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What is the natural step up from T3i?

 
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Jul 19, 2013 12:40 |  #1

I'm not looking to buy right now. But what aps-c camera is a good step up? I'm not talking about the most expensive best camera. What would be the difference between a 60d, 7d and 70d? I would like to add that I have no complaints about how a rebel feels in my hands. What would my real life gain be by going to one of these bodies? I don't really need fps......I'm looking to possibly get extra bodies before they discontinue crop and efs platform so my lenses will still be usable if I have a body failure.....
I would like to add that I'm pretty happy with the T3i. Not a hater.


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Jul 19, 2013 12:43 |  #2

Crops will not be discontinued.
You first need to decide what your needs are and which camera is able to take care of that for you.




  
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Jul 19, 2013 12:45 |  #3

I believe the T3i has the same sensor as the 60D, so wouldn't image there's a lot of difference image quality wise between the two. I'd wait 6-8mo for the 70D to be in wide release and maybe snag a deal on one. The 7D is a great camera as far as it's auto-focus functionality is concerned, but it's sensor is getting long in the tooth and there have been a lot of rumors going around that there'll be a new version of it coming out before too long as well.


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Jul 19, 2013 12:54 |  #4

Don't know the T3i but I started with a T2i. Reasons I upgraded to a 7D were finer control over ISO, better low light performance, more reliable cards (had terrible luck with SD cards of all brands and sizes) and able to record video without overheating (I'm a video guy turned photog) the better burst rate got me into different types of photography like sports and aviation.
Then upgraded to full frame but for different reasons that don't need to be brought up here.
Crop cameras aren't going away any time soon.
I've got several friends into 60D's and I'd imagine the 70D is pretty awesome. 7D is due for a replacement soon but means deals can be had!


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Jul 19, 2013 13:05 |  #5

Right now I have:
Tokina 12-24mm
Canon 50mm 1.8
Canon 18-55mm
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Jul 19, 2013 13:11 |  #6

Save your $$ and don't bother with the T4i, T5i, 60D, 7D, they are all basically the same camera with a few bells and whistles. Upgrade your glass first. You'll see an immediate improvement to the quality of your image or wait for the new 70D sensor to hit more cameras as that looks to be a significant step forward for Canon.


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Jul 19, 2013 16:32 |  #7

Crop sensor cameras aren't going anywhere anytime soon. no idea where you got that idea from LOL!

If you're happy with the T3i and want a backup body, just get another one, refurb from Canon Direct or the Canon Loyalty Program. JJ is right, you are not going to see improvements in your images with those cameras as "upgrades" because they all use the same sensor.
A 60d and 7d will give you better VF, shutter, batteries, deeper grips, top LCD, etc. Better ergonomics and customization, but if you don't care about fps and such, then they are not an upgrade. Glass will make a difference you will see.


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Jul 19, 2013 16:57 as a reply to  @ BrickR's post |  #8

Which camera makes a natural next step really depends on what you feel like your current camera is lacking.


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Jul 19, 2013 16:58 |  #9

I've not had circumstances where I said, "crap this doesn't work well enough". Granted I came directly from 35mm to here.


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Jul 19, 2013 20:26 |  #10

gjl711 wrote in post #16135084 (external link)
Save your $$ and don't bother with the T4i, T5i, 60D, 7D, they are all basically the same camera with a few bells and whistles. Upgrade your glass first. You'll see an immediate improvement to the quality of your image or wait for the new 70D sensor to hit more cameras as that looks to be a significant step forward for Canon.

^^agree^^. IQ is similar between these camera.
Get better lens first. No point to upgrade to crop like 7D if you no need more fps and better AF.


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Jul 19, 2013 20:53 |  #11

I upgraded from T3i to the 7D and I'm happy as I can be.
I also have 2 "L" lens and the 10-22
So, good Glass is maybe a better way to spend your $$ until your unhappy with the T3i
How are you with OCF?




  
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Jul 19, 2013 20:59 |  #12

From a t3i to another crop sensor I'd go straight to the latest 70D
The only other one I'd consider is a 7D but its biggest selling point that once set it apart is now in the 70D as well.
So unless you can not wait, 70D is the way to go.


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Jul 20, 2013 05:01 |  #13

Frodge wrote in post #16135647 (external link)
I've not had circumstances where I said, "crap this doesn't work well enough". Granted I came directly from 35mm to here.

I agree with the rest, the XXD models and 7d offer a few more features but you should probably just take the well worn advice to upgrade glass before body




  
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Jul 20, 2013 08:11 |  #14

I have a T2i and have a similar desire to upgrade. The 19 cross type focus points of the 70D will be a huge step forward, and the 7 frames/second will help my action shots. Video focus to boot!

Another desire is for better high iso image quality. Funny how back in the film days the release of iso 1600 film was a big step forward, and I'm now disappointed with the noise at ISO 3200...

The 70D might just fit the bill, but I'll hang on to see the actual reviews first. I trust that the focus points, frames per second and video focus are givens, but the high iso performance needs to be evaluated thoroughly before understood in comparison to the 18mp sensor performance.


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Jul 20, 2013 08:17 |  #15

I should add that I already have some good glass - Canon 24-105, Tokina 11-16, Rokinon 35mm (yeah, I know, but the IQ is fantastic!). I like my Tamron 70-300VC, too.

A high end walk-around lens might be a priority for the OP over a body upgrade. The Canon 24-105 has never been cheaper on the used market, and has excellent IQ.


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