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07/09/2013 03:37:01 PM · #1
I have Canon 1000D and plan to upgrade... shop keeper told me i should go for 60D ( he suggested this before 70d came out)...
60D's price were recently reduced in India.

So please suggest which would be be suitable upgrade from 1000D.

I do bit of bird photography and find 1000D lacks focus points and was considering to for Nikon 5200 and sell entire Canon hardware.Flickr Images

Bird images
are some of images i click

Message edited by author 2013-07-09 15:42:57.
07/09/2013 03:51:44 PM · #2
pesonally I would say go with the 70d. The 60d is a great camea. I like mine but there are some added features on th 70d that I like like ble tooth. Also it can accept a gps unit and I cant find a gps unit that will work on 60d.
07/09/2013 04:07:35 PM · #3
It's a loooong step form the 1000D, but I do agree that the 70D is a lot of camera for the money. In the APS-C world, it looks to be a formidable machine. Now, we haven't really seen any full-on tests of production cameras, but from what we've seen, looks like a winner.
07/09/2013 04:13:30 PM · #4
Thanks a lot... some features like GPS and wifi connectivity ( in case it has) don't attract me my plan was to for 600D but shopkeeper suggested i should go 60D... I was already stretching myself a lot for 60D but for 70D i guess i really would be stretching too much. Would 60D be bad idea or should i wait for 70D to settle down and prices go down a bit?
07/09/2013 04:24:52 PM · #5
Let's be practical about this.

Anything would be a suitable upgrade, but since you're a birder, there are a few considerations:

1. A crop sensor is best for you (adds effective focal length to lenses)
2. High ISO is your friend
3. Frame rate is important
4. AF is helpful, but when you're focusing through branches and other trash, sometimes a KatzEye focusing screen would be more helpful than even the most advanced AF in the world.

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Considering all of the above, there is a real draw for you towards the xxD series of cameras. They're a great value, and it'll work with your EF-s lens.

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Now, with all of that being said.

You need a lens, not a body - from your profile page, you have nothing longer than 55mm, and that's an EF-s lens. That's simply nowhere near what you need for birding.

I would strongly advise you to just keep your old body and go buy a 200mm f/4 L lens. The quality of the images will be far superior to anything you'll get with your current lenses, even on the best body money can buy.

If you want to really win, grab a cheap used 40D or 50D and buy the 200mm L lens, or spring for the f/2.8L version. The 100-400 L is another stellar lens for the money, but it may be just a bit outside the range you're looking for.

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07/09/2013 04:34:21 PM · #6
Here's some proof for you BTW, about why you don't need to upgrade your body nearly as badly as you think you do. :)

Comparison of the 1000D vs. 60D vs. 1Dx

Scroll down, and go to Measurements, then SNR 18%

Here you can see, visually the difference in sensor noise between the two bodies, at a pixel level.

A longer lens will do far more for you than a couple more megapixels and a slightly improved AF system (again, the lens matters more here than the body, try a 300 f/2.8 L and you'll see what I mean)

Take a look at the other graphs as well, but my advice is to strongly consider upgrading your glass instead.
07/09/2013 04:37:40 PM · #7
I'm going to offer you another option. Just something to mull over a bit.

As Cory mentioned (and as I noticed) you don't have much for lenses today (at least based on what you listed in your profile). You could go new body/lens, or perhaps if you are not locked into needing a DLSR, a super zoom may be an option.

Specifically the new-ish Panasonic FZ200, which features a constant f/2.8 aperture! Even when zoomed into the 600mm (equivalent) end, you still have f/2.8 available. For someone who likes bird shooting, this may be a great option for you.

