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Upgrading from My EOS 60D


I have a Canon EOS 60D. It's been great for me. most of the last 30 years, I've shot spots in my kids/grandkits school.

I have a Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8; A Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8; and a Tamron 45mm 1.8 lenses. These have served me well. And they are not that old. I'm now shooting indoor volleyball and basketball. As we all know, they can be pretty dark. I think my problem is not the lenses, but the camera. I"m looking for advice on updating my camera. My 45mm 1.8 lets enough light in, but my autofocus never gets there in time.


also, great information! My lenses aren't that old. The zoom i purchased new 2 yrs ago. the 45mm I purchased new this last october. I wonder if I choose a couple of recommended full frame cameras, and get on the phone with Tamron, and see if they know if these lenses fit the recommended full frame cameras. I would think they would know. They have nothing to gain or lose.

most of my 30+ years of school sports was of course film cameras. Then I used Canon Rebel with kit lenses, for years. I finally purchase the Canon EOS 60D used about 4 years ago. So, I've never had good equipment, except for the newer lenses. and they have served me well.

I know where you are coming from.  I started back in 1980 (so 40+ years), shooting film too.  I went to digital in the early part of this century with mostly Canon and until recently had in my collection 3x60D units, which I think are STILL great cameras and for which I have rather a soft spot.  That said, I had to downsize, so they have gone for resale via a local camera store.  I have gone to the new MILC R-series bodies because of the significant increase in performance over DSLRs in terms of ISO, focusing and resolution.

I would recommend the R7 over the R10 - the R7 will take your current batteries, The R10 uses batteries with much less capacity, while the R7 is much better built for outside, and has In-Body-Image-Stabilization (IBIS).  To explain: most telephoto lenses have some kind of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), to compensate for camera movement when shooting hand-held.  IBIS vibrates the sensor at high speed to counteract that even more.  It may not be fully compatible with your current lenses, but should you eventually get an RF lens - and there are some reasonably priced ones, then it will add the IBIS to the OIS to make it much easier to get clear shots, especially in dim light.

The R6 has the best low light performance, besting the much more expensive R5 by 1EV in that respect.  It is even more robustly built than the R7, will take a battery grip (if you need one) and also takes the same batteries as your 60D.

I know this is a lot of information to digest, I suggest you take it through a series of steps: DSLR or MILC, then Full Frame or APS-C, then the specific model number.  

cheers, TREVOR

"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

you've been a great help! All you guys! I'm so thankful that you guys jumped in right away

I've got a lot of decisions to make! But I have a lot more knowledge to work with.

I'll let you know what I end up with. It make take a bit.

thanks again!

Feel free to ask questions in the forum if you're unsure about something. That's what the forum is here for.


Current Gear: EOS 5D Mark IV, EF F/2.8 Trinity, EF 50mm F/1.8 STM, EF 85mm F/1.8 USM, 470EX-AI & 600EX II-RT

Retired Gear: EOS 40D

Good luck with that.  It's probably time for us to step back and be ready to answer any specific questions you may have, but otherwise not load you with more information at this time.

cheers, TREVOR

"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
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