Great points to consider. I've read choose the lens over the body. For me, I would get a DSLR body that has the features that I want which would offer more control, more choices for me.
I wish that I could rent lenses for my camera, but Canon doesn't make the FD lens anymore.
For 30 years, I've had 3 lenses, the Canon 50mm 1.8 that came with my Canon A-1, an 80-205mm f4.5, and a cheapie 400mm f6.3 (remember Spiratone). Christmas 2011, I added a Canon 28mm f2.8 to my camera bag and I am loving it, having never shot wide angle before.
I went to an air show recently and used mostly my 80-205. I read that 300 is recommended for air show photography. However, I didn't want to use the 400 for the Thunderbirds because I have to adjust the exposure by adjusting the f-stop on the lens. For the fast pace performance of the Thunderbirds, I wanted automatic exposure. Next year, I'll have to see about getting the Canon FD 100-300 zoom.
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