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Initial post: Aug 19, 2010 1:16:41 PM PDT
I am looking for a second body, so I don't have to keep switching lenses every time I go out to shoot. Which body would you suggest I buy? I am a casual user, mostly taking pictures on Cape cod.
thank You

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2010 2:31:37 PM PDT
I'm confused as to what body you use now - is it the XTi or the 40D? You also didn't mention how much you're willing to spend.

A second body doesn't exactly sound like something a typical "casual user" would contemplate. Not that you shouldn't but you seem to be in grave danger of becoming a less 'casual' photographer. ;) I assume you've already debated the convenience of a second body vs. a lens upgrade vs. a superzoom.

Anyways, I'd recommend something different from your current camera. If you have a Rebel XTi now, I'd recommend waiting for the 60D to be released, the price of the 50D to drop or pick up a used 40D, 30D or 20D. If you have a 40D, either pick up a Rebel for the smaller weight and size (unfortunately, the newer Rebels use SD cards so you won't be able to share memory cards between cameras) or go the other direction and look at a 7D or used 5D.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 3:34:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2010 3:38:10 AM PDT
Tom Martin says:
If you look at the information they have on the 60D here:

It would seem that the 7D has more direct lineage with the 50D then the 60D does.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2010 11:38:08 AM PDT
While retaining the top information panel of the x0D, it does (based upon the rumors) sound more like a super Rebel or a sub 50D design than a replacement for the 50D itself.

Since Nikon has recently announced a model that does real-time focusing in video mode, I wonder if that's the key feature for the 60D "video optimization" too. Note that the Nikon model is also a mid-upper entry level price.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2010 1:07:53 PM PDT
We have yet to see whether Canon has actually decided to dispense with the durable magnesium body, weather sealing, convenient controls, fast FPS or any of the other key features that have characterized the xxD series up to this time. The T2i already has the "super Rebel" spot so it doesn't make much sense to me for Canon to release a larger T2i with an articulating screen, real-time video autofocus and a couple of minor updates and call it a 60D. (Not that they would never do such a thing, mind you, just that it wouldn't make sense to me.)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2010 2:31:30 PM PDT
Tom Martin says:
It's just the 7D really was the update to the 50D, but, everybody kept expecting a 60D so they had to do something. ;-)

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 3:04:25 PM PDT
That, or Canon want's to phase out the pro-sumer models, making the 7D into the bottom of the pro models (considering it dropped all the scene-based shooting modes it probably isn't going to be of interest to those still relying on the crutches).

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2010 7:23:13 PM PDT
".... everybody kept expecting a 60D so they had to do something. ;-)"

What, no mirrorless HD 3D-shooting 70D smart phone?

Whatever happens with the double-digit series, Canon will probably still want something to fill that price point half way between the top Rebel and the bottom pro models.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2010 2:40:13 PM PDT
It is clear that I have a lot to learn, maybe i should look at lens upgrades. I have a sigma 10-20MM and the canon 70-300MM along with the piece of crap that came with the body. any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2010 11:15:59 PM PDT
If you're using the XTi's kit lens then I would DEFINITELY recommend an upgrade of your standard zoom. The Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 is a reasonably priced fast standard zoom with excellent optics and a wide aperture good for blurring out the background. The new image stabilized VC version adds $200 to the price tag. The Canon 15-85mm USM IS is a bit on the expensive side but provides excellent optics and an extended zoom range including more wide angle than you'll typically find making for a very nice travel lens without many of the compromises of other travel zooms. If you're typically shooting landscapes with a tripod, take a look at the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM. The very best standard zoom out there for your camera is the very pricey Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM which is one killer low light lens.

There are also superzooms in the 18-200mm+ range which you might find interesting but I would suggest getting a better standard zoom lens first.

You have the Canon 70-300mm IS and not the Canon 75-300mm?

Which camera body are you using?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2010 6:48:01 AM PDT
I am using the XTI and I do have the Canon 75 -300mm and a Sigma 10-20mm. So your advice is to upgrade the mid tier range?

