The 60D

For the past week I’ve been putting a Canon 60D through its paces. It belongs to a good friend of mine, and I was only too happy to oblige. So I went ahead and exposed it to extreme cold, a bit of rain, some heat, etc. It has withstood all that, without breaking a sweat 😉 It has a nice, solid feel about it.

The user interface is very friendly and is not too different from my own DSLR’s. It has a few neat features that mine lacks such as an electronic ‘spirit’ level. I remember my old tripod having an actual spirit level to check whether things were truly horizontal or vertical, so an electronic one is a nice touch.

The flip-out rear screen is pretty impressive. Sharp and clear, even in the sunlight. It is truly handy for those overhead shots and even more so for video. You can take your eye off its central line of sight and be able to shoot round corners and from otherwise challenging angles. It also has a mode dial lock so you won’t inadvertently switch modes, mid-shoot. It also has a dedicated video mode, which is another nice touch.

I have found it to focus pretty fast and accurately. I suspect any hunting has been due to use of a not-so-wide max aperture lens. This week I will test it with faster glass. So far though, it checks all the boxes.

But the most important thing about a camera, once you have a basic grasp of its controls, is how capable it is (or isn’t), in real-life imaging situations. All these were shot handheld thanks to the Image Stabiliser on its 18-135mm lens…

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At dusk: 18mm, ISO 2500, f/4, 1/60

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Sleepless in Seattle 🙂 135mm, ISO 6400, f/5.6, 1/40

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Snoqualmie Falls, Washington State: 35mm, ISO 800, f/22, 1/50

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Mountain shopping: 42mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/60

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Verdict: a very capable camera indeed. It can take a beating and still produce great results. Very good high ISO performance.

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