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Cannon EOS 60D EF-S Or Rebel T3i  
User currently offlineArospcAirAvitin From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 12 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6691 times:

Which camera would you guys prefer? I am trying to get a new camera for spotting, and I cant seem to make my decision, even though the EOS 60D is over $1000.

For all you camera experts out there, which one would you prefer?



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User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3254 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6686 times:

The 60D is essentially a glorified Rebel with very few additional features. Image quality should be the same.

Are you already invested in Canon? If you're not, I'd strongly recommend that you look at the Nikon D7000. It's a bit more expensive than the 60D but way better.


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User currently offlineJOshu From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 382 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6663 times:

I love my T3i. Very versatile and the images are great. The manual mode is a bit more tricky than my old Sony A300, but with time I'll get the hang of it.

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User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2962 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6663 times:

Quoting ArospcAirAvitin (Thread starter):
Which camera would you guys prefer?

Unless you already have some lenses, I would go with the more basic camera and invest your money in to the lenses that you'll need to go with it. A cheaper body with good lenses is generally better than a top spec body with cheap glass. Money is never wasted on good glass and in any case, the T3i is a great camera and will do most of what you need it to do. Having said that, the camera and lens is just a tool for the job, you still need to know how to use it and get the best from it.


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User currently offlineSIA6696 From Australia, joined Dec 2009, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6602 times:
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They are both very good bodies and are very similar. The main difference i can see when it comes to aviation is the burst rate. 5.3fps vs 3.7fps. The quality and features are very similar.

For a good comparison on specs click:

You can also compare many other bodies with that website.

The prices you give are kit prices, if you already have some lenses there isn't much point getting a kit. Also it would be cheeper buying from resellers then direct. Resellers mostly have lower prices.


For the same kit B&H Photo sells it at $110 less.

Shop around for the best price.

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User currently offlineepten From Macedonia, joined Sep 2007, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6541 times:

600D vs 60D? I thing there's no contest here. Get 60D.

User currently offlineGuitrThree From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2077 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6502 times:

I just got a Rebel T3i.

Last Wednesday, Buy.com had a 3 lenses kit sold from Beach Camera.

T3i Body
50mm Lenses
Carrying case
16GB Ultra SD Card

$999, no tax, no shipping. Sold out now.

I think that was a pretty good deal. Now if I could talk my wife into the $13,999 800mm lenses Canon sells I'll be set!

Now maybe I can get some good Airliner shots at BNA... lot to learn as this is my first DSLR.

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User currently offlinelhrman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 398 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6445 times:

Quoting epten (Reply 5):
600D vs 60D? I thing there's no contest here. Get 60D.

Couldn't disagree more. Although agreed, the 60D is a larger build and therefore more comforable, with a BG-E8 attached the 600D/T3i becomes just as comforatble to use. Bearing in mind, you can get a grip + body for a minimum of £100 off a 60D price, becomes a very pleasing proposition.

600D and the 60D are so similar in specs (with the exception of FPS) that either is a sound purchase. The 7D would be considered a upgrade to the 60/600D.

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