My photography student asked for assistance in buying the right DSLR for him. I gave him a range of 30-50k. I have to admit, I tried to push the budget and ended up buying the 70D which falls to the extreme side of the budget.
My idea what to get the latest model that he can afford. No matter how much I preach that it’s the photographer who dictates the result of the image, technology is definitely an enabler. It allows you to do more and expand the possibilities.
In the middle of the training where we do a run through of the buttons and operation of the camera, I was stunned and amazed of all the great advancement of 70D. I didn’t realized that it was actually my first time to put my hands on this camera.
Sometimes with all the new releases in the market and especially with Canon launching new models all the time, at some point you think that it’s another marketing thing. However, 70D is definitely something to talk about. Having have worked with 60D for four years makes me envy of the new features.
I upgraded to 6D and now uses my 60D as second camera. Now I want a 70D. First thing I noticed is the shooting mode selector. It didn’t have the useless preset choices like the portrait, landscape and whatnot. It’s like telling you, you’re not an amateur anymore, get serious.
I love my 60D and if only I can remove my articulated lcd and mount it to my 6D, i’d be a happy camper. The 6D, just like the 70D have corrected the misleading color of the lcd from the previous models. You get a more close to reality rendering which helps in making decisions during the shoot.
As I discussed about the camera operation, I now define the difference between single and continuous shot. I was stunned with the frame rate of 70D. I swear it was fast. It sounded like the 7D. Upon checking the manual, the camera was shooting at 7fps.
I’m not a sports buff but I know some photojournalist who bought the 7D even with its hefty price tag, all because of the pro looks and the frame speed. The 70D also allows you to shoot shutter speed up to 1/8000. I know it’s a standard but they took that away and dropped it to 1/4000 in 6D.
With speed, you need a good AF. 70D has a 19 focusing points. It’s like a birthday and christmas present all rolled into one. It’s kinda unfair that 6D only gets 11 points. I think that customer wins this time. 70D is truly a good investment.
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Text by Albert Pedrosa