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Upgrade D60 to used 20D for $550?

 
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Nov 08, 2007 19:24 |  #1

I found a used 20D on craigslist for $550 with vertical grip. I forgot to ask if it was a Canon vertical grip. What he did tell me is that the sensor was cleaned about a week ago, he's selling to upgrade to a 5D, and he's the second owner. There is also a small mark in the viewfinder, but it never appears in pictures.

I'm trying to decide if I should make the jump, or save up for a 70-200 f2.8 lens instead. I figure I can probably sell my D60 to recoup some of my costs.

Right now, I mainly shoot my family but in a few years I want to be able to shoot my son playing sports. One of the big things I want with going to the 20D is to be able to shoot in ISO 3200 for when he plays ice hockey.

I'm still a beginner and I've got a lot more I can learn with my D60, so I wonder if I should wait, buy better glass, and get a used 30D or 40D in a few years.




  
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Nov 08, 2007 19:29 |  #2

I would wait and buy the 70-200 f/2.8. Buying a used 20D isn't that great a deal. I use one but I have had it for a couple years. I would save up until either the D60 dies or you need the faster frame rates and such for sports. A lot happens in Cameras in 2 or 3 years, but lenses are always good.




  
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Nov 08, 2007 19:31 |  #3

Buy better glass. I have an instructor who shoots a D60 and his pictures are incredible. He tells us he hasn't upgraded to a newer body yet because the D50 will never die :D

I am trying very hard to heed my own advice and save for better glass, but that dang 40D sure does feel nice in my hands.

But better glass will make the 40D that much better when I do make the leap...bodies die, glass lives forever.


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Nov 08, 2007 19:38 |  #4

When you talk about buying the 70-200 f/2.8, I'm assuming that's for the D60? Or do you have a Canon body as well?

If you're going to buy expensive glass for the D60 but want to switch to a Canon body in the near future, well that seems a bit self-defeating. If you don't have a Canon body and you can get a decent lens for the 20D and you check it out thoroughly before buying, that really might be the best way to go. Then, you start saving up for good Canon glass!


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Nov 08, 2007 19:43 |  #5

tonylong wrote in post #4280595 (external link)
When you talk about buying the 70-200 f/2.8, I'm assuming that's for the D60? Or do you have a Canon body as well?

?? It's a Canon D60. I imagine the 70-200 f/2.8 would work on the D60 and any other EOS body in the near future? Or am I missing something?




  
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Nov 08, 2007 19:44 |  #6

tonylong wrote in post #4280595 (external link)
When you talk about buying the 70-200 f/2.8, I'm assuming that's for the D60? Or do you have a Canon body as well?

If you're going to buy expensive glass for the D60 but want to switch to a Canon body in the near future, well that seems a bit self-defeating. If you don't have a Canon body and you can get a decent lens for the 20D and you check it out thoroughly before buying, that really might be the best way to go. Then, you start saving up for good Canon glass!

I am not sure I understand you post........the OP is talking about getting a 70-200 for his EOS D60.


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Nov 08, 2007 19:45 |  #7

I'll disagree with everyone... Buy the 20D. $550 w/ grip is a very goodprice, and you can sell your D60 for $200-250 easily. There is a guy on here actually looking for one last I looked.

Where there is very little difference between the 20D and 30D, the difference between the D60 and 20D is going to be HUGE. Faster FPS, way better ISO quality, more pixels, the list goes on and on. Don't hesitate, because that camera will go FAST. I have a 20D and a 40D, and while there are major improvements to the 40D, the 20D is still a great camera.


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Nov 08, 2007 19:47 |  #8

braduardo wrote in post #4280644 (external link)
I'll disagree with everyone... Buy the 20D. $550 w/ grip is a very goodprice, and you can sell your D60 for $200-250 easily. There is a guy on here actually looking for one last I looked.

Where there is very little difference between the 20D and 30D, the difference between the D60 and 20D is going to be HUGE. Faster FPS, way better ISO quality, more pixels, the list goes on and on. Don't hesitate, because that camera will go FAST. I have a 20D and a 40D, and while there are major improvements to the 40D, the 20D is still a great camera.

I agree with this.


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Nov 08, 2007 19:54 |  #9

Strick wrote in post #4280630 (external link)
I am not sure I understand you post........the OP is talking about getting a 70-200 for his EOS D60.

Ah, OK, that clears it up! I guess the glass is the way to go.


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Nov 08, 2007 20:00 |  #10

tonylong wrote in post #4280695 (external link)
Ah, OK, that clears it up! I guess the D60 is a film camera...in that case wouldn't it still be good to get the digital body?

Nope. D60 is a Canon digital SLR.

Biggest advantages I see going to the 20D are:

-Faster start-up time. D60 takes ~3-5 seconds from sleep
-D60 auto-focus hunts around for a bit in low light
-D60 only does ISO 1000
-Higher resolution, although I don't care too much about his

I also just bought a 580EX II. I'm not sure if the 20D can take better advantage of this than my D60. The 20D has E-TTL II, but I'm not sure if it's that much better than regular E-TTL of the D60.

The first couple of posts almost had me saving the $550 for better glass. But keep your comments coming! I find them very enlightening in my decision process. Thanks for all your help!




  
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Nov 08, 2007 20:27 |  #11

braduardo wrote in post #4280644 (external link)
I'll disagree with everyone... Buy the 20D. $550 w/ grip is a very goodprice, and you can sell your D60 for $200-250 easily. There is a guy on here actually looking for one last I looked.

Where there is very little difference between the 20D and 30D, the difference between the D60 and 20D is going to be HUGE. Faster FPS, way better ISO quality, more pixels, the list goes on and on. Don't hesitate, because that camera will go FAST. I have a 20D and a 40D, and while there are major improvements to the 40D, the 20D is still a great camera.

I agree too. A 300 dollar upgrade to the 20D is a huge upgrade.


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Nov 08, 2007 20:34 |  #12

StinkyGoalieGuy wrote in post #4280735 (external link)
Nope. D60 is a Canon digital SLR.

Biggest advantages I see going to the 20D are:

-Faster start-up time. D60 takes ~3-5 seconds from sleep
-D60 auto-focus hunts around for a bit in low light
-D60 only does ISO 1000
-Higher resolution, although I don't care too much about his

I also just bought a 580EX II. I'm not sure if the 20D can take better advantage of this than my D60. The 20D has E-TTL II, but I'm not sure if it's that much better than regular E-TTL of the D60.

The first couple of posts almost had me saving the $550 for better glass. But keep your comments coming! I find them very enlightening in my decision process. Thanks for all your help!

Yeah I found that out right after posting! (you'll notice I edited that post right after I made it:)). The D60 was before my time, DSLR-wise. Sometimes ignorance is not bliss:)!


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