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Hey all, need your opinion on this matter.

I'm a film director, but I also got interested in photography a lot lately. I've been working with lots of friends' cameras, including 5D Mark II with some really good lens, like 85mm 1.2.

I do not own my own camera, so I have decided to invest in one. I've asked friends for recommendations, since I do not want to start with the best one immediately, nor do I need it; I need an sort of an "intermediate" one which I'm gonna use on daily basis for practicing, while saving money for some good lenses.

What are your opinions on Canon 60D?

Seems I can get one (without lens) for about 800 Euros, which sounds good so far, I believe.

But I am willing to take any other well supported recommendations.

Cheers and thanks in advance.
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are you a film director or a video director? if you actually do film, you might be happier buying a film camera.

but if you do not work with film. then the 60D is a good solid camera. photography is a little different than video and depending on your knowledge of exposure determines your learning curve honestly.

do you plan on using the 60D for video purposes or strictly photography. because honestly you can save some money im sure and go with maybe a t3i and spend the difference on better glass since you are just starting out.

i dont know your knowledge so its hard to say if that specific camera is good for you. i would say its a smart choice going canon since you have friends with canon and can borrow their lenses if they let you.
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Yep, I am going to use it strictly for photography.

Borrowing lenses will be an option until I get some I will be pleased with long-term. Both my knowledge and practice are quite rich, since it was tied to my cinematography classes; that's why I'd like to get camera on the better side.
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post #4 of 27
Conspiracy nailed it for the most part.

The 60D and the T3i are essentially the same camera, but the 60D has the ergonomics of the "prosumer" xxD line. It feels closer to a 5D mark II than the Rebel will -- that's about it. Having owned the 60D for a while, it was a plenty powerful and capable camera -- I just switched up because some opportunities presented themselves (I was able to sell mine for almost what I paid for it 6 months ago, and I was able to pick up a 7D for ~$150 net cost to me after selling it).

That being said, even though it wasn't a huge jump when I went T1i to 60D, I really preferred the 60D to any Rebels I'd previously held. Just my
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Yep, I am going to use it strictly for photography.

Borrowing lenses will be an option until I get some I will be pleased with long-term. Both my knowledge and practice are quite rich, since it was tied to my cinematography classes; that's why I'd like to get camera on the better side.
having taken some cinematography classes myself, i highly suggest that as you get more into working with a DSLR that you consider trying out either the 5DmkII or the 7D for some video work. they are spectacular cameras (especially when paired with some nice zeiss glass, zeiss has a cine line now on the EF mount for DSLRs ) that have been tested and compared to 35mm film (kodak and fuji) and held up quite nicely projected on a silver screen. just a suggestion if you get really into those cameras because for the price they are nice workhorses. obviously they do not have the dynamic range of film but the details captured are very nice.
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Personally the 60D doesn't feel like an XXD series camera at all. The ergonomics are slightly better, but it still fails at it.

Now don't get me wrong. It's an amazing camera though, but I would probably get a T2i to start off with.
    
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If you do Video then i would go with the Canon.

If stills is your main thing then Nikon D7000
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post #8 of 27
A 60D will do you fine, though you can get a t3i/t2i for cheaper with pretty much the same capabilities. Though I would really like a FF camera myself lol.
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I've been thinking about getting a 60D. I am upgrading from a Digital Rebel XSi.

I mostly want it for the live rear screen.
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I've been thinking about getting a 60D. I am upgrading from a Digital Rebel XSi.

I mostly want it for the live rear screen.
XSi has Live View too.
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