Friday, January 22, 2016

Used full frame or crop camera?

Canon EOS 60D (18-200mm) Lens
I have been using my Canon 60D since it was released and I absolutely love my camera, It was a perfect fit for my budget at the time and has been serving me very well.  You can still pickup this camera for about $600.00 with a lens (18-200mm).  One of the things to consider with this camera or any camera is the type of sensor it has.  The Canon 60D has a 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor so it is a crop sensor and there is nothing wrong with this but if your planning on purchasing any other lenses outside of the kit (ex: 50mm f1.4 or 1.8) it will not be a true 50mm instead due to the sensor it actually will be a 85mm lens.  I have a 50mm f1.4 and its one of my favorite lenses but just something to think about

But what else could be had for the same ball park?  Looking around for some other options that won't break a budget for a full frame camera is a Canon 5D, this camera can be had for about 375.00 or alot cheaper without a lens then you can pick the lens you want. Since you didn't spend a ton of money you can get a decent lens like the 24-105 kit lens.  If you go with a 50mm f1.8 lens because you have a full frame it will be a 50mm not the 85mm like with a crop.   

Compare the Canon 60D vs the Canon 5D

Canon 60D
Canon 5D
18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
5.3 frames per second continuous shooting
1080p HD video recording with manual controls
3.0 inch articulated Clear View LCD
9-point AF system (all cross-type)
Wireless flash control
12.8-megapixel CCD
2.5-inch LCD screen
Consecutive shooting allows the capture of 3.0 frames per second for up to 60 consecutive JPEG or 17 RAW frames in a burst
No Video :(
Basic focus system :(
It is full frame :)

Here is a great video from from the guys over at DigitalRevTV that go into detail on their used Canon 5D. (Highly suggest you subscribe)

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