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My lady is a semi-professional photographer. She currently has a Rebel XS ~8mp

I'm looking to invest in getting her some better equipment.

I'm thinking the 60D looks like a nice upgrade roughly around the price range I'm interested in.

Also shouldn't her current set of lenses fit that camera?

I see it for ~$885

Any better prices? Better options?
     
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What does semi-professional even mean?

Anyway, wouldn't you be best to ask her what her needs are? As she is the one using the camera and can probably tell you more of what she needs etc etc?

And as for the lenses, no. They may not fit. Then again, depends on the lenses. You'd have to list them, and in any case unless they're after market ones there would be little point in upgrading the body as you would really need new glass (unless you are talking a 60D kit)
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Much could be done with an XS, have you though of expanding with just adding a couple of lenses?

No, whatever current set of lenses paired with her XS will not work on a Nikon body.

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Originally Posted by swindle View Post

What does semi-professional even mean?

Junkies go ape when they see terms such as this thrown around. LOL

Every girl with a camera thinks she's semipro, didn't you know? biggrin.gif
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I think your lady should be asking this question unless you work with her. It doesn't seem like you'd be able to give enough information concerning what the jobs are and what's lacking from the current set of equipment. Also, I would think that if she is "semi-professional" (would be nice to explain that word), then I would assume she knows what she needs. I'm not saying she knows exactly what to buy, but you'd at least know you need a clearer lens if what you take is blurry, or you'd know for a fact you'd need higher pixel count if you can't make prints big enough. There are so many needs based on variables to be able to give good recommendations without a lot more accurate info. Are all the sessions in light controlled rooms? Do you need video? Night shoots? Full frame/crop? The questions go on and on and I'd say the majority of them need to be answered for the best option for the money.

If you're purely asking if the 60D is good, then I'd say yes. Or, if money is an issue, maybe not a horrible issue but if you'd still like to save money, have a look at the T3i.
Edited by Cha0s_Cha0 - 4/2/12 at 12:40am
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Quote:
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No, whatever current set of lenses paired with her XS will not work on a Nikon body.

Da'f you smoking brosif?

60D, not D60 (would that even be an upgrade from an XS?)
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Much could be done with an XS, have you though of expanding with just adding a couple of lenses?
No, whatever current set of lenses paired with her XS will not work on a Nikon body.
Junkies go ape when they see terms such as this thrown around. LOL
Every girl with a camera thinks she's semipro, didn't you know? biggrin.gif

When did anyone mention a Nikon? Surely you are thinking about the D60 and not the Canon 60D.

Semi Professional as in this is not a full time occupation, nor is it for facebook pictures.
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I think your lady should be asking this question unless you work with her. It doesn't seem like you'd be able to give enough information concerning what the jobs are and what's lacking from the current set of equipment. Also, I would think that if she is "semi-professional" (would be nice to explain that word), then I would assume she knows what she needs. I'm not saying she knows exactly what to buy, but you'd at least know you need a clearer lens if what you take is blurry, or you'd know for a fact you'd need higher pixel count if you can't make prints big enough. There are so many needs based on variables to be able to give good recommendations without a lot more accurate info. Are all the sessions in light controlled rooms? Do you need video? Night shoots? Full frame/crop? The questions go on and on and I'd say the majority of them need to be answered for the best option for the money.
If you're purely asking if the 60D is good, then I'd say yes. Or, if money is an issue, maybe not a horrible issue but if you'd still like to save money, have a look at the T3i.

It is somewhat of a surprise therefor I don't want to get into the specifics with her. However this isn't going to be used for studio shots at least not primarily.

Lighting situations will vary: Indoor & Outdoor parties, weddings, night clubs.

I am aware that some cameras have specific qualities for certain situations. However, I'm looking for a chameleon of a camera for the time being, when she has more clients then I will invest in more equipment.

I don't know what model lens she currently has, I just know they are canon branded. I will have to get the models later.
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Chameleon cameras are full frame and it'll be difficult to get a modern model at that price even used. They just simply do better in every situation. If you must get a cheaper camera, refer to my previous suggestion. Also, you didn't mention any sort of budget and what you're looking for. Asking for an all around camera doesn't mean anything. No one wants a product that's specifically bad at anything. Since you don't know what other equipment there is and without knowing what's lacking from the current set, no one knows if she even 'needs' a new camera unless there's something lacking from the current one. The photographer makes good photos, not the camera body. The tech. limits you by my example earlier as in if you don't have enough pixel count, you can't make prints larger but if that's not a problem, why do you need a new camera? Do you need higher iso for naturally lit night shots? Do you need more than 3fps when taking quick snaps? Do you need 30fps 1080p video? Money buys more and if you want a 'chameleon' camera, then usually (not always), the more you spend, the more you get and it's about knowing what you need most. Again, i pointed out the t3i and is a very solid choice for the price but as none of the answers can be answered, I don't think anyone can recommend anything else or is limited by the $900 price of your first selection.
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@Chaos,
I dont know about everyone else, but it really irks me when someone comes in asking about a particular system and someone else comes in suggesting to check out an entire new system. We know the budget, we know the person has at least some other existing Canon gear, it simply doesn't make sense to suggest another system.

As for the OP.. (And FYI, both Canon AND Nikon have a D60 -- Canon's D60 was released in March, 2002; the 60D was released a couple of years ago now. teaching.gif )

If your gf is set on the 60D (which is quite the capable camera), then have a look at the link in my sig to the Canon Loyalty Program, and pick one up much cheaper (20% off Canon's refurb price direct from their website). The super short version of what you'd need to do is pick up an out of warranty Canon point and shoot (have her hold on to her current SLR for a backup, pick up a broken Canon point and shoot from fleBay for like $10), and call the number listed on the post. Tell them which model camera (you have to at least know which model it is when you call) you have, and that you're interested in the 60D. They send you the camera and email you a shipping label to send back the broken camera to be 'recycled'. Voila.

The last time I checked, the camera- only option through the program was $639.99 + tax. Canon refurbs are refurbished directly by Canon USA and most times are nearly indistinguishable from new. They come with everything a new body would come with, they just come in a plain white refurbished box instead of the normal retail box (I actually think the refurb boxes are sturdier, which is nicer). Many times refurbs aren't even owned and sent back to Canon; if something fails a QC check during production, they'll pull it off the line, repair/make the adjustment, retest, and if it passes, set is aside and sell it as a refurb, even though it may technically be brand new.

I seriously should be asking for people to send me %s of money they save on the CLP... nah, I'm not that cheap. smile.gif
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the 60d is a decent choice for a larger camera (7d is better wink.gif)

but if she does not shoot action/sports and doesnt mind the ergonomic quirks of rebel then a t2i is also very nice camera. this will free up about 400 bucks (vs 60d) for maybe a better lens.
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7D is great, but the AF system is kind of a leap from an XS/xxD camera and can be an Achillies' heel to people at first. That being said, when in stock the 7D is available via the CLP and is an awesome camera.. it's just ~$300 more than the 60D brand new at a retailer.. That being said, unless the gf is shooting alot of action/sports, the 60D would treat her just fine.

And also, in re-reading the initial post, sometimes the body is the last thing you want to update (granted, in this case, the body is particularly old and isn't a horrible place to start looking.) Talk to your gf about her stuff and ask her where she would want to upgrade. List what lenses she has too.
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