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Old May 24, 2005, 6:22 PM   #1
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I'm looking to get into a dslr on a budget. Can anyone tell me anything about the Canon D60? Is it a good camera to buy used? How does it compare to the 300D? Thanks a lot for any info.
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Old May 24, 2005, 10:14 PM   #2
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The 300D is a much better camera.

But the D60 might do what you want and you can spend some money you saved on lenses. Because that is the kicker with a DSLR. You'll end up spending more money on the lenses than on the camera body (but the lenses will last you many, many years while the camera body might not.)

The D60 had some AF issues that might cause you trouble or not get you at all. If you are going to do action photography with it, I'd stay away.

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Okay thanks a lot. I'm just going to go for the 300D. I tried one at a local camera shop and I realy liked how it looked and felt. Plus the price is right.
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Unless you can get a D60 for like 300$ or under I wouldnt bother getting it over the 300D. The body may feel nicer, but I think the D60 is a tad generation too old in comparism. Now if you were trying to choose a 10D over a 300D that would be a better comparism.
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Rotti123,

Despite the absolute certainty expressed by the previous responders, I don't think you got the full story.

I have both a D60 and a 20D. While it is true that the 20D is a much better camera, the D60 holds its own over most of the range of functionality. The D60 body is much better than the 300D, full featured and closer to a professional camera. That means that you have the higher-end features that are disabled/unavailable on the 300D. With respect to image quality, the D60 and the 20D are rather similar up to ISO 400; above that the 20D and probably the 300D are noticably better. Print quality up to at least 13x19" is excellent. Focus capability on the D60 is good, but not as good as on the 20D. As others suggested, if you really plan to do action photography, you may prefer the 300D. Otherwise, there may be a price advantage for a D60. Just keep in mind that the D60 has already experienced most of its depreciation. Going for the D60 will allow you more budget flexibility for lens choice. It is surprising, but lens quality seems to be a bigger deal on dSLRs than for their film bretheren. If you plan to do landscape photography, you may want to consider the 17-45 mm Zoom as part of the trade off on the body.

Hope this helps.
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Rotti123,

Despite the absolute certainty expressed by the previous responders, I don't think you got the full story.

I have both a D60 and a 20D. While it is true that the 20D is a much better camera, the D60 holds its own over most of the range of functionality. The D60 body is much better than the 300D, full featured and closer to a professional camera. That means that you have the higher-end features that are disabled/unavailable on the 300D. With respect to image quality, the D60 and the 20D are rather similar up to ISO 400; above that the 20D and probably the 300D are noticably better. Print quality up to at least 13x19" is excellent. Focus capability on the D60 is good, but not as good as on the 20D. As others suggested, if you really plan to do action photography, you may prefer the 300D. Otherwise, there may be a price advantage for a D60. Just keep in mind that the D60 has already experienced most of its depreciation. Going for the D60 will allow you more budget flexibility for lens choice. It is surprising, but lens quality seems to be a bigger deal on dSLRs than for their film bretheren. If you plan to do landscape photography, you may want to consider the 17-45 mm Zoom as part of the trade off on the body.

Hope this helps.
Well a big thanks from this end for that info as well. Very much appreciated. Just looking at a D60 now and was wondering the same thing. Mine would be used for macro only and specialised photo macro lenses rather than std macro lenses, so this info is aHUGE help.

Thanks againnmalpert, really excellent.

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