Between my Canon 60D and now the 5D Mark III, I’ve made a variety of investments in lenses. I’ve often been asked about why I bought what I did at the time. So, I thought this might be an opportunity to share my thinking when I invested in each lens. Keep in mind though that this setup is just my personal own–and it may not work for you.
According to the latest readings over at DxOMark, the website’s exhaustive lab tests are stating that Canon’s new 70D is just a tad better than the previous 60D and the flagship 7D in terms of sensor performance. And where this all seems to really count is in the high ISO performance with some variance in the dynamic range. A post on Reddit showcases a Canon user who is angry about this as Nikon’s newer cameras always outperform its predecessors by far.
So what does this actually mean in real life? Well, if you’re not going to use Canon’s new Dual Pixel AF for video recording and instead just going to take still images, you’re probably just going to get better high ISO performance over any of the other options. The 7D is still better for mostly everything else, though the 70D does have the 7D’s autofocusing.
After the jump, check out the comparison against the aging 5D Mk II and the 100D, otherwise known as the SL1.
Adorama and B&H both have some amazing deals going on at the moment, and we took the liberty of compiling them into one post for your convenience.
- Canon Rebel T4i video kit w/ 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 EF-S IS STM, Rode VideoMic and more — US-$ 999 at B&H
Not sure which one is for you? Click each camera’s name to read our respective review.
Appealing to all those in search of Darth Vader’s Death Star, Canon has announced their new 60Da designed for astrophotography and as an update to the much older 20Da. So what are the important modifications (this isn’t really an upgrade.):
– A modified sensors that allows the camera to capture magnificent photographs of “red hydrogen emission” nebulae and other cosmic phenomena. This produces a 20-percent higher transmittance of Hydrogen Alpha line, or Hα wavelength, allowing astronomers to capture crisp, clear images of reddish, diffuse nebulae.
– The sensor itself has a modified infrared filter and is a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity.
Those really seem to be the jist of it. Otherwise, the screen seems to be the same resolution but will work well with T ring adapters for telescopes. As a specialized product, the EOS 60Da is only available to order from select authorized dealers. The estimated retail price is $1,499.00 and it is expected to be available this month.
We recently had a question posed to us on our Facebook wall asking us how to set your Canon 60D to trigger wireless flashes like a Canon 550 EX. To do this, we’re going to borrow a bit from our intro to Canon Wireless Flash posting. Since I don’t have a Canon 60D, I’m going to use my 7D and show you how to trigger a 430 EX II (the flash closest in functionality to the 550 EX) wirelessly using infrared control.
Hit the jump to check out the instructional video.
With multiple days of testing finished, the Canon T3i has been shipped back and returned. We’ve tested it at events, for portraits, at night, etc. So is it right for you? If you’re reading this, you may want to take a look at our list of best budget lenses, our recommended Canon lenses and also the three way duel between the Canon 60D, 7D, and T2i (which will be updated soon).
One of our readers sent us a question a few days ago and we thought it would be good to respond in a post so the other readers could learn and share their thoughts and experiences. The reader’s mail brought up a good point: is it best to use the outer focusing points or the center for the sharpest image and the most accurate focusing?
We’ve had a number of requests for a Canon T3i review, and so it is here! We’ve compared the Canon T2i, 7D and 60D before, and now this little Rebel is looking to shake things up a bit. Before we start, we’re going to ask that you make sure that you purchase the right lens for you, no matter what your budget is. We will further try to discern whether or not this camera is right for you as well.
Just when we thought we made it easier for you, Canon went and announced the Canon T3i and T3 DSLRs, effectively replacing the Canon T2i in almost every way: or did they? Look a little bit closer at these two new cameras and you’ll see that there is a clear difference of who they are targeting. Additionally, it makes the choices between the two Rebels and 60D much easier.
Canon has supplied us with an EOS 60D for test, and first impressions are great. The first thing I noticed about the 60D is how intuitive and easy to set up the camera is. If you’re coming to the 60D from another Canon DSLR I’m sure you’ll find it easy to configure the way you like it it – the controls, dials, buttons and menus aren’t the same as on other Canon’s but are familiar enough to make it easy to understand for those with a little background.
When I was growing up, my favorite place to be was Toys R Us. Now that I’m grown up, it’s B&H and Amazon. Speaking of which, there are massive rebates on toys photography item going on right now. Here’s a comprehensive listing (with reviews), but be sure to check out our holiday gift guide too.
Canon Double Instant Savings
Wireless flash control is perhaps one of the biggest upgrades that your photography can take as it allows you to control the light nearly anywhere you so choose to go. There are photographers out there that oftentimes say that they choose not to use flash at all because it disturbs their subjects. While this can be true, the argument can be made that you’d much rather get a good photo of them—in which wireless flash can help tremendously. When used correctly, it will also not tamper with the wonderful colors that your camera’s sensor is capable of capturing. You shouldn’t be afraid to learn how to light, so here’s a bit of a walkthrough.
Photographers everywhere that want to upgrade their equipment have been extremely confused about whether to upgrade to the Canon 60D, T2i, or the 7DDSLRs. Since I’ve reviewed the 7D and T2i and had hands-on time with the 60D, here are some pointers.
(Update 4/2/2011) We have added in the full Canon T3i review as well as sections of our Canon 60D review.
Today, Canon announced the long awaited and long rumored 60D DSLR camera along with the 400mm F2.8 L IS II, 300mm F2.8 L IS II, a new 1.4x extender, 2x extender, 70-300 4.5-5.6 L IS USM, and an 8-15mm f4 L fisheye zoom. The 60D is placed between the T2i(reviewed here) and the 7D(reviewed here) and replaces the current 50D. Unfortunately, no details or predicted features on the 1Ds Mk IV were spilled, which is a camera that everyone is still waiting for. I’ve had hands-on time with the 60D for the PDN Gear Guide, which I’m writing, to be released at Photo Plus. For a full-report, stay tuned to PDN.
The Canon 60D has been a hot topic of conversation as has the 1Ds Mk IV. Photographers everywhere are wondering what it is going to be like since the T2i and the 7D really do fill the niche to take on any possible competitors. Here’s what seems plausible so far.