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Dec 16, 2012 07:29 |  #1

Hello Everyone, I currently have a canon 500D camera, and I'm thinking of upgrading to a 60D or 7D, I mainly shoot portraits, and might start doing some videos. I'm not really sure which one to choose, the 60D would save me a lot of money that I could use in buying new equipment, but I've seen many people saying that it's not good. So, what do you guys think?. And I said before, I mainly shoot portraits, I'm not into cars/sports and these stuff. :)


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Dec 16, 2012 07:30 |  #2

Canon 60D or 7D?

Hello Everyone, I currently have a canon 500D camera, and I'm thinking of upgrading to a 60D or 7D, I mainly shoot portraits, and might start doing some videos. I'm not really sure which one to choose, the 60D would save me a lot of money that I could use in buying new equipment, but I've seen many people saying that it's not good. So, what do you guys think?. And as I said before, I mainly shoot portraits, I'm not into cars/sports and these stuff. :)


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Dec 16, 2012 07:48 as a reply to  @ kinpachi's post |  #3

When you are unsure, or do not have a concrete reason to upgrade, my advice to you is that you don't need to. However, if you love collecting cameras and lenses more than creating photographs, both are good. The content/subject in a photograph must have connection to viewer. 7D/60D cant give u that.




  
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Dec 16, 2012 07:48 as a reply to  @ kinpachi's post |  #4

60D/7D image quality = identical. For me, two main features separate the two. The AF in the 7D is far superior to the 60D and the 7D had micro-focus adjustments which allows you to fine tune the lens perfectly to the body. The 60D in return has a flip out screen which is nice. There are a lot of other improvements such as faster frames per second on the 7D but for portraiture, that's rather meaningless.
However, looking over your lenses you might conciser upgrading those first as the 60D or 7D is not going to buy you much in image improvement as the 550D uses the same sensor. All three share the same sensor. What about getting a 50mm f/1.4 or the 85mm f/1.8, or both? Those two lenses will do much more improving your images than the additional features of either the 60D or 7D.


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Dec 16, 2012 07:52 |  #5

gjl711 wrote in post #15372575 (external link)
60D/7D image quality = identical. For me, two main features separate the two. The AF in the 7D is far superior to the 60D and the 7D had micro-focus adjustments which allows you to fine tune the lens perfectly to the body. The 60D in return has a flip out screen which is nice. There are a lot of other improvements such as faster frames per second on the 7D but for portraiture, that's rather meaningless.
However, looking over your lenses you might conciser upgrading those first as the 60D or 7D is not going to buy you much in image improvement as the 550D uses the same sensor. All three share the same sensor. What about getting a 50mm f/1.4 or the 85mm f/1.8, or both? Those two lenses will do much more improving your images than the additional features of either the 60D or 7D.

Sorry, I forgot to mention, if I buy the 60D i'll be able to get the 50mm f/1.4, but if I get the 7D there'll be a budget issue.


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Dec 16, 2012 07:52 as a reply to  @ kinpachi's post |  #6

I was facing the same decision as you 60D or 7D. I went with the 60D and I am in love with it. It allows me to advance my technical photography skills while still being a user friendly camera.

My Flickr account to check out some of my 60D shots.

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Dec 16, 2012 08:00 |  #7

What about the T4i?


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Dec 16, 2012 08:05 as a reply to  @ kinpachi's post |  #8

It seems to me that the only reason to upgrade from a 550D to a 60D is for ergonomics or the few additional features none of which will help much in portraiture. They are basically the same camera. They share the same sensor, they share most of the same features in short, a photo taken with a 550D and a 60D will be indistinguishable from one another. That's why learncanon suggested figuring out first what it is your looking for before jumping. If you want a bigger body or less digits, upgrade. If you want to improve the look of the images, a body upgrade will not do that for you. Get some better lenses instead.


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Dec 16, 2012 08:22 |  #9

kinpachi wrote in post #15372544 (external link)
the 60D would save me a lot of money that I could use in buying new equipment, but I've seen many people saying that it's not good.

Do any of these people have a) some experience using the camera, or b) a brain?

If you're not going to be shooting things what move around a lot (sports or wildlife) then there's very little advantage to getting the 7D. Get the 60D and put the money saved to some nice glass.


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Dec 16, 2012 08:22 as a reply to  @ kinpachi's post |  #10

Has any of you all used the t1i ? While it might not make a difference is certain aspects of photography- the t1i is still a dated design- in that it does not have off camera flash capabilities- and the video options are limited by today's designs.. Not only that- If I remember right- it has no mic connector unless you hack your own- so, yes, an upgrade might help in other aspects.. The latest rounds of each- the 60D, 7D and even the T4i sport all cross type AF points- and are better to some degree in lower light--- definitely better at the outer AF points... If you are interested in taking video- you will certainly want an external mic unless you plan on replacing the sound with music or your own narration.

The 60D might make composition easier- with that swivel screen. The 7D has a more robust body- and a slightly better wireless flash system (can control 3 groups of flash.. ). video wise- not a lot of difference, I would think. Both are certainly an upgrade in the AF department- but you state that you aren't into sports / cars yet... OK- I added yet- because that might change...

If you are on a budget- the other option you should consider is the t4i... IMO, it will do everything that the 60D will- with most of the 60D's capabilities and feature set- in a more compact Rebel format. Most of its enhancements are video related; I think you'd be remiss if you didn't give it a look over of its features...


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Dec 16, 2012 08:32 as a reply to  @ kinpachi's post |  #11

the 60D would save me a lot of money that I could use in buying new equipment, but I've seen many people saying that it's not good.

With virtually anything, if you ask for opinions you will likely get both sides. Having said that I suspect that the positive comments about the 60D far out weight the negative. I consider myself a serious amateur, own a 60D and can state it has never failed to live up to my expectations.

Go to a store, pick both of them up, play bit with each, then move forward based on what you like/dislike.




  
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Dec 16, 2012 08:51 as a reply to  @ kinpachi's post |  #12

I had a 60d. My friend had a 7d. I wanted his weather sealement and micro adjustment. It made a (big?) difference in our shootings. Both are good cameras.


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Dec 16, 2012 08:58 as a reply to  @ kinpachi's post |  #13

I would go the 60d in your position. Does the 500d not do video, i thought it did. Why not buy the lens first and you may find after that the lens upgrade is enough. As for flash control triggers are cheaper than a camera upgrade if this is an issue


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Dec 16, 2012 10:27 |  #14

if you have your mind set on buying a new body then get the 60d and lens. The features on the 7d most likely will not help you for the type of shooting you described.


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Dec 16, 2012 10:57 |  #15

gjl711 wrote in post #15372575 (external link)
60D/7D image quality = identical. For me, two main features separate the two. The AF in the 7D is far superior to the 60D and the 7D had micro-focus adjustments which allows you to fine tune the lens perfectly to the body. The 60D in return has a flip out screen which is nice. There are a lot of other improvements such as faster frames per second on the 7D but for portraiture, that's rather meaningless.
However, looking over your lenses you might conciser upgrading those first as the 60D or 7D is not going to buy you much in image improvement as the 550D uses the same sensor. All three share the same sensor. What about getting a 50mm f/1.4 or the 85mm f/1.8, or both? Those two lenses will do much more improving your images than the additional features of either the 60D or 7D.

Very well said.


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