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Canon EOS 60D And Why I Choose It

August 22, 2011 /
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Canon EOS 60D body kit

Love, love, love my new Canon EOS 60D DSLR camera, my birthday present I bought for myself… a great gift for me after being working hard for so long!!! Also, a gift for you because you will get to see more beautiful photos for the coming tutorials ;-). Plus this camera comes with an HD video recording… I supposed video tutorial should be great for certain crafts if it won’t take up too long for displaying HD video across the net.

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I have been saving to upgrade my camera from entry-level to semi-pro since the end of last year. Why Canon, and not Nikon, or Olympus, or other brands? I bought my first Canon DSLR 2 years ago, and I am so used to the Canon menu functions & software, my choice will go back to Canon for the next level. Not only that I can use back the lens and accessories, but I also spend lesser time to learn and get used to this new image catcher (I would rather spend the learning time to do more crafts).

I am not a professional camera reviewer nor am I a professional photographer, I can’t compare / review camera by their specifications and functions. I chose Canon EOS 60D because I need it, I know it works for me and takes care of my pocket. Why EOS 60D and not 600D, 7Dir?t=&l=as2&o=1&a=B002NEGTU6&camp=217145&creative=399369, or 5Dir?t=&l=as2&o=1&a=B001G5ZTLS&camp=217145&creative=399369, or 1D,ir?t=&l=as2&o=1&a=B002TG3ZYQ&camp=217145&creative=399369 or older version 550Dir?t=&l=as2&o=1&a=B0037KM2IS&camp=217145&creative=399369? Well, I can’t afford 7D, 5D, and 1D, they are meant for professional or photo enthusiast or who has a deeper pocket. I streamed down to these 2 models because both of them are the latest models and come with a high resolution wide 3.0″ vari-angle LCD monitor. This vari-angle LCD monitor function is very useful when I need to take photos from various angles, especially from the floor level and from the top level. I can just flip out the LCD monitor and change to live view shooting mode, view via the monitor instead of the viewfinder to find the angle I want, focus, and shoot. I no longer need to lay down on the floor or stand up high on a chair for taking low and top-level view, isn’t it great. So, why 60D and not 600D? In fact, I almost wanted to buy 600D since it is cheaper than 60D. But, think twice, 600D is still entry-level but higher range with more functions than the basic 1100Dir?t=&l=as2&o=1&a=B004W8EYQW&camp=217145&creative=399373, while 60D is semi-professional level. I wanted a semi-pro camera in the first place, so 60D is my choice. Moreover, 60D has all 9 cross-type AF points which is much superior and accurate. Of course, with the price difference, there should be more advantages from 60D over 600D.

The Canon f2.5 50mm macro, one of my favorite lenses to use with my new Canon 60D. With it, I can take sharp close-up photos of the details I have made on the crafts.

Canon f2.5 50mm macro lens

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Just some examples of my test drive photo shootings. I haven’t tested out the video function at this point, I hope I will do it soon.

bubble blowing Canon EOS 60D
f2.5, 1/1000, ISO250 – outdoor
color pencil tip closed-up Canon EOS 60D
f4.0, 1/60, ISO2500 – indoor
color pencil closed-up Canon EOS 60D
f4.0, 1/60, ISO1600 – indoor

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Christy

Tuesday 28th of August 2012

Thanks for the great tip. I have one of the original Rebels and was thinking of upgrading too. If nothing else, I will definitely get the 50mm macro lens.

Craft Passion

Tuesday 28th of August 2012

Glad to know that you are upgrading :)

emily

Tuesday 17th of January 2012

I'm so glad you posted this. I just got the T3i to upgrade from my xsi, but it just hasn't felt like it was much different from what I already have (not including video). From all the reviews, I think I'd be happier with a 60d, and it helps to read that another "crafty" mama has chosen the same. :-)

Craft Passion

Tuesday 17th of January 2012

Hi Emily, just pay a quick visit to your blog and was amazed by your photos. You have a beautiful family :)

I.Z Phang

Thursday 25th of August 2011

Such a nice article on 60D, i oso dun knw tat much...hahaha...

Craft Passion

Thursday 25th of August 2011

Thanks for your recommendation and testing, without using yours to try I wouldn't know that it suits me best :) I used Canon 5D Mark II but feel that it is too heavy for my arm and wrist. By far, the vari-angle LCD is still my favorite apart of its sharpness and variant color.

sigrid

Tuesday 23rd of August 2011

Hi and Happy Birthday to you and you mom member your mom went through the pain. I was wondering if you know of a good camera for taking good video I am going to start a blog and i want to share videos arts and crafts but have no idea on what camera i should get one thing i know i what the camera to have is one of those remotes that you could hold to make the camera zoom in and out so i dont have to make one of my kids video tape me. Thank you

Craft Passion

Tuesday 23rd of August 2011

The remotes that able to zoom in and out sounds great, I hope I can have one too. As for my video, I used a tripod and set my camera at a strategic place that able to show clearly on what I am doing. It is all static position, no zooming.

Annette

Tuesday 23rd of August 2011

Wow what a beautifull camera you bought!! ove the pic with teh bubbles!! I'm so jealours... I also want one, but a bit to expensive

Craft Passion

Tuesday 23rd of August 2011

Start saving now and you can afford to buy it one day, just like me :)