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    Default Canon 60D a good upgrade from a 40D ?

    I just sold my old 20D, and I have a canon 40D too (the old 20D was a backup of the 40D).

    My plan is to buy a canon 60D and leave the 40D has a backup camera. I know the rate of fps of the 60D is a little less then the 40D, so I was wondering how this two cameras compare. I know too that ones uses CF cards and the other SDs (I hate when canon does this), that is not a big problem, but it will make me to buy a few SDs.

    I know that the 7D is a lot better, but is a lot more expensive too. A 50D is not in my plans because I think it is not a good upgrade from a 40D.

    Or my last option is to buy another 40D used in the market and stay with the two 40D for a few more time.:o

    Opinions needed here. Thanks.

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    Hi Paulo, as someone who owned two 30Ds, two 40Ds, two 50Ds and two 7Ds, here is my opinion. The 60D will be an upgrade to the 40D only if you need extra cropping ability, or larger prints, and video, and a brighter, clearer rear screen. Other than that the autofocus is the same, and the 60D will be a camera that is more demanding of perfect camera technique in order to get very sharp images, much more so than the 40D. I kept my two 40Ds for twice as long as any of my XXD cameras.
    For sure there will be lots of other opinions out there
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    For what it is worth, I had a close look at the camera, in terms of what I am used to and how I could find improvements in relation to the 40D/50D. The ergonomics changed, it only accepts SD cards (all of my other cameras hold CF cards) and found some of the organisation of (new) functions strange (can't remember exactly which though). So from the demo at a local dealer I decided that this one (60D) is the mark for leaving the upgrade line of the xxD cameras, for me. I would rather look at a 50D or an additional 40D or, take the xD line into consideration: to me these cameras offer a punch extra in comparison to the xxD line: the 5DII offers fullframe, the 7D superior focus performance. My 2 cts.

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    What I like most about my 7D are the megapixels and LCD screen. The 60D has those.

    However, going out on an enormous limb, let me say the following. As you may have read, the 60D has significantly inferior noise performance to the most recent crop sensor offerings from Nikon, Sony, and Pentax. So do all earlier crop sensor DSLRs from any maker. Hopefully Canon will catch up, and when it does you will want to buy the camera they sell that catches up, so I would vote for a 40D as an interim solution.

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    The 60D is a Rebel with a fancy name tag. Best to bite the bullet and get a 7D or even a 50D (or consider keeping the 40D)....
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    If a new 7D is out of your reach currently you might consider Canon's Loyalty Program (google it) here in the US to get a refurbished - if you can live with that - 7D at a significantly reduced price as a trade-in for your 40D.

    JR

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    7D hands down!
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    Hi, from 40D to 60D is not an upgrade in all the departments. You get some features and you lose some. Based on what you intend to do with them, you will have to decide whether it is worth it. We had a thread earlier on this in which specific pros and cons were discussed:

    http://www.birdphotographers.net/for...nfo-Needed-%29

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