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Buying 60D... is this package even worth considering?

 
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Jul 23, 2013 08:26 |  #1

Was getting ready to buy a 60D body only ($600) from BHphoto and they had a special offer....

Buy the 60D AND the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens, normally $649, and get $300 off the lens.
So a total of $949 for the body and lens together. This lens is not in my list but it seems like a good price as long as the lens is not just a paper weight.


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Jul 23, 2013 08:29 |  #2

Sounds good. Both camera and lens are well reviewed. Not sure it wiuld be 649 but is good value at 300


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Jul 23, 2013 08:41 as a reply to  @ jaomul's post |  #3

Another consideration would be to buy a Pro-100 Printer at the same time for $399. This will give you a $400 rebate. So you could get a free printer or turn around and sell the printer and lower your net cost for the 60D.




  
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Jul 23, 2013 09:05 |  #4

I had the 70-300 you are referring to. I liked it, with the notable exception of wide open at 300mm. It needed to be stopped down to f/8 for the best sharpness. It is not bad at f/5.6; it just improves when stopped down a bit. All in all a very good lens for the money. And sometimes I wish I had something a tad smaller than the 100-400L I replaced it with.




  
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Jul 23, 2013 10:03 as a reply to  @ Tommy1957's post |  #5

Thanks for the input!

The printer deal looks like a hassle... mail in rebate then try to sell.

I think the price is good for the lens but I just don't know how much I'll use it.
There are a lot of lenses I could buy that I would use more in the price range that I can get this lens for so I think I might skip it, I just got excited when I saw $300 off! :)


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Jul 23, 2013 13:33 |  #6

reefvilla wrote in post #16146208 (external link)
Thanks for the input!

The printer deal looks like a hassle... mail in rebate then try to sell.

I think the price is good for the lens but I just don't know how much I'll use it.
There are a lot of lenses I could buy that I would use more in the price range that I can get this lens for so I think I might skip it, I just got excited when I saw $300 off! :)

yes, unless you really want that lens skip it, the 60D refurb sells for $579 at Adorama




  
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Jul 23, 2013 13:36 |  #7

I would also consider the Tamron 70-300. They are usually about 350 after mail in rebate. The thing I do not like about the canon, is that the front element rotates :(

The canon does produce good images though. Just make sure you have a use for that lens before you include it in the package :P.


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Jul 23, 2013 21:33 |  #8

I'm also considering the 60d for $599 (same price at most sites). Is this a great price, or do you see the price dropping more? I know we can't predict the future, but perhaps some of you could comment based on previous product rollouts?

I'm not in the best position to drop $599, but I suspect the next great deal will be the 7D which is too much camera for me.


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Jul 23, 2013 22:26 |  #9

Adorama had a 2-day deal just before Canon announced their 70D. Canon 60D and Pixma Pro-100 printer for $878. $400 mail-in-rebate. I sold the printer for $105 on ebay ($165 minus shipping and Ebay fees).

The effective price of the new Canon 60D = $375

How fast do you need the 60D??? You may want to wait, because prices will probably fall again when the 70D starts to ship out in September.




  
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Jul 23, 2013 22:53 |  #10

I don't mind waiting. I just had a feeling that the 60D would get discontinued, making me resort to the used market where I'd be paying the same amount. But I'm not sure, that's why I ask everyone here to share what they've seen in the past.


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Jul 23, 2013 23:50 |  #11

what are you using now if you can wait see what the reviews are on the 70D




  
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Jul 24, 2013 05:46 |  #12

I don't mind waiting.

Use the time to investigate the Canon Loyalty Program. You live in the States and can take advantage of the Canon Loyalty Program. Check the thread at https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=948785 for details. Although the details are not 100% up to date, the pertinent parts of the program are still valid. You basically trade in an older Canon product, even film stuff is OK. Broken inoperative products are acceptable. Many people trade in junk off eBay, bought for $10 and I have seen stuff at Goodwill Industries and Salvation Army thrift shops for very low prices. The refurbished product you get has a 14-day exchange and a 90-day warranty. They are in near new condition with everything included. Most people on checking the gear often find less than 100 shutter actuations. Mine was in the 40's.

The link to the program to see what is available is http://shop.usa.canon.​com …d-eos-digital-slr-cameras (external link). Scroll down and you'll see the body only at $719 but after the Loyalty Program discount (usually 20%) the final body price is $576 plus taxes. At least at present, should you need a printer, you'll get 20% off that as well. I don't see the body bundled with the lens you want but I do see a 60D +18-200mm at $1039 and another bundle with the 18-135mm at $959. Again, when you take off the 20% these prices come down to $831 and $768.




  
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Jul 24, 2013 06:14 |  #13

The current going price of $599 is not bad considering I paid $700+ for my 60D refurb just over a year ago.

The problem with most of the 60D package deals is they aren't including any of the newer STM kit lenses. I opted to buy a used 15-85 lens when I got my 60D but that will cost somewhere between $500 and $600.
When we picked up my wife's SL1, we opted for the 55-250 because of weight and performance vs cost. Had I not had such great success with my. 15-85, I might have gotten her the newer 18-55 STM kit lens.


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Jul 24, 2013 07:26 |  #14

reefvilla wrote in post #16146208 (external link)
Thanks for the input!

The printer deal looks like a hassle... mail in rebate then try to sell.

I think the price is good for the lens but I just don't know how much I'll use it.
There are a lot of lenses I could buy that I would use more in the price range that I can get this lens for so I think I might skip it, I just got excited when I saw $300 off! :)

There are so many deals out there on packages, but you are righ about the hassle of playing the "flip it" for savings game. It is a hassle. If the package includes gear you will use, different story.

Figuring out what you will use for your photography will go a long way in saving you money (and it will also help you get the most out of your camera). The 50 1.8 and 55-250 lenses I bought with my refurb 60D 20 months ago are now long gone in favor of faster glass, as I now know what I need to shoot low-light sports and portraits to my satisfaction.

That said, I jumped on a mail-in rebate promotion that made the Pro-100 printer $89 and I really love the printer. The deal included 50 sheets of 13x19 semi-gloss paper as well. The ink alone in that printer is worth about $125.


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Jul 24, 2013 07:47 as a reply to  @ mickeyb105's post |  #15

I bought a 60D last night.
Along with the Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 and the Sigma 50-150mm 2.8


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