My new “toy”, the Canon EOS 60D.
So far, I’ve always been using compact cameras but I like taking pictures in dark environments or at night and the tiny sensor of those cam isn’t adapted for that. Well, I managed to take some cool shots at night with a compact, but it needs long exposure time (from 15 to 30 seconds) and functions/settings are limited. One day, I tried a DSLR camera at the store and realized that this was the stuff I needed.
Not only DSLR sensor sensitivity is impressive but the design of the case makes it really comfortable to handle and the use of the optical viewfinder makes the action of taking picture a lot more interesting and captivating. I spent 4 months looking for the best choice of DSLR camera and waiting for the best opportunity to get a discount.
I was hesitating between the Canon 60D and the Nikon D7000. The D7000 has the best reviews concerning picture quality and can do auto-focus in video mode. The 60D has a better design (imo), can’t do auto-focus in video mode but captures 1080p@30 fps or 720p@60 fps and it has a flip-out LCD screen, allowing you to view shots from different angles. Also the 60D is a bit less expensive than the D7000.
I decided to go with the Canon EOS 60D.
- 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- Advanced creative features with Basic +
- Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 ratio LCD
- Full HD movies with manual control
- 60 fps (720p)
- DIGIC 4 processor
- ISO 100-6400, H:12800
- 5.3fps shooting for up to 58 JPEGs
- 9-point cross type AF System
- iFCL metering with 63-zone Dual-layer Sensor
- In-camera RAW processing
Now I had to choose a good lens. I didn’t know much about lenses so I looked for information and tests. I needed a multi-purpose lens so that I wouldn’t have to carry 3 different lens every time I decide to go out to shoot pictures. The problem with DSLR is that if you want quality, you have to get ready to spend a lot of money. A single average/good lens can cost as much as the best professional compact camera ! But once you have it, you can keep it for a while and even use it on your next DSLR. I decided to get the new Tamron 18-270 mm F/3,5-6,3 Di II VC PZD. It’s barely bigger than a classic 18-55 mm lens, it has an impressive 15x zoom ratio and it has very good reviews.
- Focal length 18-270mm (15x ratio)
- Maximum aperture F/3.5-6.3
- Minimum aperture F/22-40
- Angle of view (diagonal) 75° 33′-5° 55′
- Lens construction 16 elements, 13 groups
- Minimum focus distance 0.49m (19.3 in)
- Maximum magnification ratio 1:3.8 (270mm: 0.49m)
- Filter size φ62mm
- Weight 450g¹ (15.9 oz)
- 7 diaphragm blades
- Vibration Compensation system
Here are 2 examples I shot to show you what this 15x zoom can do :
18 mm…………………………………………..270 mm
I finished reading the instruction manual and I’m still learning how to use advanced functions of this camera. For now I only shoot in JPG but I’ll have to take some time to learn how to render RAW and work on pictures. I also have to train with the manual focus only video mode. After the camera and the lens, I got some accessories : infra-red remote, 16 GB class 10 SD card, compact DSLR bag, UV filter, polarized filter, Joby flexible tripod + ball head, extra battery and quick lens cleaning tool.
I’m very satisfied of this camera and from now, I’ll post my best pictures on this Site. I also have some ideas of video that I can do with it and I think it’s gonna be interesting.
By the way, here’s my old compact camera : Lumix TZ5
Very good compact cam, I’ve been using it for the past 3 years.