Benoit Leveau PRO 6:56am, 23 March 2012

I bought a 1000D (Rebel XS) one and a half year ago to learn photography. I'm now considering upgrading it, and need your advices! Sorry for the long topic.

I'm almost only shooting with the Samyang 35mm f1.4 now (and most of the time I shoot in Manual at f1.4/2.0). I so love this lens. I got the Canon version (so no focus confirmation) but I'm getting used to it.
Lately I had more and more often the desire to get another prime lens, a bit wider. I often switch to my kit 18-55 and I instinctly end up using it around 24mm. But I don't like the image quality of it, and it's way too slow for me.

Main points I want to upgrade in the body:
- larger viewfinder: the one on the 1000D is very small
- ability to change the focusing screen
- faster shutter speed: I could use the 1/8000s for shooting outdoor in broad daylight at f1.4
- higher ISO: though when I tried 3200 ISO or 6400 ISO or the 550D or 60D I found the noise really bad. Haven't done any test on the 5D.
- obviously better image quality / higher MPix / ISO noise reduction
- larger and better screen

Less important:
- Weight: I like to cary my camera handheld without a strap, so the lighter the better (which is why I still like the 1000D), I know I'll have to compromise on this one :/
- Weather sealing would be interesting as I sometimes shoot in the rain/snow, but not decisive.
I don't care about:
- better AF system with 19 points and cross type points, etc.
- video,
- Live View.
- Metering is usually completely off with the Samyang (it behaves very differently at f1.4 for instance), so unless it fixes that, I don't really care

I consider two options:

- get a 60D (and a Ef-s focusing screen). Then, get a 24mm f1.4 (Samyang?)
- get a Full frame body (second hand 5D maybe?), so my 35mm will "magically" turns into the wider lens I wanted. But to get back the field of view I have now, I would have to use a 50mm. I have the Canon f1.8, I could get the f1.4 which looks good and has a much better focus ring.

What do you think I should do?

Also, does the Samyang 35mm work well on a Full Frame?

Finally, do you know how the Samyang 35mm f1.4 on a crop body compares to a 50mm f1.4 on a full frame body? I'm curious whether I'll loose the look and feel of the images I get from the Samyang.

Again, sorry for the long topic, and if you feel like it should be posted somewhere else let me know.

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