Shooting: for portraits, landscapes, candids etc. Can get a 4500 acuations 5dmarkI for $800 and its clean OR get the refurbed 60d w/ Loyalty program. I am unconcerned w/ video aspects of 60d. Is a 5 yr old full frame IQ able to still get it done?

Any help would be great! oh and I have about 2 hrs till I can buy the 5d or pass on it! No hurry!! LOL Thanks

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60D for many reasons:

  • The flip-out screen is very useful
  • Much higher FPS
  • It sounded like you are on a budget, being able to choose from both EF and EF-S lenses is a huge advantage.
  • For image quality, you are comparing 18MP to 12MP, that is 60D having 50% more pixels than the 5D, also the ISO performance would not be that big a difference since the 5D is old, not to mention that you can only go up to ISO 3200 while the 60D goes above 6400.
  • Having video mode is handy. I once thought I will never shoot video, but having the ability to shoot video will open up possibilities. You just need time to discover that.

You are rushing the decision, 2 hours does not sound like a great deal of time for a well thought-out decision.

Take your time, do your research, then buy. If you rush it, you are very likely to regret it later. Peace

  • I have been looking at cams for a while, not rushing. Budget yes, I am using BULK of $$ for lenses. ($3k) I will end up with FF but didnt want to buy one then have like ONE lens so it was 60d vs. 7d refurb Loyalty program back n forth. The 5d popped up yesterday so... I ask and get great response, THANKS! Back to the 'crops'! – Ken Dec 13 '11 at 3:12
  • IQ isn't specifically about the number of pixels or maximum ISO, a fact that is now becoming more apparent to the market. This is why Nikon has a modern 12MP full frame option and Canon's latest pro camera has less resolution than the previous ones did at 18MP. – John Cavan Dec 13 '11 at 4:50
  • @JohnCavan I agree that pixel is not everything, but in this question, it is still 18MP vs 12MP and old digi processor vs new one. I think at this moment, the difference is still too significant to be completely ignored. If it was 24MP vs 18MP, then it would be different. One major benefit of a FF is much better ISO performance, but being 5 years old has minimized this advantage of the 5D over the much newer 60D. The maximum ISO does matter. If you shoot ISO 3200, which is the max, and -2 stops, you can only get ISO 12800 equiv, while 12800 is the max ISO of the 60D and with -2 you get 51200. – Gapton Dec 13 '11 at 5:11
  • This DOES limit the auto ISO range. If I shoot with my 60D with auto ISO range of 100 to 6400 , I will be able to get faster shutter speed. The 5D only allows 3200 after expansion, the range is limited. – Gapton Dec 13 '11 at 5:19
  • @Gapton - I agree, those differences shouldn't be ignored, but I don't think they translate to image quality. In other words, I don't think you've established that the 60D has better IQ than the 5D through the use of tech specs. – John Cavan Dec 13 '11 at 12:51

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