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Help - DSLR start-up selections?

by NessaBixler / April 21, 2011 1:17 AM PDT

Ok - some background.

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Solid
by PistonCupChampion / April 21, 2011 1:34 AM PDT

I don't know what your definition of solid is, but if construction and feel is important to you, the older 50D has a magnesium body and stainless steel frame like the higher end cameras, while the 60D is plastic and aluminum. The 50D doesn't have video though, if that is a consideration.

Is Nikon not on the table?

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by NessaBixler / April 21, 2011 3:22 AM PDT
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I have been looking at Nikons too - but I used a Canon T90 and loved it years ago - so I tended to look more at the Canons.

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Functionality, Flexibility, Construction, Speed
by PistonCupChampion / April 21, 2011 4:25 AM PDT
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The 60D certainly ticks all the boxes with the possible exception of construction, but I don't want to overstate the mag over plastic issue; it's not like plastic is really a problem. The next step up in Canon's line, the 7D, is a huge jump in price...not worth the money if you were only after the construction quality. Of course the 7D is more advanced in other ways. The other camera that is in between those two is the Nikon D7000. Nikon arguably has better lenses, especially with regard to the "kit" lenses; the D7000 with the 18-105mm is a great combination; Canon has no kit lens that matches it.

With regards to the lenses you were considering, The Tamron 28-75mm would leave you without a wide angle...28mm on the 60D would be effectively 45mm. If you want to stay with a wide aperture zoom, a better choice would be the Sigma or Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, giving you an equivalent 27-80mm. Either way, with such a wide aperture, I don't think it would be necessary to also have a 30mm f/1.4 prime unless you were alfetr razor thin depth of field. Again because of the crop sensor, 30mm would also be a bit short if you were buying it for use as a portrait lens; a better choice would be the Canon 50mm f/1.4. It's about the same cost as the Sigma, and optically far superior.

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