Just over a week ago a parcel arrived at my door and inside a was the Canon 60D for me to try out. It wasn’t a surprise, I knew it was coming as I asked if I could try it out.
On opening the package I got the camera out and attached the 18-55mm lens that came with it. As you do with cameras, I felt it in my hands to decide how it felt when I held it, conclusion, it felt good, it was a nice weight. Then I put it down, and got back to work.
Yesterday I went into the city in the afternoon to try and catch up with Steph from Travel Oops. She was in Melbourne and we were trying to hook up. Unfortunately it didn’t happen, communication problems, no internet and no mobile. I took the 60D in with me and thought I would play around with it, in case she didn’t get my message, which was the case.
So I sat in the foyer for a little while and played with the camera. It actually worked out okay. I fiddled with the various things trying to get an idea of how it worked. I had tried playing with it quickly a couple of days ago and didn’t have much luck. I was in a hurry, so that is probably why. I had decided after then that maybe it would be a lot harder to use than I thought.
I was wrong, it is actually quite easy and you can see everything on the back and top to change.
Once I thought I had sorted it out, I took it for a walk. The Supreme Court building was just across the road, so I went for a walk around it. The above photo is out the front.
There are some lovely features to this building, so I thought I would concentrate on them. The photos have all had further processing in Photoshop, not a lot, but some. I found that many of the images were over exposed. Not sure if it was how I had it set up, or if it was the camera.
This is the decoration over the main entrance, you have seen this before, but it was part of a bigger image. This image was definitely over exposed. Figuring out the metering system was a little strange. If it were my camera and I was going to be using it a lot I would try and work it out more. I knew how to change it, but I do find moving the spot metering around very different and hard to work out on the Canon. Again, that is more me than the camera, it is probably because I don’t use Canons normally.
I don’t think the 18-55mm lens was good for these shots, they are all out of focus, well slightly. I am assuming it was the lens and not the camera. Usually getting things like this are because of the lens. The next image was the same.
The other problem may have been shutter lag. I am not used to using a camera with any shutter lag, and I know that it can cause images to be out of focus. I had to be extra careful holding the camera still.
The camera does have a nice weight, but it isn’t heavy to carry around. It is light enough to take with you and not think it was heavy. Though a different or better quality lens might change that.
Was there anything I didn’t like? Yeah, I am not going to lie, I thought the buttons on the top to change ISO, metering, and a couple of other things, were hard to use. You basically needed two hands to change those things. That isn’t a problem, but your hands are trying to change things in the same place and it is awkward.
I couldn’t work out whether or not you could do bracketed shots with the 60D. I am sure you can, I know the 600D does, so it makes sense that the 60D would as well, but I had trouble working it out. It wasn’t obvious to me.
There were some other things, but I know if you had the manual and went through it you would be able to work it out.
I was impressed with the low noise when using higher ISOs. It was much better than my camera. The above image was taken through a window. It has some noise, but not as much you would expect, or as much as I expected. My D300s creates a lot more. The ISO also goes up to 6400 which is really good.
I will take the camera out again. I have it for a few more days, so I hope to get out some more. Easter means I have a willing driver and another person who likes road trips, so it will be good to get out of the city and test the camera out some more.
I don’t want to make any conclusions just yet, it is too soon. My initial impression is that it isn’t bad, but I don’t love it. I may just need to use it more and get more used to it.