Which Canon to buy....?
I'm new to the forums so please be gentle
I'm in the market for a DSLR. I've wanted one for years and have found it hard to justify the money (despite loving photography) but got married recently and came into some cash. The wife has said I can treat myself - woop!!!
I'll start by saying I love Canons, have done for a long time. So whilst I appreciate there may well be better brands out there suited to my price range/skill level/feature requirements, its really only Canons I'm looking at right now.
That said, I've been reading reviews endlessly and I've had a good look around the forums. Based on my budget (roughly £1200) it seems my choice comes down to two realistic options and I was hoping to get some advice from you learned people For the record, I will be wanting to take all sorts of different shots, from portrait, to action, to landscape, to close ups. You name it, I'll want to be shooting it.
The two I am eyeing up at the moment are the EOS 7D and the EOS 550D.
Firstly, the 550D. Over the years I have periodically gotten the camera bug again and time and again came back to the 550D. It seems to do everything I want it to (and a whole load more!) and comes in at a reasonable price given the quality. In addition, my brother in law has a 500D and he says anything above a 550D will be wasted on me
But now that I have a bit more to spend than I anticipated I started looking a bit further upmarket and came to the 7D. The 7D seems to be a phenomenal piece of kit for not a huge amount more money (I appreciate it is a lot more money, but when we're already talking about hundreds of pounds....).
The argument I keep turning over in my head is "well, if you buy a 550D and decide to get more serious about photography you're just going to want to go and buy the 7D anyway"
Am I being ridiculous wanting a 7D? Is it really that much better than the 550D and is it worth an amateur photographer buying it when I could save myself the pounds and get a cheaper (but maybe more suited to my skill level) camera?
Apologies for rambling. I guess I'm either after some advice that can help me to justify the expense of a 7D or some advice that will help me to understand that a 550D will do everything I want it to.
My advice, the 60D!
It fits snugly inbetween the 550d and the 7d, it has the nice bulk of the 7d, the ease of use of the 550d, all the manual controls you could ever want, and the best video out of all 3 should you ever want to use it
The 60d also has a swivelly screen which is awesome.
They all share the same sensor, they produce the exact same images with the exact same amount of noise, tonal range and detail.
The only thing the 7D has got that the 60D hasn't is a more complex AF system, a magnesium alloy body and 8fps (as opposed to 5.3), which is hardly much to miss out on.
Also with the money saved you might be able to look at some nice glass, which would aid out in your photography immensly!
Let me know how it all plays out
if you want i can sell my Canon EOS7D new with box and full set
Really? But why are you selling it??
Originally Posted by nadz122
in my birth day i got 2 cameras
i got a 500D like your brother had it now since 2009 does the job but like Canon all ways do they bring out new cams now like Rob said you got the 7D 60D 550D in that order the 7D being the best of the 3 but i can under stand were your brothers coming from when he says anything above a 550D will be wasted on you as its a lot to seal out for if you find it to hard to use DSLR's take some time to get used to once people have taken them off point n shoot mode lol but we all soon learn how it all works we have all been there even me but one thing i will say as well bare in mind its not only a good DSLR that makes good images people tend to for get the PC side good Hardrive space as DSLR files can be like 18meg files for 1 image plus good image software to edit your photos this i find a lot of people for get about but if you feel like buying the 7D you would be buying in to a good DSLR from the start
hope this helps all the best
Hi to get pratical have handled any of these cameras if not go to a shop and try them out. The 550d/T2i has been replaced with the 600d/T3i and maybe a better buy I would stay away from the 18-135 lens and go with the 18-55 if you are looking the 600d or 60d. Looking at your budget then the 7d plus a lens is outside it.. Good Luck