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This review is from: Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera (Inc EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit) (Electronics)After doing lots of on-line research, I decided to treat myself to this Canon 60D Kit for xmas from Amazon, I also ordered the 50mm 1.4 prime lens and a few other bits.
I've been into Photography for about 40yrs, my previous DSLR's include the 550D and Nikon D90.
There may be cheaper options on a certain auction site, if you don't mind having a grey import model, personally I value having that Canon UK warranty, and a proper UK power supply etc. already in the box.
Amazons price for a UK Stock model is very competitive indeed, and their returns policy is excellent, if only for peace of mind. The camera itself is superb, and works perfectly, it produces brilliant images, feels top quality in the hands, with a fantastic articulating high res lcd screen. What more could you ask for.
The 18-135mm lens in this kit is not top of the range, however, it produces some very good results especially once stopped down a little, and IMO it may be a touch sharper than the much older USM 17-85mm lens. The glass in the 18-135 is not too bad at all, and you have that extra range, albeit at the loss of the USM, so a matter of personal choice.
It's also a nice walkabout lens giving you decent range yet still retaining the option for those wider shots, build quality also appears a little better than the cheaper 18-55mm. It appears to focus quicker, and seems a little quieter than the 18-55mm kit lens..JMO
Those that can afford it may appreciate the extra quality by choosing the 15-85mm lens, but I don't think you will be disappointed by the images this kit produces. I would also recommend the purchase of the 50mm 1.8 or 1.4, you will be blown away by the IQ that can be achieved with both these prime lens, as ultimately any camera is only as good as the lens you put on it.
I can highly recommend this item from Amazon 9.5/10
Why Amazon? Well besides the reasons I've already mentioned above, if you have a issue, you can call them on their free support number, or email them and in my experience they will always endevour to resolve any issue one may have, without any hassle. IOW, as big as they are, Amazon is aware the customer has choices to shop elswhere, and will go that extra mile to secure your custom, and their customer service is first class. This is a company that deserves to succeed. Thank you Amazon!.
I would however like to see Amazon.. pack expensive items such as DSLR camera etc, a little better. Just plonking them inside a larger box with a small amount of crushed paper for cushioning is not really enough. They still move about a lot in the box, so, a little extra care in this area would be assuring from a customers point of view anyway, with most items it does'nt matter, but with expensive fragile kit like this, having the item not rolling around in the box would be appreciated.
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2010 23:29:25 GMT
James Bickerton says:
Hi. Nice review.
As you own the Canon 550D it would be nice to hear your comparison between these two cameras as I (and imagine many others) are caught between deciding which of the two to buy.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2010 20:00:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jan 2011 02:22:47 GMT
I no longer own the 550D, It's been sold on now. My own thoughts on the differences between the 550D and the 60D and which to go for really is difficult. Though they both use the same sensor as the 7D, regarding IQ I would say the 60D seems a touch better to me, focusing is better. On the 60D you have extra control over flash exposure, plus the remote wireless flash capability, better pentaprism View Finder, plus many other enhancments, including a user changable focus screen (3 to choose from) even the 7D does'nt have that option (though it is still possible)
You have many more options on the 60D, and of course the articulating screen is very nice, as is the top lcd. I would say the build quality is better than the 550D and has dust proofing too while the 550D does not. It's these little things that make the 60D better than the 550D.
However any camera is only as good as the lens you put on it, and I think whichever camera one goes for between the 550d and 60d the buyer is unlikely to be disappointed. Personally, I like the slightly larger size and feel of the 60D, it's exposure and focusing is spot on, and with the extra options, better screen, VF, better focusing etc, yes I considered it worth paying the extra for.
If your on a tighter budget the 550D will also wow you with the images it's capable of producing, and TBH may likely be the better value of the 2 camera's for the money. However, the 60D adds a few extra niceties that some people think are worth paying the extra for, same reason some people buy the 7D.
Best advice I can give, is to pop in to your local camera dealer and handle both, and then decide, but for me so far, I have no regrets getting the 60D, and at least with Amazon you have their 30 day returns policy, though to be fair Jessops also give 30 days no quible returns as long as all the software is still sealed etc.
I also bought the 50mm f1.4 USM Prime lens, and can highly recommend it, good competitive price too off Amazon, fantastic lens for Portraits etc, and really tack sharp once you move it down away from f1.4 (touch soft at 1.4) but very sharp once your at F2.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 18:25:25 BDT
Can D. Yurincis says:
Many thanks great notes.l am just new to cameras between canon 550d and nikon 90 but l am sue my choice is canon60d now.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 19:19:42 BDT
James Bickerton says:
Great, thank you. I will go for the 60D.
And maybe get that lens if I have the extra cash...
For anyone else wondering this article by Philip bloom is really helpful
In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2011 17:32:20 BDT
Can D. Yurincis says:
my order is Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera (Inc EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit) .
i would like to start pet photography ,which other lens is do you think best?
Posted on 17 Mar 2013 10:45:08 GMT
Oliver Riches says:
hello cameron, I'm wondering and very curious before i buy this product.. does it just come with the camera or does it also include the charger, battery's, memory card and all the other things that would be, or is it just the camera itself?
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