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Trying to get back into photography.. keep or sell 30D?

 
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Apr 23, 2014 01:32 |  #16

moss-one wrote in post #16854611 (external link)
The Xti is an interesting case, since the 400plus firmware hack gives it unbelievably more power. I hung on to my Xti for another 2-3 years just because of that.
The 30D is a great camera - no firmware hacks, however to give it a boost.
It depends on the type of photography you want to do. While I skipped over the 30D myself I did have the 20D which is extremely similar. I found I was missing shots of sports due to relatively low burst speed, and low light performance was poor beyond ISO 400 (sometimes pushed to 800).
I upgraded to a 60D last year, much better burst speed, but more importantly for me I can comfortably shoot at ISOs above 2000 with no issues.
I'd agree with GeoffSobering above - keep that 30 for a while and see what you need to get the shots you want.

All I've really figured out with 400plus is the shutter count (which is under 9k. For owning it 6 years, that's not much, I gotta step it up!). I need to immerse myself in the user guide one of these days. I do wish I had better high iso performance but I can live. I do need to get noise ninja or something similar in the meantime, though.

I do feel self conscious trying to shove it in my purse and bring it out while doing normal day to day stuff. And it's too big to put in my backpack and bring to campus with me. So instead of buying a new body, I bought a used fuji x100 off amazon yesterday. It should have better high iso capabilities than the xti and honestly I mainly shoot indoors for casual social stuff and I feel like the x100 won't stand out so much in those cases. Plus I can use it as a nice point and shoot when I don't have the room for my xti. I think it'll be more useful for me than a new dslr body for a while, since in the last three years or so I've taken my xti out with me maaaaybe three times? So I think it'll be a nice compliment to the xti and an upgrade stepping stone.


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Apr 23, 2014 08:56 |  #17

TeamSpeed wrote in post #16854490 (external link)
Stay with the 30d, very nice and sharp images, upgrade your old kit lens to the newer stm model though.

+1 to most of the above; no reason to upgrade for upgrade's sake. Get back out there and see what sort of images you get with what you've got. If you find it lacking in one area or another, at least you'll know what you need to focus on when considering an upgrade.

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Apr 23, 2014 09:45 |  #18

Why would you think, just because that there are later versions available, that an earlier version of a given camera is no longer usefull ?

If the 30D is in good condition, it should produce fine pictures as long as your settings are up to it.
I still have my D30 all the way to my last purchase, the 50D. They all still work fine, and produce great results, despite the differences. You just have to work around these differences.
Yes, the 30D is a bit slower, the high ISO shots aren't quite as clean as the later cameras, but, there are ways to 'work around' many of the shortcommings.

Take your 30 and start shooting away.
If you can, rent a later camera. After spending time with the 30, see if a newer camera is really worth the money...! Good lenses mean more than many newer cameras.

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Apr 23, 2014 09:52 |  #19

If you must buy something then buy glass.


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Apr 23, 2014 10:51 |  #20

Yep a better glass. My 20D was more than capable with good lighting and good lens :)




  
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Apr 23, 2014 13:39 |  #21

Thank you all for your advice and insight! I appreciate it! I'll stick with the 30D for now, probably for the rest of the year or so, depending on how quickly I can get back up to speed with where I once was.

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Apr 23, 2014 13:51 as a reply to  @ noopi's post |  #22

Keep it! My father shoot birds with a 7D and 20D. I can't tell which image is shot with which body - because it's the same 100-400 taking the shots.




  
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Apr 23, 2014 14:00 |  #23

What's your budget?


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Apr 23, 2014 14:51 |  #24

st3mpy wrote in post #16855871 (external link)
Keep it! My father shoot birds with a 7D and 20D. I can't tell which image is shot with which body - because it's the same 100-400 taking the shots.

Not to mention the same skill set.




  
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Apr 23, 2014 14:58 |  #25

noopi wrote in post #16855823 (external link)
Thank you all for your advice and insight! I appreciate it! I'll stick with the 30D for now, probably for the rest of the year or so, depending on how quickly I can get back up to speed with where I once was.

:D

Come back and post photos!:D


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Apr 24, 2014 00:15 |  #26

Sell like in yesterday


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Apr 24, 2014 10:25 |  #27

So I pulled my camera out of the closet, and I put the battery in the charger and waited ~1 hour or so before putting it back in the body, but alas, it seems my battery is dead.

I ordered this battery (external link) as a replacement.. Does anyone have experience using these? I mean, the reviews looked pretty promising, and it was only $15, so what the heck, right?


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Apr 24, 2014 10:48 |  #28

noopi wrote in post #16857997 (external link)
So I pulled my camera out of the closet, and I put the battery in the charger and waited ~1 hour or so before putting it back in the body, but alas, it seems my battery is dead.

I ordered this battery (external link) as a replacement.. Does anyone have experience using these? I mean, the reviews looked pretty promising, and it was only $15, so what the heck, right?

BP-511 aftermarket batteries are aplenty, and there is nothing special about them, unlike newer batteries with the id chips, etc. Sterlingtek, and many others should be good, so yes the one you linked to should be perfectly fine. :)

Your local Radio Shacks might still carry these too, as might Best Buy.


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Apr 24, 2014 10:52 |  #29

noopi wrote in post #16853616 (external link)
Hi POTN! I am in a bit of a slump in my life and I wanted to get back into photography. I took 3.5 years off after my best friend (who gave me my first camera and introduced me to POTN) passed away unexpectedly. So, getting back into it is still a sensitive thing for me.
Anywho, I have a Canon 30D that I bought used off of POTN. I have the Canon f/2.8 macro lens (non-L version), the standard 18-55 kit lens, and one more that I can't recall off the top of my head. I also have some kenko tubes and a 580EX2 external flash.
My question is, is a 30D still decent? Or should I try to sell it and upgrade to something newer? I initially focused on macro photography, but I think I want to try to do some simple portraits or something.
I'm not super-rich or anything, but I do have some money sitting around.
So, do you think I should stick with a 30D or try to upgrade to something else? In terms of quality, are the popular T*i Rebel's superior to a 30D (probably a silly question, but I've been somewhat avoiding photography for above reasons, so I don't have much knowledge of what's new).


Any advice would be appreciated!


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Apr 24, 2014 10:52 |  #30

it's a SterlingTEK. These and the Wasabis have the best reputation among third party battery providers.


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