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Loaded Subject: D60 or 10D????
Old 05-08-2003, 12:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As I balance here on the precipice of ignoring my financial obligations and buying a digital camera, I wonder should I pick up a used Canon D60 or buy a new Canon 10D?

I hear they have both had focusing problems.

Anybody have a comment? A question? Anybody got a match?

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Re: Loaded Subject: D60 or 10D????
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I'd by a 10D, the price is almost 2/3's what my d60 cost new and it appears very similar.

I assume you mean auto focus -- mine generally works very well. It can be tricky in darker flash situations where you can't really see the subject, but if I can't see the subject how easy can it be for the camera? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]. Personally I've been trying to use manual more often, I think constant AF becomes a crutch and eventually makes one lazy and sloppy. It also depends on what lens you use; telephotos are easy to nail a focus spot with AF, with wide angles (with greater DOF) there's more room to mix sharpness and softness -- but this would be the same for any camera.

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Re: Loaded Subject: D60 or 10D????
Old 05-08-2003, 05:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The 10D replaces the d60 which has been discontinued.
10D is the way to go!!! no question about it.
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Re: Loaded Subject: D60 or 10D????
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Bruce if you are gonna spend the money get the 10D. I have seen the D60 priced about $200 below the 10D, but for the improvements in WB, ISO expansion and reworked sensor the 10D is the way to go.

as far as the AF not working well in low light. For me only with slower lenses.
this was shot with a 50mm f/1.8, ISO 400 and I used center point to focus on her face. I have also found that if you use the center point only to focus then recompose, I get much sharper images.


this was shot at ISO 100 with a 28-200 zoom


and this was at ISO 800 with the 28-200 with a 30 second exposure. There is very little noise in the original file also, which I was very pleased with
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Re: Loaded Subject: D60 or 10D????
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If you can get your hands on a D60 for well under $1000, it may be worthwhile. Otherwise, I agree with the other posters and would recommend a 10D.

Buying a 10D will give you:
- noticeably less noise at high ISO settings
- higher ISO capabilities
- AdobeRGB capable
- FAT32 support (2G+ CF card usage)
- improved AF
- more accurate auto white balance
- faster internal processing of shot images to CF
- more solid construction
- a ONE YEAR WARRANTY

If you do end up getting a used D60, see if you can find out how many shots have been taken with the camera. If the camera has over 10-15,000 shots, I'd factor in a few hundred into the budget for an eventual shutter replacement.

FWIW- I'd pay no more than $900 for a D60 in good condition. Then again, I have both a D60 and a 10D. The D60 is acting as my backup body.
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