So you want a new camera?- sorry about the length.
Last year my 30d ‘s shutter broke- for the second time. Although I really liked the camera and had no plans on buying another, I felt that the camera had “bad mojo” and it was time to switch. I spent the better part of two months looking at forums, reviews, pictures trying to decide on a camera. I have a 20d as my backup and I have used all sorts of cameras from Leicas to 4x5 field cameras.
I didn't know what I wanted to buy. I knew a few things from my experience with the 30 and 20d. I kicked around, 5d, 7d, 5dmk2, etc. Obviously some of the choices were going to be used. The voice in my head was worried about the age of the camera, the shutter count, the dust issue (or non issue). I had about a $1400.00 budget. The other voice was talking about “buy glass”. This term wasn’t invented for digital photography. It is important with film too.
As you struggle with camera decisions- think about it- the one thing that devalues fastest is the camera body. Good lenses don’t. The $600 5d was $ 2,000 + dollars not too long ago…. Hmmm
So I played with several cameras. 7d was nice, but chunky. I am not a fan of all the focus boxes in the viewfinder. I looked at the 60d. Nice, but the reviews said it was plastic and was a fancy Rebel. I looked at a used 50d. Used 40d…. etc., etc.
At the end of the day decided on the 60d. It has a great build- despite the reviews. The swivel screen is awesome. I do a lot of tripod work- handy. When my 30d broke the first time, I used my Samsung TL500 in Yosemite. It has a swivel screen. You can get a lot of nice angles without laying in the dirt (or snow). Usually for most off hand work I do not open the screen. It’s a time warp not looking at the back of the camera. The control wheel with the pad around it- great I like it better than the joystick. Everything is in one spot.
Picture quality is fantastic. Battery life is phenomenal. Oh- also I bought it refurb from Adorama. It was new- no clicks and nothing to show it was ever used. $600.00 shipped. Enough left in the bank for a good lens.
Lessons learned- don’t believe all the reviews. Spend money on glass, not the camera. It will be out of date the day you buy it. Some of the opinions I received were from folks that didn’t even own the product they recommended. Try the camera. Handle it. Take some pictures. Switch settings. See if it works the way you like.
I hope this helps the camera hunters.