« on: June 01, 2014, 08:45:23 AM »
I appreciate you guys inputing valuable opinion.
I did not incude 5D here not just because it has no video feature, it's a bit too old for the money. Spending only $500 to $600 on a FF sensor seems fine but I have to worry about the money I possibly have to spend on repairing a may be 7 to 8 years old electronic equipment. Repairing cost easily reaches $300.
I also agree to some of you recommending 7D. It's best all round amongst the cropped sensor Canon Dslr within the price range. However, if I have to find a newer one, it will cost over $850. I have just received an offer for a 3 1/2 years old 7D with 30k actuation for $700. May consider but want to wait for one better than it.
$530 may seem a bit on the high side for a 60D ( really? ) but it's only a few months old with low shutter count. I have checked with CL and EBay and I found the price offered to be quite reasonable. I think if I take this one, shoot with it for about 2 years, I may still be able to resell it for $350 to 400. Then, my spending on this comparatively newer body will be very low - $10 or less per month. Moreover, it has a 2 years warranty on it and the cost of repair is 0 for the period. The general comment in reviews about this model is that is a downgrade to 50D that make it less popular.
Still struggling. 7D or 60D. Or may be I could buy the 70D with my credit card and pay the balance by instalments. (stop thinking about it, hate to have collection agencies calling again)
Btw, have you guys ever bought a 3 years old camera? Kind of scary having to consider buying a camera that old.:-!:-!:-!
I will have a 50 1.8 and 28-105 USM II to start with. Given to me by family. I can borrow a 70 300, UW or a few L lens if I need to use them so I'm fine with lenses for the time being. Also, I can used over 10 vintage mf lenses with adaptors - people seem to have abandoned them completely.
I hate to argue with the OP right off the bat, but I think you would be better served by getting a refurbished Rebel T4i and with the money saved, pick up one or two of Canon's STM lenses. The T4i will meet or beat those other cameras in all aspects relating to IQ. The rebels are built plenty tough, and don't discount the functionality of an excellent articulating touch screen. The new STM lenses are all very good for stills and video. The EF-S 18-135mm IS STM is reputed to be an excellent "single lens solution" and can be had for $320 (USA model) from a reputable dealer on ebay....and now back to help-full suggestions...