Here is a link to the product website: //panasonic.net/avc/lumix/compact/fz200/index.html

Of course, you do have to consider the cons. DSLRs (espeically newer ones) will give you much better ISO perforamnce, the images will likely be finer detailed, the auto focus will likely work better, etc. So you must consider the trade-offs.
07/09/2013 07:07:13 PM · #8
i owned a 1000D and i upgraded to a 60D two years ago.

i never regretted it for a second, not one time did i wish i had bought a better lens instead. The increase in ISO was worth it by itself. that fact that you aren't limited to 1600 is huge not to mention 1600 on a 60D is relatively usable, unlike the 1000D.

the other bonus is the ergonomics of the 60D are far better than the 1000D, which feels small, unbalanced and its hart to set the camera, the upgrade to the prostyle control layout is huge, you wont believe how you did without it.

id pick up a used 60D and some lenses, over a 70D.

your other option is to get a refurbished 7D. you can save an additional 20% by going through the canon loyalty program.

07/10/2013 02:51:06 PM · #9
Thanks for replies. I have 50-250 IS, Reason i plan to upgrade would be Higher ISO, more Focus Point , maybe higher FPS. Now question is between 60 VS 70, i guess focus points on 70d are more . How come Nikon 5200 has lot more focus pints than Canon DSLR in same range . I was almost tempted to go for 5200 and may be buy 70-300IR later, that way i guess i could by 2x or 1.4 TC which is not possible with my 50-250
07/10/2013 02:56:35 PM · #10
A 60d would prob do you just fine
07/10/2013 03:08:19 PM · #11
unless you really are going to make use of the 70Ds features, the 60D is a really great camera.
07/10/2013 05:03:11 PM · #12
Only edge i find in 70D would be A 19-point (all cross-type) focus points but financially 60 D makes huge sense
07/10/2013 05:18:06 PM · #13
I really like my 60D - would upgrade to the 70D when it comes out if I could afford it, but for reasons you've said aren't a factor for you. I run the Tamron 18-270mm lens, and find that even the 270mm just doesn't give me the reach I want for birding in the wild - even with the birds at the height of a phone pole - let alone across a field, flying in the sky, etc.
I haven't used a prosumer ultra-zoom for several years, but they used to be unable to deliver the sharpness you want for images. A 600mm equivalent would be nice...
07/10/2013 05:47:31 PM · #14
Originally posted by Mike:

i owned a 1000D and i upgraded to a 60D two years ago.

i never regretted it for a second, not one time did i wish i had bought a better lens instead. The increase in ISO was worth it by itself. that fact that you aren't limited to 1600 is huge not to mention 1600 on a 60D is relatively usable, unlike the 1000D.


Admittedly, you are in a vastly different position in terms of lenses though.

Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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He has two EF-s lenses and the nifty 50 - neither is even close to stellar quality - almost all of your lenses are extraordinarily good ones.
07/10/2013 08:03:24 PM · #15
Originally posted by Cory:

Originally posted by Mike:

i owned a 1000D and i upgraded to a 60D two years ago.

i never regretted it for a second, not one time did i wish i had bought a better lens instead. The increase in ISO was worth it by itself. that fact that you aren't limited to 1600 is huge not to mention 1600 on a 60D is relatively usable, unlike the 1000D.


Admittedly, you are in a vastly different position in terms of lenses though.

Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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He has two EF-s lenses and the nifty 50 - neither is even close to stellar quality - almost all of your lenses are extraordinarily good ones.


um, when i upgraded from the 1000D i had a kit lens a 55-250 and nifty fifty. i sold all except for the nifty fifty and bought a 60D with a 18-135 kit. I prefer better glass over bodies as do you but the 1000D is really and entry level DSLR and body upgrade will do far more good than any glass will. its just a better experience.
07/10/2013 08:44:17 PM · #16
Originally posted by Mike:



um, when i upgraded from the 1000D i had a kit lens a 55-250 and nifty fifty. i sold all except for the nifty fifty and bought a 60D with a 18-135 kit. I prefer better glass over bodies as do you but the 1000D is really and entry level DSLR and body upgrade will do far more good than any glass will. its just a better experience.


Ok, then I admit you're in a better position to advise than I suspected. :D

Now, if you were able to choose, which body would you take?

