I want to take good travel photography pictures (landscape, architecture) and also start freelancing locally (I like to photograph events, animals and candid shots of people).
I currently own a Canon 450D which I never use, because I love my company's 5D Mark II. However it has been shipped to an office overseas and we don't know when the replacement will come. So I've decided to buy my own upgrade.
P.S. Some additional details... I have a 3 week trip coming up, Vancouver-Toronto-Montreal. I will be a solo female traveler. I can't move much with heavy equipment, no multiple lenses for me.
Canon EOS 7D (because I can't afford a 5D) kit with 18-135mm lens (good reach, though I never see anyone on forums recommending this for quality, so I'm not sure).
This can be my pro freelance camera while I pair the 18-135mm lens with the cheap and light EOS 450D, which I hope no one will steal.
However this is quite expensive for me ($2470). And while it is light, I am not sure the camera will perform well, it is after all a old model and not very user friendly.
Can a good lens compensate for this?
Also based on what I've heard, that a good lens is more important than a good camera body:
Canon EOS 60D ($1950 for the kit, so I'll assume $1200 or so for body only) with 24-70mm F2.8 IS lens (about $2000+)
Weight wise, the lighter camera body will be offset by the heavier lens. But I want an F2.8 zoom lens, esp when it gets dark.
I may be able to bring the 60D overseas unlike in option 1 because I don't think it is such a obvious target as the heavier and larger 7D?
Get a lens (24-70mm or 18-135mm? main consideration here will be weight), pair it with the 450D for traveling and wait for the price of the 5D Mark II to drop.
But this means I won't have a camera to freelance with.
I will rent your recommendation to test, so thanks in advance for the help!
[Edit] I got the following reply from a clubsnap senior member the first time I posted this. "If you cannot answer such basic questions yourself then you shouldn't even be thinking about freelancing or trying to make money out of photography."
Yes I am new to freelancing. No I'm not new to photography, I photographed events for my company for 2 years prior to this. Yes I have done my research, but with no one to discuss this with you can see where I have holes in my knowledge.
I'm also here for equipment help, not for snobbish online bashing.