Pondrader wrote in post #15786035
I believe I have come close to killing my 650D meany time's shooting bird's and the great outdoors and a more waterproof, dustproof camera would be the way to go, BUT putting a 70-300L glass up front has made the world of difference to everything I do. But I am sure I'm going to kill the T4i before its time . If I had to choose ?? the glass would come first!!!
This is sometimes the feeling I have even just shooting birds on a feeder. Miss focus, miss focus hunt, hunt, you know what I give up.!!
placidbabe wrote in post #15786042
Just wondering what lens you wanted?
After selling your camera, wont you still need to put about $1000 on top to cover the new camera? There are a lot of nice lenses around $1000.
I've just heard the 75-300 isn't a great lens, so might find better results in your photos from upgrading that, or the 18-55 into something nicer, rather then upgrade the camera and find a few improvements in specs but maybe not so much improvement in the photos.
Going rates for used 600D in the UK are about £380-£420 with kit lens. I can get a 7D body for £700 new. So there's not much she needs to front for the change. If she was fronting $1000 I wouldn't consider changing, I'd just get a 70-300mm f4-5.6L
Quadna71 wrote in post #15786045
If you both have the patience and inclination, I'd hold off for a little longer. With all the rumors on pending "70D" or "7DII" circling you may end up with with a better deal. Even if you're locked on a 7D, their prices are sure to plummet in the used market the moment the new non-Rebel crop bodies are announced.
As an immediate replacement, have you looked at the 60D? Lower pricing than the 7D and similar resolution...albeit a lesser AF engine and lower FPS.
Is there a cheap battery grip solution for your T3i to help your cramping issues in the meantime?
Lastly, I'm not by any means against the 7D. My first DSLR was the T3i, then upgraded to the 7D and loved it. It's just that a large portion od the 7D's pricing is attributed to the dual Digic 4's and higher FPS ability...and your current shooting description might not justify those features.
This was the reason I asked. I know the price will fall on the 7D and to be honest, whatever the cost of a mkII will be, I won't be able to afford it. I just don't know how much longer I can do focus recompose on small birds before I loose the will to live. Then you crop the picture to suit the rule, and then the bird is softer than the seeds you out out 4 days ago to attract it.