20D - cost = 100
30D - cost = 150
40D - cost = 260
60D - cost = 600

Before you decide - take a serious look at the measurements graphs over at DxOMark. Pretty clear that these cameras do not perform significantly differently in terms of noise, dynamic range, or color accuracy. They are all also very much the same in terms of controls.

The only really significant differences are in the AF system, the screen, and the actual number of megapixels. And even there I don't think there is much difference in practice. I use center AF 95% of the time, and that point hasn't really changed much over the years. (although that old retina tracking system Canon introduced at the end of the film era would be admittedly very cool.)

I agree that the 1000D is just weak in terms of body feel, and controls available. But there's no reason just about any xxD wouldn't work - especially when you consider that you really can get a 'free' lens by not going with the latest generation body. Probably a used $500 70-200 F/4 or a $300 85mm f/1.8 ....

In fact, I'd probably buy that 40D fast (it's a buy it now at $260)



07/10/2013 10:19:08 PM · #17
honestly? a 60D.

its newer and there will most likely be less clicks on the shutter. i'm someone put 17,000 clicks on my 60D in a year and a half, so i would want something relatively new to give me confidence it will last, considering the XXD line shutter is only rated to 100,000 actuations.

plus...
10% lighter
uses SD cards
tilt screen
higher res
1080p video
higher res LCD
wireless speedlight control

is that worth $300 over over my next choice on that list, a 40D? yes, plus i can make back that $300 if i choose to upgrade in the near future. the 60D will sell far easier than the other bodies will.

remember Cory, im not advocating getting the newest body, im someone who jumped on a refurbed 5dii when the 5diii and 6D came out, realizing the 5dii more than still holds its own, heck i was contemplating a 5dc.

the 60D is a great camera and will for the price, more than serve the OP, the 70D is new and flashy, but it may not be practical to pay for features you don't need. I think the 60D is the perfect compromise, its a practical and a worth while upgrade.

07/11/2013 04:31:42 AM · #18
Originally posted by Mike:

honestly? a 60D.

its newer and there will most likely be less clicks on the shutter. i'm someone put 17,000 clicks on my 60D in a year and a half, so i would want something relatively new to give me confidence it will last, considering the XXD line shutter is only rated to 100,000 actuations.

plus...
10% lighter
uses SD cards
tilt screen
higher res
1080p video
higher res LCD
wireless speedlight control

is that worth $300 over over my next choice on that list, a 40D? yes, plus i can make back that $300 if i choose to upgrade in the near future. the 60D will sell far easier than the other bodies will.

remember Cory, im not advocating getting the newest body, im someone who jumped on a refurbed 5dii when the 5diii and 6D came out, realizing the 5dii more than still holds its own, heck i was contemplating a 5dc.

the 60D is a great camera and will for the price, more than serve the OP, the 70D is new and flashy, but it may not be practical to pay for features you don't need. I think the 60D is the perfect compromise, its a practical and a worth while upgrade.


While I do totally understand your position, for me the 10% lighter means nothing, SD cards are actually a problem, tilt screen seems like gadgetry that will break (I don't shoot with my screen, I use the viewfinder), I don't do video, chimping is done with my histogram, not the image so a higher res LCD means nothing to me (I'm used to the 5D at this point), and all of my speedlights are cheap-o versions made by Yongnuo, so wireless functionality wouldn't help me at all.

On the flip side the 60D is lighter because it's made out of plastic rather than metal, it costs 200% more than a different used XXD body, and won't create an image that is significantly different from any other xxD body. Considering that, for the same total price, I'd prefer a 40D and a new nicer lens. And of course, speaking of resale, you'll make money on the lens purchase if you work it right, there's no way you'll do anything but lose money on that 60D, even if you buy it used.

