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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:14 am 
Hi all,

In 4 weeks time our first baby arrives!!! I currently have the Canon EOS 450D with a 17-85 lense however want a camera that shoots HD video as well to capture our babies first years.

I've been looking to upgrade to the 600D but my only reservation is the lack of auto focus in video mode. I want to ensure shooting video is easy enough for my wife to be able to do. I've just visited a few specialist camera shops for their opinion and I'm down to a couple of choices:

1) Upgrade to the 600d, keep my 17-85 lense and possibly buy a 50 f1.8 lense for better baby portrait shots. With this option I'm stuck using manual focus video which is harder for my wife.
2) Look at Sonys A55 or even better the new A57. Financially this would likely lead to a downgraded lense but allow for easier operation for my wife and easier video for me.
3) Keep the 450d and buy a cheap HD video camersa - though i'd much prefer to have both functions in 1.

Interested in your thoughts... FYI I'm one of those amateur photographers whose scared to come out of P mode that likes to look professional with a DSLR though I probably don't need one :lol:

Thanks again for your guidance!

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:58 am 
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Hi Welcome aboard.
congratulation, its an exiting time. I have got a 4 and 6 year old. Watching them grow is up is special.
With baby coming its a great excuse to upgrade camera, but I would suggest a slightly different direction.

Keep the 450D and the 17-85 and add a flash unit, ie 430 EX II, learn to use that ie bounce flash of ceiling and flash exposure compensation and maybe have a bit of a play with the camera in AV mode. The whole point of a DSLR is more options and creativity.
The 50 1.8 prime is an ok option, but mine is horrible in that it front focus or back focuses depending on how far away the subject it. With me, its been responsible for more stuffed up photos than any other lens ie, nice shot, but if its not in focus what is the point. I don`t enjoy using it much and its too soft at 1.8 and its not really useful until 2.2, so not the best for low light anyway. I wish I had bought the 50 1.4. Also I am not a huge fan of that focal length on a cropped body, something around 30 is more useful and then 85 1.8 for close up. But that is just a personal thing.

I would seriously look at a hd video cam, ie leave in the kitchen ready to go for all those candid moments, we got some gems of kids first crawling, eating , talking , etc. Video cams are just that bit better at focusing and capturing sound.

Alternatively a P&S may be an option, if you don`t already have one. It will do video and you can always carry it with you, ours lives in the wife`s handbag. We almost always have it with us.

Canon Powershot S95, Canon 6D,7D, Canon 40 2.8 STM, Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC, Canon 17-40 L, Canon 15-85, Canon 85 1.8, Sigma 30 1.4, 50mm 1.8, Canon 100 2.8L Macro, Canon 70-300L +Kenko 1.4 Pro 300DGX, Canon 430EX II and RS 4 Classic

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