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New Lenses or new Camera Body?

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Message posted at 08/02/2010, 12:45:41 PM by Greensky1
I want to upgrade to some more professional kit. I currently have:

Sony Alpha - A350

3 lenses (2 Sigma zooms - fairly cheap and a cheap 2nd hand Mirror lens).

And I'm wondering whether to upgrade the camera body (to a v.expensive A850 or A900 giving me about 24mp instead of 14.2) or whether to spend that money on better quality lenses?

....I'm not considering switching to Canon or Nikon, I'm sticking with Sony A (die hard previous Minolta 35mm owner).

Which would improve the technical quality of my photographs? top notch lenses or top of the range body?

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Message posted at 08/02/2010, 13:05:18 PM by Martinedegraaf
Lenses, definitely :)
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Message posted at 08/02/2010, 13:28:22 PM by Rigsby8131
I have asked a professional photographer the very same question in the past.

The answer was to go for a quality lens every time.

Good luck

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Message posted at 08/02/2010, 14:23:48 PM by Wildmac
Lenses! Great lenses on an older body will give you better images than cheap lenses on a great body. The upgraded body will show all the cheap lenses faults more strongly. Good luck :)

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Message posted at 08/02/2010, 15:34:21 PM by Greensky1
Many thanks - I thought lenses would be the way forward and you've confirmed it....I'll go for better lenses now then maybe upgrade the body later.

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Message posted at 08/03/2010, 03:37:35 AM by P0temkin
New lens is probably the way to go, but it kind of depends on what you shoot.

If youre into sport photography you will probably gain alot from a high fps, which may be possible using a new body. But I dont know the Sony cameras that well so cant give you any specific advice.
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Message posted at 08/29/2010, 15:50:39 PM by Treb999
If you're on a budget, go with some of the olderA-mount Minolta glass, I have a 350 and use the 50mm prime and macro, good lenses. They do make a difference. And although I have a Canon mainly for product shots, I still use the 350 when I just want to grab a camera and go, the battery life in the 350 is amazing. A great camera!
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Message posted at 08/29/2010, 21:57:48 PM by Bradcalkins
Given that you will likely have to upgrade lenses to take advantage of a high resolution sensor, lenses are probably the ones to upgrade first. Are there any specific issues you are trying to solve with an upgrade?
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Message posted at 09/01/2010, 20:46:21 PM by Neddog

Originally posted by Greensky1:
Quoted Message: Which would improve the technical quality of my photographs? top notch lenses or top of the range body?

Without a doubt, lenses. Once you have some decent, quality lenses, then you can think about upgrading bodies... Two Sigmas and a Mirror-Lens doesn't cut the cake for me. ;)
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Message posted at 09/01/2011, 01:18:24 AM by Neillockhart
Good thread, going the upgrade lens route myself, like stated above I have also heard newer bodies will showcase the faults of poor lenes, the way I look at it, you'll need em both eventually, so why not get better quality pics now and then upgrade the body down the road.
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