But, of course, I'm sure the OP has his own motivations, and is likely to do something completely different than either of us would do. :D
07/11/2013 09:43:04 AM · #19
I am from India and idea of refurbished camera doesn't really exist and i am not really sure i can get my hands on a new 40D or used 40D. I am kt saying people don't sell old Camera but Photography market is small market as result you have don't much used camera or lenses for sale
07/19/2013 06:47:57 PM · #20
Hi everyone,

I would be picking up 60D at around 650 USD for body only or 700 USD with 18-55 IS lens. I already own 18-55 non IS. Reason for going for 18-55 with 60 D is IS. i recently was searching for wide angle lens and what i understood that lens efs 18-55 is actually equivalent of 28-88mm due to crop sensor 1.6X

My question is EFS 18-55 is really is 18-155 or is it (18*1.6/55*1.6) equivalent of 28-88mm.
I always thought EFS were made for smaller sensor and 18-55 would be 18-55 only. I plan to buy wide angle lens. So when i shoot with my 18-55 (without zooming) , do i end up shooting 18mm? or is it 28mm? Hence pictures i have so fare clicked is angle odf 18mm or 28mm?I am intersted in lens which is more wider than 18-55,
If this is the case than what lens hould i buy... not interested in fish eye as of now.
07/19/2013 07:53:40 PM · #21
Originally posted by General:

Hi everyone,

I would be picking up 60D at around 650 USD for body only or 700 USD with 18-55 IS lens. I already own 18-55 non IS. Reason for going for 18-55 with 60 D is IS. i recently was searching for wide angle lens and what i understood that lens efs 18-55 is actually equivalent of 28-88mm due to crop sensor 1.6X

My question is EFS 18-55 is really is 18-155 or is it (18*1.6/55*1.6) equivalent of 28-88mm.
I always thought EFS were made for smaller sensor and 18-55 would be 18-55 only. I plan to buy wide angle lens. So when i shoot with my 18-55 (without zooming) , do i end up shooting 18mm? or is it 28mm? Hence pictures i have so fare clicked is angle odf 18mm or 28mm?I am intersted in lens which is more wider than 18-55,
If this is the case than what lens hould i buy... not interested in fish eye as of now.


You want wider than 18mm, not a fisheye?

12-24mm Sigma is rectilinear (the old one is anyway, the new one is almost rectilinear, but has better optics otherwise)...

As for the understanding of how crop sensors affect the apparent focal length, you are exactly right, 18mm is equivalent of about 28mm on a FF camera.

The difference can be quite astonishing, especially at the more extreme focal lengths (less than 15mm or greater than 300mm).

Same location, same lens, different body.

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Message edited by author 2013-07-19 19:54:43.
07/19/2013 09:08:43 PM · #22
And to help clarify, its field of view equivilent, the lens is still 18-55mm, if you put the same focal length on a full frame the edges wouldnt be cut off, you wouldnt actually be zoomed out.

If that makes any sense.

Edit, to add the signs 10-20mm is highly regarded and at $300 used its very affordable. It will get you much wider without going into fisheye effect. The 10-20 will get you some nice distortion to play with too though.

Message edited by author 2013-07-19 21:11:23.
07/19/2013 09:12:57 PM · #23
So 18mm i clicke acts like 28mm on 1000d or 60D 9 when i buy)....despite being a EFS it not really 18mm...Is there any wide angle lens that is made for crop sensor that would be of same focal lenght they mention?

reason is that i am getting a used tamron 17-50mm, no point to buy this if this too would become 1.6 times cause i already would have 18mm-55.. ya advantage is it is 2.8 constant
07/19/2013 09:56:50 PM · #24
Originally posted by General:

So 18mm i clicke acts like 28mm on 1000d or 60D 9 when i buy)....despite being a EFS it not really 18mm...Is there any wide angle lens that is made for crop sensor that would be of same focal lenght they mention?

reason is that i am getting a used tamron 17-50mm, no point to buy this if this too would become 1.6 times cause i already would have 18mm-55.. ya advantage is it is 2.8 constant


The 15-85mm IS is about the best I've found, either that or the 10-22mm EFS... The 10-22 has no IS, the 15-85mm has 4 stops worth of IS.
07/20/2013 03:53:45 AM · #25
I was reading article EFS LENS so if f buy Tamron 17-50mm technically my pictures field of view would be same right ? or in layman's term wide angle experience would be same
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