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Nov 22, 2014 13:54 |  #1

Let's see..

  • Hobbyist
  • Currently own a 60d
  • Primarily shoot macro
  • Recently had a baby
  • Interested in doing more family photography


  • Need fast, accurate AF
  • Good in low light (focuses well/solid high iso performance)
  • Have big hands


Not interested in Full Frame. Touch/articulating screen doesn't sway me to one or the other. Looking to spend $800-$1000. (I figure with the 7d2 coming out, that puts a 7d in my price range, yes?)

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Nov 22, 2014 14:00 |  #2

Should I add lens lineup? 17-35L, Sigmalux, 100L, and 70-200 f4L


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Nov 22, 2014 14:13 |  #3

Personally, I don't see the benefit of changing the 60D. For your lens line-up and to comply with "good in low light/big hands" I would say you have to move to a much newer body and probably FF (6D fits the bill) to get any noticable improvement. I know you stated you are not intererested in FF but your type of photography does not warrant any benefit of what the likes of the 7D / 70D could offer you. If you had some STM lenses I would suggest the 70D so that you could use if for video.


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Nov 22, 2014 14:22 |  #4

I have to agree with shocolite. I doubt that either the 7D or 70D is going to be much of an improvement over your 60D for what you are seeking. You do not mention whether you have an external flash -- if you do not, that may be where you want to invest some funds if you are not interested in moving to full frame.


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Nov 22, 2014 14:30 |  #5

The only thing the 7D/70D will give you over your 60D is better AF. ISO performance will be virtually identical, no advantage for macro shooting and the body size is pretty much the same as well. The move really doesn't buy you anything except for maybe MFA and a few other features.

One thing though, if video is in your list, the 70D has a much better video AF system than the 60D or 7D so big advantage there.


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Nov 22, 2014 14:32 |  #6

I have both the 60d and 70d and the benefits of the 70d in my opinion are the additional focus points, touch screen (I don't have big hands though), more frames per second, faster and more accurate focus (but not by a very large margin) and wifi.

I don't shoot video so there are no benefits there.


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Nov 22, 2014 15:31 |  #7

Wifi I find useful on my 70d for remote shooting and image transferring


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Nov 22, 2014 16:01 |  #8

I forgot to add: if you have some funds to spare, how about buying a fast prime in the 20 to 40 range. I wouldn't bother with any of the 2.8 zooms/primes, go to a 1.4 / 1.8 prime for better low-light capability. This may better address your needs.


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Nov 22, 2014 16:04 |  #9

Why not think about a fancy new lens? That would probably help more than a moderate body upgrade.


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Nov 22, 2014 16:54 |  #10

One of the things I really like about the 7D is the Macro AI Servo mode. It's great if you hand hold your macro shots and works when the camera is paired with a Canon macro lens. I know the 60D doesn't have that feature but I'm unsure about the 70D.


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Nov 22, 2014 17:09 |  #11

70D has MFA, which is very useful, especially with fast lenses.

-Dual AF via liveview is probably biggest improvement, it is really useful for "hard to get" angles and it is really fast even in dim light.

i think today cameras are not about IQ anymore, but about these features, which helps greatly to get desire pictures.


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Nov 22, 2014 18:47 |  #12

If you're set on a body upgrade, I would go for the 70d. You'll probably find the articulating screen to be a big benefit when the baby starts to crawl and you don't have to lie on the floor to get a shot of him/her crawling towards you. Also you'll find it better for video, which you'll probably start shooting more of.

If you're looking at lenses, I would take a look at the Sigma 18-35. The benefit of a zoom and a 1.8 aperture will be nice to have (I shoot 70% of my shots at either 35/50 equivalent so this lens was perfect for me).


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Nov 22, 2014 20:32 |  #13

The 70D is very good at macro. Just look at the owners thread! The articulating touch screen combined with the dual pixel AF is actually incredibly useful for macro. I also had a 60D - the 70D is a big step up in terms of ISO performance and video - better ergonomics and full time servo AF during video. The AF system through the viewfinder is much better, along with the interactive display and the full time level.


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Nov 23, 2014 02:12 |  #14

70D can give you about 2/3 to one stop higher usable ISO. 7D would be no different than your 60D... essentially the same sensor.

But neither 70D nor 7D will be able to focus in any lower light than 60D.


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