View Poll Results: Which is MOST Important for U?? Camera Body or LENS

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  • Camera Body is most Important

    17 3.96%
  • Lens is most Important

    194 45.22%
  • Both are very important

    228 53.15%
  • Dont really bother.....

    7 1.63%
  • Other reason... Pls state your reason on this thread.

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  1. #21

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    Your eyes and brain is the most important
    You can have the best camera body and best camera lens,
    But if you do not have you eyes... no lights will reach your retina to form the image that
    is received from the viewfinder. If you don't have a good brain to interpret and compose your frame, it doesn't matter what you get from the best body and lens because most likely the output are good for your trash can only
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  2. #22

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    i still think that lens is more important...
    thats why i still keep using my 350d until now...

  3. #23

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    Back to the question..

    For me..
    A better body might have a better ISO noise control and more pixels....
    A better lens might have a nicer bokeh, freeze images, sharpness and distance which i need..

    If talking about Body or Lens or Both, i would take Both...
    But if talking about Body or Lens, i would take Lens....

    Its just a matter of wat functions or what u need, then u can judge whether is body more important or lens more important to u....

  4. #24

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    Lens for me but for to be realistic, $$ is most important.
    With it I can get whatever I want to buy...

  5. #25

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Kwok View Post
    Your eyes and brain is the most important
    You can have the best camera body and best camera lens,
    But if you do not have you eyes... no lights will reach your retina to form the image that
    is received from the viewfinder. If you don't have a good brain to interpret and compose your frame, it doesn't matter what you get from the best body and lens because most likely the output are good for your trash can only
    I totally concur to this! My brain's dead & eyes are blind.
    That's why me try/need to use the best body(DX) & lenses.

    ps. last sentence is flawed: i cant push the blame to the camera & lens instead of the man behind it then.
    Last edited by cryder; 15th December 2008 at 10:32 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Kwok View Post
    Your eyes and brain is the most important
    You can have the best camera body and best camera lens,
    But if you do not have you eyes... no lights will reach your retina to form the image that
    is received from the viewfinder. If you don't have a good brain to interpret and compose your frame, it doesn't matter what you get from the best body and lens because most likely the output are good for your trash can only
    I totally agree and understand what you mean..
    No matter what the person shooting it is very important too..

    But now we dont factor abt the person, let just discuss abt equipment.

    Is just like Egg and chicken...which in most important....

    I aware that this is never ending discussion...
    but just also to help those ppl out there to understand..
    which is more important...
    and dont just blindly follow the trend....

    cos other may just keep upgrade their DSLR body to have to latest technology.
    as for other they are more into LENS (PRO LENS or HIGH END LENS)
    and they still using rather old model DSLR CAMERA body or may be film camera body.

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    Think of it as this:
    You can have the best body but if your lense has problem eg: mould, vignetting, all your pictures will not be good.
    Once you get a good lense, you can move that lense to new body, much like the old school film lense can be migrated to some extent to new digital body (of course due to technology difference, much of the auto-feature will not be available, but if you know how to use the lense, you can still produce nice photo).
    Camera body get updated frequently. Good lense does not get updated that soon, so it is lense for me.

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    A keen eye and open mind is the most important.. you can give the best equipment to a monkey and the hit rate might be less, relative to the IQ/EQ of the photographer

    but if have to choose between the 2, it would be lenses..

  9. #29

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    Realistically, both are important. Both give different advantages to your shooting needs. A better body might give you better noise control, better resolution, off-camera flash control, faster fps, more bracketing options, etc. And a better lens might give you better sharpness, better resolution, better f-stop, better bokeh, etc.

    But if I have to choose, I'll probably pick body. A solid body feels more holdable while good lenses usually weighs a lot.
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    both are important, a tough durable body + a good quality lens = $$$$$ but it is
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  11. #31

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    My choice would be lens. An example is having a wide variety of lens(telephoto, macro and portait) enables you to take photos of each category with ease. And it produces higher and better quality pictures(lets not talk about individual skills). Next, lets say you have a D3X mounted w/ 18-55mm VR kit lens and i have a D70 mounted w/ 12-24mm widezoom lens. Which would you use to take that lovely green hill with a shepherd and his graceful dog and herd of sheeps?

    IMOC(in my own conclusion) i would say, Lens 1st then comes the body. As long the body is up to date with no threat of being outdated in 2years time, whats the hurry to change the body? Correct me if im wrong but thats my thinking.
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  12. #32

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    Bodies are accessories, lens brings quality image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanfong View Post
    Bodies are accessories, lens brings quality image.
    I have a 1000D Canon and 18-55mm Kit Lens before i upgraded to a L Lens......i did consider which is more important Body or Lens or add on....i would say Lens and Accessories like Flash unit and Flash diffuser. Plus most important the person shooting the photo shots....

    I hope to master my techniques before i get a better camera body and use back my L Lens on Full frame 5D canon.
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  14. #34

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    Off topic..
    Money, so i can buy both. LOL

    On topic
    If i had a decent body, say a 20D, i'd go for lens...

    Then when my lens collection enough and i jolly well know what i like to shoot and what my lens can do, i upgrade my body so my lens can work to their upmost potential..

    Thats what i did and now i going FF... hahahahahaha

    plus i also must upgrade my skill ah...so take photo ....go take photo...
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  15. #35

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    Advancement in the 'Body' technology is at the stage where improvements are for special features and not for IQ. So if it is the IMAGE you are looking for then definitely the lens. However, if you are the fighter pilot type who likes all the bells and whistles and get a high operating all the buttons and looking at dials and graphs, then I guess you will find that the body is more important. :-)

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    Curious... if you are given a 30D & 450D with the same lens... which camera do you think would produce a better image?

  17. #37

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    Perhaps you would like to define "better" because "better" is subjective to different audience. If it's plainly IQ, then the answer is simple, if not, I suppose it has nothing to do with which camera one is using
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    Default Re: Which is MOST Important for you BODY or LENS

    Quote Originally Posted by David Kwok View Post
    Perhaps you would like to define "better" because "better" is subjective to different audience. If it's plainly IQ, then the answer is simple, if not, I suppose it has nothing to do with which camera one is using
    I was refering to IQ when both camera are shooting in the exact setting.... the answer anyone?

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    Default Re: Which is MOST Important for you BODY or LENS

    is the lens i have that limits the performance of my cam body.

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    Default Re: Which is MOST Important for you BODY or LENS

    Both are important. But I think lens is slightly more important than body.

    In modern day dslr, once the specs of the body reach an acceptable level, the performance of the lens will take centre stage and greatly affect the image quality.

    What do I mean by acceptable level body specs, it's actually subjective. But for me, I think 10mp, 5fps or more, fast start up time, low noise, 3'' screen, good metering and AF will do.

    That sounds like D90

    Dpreview mentioned that the 50D offers marginally more details than 40D, despite having many more pixels. This goes to show the lens affects resolution to a large extent and the 50D sensor outresolved the lens used for testing. Which is to say a sharper lens is needed.

    I'm currently using a D70 and the sensor got outresolved by the lens
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