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60d vs 7d for amatur mom

 
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May 23, 2012 19:53 |  #31

I love my 7d, but my advice is 60d and better lenses.....


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May 23, 2012 21:46 |  #32

Ah, the "Lens Before Body" rule. Never forget that!

As for the body -

My story is sort of the opposite to most people - I was considering the 7D at first but because of multiple factors (including price), I decided to go 60D. You see, I wouldn't expect a mom (as the OP identifies herself) to go out to document the NFL games. After all, I'm getting great keepers rates with my 60D + 70-200 f/4 combination taking photos of my high school indoor basketball games.

Of course if the OP doesn't mind spending 2 grand, go ahead with the 7D, but economically speaking it would make more sense to me to go 60D and get good glass.


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May 23, 2012 22:14 |  #33

I went with the 7D because I needed the speed for taking pictures of my fast moving field dogs. My friend has the 60D which I also seriously considered. The deciding factor was solely based on speed, and it IS fast!


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May 24, 2012 01:59 |  #34

I'm an mom too. I have a 60D and I think it's awesome and capable for mom type shooting :D I hear you about the weight, though :( Recently I've found myself not even wanting to take my camera with me unless it's a super important event, because it's so heavy to lug around. Then I take pics with my iphone. Sadness. I know people say that 60D owners will want to upgrade to a 7D eventually, but I honestly have zero interest in the 7D.


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May 24, 2012 02:48 |  #35

I had a 7D and 5D2 combo and sold them and got a 5D3 and 60D pairing. While the 5D3 does everything excellently the 60D doesn't hang about either. I found my keeper rate with the 7D was down at around 50% overall, while my keeper rate with the 60D, 5D2 & 3 has been up to around 85% plus and most of the duff ones were the users fault (me) anyway. The 7D, while it's a great camera, is a bit finickity to use and shots have to be perfectly set up to keep them. Most grab shots aren't up to scratch, while they are with the 60D.


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May 24, 2012 05:12 |  #36

For the type of shooting you describe, my recommendation would be the 60d. For an all around lens I suggest a tamron 18-270.

I have a 7d and a newly acquired 5d3 and plenty of Canon L glass. My wife has a 60d with the 18-270. I've often had camera/lens envy as she walks around with a light set up and I struggle with xx pounds of gear on my back. The 60d with the tamron lens is versatile, light and takes great pictures.

I agree with earlier posters that you should rent both and see which you prefer. Lensrentals makes it easy and cheap to try before you buy.




  
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May 24, 2012 10:01 |  #37

After reading I back to leaning towards the 60d :)

Thanks all for your input.

I'm not ready to bite the bullet yet, but hopefully soon!


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May 24, 2012 11:01 |  #38

jpfiff wrote in post #14478343 (external link)
After reading I back to leaning towards the 60d :)

Thanks all for your input.

I'm not ready to bite the bullet yet, but hopefully soon!

it's a process... one where you definitely want to take your time, using is more important than reading though. read about the features so that you know what you want to test out when you get it in hand.


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May 24, 2012 12:20 |  #39

If weight is your concern, buy a Black Rapid Shoulder Strap and you'll be amazed how much lighter is your camera after replacing the supplied canon neck strap.


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May 24, 2012 12:22 |  #40

jpfiff wrote in post #14478343 (external link)
After reading I back to leaning towards the 60d :)

Thanks all for your input.

I'm not ready to bite the bullet yet, but hopefully soon!

if time and money are not your enemy, wait for a few months for the 60D replacement.


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May 24, 2012 12:24 |  #41

I recently had both and just sold my 60D to fund an XPro1 purchase. I think that the 60D is more than capable of taking you to that "next level" of photography. The 7D, which is stellar in it's own right, it a beast of a camera and has a bit of a steep learning curve. The 60D is very user friendly with the controls so shooting in manual will be a non issue. And think of the new lens you can get with the $$ yous ave over the 7D. In any case, enjoy whatever it is that you end up getting. Eith way, you won't go wrong.


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May 24, 2012 13:19 |  #42

Consider trading in the XT on a refurbed 7D from Canon USA. Canon should give a few hundred in credit for the XT. Refurbed bodies are usually dealer overstocks or demo units.




  
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May 24, 2012 13:59 |  #43

MCAsan wrote in post #14479276 (external link)
Consider trading in the XT on a refurbed 7D from Canon USA. Canon should give a few hundred in credit for the XT. Refurbed bodies are usually dealer overstocks or demo units.

I agree with the refurbished idea. Except go for the 60D. It is only $799. I have bought two bodies for Canon refurb with no problems. The biggest things the 7D has going for it are the extremely flexible (and complicated) AF system, and Micro-Focus Adjust (MFA). I have used about 20 different lenses on my 60D, the AF system has performed admirably. You will find it much better than the Rebel; I compare my T1i and 60D, no comparison - 60D is better. I have also never had a need for MFA, even with some f/1.8 and f/2 lenses. The 60D focus system just works. Perhaps the 7D works better. The 60D is good enough for me. I am a hobby shooter and have never found the 60D lacking. Well, I would like it to have a minimum shutter speed setting while using AUTO ISO in Av mode. With two floating variables, the camera seldom does what I want it to do. I guess Canon wants me to buy the 5D3.

In the end it doesn't matter. You'll be happy with either 60D or 7D. At least until you start reading about the 5D3.




  
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May 24, 2012 15:28 |  #44

sambarino wrote in post #14479499 (external link)
I agree with the refurbished idea. Except go for the 60D. It is only $799....

Use the CLP and save 20% more.
Canon 60D - $639.99
Canon 60D with 18-135 IS Kit Lens - $831.36


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May 24, 2012 16:37 |  #45

I got my refurb 60D when Canon was having their 20% off their refurbished inventory. So, with FL sales tax, it was $678 if I recall correctly. Using the CLP (sending in a non-working Canon camera), as you know, you get the same 20% discount. My refurb only had 144 shots on it.. so more than some and less than others, but otherwise, one wouldn't know it wasn't brand new in the box.

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