Hi! My name is Jeremy and this is my very first post on POTN. I read through the 70D owners unite thread and learned a lot, so I thought I'd post this here to try and give back in some small way.
Let me start by saying I'm no pro. Not even close. My wife is a journalist and has a great eye (not a photojournalist, but she can shoot like one) but we've used P&S cameras since we went digital in ~2005. We had a Nikon film SLR before going digital but have used Canon ever since - an SD30 Digital ELPH followed by the superb S95. Last July I got my first DSLR, a Canon T3 (1100D for non-US folks) with its kit lens, the EF-S 18-55mm IS II. Later on I upgraded to a better-but-still-a-kit-lens with more reach - the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS.
That sufficed for several months, but the T3 was missing something - control. Coming into photography as a self-avowed computer geek, playing with settings is my thing. Doing that on a low-end Rebel can be frustrating, at best. Sure, it had plenty of control technically but a lot of it was just plain not easy to access, in menus or with buttons that just weren't convenient. Put succinctly, I wanted more.
After the 70D was launched, it became sort-of an obsession of mine. I read everything I possibly could about it - every review, forum thread, even reviews on retailer sites. It just seemed like my dream camera. The whole full frame ecosystem is unfortunately not in the budget, plus I already had the EF-S 18-135 and the 70D would go along with it very nicely. Thus, it became my goal to acquire a 70D. While I saved up, the great holiday deals (body for $950) came and went. Nothing used really popped up on the market and it's way too early for refurbs. Cut to a couple of weeks ago and a used model popped up for sale. After talking with the guy, I got a slightly used 70D with the 18-55mm IS STM for a great deal.
Eventually, after using it a while, I may well write an impartial-as-possible review about it**, but I was so excited, I took to posting on forums; because coming from a T3 it's like a whole different world. (**I've reviewed computer hardware for several years so I'm going to try my hand at a consumer-oriented camera review.)
So, apologies if anyone has seen this before (likely on FM), but after reading through the helpful (and superb picture laden) owners unite thread, I wanted to give back what I could. This 'post' will span about ten posts. It is in a semi-finished state, but it works separated out.
Getting started with the meat of the thread, I'll save the close-up and detailed product photos for the actual review, but here are a few preliminary shots.
Remember, I said it was used. It definitely does not look like it. After turning it on, the photo counter was not reset and it had a whopping 318 photos. That's about a weekend of shooting for me, so this thing has barely been used.
Of course, I couldn't resist getting it outside the very day it came (the product photos were taken within an hour of its arrival...and I worked that day), so samples to follow.
As the thread goes on, don't hesitate to ask questions, discuss or comment on the photos. Comments and (constructive) criticism is always welcome!