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I Am Looking To Upgrade From 350D.

Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:51 pm

Hello

I am looking to upgrade from my EOS 350D, the upgrades that I am looking at are 1. 550D 2. 60D 3. 7D. At the moment i am tending towards the 550D, as I am not sure the other 2 are that much better, for there price.

Any advice will be greatly received.

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RE: I Am Looking To Upgrade From 350D.

Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:02 pm

I'm not sure there is that much to choose between the 60D and 550D - I see the 60D as an enhanced 550D - but the 7D is I think in a different class.

Key benefits over the other 2 include a much better AF system, very much better viewfinder and better construction. But there are also many minor difference which add up to a lot. The 7D can fairly be described as a semi-pro camera. I use mine alongside a 1DIII, and in some situations, the 7D is the better option.

I would consider (UK prices) the extra £200-250 for the 7D over the 60D well worth it. Is it worth nearly double the 550? Well if you can afford it yes.

Or put it another way, I don't think the benefit you would gain from upgrading from a 350 to a 550 is worth while unless the sensor size is a big issue for you. Essentially you are moving from one entry level camera to another - you'll get bigger pics, but not much in the way of performance/handling enhancements. The 7D moves things on significantly.

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RE: I Am Looking To Upgrade From 350D.

Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:32 pm

It's reflective in price which is the best. The 550D as mentioned will only really give you extra megapixels (which to me are actually fairly important). Other than that, and the gimmick of HD recording, it's basically still a 350D.

The 60D is much more than a 550D, contrary to popular belief. Yes, it's plastic, but it performs more like an XXD model than an XXXD. It's faster than the 550D with slightly better metering and focussing systems.

Then of course there's the 7D, which is essentially a pro camera. Awesome metering and focussing, dual Digic IV processors and lightning fast. There have however been noise issues with it, which I don't think have been fully resolved. Still, it's without doubt the best of the three.

I think you'd be best off with the 60D (7D sounds overkill for your needs I think) - although the 550 is now the 350's fourth-generation successor. Go play with them and see which best suits. May I also ask what lenses you currently own? This could be a factor, which I'll explain once you've given an answer.

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RE: I Am Looking To Upgrade From 350D.

Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:54 pm

Quoting whales (Thread starter):
as I am not sure the other 2 are that much better, for there price.

The 60D is a glorified Rebel. If you feel better having a slightly bigger body that it's not called a Rebel, go for it. Image quality with the 550 will be largely the same.

BTW, are you heavily invested in Canon lenses and accessories? If you're not, I'd strongly recommend that you also look at Sonys and Nikons as currently they seem to have the better bodies compared to Canon. (FWIW: I'm a Canon shooter.)

Quoting ckw (Reply 1):
The 7D can fairly be described as a semi-pro camera.
Quoting JakTrax (Reply 2):
which is essentially a pro camera.

No, it's not. If it was a pro camera it would have pro image quality. It doesn't. It has more or less the same image quality as the Rebel.

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 2):
(which to me are actually fairly important)

It would be if the 7D had more pixels that were sharp. It doesn't.

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RE: I Am Looking To Upgrade From 350D.

Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:09 pm

Sorry, should have worded it better than "essentially a pro camera". It's not in the same league as the real pro cameras such as the Nikon D3 and Canon 1D, but it has many features worthy of a pro machine. Except, so I hear, image quality. The fact that it's a 1.6x FOVCF indicates that it's not a true pro body. It's still the best of the three (on paper) however, and I know that some pro's do use the 7D.

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RE: I Am Looking To Upgrade From 350D.

Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:29 pm

Hi

Thank you to everyone who has replied, I am sticking with canon because I have 3 lenses, the 1st lens was the standard 18-55 lens with no IS. 2nd lens is the EF-S 55-250, and the last lens I bought was EF 24-105 mm F4 L. Which I am really happy with. The next lens I want to get is the EF 100-400 mm. The thing is I will also use the camera for wildlife photography, which we are very privileged to have almost on our door step, and some of the best viewing times are early in the morning and late afternoon and early evening. So it is sounding as though I will be tending towards the 7D then, after what I have read here, but will still like to here any other comments.

Thank you.

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RE: I Am Looking To Upgrade From 350D.

Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:16 pm

The 24-105L is a cracker, but I would personally replace your other two lenses. They won't do an 18MP camera any justice really, and so I would recommend you buy a cheaper body and invest in the 100-400L. I'd sooner have a 1000D with a 70-300L than a 7D with a cheap 75-300. A camera will only be as good as the glass you attach to it - and it's safe to say two of the lenses you currently own are about as budget as budget gets (and I don't mean that in a snotty way).

With regard to the 60D, many people may think the pull-out/tilt screen is just a gimmick but in aviation it's great when you encounter a fence that's just a tad too high (and we know have often fences can ruin or even prevent images!)

My advice? Forget the 7D and concentrate on the other two you're evaluating. Then use the saving to buy the lens(es) you want.

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RE: I Am Looking To Upgrade From 350D.

Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:47 pm

William,

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 6):

...and listen to what Karl says.

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RE: I Am Looking To Upgrade From 350D.

Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:00 pm

Quoting whales (Reply 5):
So it is sounding as though I will be tending towards the 7D then, after what I have read here, but will still like to here any other comments.

The 7D is a mixed bag. I've seen some staggering results from that camera, but then, equally, other people who are fairly switched on have criticised the camera. But equally, I know other people who use it and have few problems with it.

If you do most of your photos at day time, the 7D should be fine and fast. Just don't expect 1D Mk.IV or D3S image quality from it. That would be expecting fine champagne on a beer budget.

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