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Radiylon Mina
Gear Upgrades: Get the 70D or buy lenses?
on Nov 29, 2014 at 5:00:23 am

Hello all! I would like to preface this post by saying that this is actually my first time on these forums, so thanks in advance for this awesome community. Also, I'm somewhat of an intermediate filmmaker, and you can check out my YouTube channel to see where I'm at (

As with the title of this post, I'm trying to figure out where my money would be better spent, upgrading to a 70D or buying more lenses? I have my own personal pros and cons for both, but first, here is what I currently shoot with:

Canon t3i w/ Magic Lantern
Canon 18-55mm (kit lens)
Canon 50mm 1.8

I've set aside a budget of $1000 to make upgrades, so I'm not sure where my money is better spent.

Reasons for upgrading to the 70D:
- I eventually plan on upgrading to full frame in the future; not sure if buying desired lenses made for APS-C's like my t3i (Tokina 11-16mm) is worth the money if I'm upgrading
- I can stick with this camera for longer, with it being a full frame (not having to worry about crop factors and what not)
- From my own research, a better camera overall

Reasons for buying lenses:
- I'm pretty run-and-gun with my setup, so I've been somewhat relying a lot on the kit lens, which definitely helped me learn a lot about DSLR video, but I'm looking to take a step up in the category
- Lenses definitely outlast cameras, so I figured that might be a better investment considering that I have this kind of budget set aside

Cons for 70D:
- If I buy this camera (body-only), the only compatible lens I'll have is the 50mm f/1.8 until I can afford to buy my desired lens of choice (Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8)

Cons for buying lenses:
- If I buy the Tamron 24-70mm, it'll be in somewhat of a weird crop for me to use with my t3i
- If I don't settle with the Tamron, I'm somewhat lost on what lenses to buy within my budget that would work well on APS-C and eventually full frame whenever I make the upgrade

I'm sorry for the lengthiness of this post, but just looking to provide as much detail as possible. Thanks to anyone willing to help a new guy out!


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Brad Fugere
Re: Gear Upgrades: Get the 70D or buy lenses?
on Dec 9, 2014 at 4:18:50 am

I've never shot on the t3i so I am unsure exactly how great it is, but in my opinion the lens upgrades (especially in the beginning) make the biggest difference. I started with a 60D and kit lens (18-135mm f/3.5-5.6), then bought the 50mm 1.8 for the aperture, then I bought the 35mm 1.4L. I can't tell you what a difference it made going from the 50mm 1.8 to the 35 L series. And on the 1.6 crop factor body, the 35mm is more like a 56mm, so it's right in the middle of tight and wide(ish). It was definitely the best decision for me at the time.

Brad Fugere
Brad Fugere Media LLC

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