Which Used Canon DSLR is the Best Value

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by will_rivers, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. Hello, I've been out of photography for 15 years. I'm looking for suggestions on a used DSLR body I will buy for an extended trip I'm taking. I will not be using it when I return so I don't need the best. I'm looking for a good value deal, maybe a older model that is very reasonably price but still gets good images. I see on eBay I can pick up a 7D for $250. Too old? (I'm sure yes) I don't know all the other models. I can go up to $600 for an exceptional deal but would prefer not.
    Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  2. What sort of a trip, and how important is the photography aspect?

    I'd consider a less expensive body like the 60D, and be sure to put a decent lens on it. For general walking-around, either the 18-135 IS (USM or STM version, not the original) or even the older 18-135 IS USM, and buy the appropriate lens hood. Either one will give you a useful range, decent image quality, and stabilization. Buy memory cards new.

    If the photography aspect of the trip is more important, consider a better lens rather than a better body. The 70-200/f4 L can be had at a reasonable price, and will help more than more megapixels. (ex., Canon EF 70-200mm 70-200 mm F/4 L F4 F/4L IS USM Lens - Sharp Lens | eBay)

    Of course, if you have a more specific photographic goal, different recommendations may apply.
  3. A used 7D is still a great camera and is not too old. It has most of today's features and menus. The only thing it might be lacking, is it's high ISO capability. It's low light shooting is not as good as today's cameras, but still very good. Any outdoor photography, of course is not a problem at all.

    BUT..... The 7D is a large and heavy professional grade camera. If you want a smaller, lighter camera for travel, you could also consider a 40D, 50D, or 60D. A 600D/T3i or 650D/T4i are even smaller and still good cameras that can be had cheap.
  4. Great info. I'm going back to parts of Asia where I lived before and the photography would be landscape and people shots.
    Basic travel stuff. Photography importance is a 6 out of 10.
    Great lens recommendations. I have a
    17- 35 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 but want to travel much lighter. Using IS USM lenses, would a model above the 60D give me much better quality images?
    Also, after my card fills up, what do I transfer the images onto?
    A thumb drive?
    I know I have a lot of basic questions.
    I stopped shooting before the digital thing really took off.

    Thanks again
  5. A 60D and 18-135 STM is a great travel combo. You could also add a 10-18 STM or 55-250 STM, as they are both low cost options, with GREAT image quality, that don't add much weight.

    Using IS USM lenses, would a model above the 60D give me much better quality images?

    No, IS USM or IS STM lenses do not need newer cameras. Older cameras will take just as good photos as newer cameras with these lenses. The lens is generally more important the camera. The only difference will be high ISO capability and the size of the photo in Mega Pixels. The cameras you would be looking at are probably all 18mp while the newest cameras have gone to 24mp. There is not much advantage to the extra mega pixels. Even older cameras like a 10mp 40D or 15mp 50D still take great photos.

    Also, after my card fills up, what do I transfer the images onto?

    Your best bet is to bring extra memory cards. There is no easy (or cheap) way to transfer photos from you memory card to a thumb drive, or other storage device, without a computer or iPad.
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  6. Since you want to travel lighter, you will need to buy both a camera and at least 1 lens. Typical "kit" lense, like an 18-55mm, are generally very cheap, but the 18-135mm suggested above will likely cost a more material amount of your budget, so I think you need to determine the amount you are willing to spend on your entire kit, and not just how much a camera will cost. Also, since you are not going to take your existing EOS lenses, I don't see why you would need to limit yourself to just Canon DSLRs. There are lots of Nikon DSLR options, and of course so many small and light mirrorless cameras available from Canon, Fuji, Olympus, and Panasonic that make great travel options. It may help to go on the B&H web site and put in your pricing parameters to see how many options are available.

    A 32mb, 64mb or larger card holds an enormous amount of images. They are readily available everywhere and are not expensive, so buy an extra card (or 2 or 3) before the trip.
  7. Pretty good advice here. Especially

    Unless you want to do video, any of the APS-C cameras from the Canon 50D on up would work fine. There are some bargains in the "full frame" 5D line as well, but they won't accept any EF-S lenses.
  8. The Canon T6i should fall within your budget. It is the cheapest and lightest 24MP crop DSLR Canon has. I am suggesting a light body to convince you to take your Canon EF 17-35/2.8 L lens. Not many lenses are sharper than this. Even the cheapest lenses can be made to look better with more MP, hence my suggestion of the 24MP body. The industry has been stuck at 24MP crop bodies for 5 years now, so one of these bodies will compare favourably for many years yet.

    The two full frame bodies you could consider that would go really nicely with that 17-35, are the 5D II and 6D.

    If you do want an IS lens or two then you could add either EF-S or EF depending on the body you end up with.

    You must have been fairly serious about photography to buy two of the best lenses at the time, (which are still excellent) so I find it difficult to believe you will abandon photography as soon as you get home. With digital it is so much easier to get excellent results. You get instant confirmation of correct exposure, focus, and composition. Who knows you might get right back into it.
  9. I wasn't anticipating this: "I have a 17- 35 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 but want to travel much lighter...". If you want much lighter, the 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 is OK, especially on a crop-frame where you're only using the center of the image circle. I have one, and I'll be happy to send it to you in a straight trade for either of your heavy f/2.8 zooms :)

    Seriously, I still think a 60D and 18-135 STM is probably the way to go for what you want. Cheaper: the old 28-135 IS USM is first-gen IS, but it works fairly well.
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  10. Thanks everyone for your input.
    Yes I was into it big time and the now I hear you all speak, it reminds me
    there is nothing better than a razor sharp image. Maybe I'll "rough it" and bring the 17-35.
    Now I'm thinking of bringing my tripod too. I was going to go with a monopod.
    Is there a big difference between a 60D and 6D and 5D II?
    I haven't learned what's important in these digital cameras but full frame is always good.
    Hopefully this post will help others too.
  11. 60D is crop sensor camera with a 1.6x crop factor, so that your 17-35L will have a field of view equivalent to 27-56mm on a full frame camera. The 6D and 5Dii are both full frame, so the image will be the same as using that lens on your film cameras. Full frame cameras have a much larger sensor so that its high ISO performance is better than a crop sensor camera (at least when comparing cameras using similar sensor technology). Checkout dpreview to see the difference between those 3 cameras.
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  12. I have canon DSLR Eos t6 and when I am trying to connect it with my ios device to get the backup of the photos on my iTunes account, it is not getting connected and it is showing iTunes error 9. How would I resolve that?
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