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Hey people, first post in the photography for me! Huzza

For 4 years I've been shooting with my trustworthy 400D and it's high time to get a replacement. I've outgrown my 400D completely to the point where limitations are starting to annoy me and take away the fun from photography. Also I've started doing couple sessions for a while now and it feels like my little rebel is just not up to it anymore.

So I've decided to go for the 60D, I know there has been endless moaning about the absence of the alloy body and micro adjust but I didn't have these on my rebel either so I probably won't miss what I don't know. Besides I've never dropped my cam and don't plan on doing so in the future. The only complaint from me is that I have to get SD cards, but this extra doesn't justify to jump for the 7D. I'm just worried that the 60D won't give me enough "satisfaction"? as an upgrade compared to the 400D.
I've read on several occasions that people do like it as a rebel-upgrader, and I've compared photo and it does look like it will be much more pleasant in handling then any rebel, which is important for me since it was one of the biggest minus of my rebel.

Still, I would appreciate any input that could settle me a bit at least..
Cheers, Jorund.

EDIT: I forget to add that I mainly shoot; landscapes, waterscapes (long-exposure), close-ups, and portraits.
Edited by JorundJ - 4/17/11 at 5:56am
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Well one of the reasoning people buy a XXD series is for the build quality. Anybody owning the previous XXD series and then going to a 60D will know that it doesn't feel like a XXD camera. Not to mention it is smaller.

The only reason I would go for the 60D would be for the video, articulating screen and some of the snazzy features XXD camera have over a Rebel. If you don't need video then I would go for a 50D and it's cheaper.

I had a 20D and then "upgraded" to a T1i. Big mistake for me. Purely for photography the 20D was still better.
    
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Well one of the reasoning people buy a XXD series is for the build quality. Anybody owning the previous XXD series and then going to a 60D will know that it doesn't feel like a XXD camera. Not to mention it is smaller.

The only reason I would go for the 60D would be for the video, articulating screen and some of the snazzy features XXD camera have over a Rebel. If you don't need video then I would go for a 50D and it's cheaper.

I had a 20D and then "upgraded" to a T1i. Big mistake for me. Purely for photography the 20D was still better.
Right! Thanks. I am looking forward to the flippy screen, it will be ideal for those long exposure on the tripod, I've been in the strangest positions to take a peak through the viewfinder..

As for video, first I wasn't impressed but now I'm about to buy it I think I'll like it. Could make some nice shots with some of my primes wide open.. Oh and of the wife and dog of course.

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Video on DSLR is awesome that's for sure. The 60D still isn't a bad camera. It's an amazing piece of technology.

I just wish Canon would release a true successor for the 50D or release something in between the 7D and 60D.
    
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What limitations did you find in the XTi? I ask because you could potentially spend the money you have reserved for a 60D on a lens, flash, etc.

However, the 60D is a solid enough camera for what you want to shoot.
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What limitations did you find in the XTi? I ask because you could potentially spend the money you have reserved for a 60D on a lens, flash, etc.

However, the 60D is a solid enough camera for what you want to shoot.
The size, the viewfinder, the limit of 1/4000 (I'm a prime-o-holic), the horrible ISO performance and so on.. I know that for this amount of cash I could get another solid lens but I went with the firstbuylensesandectandlaterbody motto, so I've already got a nice collection of stuff.

With this investment I want to go semi-pro and do some portraits and perhaps go more seriously with my artistic photography aswell, all to save up for a 5D (hopefully MK III by the time)

On the other note, sometimes you just need to upgrade to something better, shiny, bigger. I know it's not correct and I know it won't make my technique any better, but, you know..
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the 60d isnt a large camera (its actually smaller then the old xxD series) but with a grip it should be a good sized. iso and VF performance is pretty nice and the flip screen is really nice for video or weird angle tripod work.
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the 60d isnt a large camera (its actually smaller then the old xxD series) but with a grip it should be a good sized. iso and VF performance is pretty nice and the flip screen is really nice for video or weird angle tripod work.
Mhm, I compared it with the 50D, it's indeed smaller, but it's still larger then my 400D, and that's what counts right? And indeed I could add the grip, shame it's so bloody expensive tho..

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To be honest, a lot of the gripes you mentioned with the 60D (and I do share those myself too) comes from how I've been "spoiled" by my 50D. In my opinion, if you haven't used the larger body of the 40D/50D yet, you probably won't be bothered by the smaller size of the 60D (and yes it is bigger than your 400D).

As far as upgrade satisfaction goes, I'd imagine it'd give you plenty of satisfaction. I'm sure you read by now that it has the same image sensor as the 7D, giving it excellent high ISO performance with a higher resolution image sensor. A friend of mine posted some ISO 12800 shots on his T2i (also the same image sensor) that looked like my 50D's ISO 6400, so I really am impressed by it.

Then of course there's the improved ergonomics, and while it's not as great as the 50D there IMO, the rear wheel, larger body, top quick-access buttons, and larger LCD are all things I find to be absolutely valuable now.

So in short, I'd recommend the upgrade to you
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So in short, I'd recommend the upgrade to you
I've ordered it half an hour ago together with some SD's and 2 extra batteries, it will arrive tomorrow! I probably know the specs of any canon that is BETTER then my 400D.. I blame the-digital-picture.com and photozone.de and forums.
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