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[Future Shop] FS : Canon 60D w/18-135 + Extra Battery and Bag - $899

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[Future Shop] FS : Canon 60D w/18-135 + Extra Battery and Bag - $899

For those of you looking for the Canon 60D, I came across this deal on a kit with the 18-135 Lens, Extra Battery , and DSLR Bag.

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/ ... 12588een02

I tried to search the rfd forums but did not find this anywhere, what do you guys think?

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handaman wrote:
Dec 31st, 2012 4:48 pm
For those of you looking for the Canon 60D, I came across this deal on a kit with the 18-135 Lens, Extra Battery , and DSLR Bag.

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/ ... 12588een02

I tried to search the rfd forums but did not find this anywhere, what do you guys think?

Price Comparison with other retailers.
It's a good deal, whether it's the deal for you it depends.

The T4i is very much the same body (while the 60D is technically one level up from the T4i, the T4i has many newer features that makes it very comparable). So, with that said, for that price you can get the T4i with the STM lens. This is important if you are at all interested in video. I have both the non STM and STM version of this lens, and while the glass is identical, the focusing is COMPLETELY SILENT on the STM, while on the non-STM it makes quite a racket in videos.

My personal opinion is either go with the T4i and STM lens.

TTYL
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This is a pretty sweet deal for the bundle. Picked up the 60D body last year for $800 AFTER a price match and a trade in. Should have waited a year and gotten so much more for my money. Oh well, those are the breaks!

Good deal for anyone looking to take advantage of it. Posting to the front page! Thanks OP.
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repatch wrote:
Dec 31st, 2012 5:23 pm
This is important if you are at all interested in video. I have both the non STM and STM version of this lens, and while the glass is identical, the focusing is COMPLETELY SILENT on the STM, while on the non-STM it makes quite a racket in videos.
Not true, the STM glass has better image quality in every way as well as an electronic manual focus override.
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Body only has been as low as $799 earlier this year, but for this bundle, the price is great!
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r22yu wrote:
Dec 31st, 2012 9:14 pm
Not true, the STM glass has better image quality in every way as well as an electronic manual focus override.
I have both the STM and the non-STM, I can't see any visual difference.

The specs might show a slight difference, but I've compared the two lenses on the same body with a bunch of different focal length and aperture combos and I couldn't find any sort of visual difference, whether in the middle of the field or the fringes (and this was looking at RAW images since the T4i does in body lens corrections on JPG).

One VERY minor difference is macro distance, it's 0.45m on the non-STM and 0.39m on the STM. Minor, but welcome.

The focusing is a source of VERY much confusion out there, so, having both I will clear it up:

The non-STM lens uses a DC motor: to override focus you have to disable AF, otherwise you risk damaging the lens.

The STM version has NO "normal" manual focus. The focus ring is an input the a computer that actually activates the stepper motor that moves the focusing element. Turning the ring doesn't physically move the lens through mechanical means (there is no stop on the focus ring, you can rotate to your hearts content, kinda unnerving to people used to manual focus lenses). With the switch set to AF the focusing ring does NOTHING, it does NOT override the focus the AF system has selected (there were reports that this lens supported MF override like the other upper lenses, it doesn't). To MF you have to flip the switch.

As a minor con for the STM lens: since the focus is electrically driven you CANNOT focus this lens without power being supplied to it. So if you're camera is off, no focus. If you use a macro extension tube that doesn't pass the contacts from the camera you will not be able to focus this lens. It's a minor point, but can be important to some.

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Thank you repatch for the info.

I won't shoot video that much. I guess it won't make a difference for me.
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I read somewhere that they are liquidating the 60d since Canon will likely announce at CES the replacement 70d version. (this is a rumor so not certain, but looking at the dropping prices it seems likely)

If that is the case then probably prices will drop even more. Also the 70d will use new technology so maybe worth the upgrade... So maybe not the best time to pick one up.
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repatch wrote:
Jan 1st, 2013 12:38 pm
I have both the STM and the non-STM, I can't see any visual difference.

The specs might show a slight difference, but I've compared the two lenses on the same body with a bunch of different focal length and aperture combos and I couldn't find any sort of visual difference, whether in the middle of the field or the fringes (and this was looking at RAW images since the T4i does in body lens corrections on JPG).

One VERY minor difference is macro distance, it's 0.45m on the non-STM and 0.39m on the STM. Minor, but welcome.

The focusing is a source of VERY much confusion out there, so, having both I will clear it up:

The non-STM lens uses a DC motor: to override focus you have to disable AF, otherwise you risk damaging the lens.

The STM version has NO "normal" manual focus. The focus ring is an input the a computer that actually activates the stepper motor that moves the focusing element. Turning the ring doesn't physically move the lens through mechanical means (there is no stop on the focus ring, you can rotate to your hearts content, kinda unnerving to people used to manual focus lenses). With the switch set to AF the focusing ring does NOTHING, it does NOT override the focus the AF system has selected (there were reports that this lens supported MF override like the other upper lenses, it doesn't). To MF you have to flip the switch.

As a minor con for the STM lens: since the focus is electrically driven you CANNOT focus this lens without power being supplied to it. So if you're camera is off, no focus. If you use a macro extension tube that doesn't pass the contacts from the camera you will not be able to focus this lens. It's a minor point, but can be important to some.

TTYL
Image Quality: Well you guys can judge for yourselves.
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Revi ... raComp=474
http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/776-c ... _3556stmis
http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/lenses ... mm-stm.htm

Manual Focus Override: IT DOES WORK. You have to set the AF mode to "One-Shot". Then when you half depress the shoot button it will autofocus, with the shoot button still held down, you can now adjust your focus manually (yes it remains silent due to the STM).
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lexar123 wrote:
Jan 1st, 2013 1:46 pm
I read somewhere that they are liquidating the 60d since Canon will likely announce at CES the replacement 70d version. (this is a rumor so not certain, but looking at the dropping prices it seems likely)

If that is the case then probably prices will drop even more. Also the 70d will use new technology so maybe worth the upgrade... So maybe not the best time to pick one up.
Well, that is always the case. There will always be a newer super duper camera, with the older model being cleared out. You have to buy what works for you in a specific budget.

One thing good about T4i is the new touch screen, otherwise build wise 60D is better.

So would 60D with STM lense be a better package, if we can find one.
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repatch wrote:
Dec 31st, 2012 5:23 pm
....The T4i is very much the same body (as the 60D) .......
Don't the 60D and the T4i have very different bodies? The T4i has the body style of all Canon entry level cameras while the 60D has the body style of all their higher end models.
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Jimbobs wrote:
Jan 1st, 2013 7:30 pm
Don't the 60D and the T4i have very different bodies? The T4i has the body style of all Canon entry level cameras while the 60D has the body style of all their higher end models.
True, D60 is better body wise and has an LCD on*top, plus easy exp comp buttons. But for now the T4i is better equipped to use the STM lenses in video.
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betamaxman wrote:
Jan 1st, 2013 7:52 pm
For anyone interested the T4i with the 55 lens is only $599 until the third.
I believe T4i(18-135) for $750 is better than D60(18-135) for $900. T4i do D60's job but lighter, and its video function is way better. Luckily I took the last T4i(18-135) this evening at the Yonge/Dundas FS.
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