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Aug 30, 2014 06:24 |  #1

I figured I would post here and see what the general brain trust could offer me. You guys might bring to light valid points that I might not think to question on my own. Here is my situation currently:

I have a 5d Classic and I have a 40d. I only own one EF-S lens at this time and the rest of my lenses are all EF mount. So, I feel like I have a decent combo to use as needed. I had a 20d and a spare 40d but recently decided to sell both off as I was running out of room just to keep extra bodies around. Last night I added the Canon 50mm 1.4 to the mix and feel like it was a nice by vs the current 50mm 1.8 II that I have simply because I always feel like I'm going to break the 1.8.

Now, I was offered a trade on a nice 60d for my 5d. I now they are semi pointless to compare to one another but the 18mp on the 60d sounds nice to me for the larger print options. I am not a MP chaser, but I have a job coming up that will require a 7-8' wide print and I think the 18mp stitched in a pano would give me a pretty good size footprint to work with.

Am I foolish for wanting the newer LCD and larger MP count vs the old 5d? Does the 60d seem like a waste to have if my only backup is the 40d? Would it be wise to make this trade and then eventually put myself into a much nicer and newer FF when I can afford to?

I've searched and read a bit but I keep seeing a lot of valid points for either body. I also sure that there are things I've not yet thought of to question yet. As far as my photos go, I'm just a hobbyist. I shoot mostly still life, landscapes and a few portraits here and there but just candid type stuff. Not looking to do any head shots or really get into portrait work.

Thanks and sorry for asking, just not sure which one would win out for my needs. The 60d seems to be appreciated from what I've seen online, so I'm curious to hear from anyone that made the jump from the 5d to the 60d.


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Aug 30, 2014 06:47 |  #2

If you have 40D and 5D, personally i wouldn´t exchange 60D over 5D just because of higher mpx count and better lcd screen.

I would take 60D only if you shoot lot of action from bigger distance for crop factor and croping capability thanks to 18mpx sensorm, especially in bad light conditions.


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Aug 30, 2014 07:12 |  #3

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If you have 40D and 5D, personally i wouldn´t exchange 60D over 5D just because of higher mpx count and better lcd screen.

I would take 60D only if you shoot lot of action from bigger distance for crop factor and croping capability thanks to 18mpx sensorm, especially in bad light conditions.

I'd say that at times I'd be using it with the pups outside, so mild action, or when out doing stuff with my 7yo daughter. Sometimes I get out and the weather isn't always the brightest, but I'll still make a go at getting some landscape shots and macro stuff. For either body I'd often be using my 50mm 1.4, 40mm 2.8, 8mm fisheye or my 70-300.


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Aug 31, 2014 18:01 |  #4

Heya,

I see no reason to change cameras based on you saying you are just going to do pano & stitch, hobbyist shooting, no real portrait work, just still life and landscapes. The MP count makes very little difference at this point (13MP vs 18MP, but you're stitching anyways, so this is a moot point).

I would keep the 5D if you do portrait. It has a special look to it, and you control DOF better with it, with that new 50 F1.4. You may grow into portrait more. It will have something that neither of your APS-C's can do, DOF wise.

I'd be more apt to change the 40D plus some cash for a 60D, if you really wanted a newer body.

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Sep 01, 2014 05:50 |  #5

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Heya,

I see no reason to change cameras based on you saying you are just going to do pano & stitch, hobbyist shooting, no real portrait work, just still life and landscapes. The MP count makes very little difference at this point (13MP vs 18MP, but you're stitching anyways, so this is a moot point).

I would keep the 5D if you do portrait. It has a special look to it, and you control DOF better with it, with that new 50 F1.4. You may grow into portrait more. It will have something that neither of your APS-C's can do, DOF wise.

I'd be more apt to change the 40D plus some cash for a 60D, if you really wanted a newer body.

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Understood, and I think it's pretty much a known fact now that the 5d has an absolutely amazing IQ and the files come off of it looking great. I've never had or handled anything newer/better since affording it was out of the question for me. I just parted with my spare 40d for that 50mm 1.4 as I wanted to get some better glass going on. Still no L stuff yet. My current 40d has just hit 6k on the shutter so I'd say it's still got a ton of life in it. Not sure how much a used 60d would run me now, or if I should go that route and part with the 40d. The 50d and I never really fell in love so I'm not sure about the 60d either. Just thought having the option for 18mp could come in handy, but maybe I don't need it as much as I think.


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Sep 01, 2014 12:34 |  #6

You have had your 5Dc for a while, and know exactly what it is capable of. So go ahead and swap it for the 60D. After you use that for a while, you will also know it's strengths and weaknesses as well as you know those of the 5Dc. Then, after you have a lot of experience with each body, you can decide to either keep the 60D or to sell it and get a 5D again.

Decisions of this nature really aren't crucial, because it is so fast, easy, and convenient to buy and sell that you can always undo or re-do any decision you make.


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Sep 01, 2014 12:57 |  #7

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You have had your 5Dc for a while, and know exactly what it is capable of. So go ahead and swap it for the 60D. After you use that for a while, you will also know it's strengths and weaknesses as well as you know those of the 5Dc. Then, after you have a lot of experience with each body, you can decide to either keep the 60D or to sell it and get a 5D again.

Decisions of this nature really aren't crucial, because it is so fast, easy, and convenient to buy and sell that you can always undo or re-do any decision you make.

I guess my main concern was the build quality of the 60d as I can't find anywhere locally to get my hands on one. I've heard they feel cheaper in the hand compared the the 40/50d as they don't use the same frames but I don't think I'm ever all that tough on a camera to begin with.

The 5d takes a great shot, and I got it as I really wanted to try my luck with a FF. Everything else that I've ever owned has been a crop and I'm still learning a lot about the way crops capture images vs FF, noise, FOV, and all of that stuff.

If I had the 60d, I can only think it would allow me a little ease when printing and I have an upcoming print that I need to make about 7ft wide. I know I can stitch shots from the 5d and while the file size seems huge, I've not experienced what it will really look like on canvas yet.

The 5d would probably be best paired with the 60d as my backup, but I got a local offer to trade on the 5d that I'm entertaining. It would leave me with the 60d and 40d if so.


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Sep 01, 2014 13:02 |  #8

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The 5d would probably be best paired with the 60d as my backup

That's a really good point. It should be quite doable, as 60Ds are very inexpensive now, and you can probably still get a couple hundred bucks for your 40D.


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Sep 01, 2014 15:45 |  #9

I have a 60d. I don't think it feels cheap at all. Maybe if you can get yor hands on one to test....


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Sep 01, 2014 16:27 |  #10

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I have a 60d. I don't think it feels cheap at all. Maybe if you can get yor hands on one to test....

Can't find one near me at a store to try but maybe one will come floating my way. I have a hard time picturing it feeling cheap myself, but I think I would maybe notice a weight difference if it didn't have the same metal frame as the 40d.


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