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 6:55:31 AM PDT
Sorry wrong post I have the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS US not the 75 - 300mm

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2010 3:08:30 PM PDT
You've got decent telephoto and ultra-wide angle lenses so I'd say an upgrade of your standard 18-55 kit zoom would give you the most bang for the buck right now, yeah. You'll see a much bigger jump in image quality than a camera body upgrade alone. Save the body upgrade for later -- the Canon fall rebates are coming up as well as the brand new 60D (which should also bring the 50D price down). Not sure about your budget but the Tarmon 17-50 f2.8 is a very good value.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 5:13:26 PM PDT
DC says:
Cape Cod, assuming landscapes/wildlife little to no portraits?

Probably the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM UD Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras, is a good step up lens to use (considering you rarely shoot portraits and need a 2.8 or faster lens), though again probably the biggest cons of the lens is its price especially to casual shooter. Pros? Probably one of the best lens in the range optically offered in the EF-S and gives you the ability/option to travel light to Cape Cod on some days where you may just want to carry a single lens.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2010 7:15:01 AM PDT
Thank you great advice. I will wait on the body and look into the Tarmon 17-50 f2.8

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2010 7:45:23 AM PDT
I will also look at the EF-S 15-85mm thank you

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 5:19:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 26, 2010 5:21:04 AM PDT
Diables Bleu says:
Just FYI - just posted a review of the Canon 60D as well as some picture samples

Unfortunately Amazon won't let me post the URLs to the reviews because somehow the reviews are "objectionable" - odd given the fact that CNET links to Amazon when listing prices for items.

But, the reviews are easy to find on the home page

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2010 7:47:39 AM PDT
Thank you I will check it out!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2010 11:57:40 AM PDT
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Seems to have taken from me...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2010 1:00:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 26, 2010 1:01:35 PM PDT
"Super Rebel"! Oh snap, you called it. :P
("Art filters"!? Whaaaa...? Pure madness I tells ya.)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2010 5:50:58 PM PDT
DPReview considers it one too...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2010 6:35:03 AM PDT
I would suggest the 15-85mm lens. I have read lots of reviews on that one, and it seems to be a pretty sharp lens. Though not as fast as the 17-50 at F/2.8

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 7:17:28 AM PST
Mr.Walsh,..i can understand your cith on a second body.
Cheers to the cape,i have burned some great photos there.
Iam a 40d user,an that body is covered/300mm/28-135mm.
Wider gets me work up,so what i have done is this.
Ordered a Panasonic Lumix lx5, gives me 24mm on low end.
Dslr results u wont get,w/the me its #2 in results.
There is a firmware upgrade,for some fixes.
Just saying,this got the 500lb.monkey off my back.

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 12:46:52 PM PST
T. Campbell says:
You didn't mention budget and you mentioned owning a wide-angle zoom and a tele-zoom - but only the kit lens in the middle. But this doesn't really tell us what lenses you use most of the time. If you go over your photos, what's the lens that gets the most use?

I could recommend anything from a T2i to a 7D (all of which are 18 megapixel APS-C sensor cameras) or even a 5D mk II, but this can cost you anywhere from about $575 to $2200. It's tough to narrow it down without a better of idea of what sort of images you spend most of your time shooting and/or what sort of budget you have.

Also note that a 7D is a heavier body (it's got a magnesium alloy body (metal), vs. your current XTi which has a polycarbonate body (plastic)).

If you're really going to carry two cameras, you might be interested in a Black Rapid double-strap: Black Rapid Double Strap - For Two Cameras. The Black Rapid strap connects to the cameras tripod-socket and the belt is essentially a sling and the camera gets to slide up and down along the sling. Basically you can shoot and when you lower the camera, it slides down the sling and hangs upside-down by your hip. Because the lens points down (instead of outward as with a normal strap) there's less stress on the lens mount and it's more comfortable to carry.
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