Camera upgrade

1 year 4 weeks ago #642781 by Canon-Craig
Hi all. I've been referring to this site for a long time for hints and tips and always find what I'm looking for plus a lot of extra. This is definitely one of the best sites for all sorts of photography skills! Right, onto my question. I have an entry level DSLR (Canon 1200d) and have had some great shots however it's time for an upgrade. I've been considering the following:

Canon 77d
Canon 80d
Canon 7d mkii 

I want to stick to Canon/crop sensor due to the lenses I currently have and would like to continue using. I've read lots of reviews but would appreciate some advice from the community.

I won't really be using video that much so not too concerned about that. I'll be using the camera mostly for landscape and portraits along with some product/wildlife photography but I'd  also like to venture (maybe) into street photography but not sure yet. Size/weight isn't an issue. I won't be printing any larger than A3 and most of my images will be on Instagram and a small magazine.

The 77d and 80d seem more or less the same with a few minor difference but the 7dmkii does seem to take the edge. Not too bothered about the price differences. I read one review recently that suggested if wildlife or sports is your thing pick the 7dmkii but if landscape and portraits is pick the 80d!

I'm looking to upgrade in the 3-4 months so any suggestions/advice are welcomed greatly.

Thanks


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1 year 4 weeks ago #642799 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Craig

I am not a canon user but may I offer you some thoughts - the sort of stuff I would do as a starter when confused with camera options

Go to DP Review and use the "Side by Side Camera Comparison" charts to list all the cameras you're considering, save the chart and colour in the 'best for your use' bits from each list. This might start you tying down which of the 3- bodies will suit best as the use of colour will stand out and give you a lead

Another thing - the reverse of above - is to look at your current photo style as to 'what do I like to shoot' versus 'what does my current camera prevent me from shooting' and starting to chase those 'missing / wanted' features in a prospective new camera

Along the way you will start your own prioritisation of new / altered things [like faster focus or frames per second in continuous] and hopefully, come up with the result you're chasing

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
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1 year 4 weeks ago #642811 by KCook
  • if wildlife or sports is your thing pick the 7dmkii but if landscape and portraits is pick the 80d!
This is essentially correct.  For street photography a case can be made for the mirrorless EOS M-series.  Which do take EF-S lenses with an adapter.  Old M bodies are selling used very cheap, so no reason not to add one, while keeping your DSLR too.

Kelly

Canon 50D, Olympus PL2
kellycook.zenfolio.com/

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1 year 4 weeks ago #642818 by Canon-Craig
Hey Phil,

Thanks for your quick response - really appreciate your advice. Yes, I have looked at DPReview but your suggestion of saving the chart and it's colours have really helped. From reading the info on DPReview, I think I can exclude the 77D do hopefully, with a little more 'light' reading I should be able to make the decision. Knowing my luck, as soon as I purchase one, a new 90D will raise it's head.

Thanks again for the advice.

Craig


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1 year 4 weeks ago #642819 by Canon-Craig
Hi Kelly,

Thanks for the advice. I've read lots of reviews but it's always nice to get some further help from the community. The majority will be portrait and landscape and it does seem that the 80D could be the best option for this. Your the 2nd person to mention a M-Body for street photography and you're right, there's some cracking deals on some of the older models.

Cheers

Craig


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1 year 3 weeks ago #642928 by Ozzie_Traveller

Canon-Craig wrote: Hey Phil,
..... Knowing my luck, as soon as I purchase one, a new 90D will raise it's head. Thanks again for the advice.  Craig


Yes matey - that's always a possibility, along with waiting for it to happen - and waiting - and waiting  :(   Phil


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1 year 3 weeks ago #643054 by shelland
What is your reason for upgrading? What do you want to get out of a new body that your current body does not give you? That answer may influence replies. 

Scott

- Twin Cities, MN

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1 year 3 weeks ago #643727 by Canon-Craig
Hi Scot,

I've been using a 1200D for a while and just looking to get something a little better that offers a wider range of controls and hopefully help me progress my skills a little more. I still have lots to learn but we're always learning right? Also, sometimes its nice to get something new!

Thanks


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