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Sep 16, 2013 08:04 |  #1

Few days ago I started to work as a photojournalist :) I worked with 550D on a tennis tournament and realized 2 things:
- I need 2 bodies for my job
- I have 550D, it works nice with my 17-55, so second body must be faster for sports photography with 70-300 (for now) or 70-200 f2.8

In my city I found Canon 40D (gripped with 3 batteries and 4 CF cards) and Canon 60D for same price (gripped but only 1 battery and no cards), in neighboring town is Canon 40D (gripped, 1 battery, no cards) but a bit cheaper. All 3 bodies are in very good condition and have 40k-45k shots.
So what you think is the best choice for my photojournalism job?


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Sep 16, 2013 08:07 |  #2

I bought a 40D and love it. But they are dated now and the 60D is a vast improvement over the 40D.
I would say the 60D personally but you will not be unhappy with a 40D either.


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Sep 16, 2013 09:03 |  #3

Nothing to do with the function of the cameras, but the 60D for the same price is a better value.

The 40D has better ergonomics, but the 60D has better specs.


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Sep 16, 2013 10:09 |  #4

Kyle Blunt wrote in post #16300405 (external link)
I bought a 40D and love it. But they are dated now and the 60D is a vast improvement over the 40D.
I would say the 60D personally but you will not be unhappy with a 40D either.

I looked for 50D but couldn't found,so decided to go with 60D or 40D

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Nothing to do with the function of the cameras, but the 60D for the same price is a better value.

The 40D has better ergonomics, but the 60D has better specs.

60D is in a little worse condition than the 40D and with 60D I need extra money for aditional batteries. If 60D is worth it I will buy it .


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Sep 16, 2013 12:56 |  #5

My vote is for the 60D as well. Battery life with the LP-E6's is terrific. Newer tech, more MP to crop from.


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Sep 16, 2013 13:25 |  #6

Agree to a point, but surely a used weatherproofed body like a 7D, 6D or 5DC or 5DII would be best, as the job would entail shooting in the rain. Used models can be had cheaply. As for batteries for the grips, see if P&G do duracells to fit. I got one for my 600D from Amazon (direct not from a trader) for 1/3 of Canon originals.


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Sep 16, 2013 13:43 |  #7

I know it's not one of your given choices, but if you can swing it a used 7D would be a better match for your situation (as you mentioned tennis and the 7D excels at action photography). I've owned both the 7D and the 40D and the 7D is a significant step up. I haven't owned the 60D, but I know it has better specs all around than the 40D (with the exception of fps; the 40D is still a touch faster), and it has movie capabilities, which the 40D does not.




  
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Sep 16, 2013 14:22 |  #8

I love my 40D and couldn't fault it, but if the choice was today, I would probably get the 60D. All be it the 40D is still a faster camera, but the perks of the 60D would far outweigh.
60D is also weather proofed.

As for the 7D , it is significantly higher priced, however you would get a slightly faster shooting speed and a better AF system.
Between the 60 and the 7, you would have a better quality display on the 60D along with the flip out screen. Better battery life and a slightly lighter camera.

I would get the 60D with my money.
Im sure someone will be around to tell you to buy a 5D III soon.


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Sep 16, 2013 14:44 |  #9

60D, simply because you can share memory cards between it and your Rebel. 40D would require you to go buy CF cards.

That said, I'm more inline with Colin; if you're doing this for work and you need a sports body, the 7D, 70D, 1DIV or 5DIII would be where you should focus your efforts. As they would all give you a stronger AF system for your action shooting, even though they're significantly more expensive. Getting a 60D instead would be like picking up a standard screwdriver to put in phillips head screws; it can certainly be done, but it isn't the best way to go about it.


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Sep 16, 2013 15:11 |  #10

Thank you people :) My decision is - 60D
I tried this camera few hours ago and love it :) 7D and FF bodies are great but over my budget :(


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Sep 16, 2013 15:21 |  #11

dexter500 wrote in post #16301473 (external link)
Thank you people :) My decision is - 60D
I tried this camera few hours ago and love it :) 7D and FF bodies are great but over my budget :(

Right choice for you.

Always have people on here putting down "lesser" camera models and telling you to buy top end pro cameras way out of budget.

I want a car to drive from my house to work, I have a budget of £2000 any ideas?
Go buy a lamborghini gallardo, its what you need, there's no point in wasting money on something less which you will want to replace later.


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Sep 16, 2013 17:27 |  #12

WhenIWake wrote in post #16301500 (external link)
Right choice for you.

Always have people on here putting down "lesser" camera models and telling you to buy top end pro cameras way out of budget.

I want a car to drive from my house to work, I have a budget of £2000 any ideas?
Go buy a lamborghini gallardo, its what you need, there's no point in wasting money on something less which you will want to replace later.

Thank you :) This is not CNN, BBC or something,this is a local website and I am an amateur so I think I don't need a 7D or FF bodies


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Sep 16, 2013 19:56 |  #13

WhenIWake wrote in post #16301500 (external link)
Right choice for you.

Always have people on here putting down "lesser" camera models and telling you to buy top end pro cameras way out of budget.

I want a car to drive from my house to work, I have a budget of £2000 any ideas?
Go buy a lamborghini gallardo, its what you need, there's no point in wasting money on something less which you will want to replace later.

There is some of that around here; but there are also a ton of "I want a car that will keep up with my neighbor's Lamborghini, but I only want to spend $5000" type of questions around here, as well.

For the budget the OP stated, the 60 is surely the correct option; no doubt about it. However, there's always the likelyhood that the OP will also be back in 6 months saying "Well, I *thought* this 60D would work for me, but I need something with more control over the AF system/faster AF/etc" which is what the advice for the higher end bodies is about. Determining the correct tool for a job is not a function of (only) price.


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Sep 16, 2013 20:04 |  #14

I've been using mine for pretty much all aspects of photojournalism for two years and it has been a great body. Perfectly good for sports, I think you'll find it to be plenty worthy--much better than using a standard screwdriver on a Phillips head screw.

Maybe more like making a strawberry daiquiri with a Hamilton Beach blender instead of a Vita-Mix.


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Sep 18, 2013 06:01 |  #15

dexter500 wrote in post #16301473 (external link)
Thank you people :) My decision is - 60D


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