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60D. Which package is better?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Krazie Sj, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. Dec 27, 2012 at 6:48 AM
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    For me I would get the one from Best Buy. It's kind of hard to decide. I like the lens that comes with the Futureshop better but I've never needed an extra battery with my 60D.
     
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    My problem with the best buy one is that you don't get a wide angle lens. 50 is the shortest you get. I would much rather buy the futureshop one, it has a much better all around lens.
     
  4. Dec 27, 2012 at 9:08 AM
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    That's the part that gave me problems I do like the len better on the Futureshop deal. But I could get by with the other two and save for a good wide angle later. Never can have too many lenses IMO.
     
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    So get the Futureshop one sell the battery and put the extra $250 towards another decent lens hey?

    That's kinda what I was thinking originally. Buy I wanted a few more opinions on the situation.
     
  6. Dec 27, 2012 at 9:35 AM
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    I see you furiously typing away krap...
     
  7. Dec 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM
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    yes, that is what I would do. The 18-135 will be a good starter lens so you can figure out what you really want for a lens. The other kit won't be very good for landscapes. I have the 18-135 and i'm pretty happy with it.
     
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    It is done then...
     
  9. Dec 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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    Lol @ extra battery . Just noticed that . Who would ever need an extra battery for a 60d .
     
  11. Dec 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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    exactly, I can take 1000+ pics before I need to charge the battery.
     
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    Neither. Those kit lenses aren't worth the money, though I guess they do get you to shooting if you don't have anything else. That 50/1.8 is a decent value, but is not the most robust of lenses.

    Buy the body and build your lens collection over time, concentrating on quality gear. It gets expensive, but if you're investing in a DSLR, you really should get quality lenses to go with it. Otherwise, just get one of those higher-end superzoom point and shoots and call it a day.

    I'm not a pro, but I did spend more money than I should have relearning the "buy once, cry once" lesson in regards to photography.
     
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    personally, i would opt for the cheaper costing package with the extra battery... with 2 batteries, you can transition into a vertical grip to save your wrist future discomfort...

    i have been on gigs where a guy was using single battery setup and ran out of battery at the most critical times... if doing any recreational shooting, you can stretch that one battery out, but if you ever decide to step up into anything other than casual or enthusiastic hobbyist, you will find the second battery and vertical grip to be more of an asset than the kit lens...

    as for glass, im partial to L lenses as i have burned up a number of kit lenses trying to save a buck...

    so from a casual or hobbyist perspective, the higher costing package with the lenses would be the best deal...

    from a professional perspective, the basic kit with the extra battery would be the best deal as you will want to consider stepping up in lens and adding a vertical grip to it for $149...

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/734854-REG/Canon_4740B001_BG_E9_Battery_Grip_for.html
     
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    plus, another option to consider is to buy it top notch and finance...

    until 12/31, ebay with PayPal is doing a BillMeLater 18 month interest free promo on purchases over $800 or $900...

    you could build up a 60D, with battery grip, and 24-105 4L lens for about $2,000...

    with the finance, you would end up paying a lil over $100 a month, and on good months, you could easily make extra payments to bring the total down even more...

    i have purchased a number of high ticket items that way over the last 5 years without any problems...

    the key is to buy from Adorama on ebay as they are more established in NYC than the rest of the ebay stores...

    or do the 6 month interest free via paypal/BillMeLater on B&H...
     
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    Yeah . My camera is still new . I think I may have hit 6k pictures so far . I remember I took my first 1k pics and still had like half battery left .

    Is the L lens the sealed one ?
     
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    My two cents:

    Bodies become obsolete. A good lens will work on any body and maintains resale value better. The 60D is an excellent higher-end consumer dSLR. It all depends on what your expectations are.

    50mm is a common lens for portrait photography. That's an okay long lens. It's less than ideal for what most people would consider standard landscape photography.

    When it comes to lens length, don't forget to consider that unless you're looking at a full-frame lens (of which the 60D is not) you're actually getting 1.6x the focal length. This is because of the sensor size of the camera. Lens focal lengths are given for 35mm equivalents--the diagonal length of traditional film, or full frame in the digital world. So, the 18mm lens is actually more like 29mm. I know this is confusing...but it's definitely worth understanding when managing expectations for what you see through the viewfinder versus what your camera actually captures.

    I find dpreview.com to be an excellent resource with http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9566705626/buying-a-digital-slr a great starting point to address some of the concepts mentioned in this thread. There are also very in depth reviews of almost every dSLR body and lens on the market.

    There are lots of good reasons to carry a spare battery. Shooting video or time lapse is one. Shooting in cold temperatures is another. Multi-day trips away from power sources might be another. The spare likely will not be the make-or-break factor in buying a kit but I certainly find mine comes in handy often enough.

    Also curious to know why you're limiting yourself to Best Buy and Future Shop? I find local small camera shops to be far more knowledgeable and interested in spending time with customers. I also find that developing a relationship at a shop leads to confidence in future purchases. Most good shops have also faced the reality that they must compete with big box prices to stay in business and are competitive price-wise.
     
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    The 18 is a true 18 on that 18-135 because the lens is designed for the crop sensor (ef-s).
     
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