:10PM

Quote: it lacks something at night/low light photography and also with animal photography the shutter speed is to slow.

This is likely a combination of camera and glass.

The lenses you own are quite "slow" in terms of their max aperture especially at the telephoto end of the focal length scale. Investing in faster glass would enable faster shutter speeds. For wildlife good glass is expensive, but having the right tools can make life so much easier.

That said, modern sensors are better performing when it comes to higher ISOs. I find I get reasonable results cranking up the ISO to say 32000 or 64000 - others can go much higher (e.g. the low light performance of Sony A7 series is said to excellent). Still, it worth adding that I often need to pair fast glass and high ISO...

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