Archive for November, 2017


Finding the right canon camera for a friend.

   Posted by: Wayne Armstrong    in Straight Talk

A friend recently asked me to suggest a Canon camera that he can upgrade from. After doing a little research into a couple of Canon consumer level camera’s I suggested he look into the Canon 77d over the Canon 7tI. This post is simply my opinion based on the features he requested. His primary use is for shooting his children’s sports events and general family events.

The Canon 77D body is $799 on Amazon. (This price has gone up by $50 since the time of writing) and is a very good option if you can afford it.

I would be more inclined to go with the 77D over the 7tI as it has a number of features that are designed to help get the right setting quickly as opposed to the Rebel model.

Top digital LCD screen

A great feature for this, in my opinion, is the top digital LCD screen.


The digital reader that makes changing settings more fluid and easily accessible.

LCD settings screen

Back Dial Option

It has the back dial option as opposed to separate buttons which allows you to quickly scroll through and change settings as needed.

scroll pad on Canon 77D

Back Auto Focus button.

I love this feature as it allows you to quickly change your focal point so it is great when tracking players or even the ball and allows you to quickly initiate autofocus.

Back auto-focus button


Back auto-focus button closeup

Mode Dial Lock

This would be used to prevent accidental changing of modes while shooting. It doesn’t happen very often but like a seatbealth, it is great protection.

Mode Lock button on Canon 77D

It is built for ease of use and with the back autofocus button would be great for the action shots.

The other advantage it is a 2017 model so has the Digic 7 image processor and has 45 autofocus points for really accurate and fast autofocus. It can track objects for continuous shooting and effectively get between 4-6 frames a second in focus.


Here is the Rebel 7tI version for $749


The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens ($499) has image stabilization built into it and will work great with the 77D. it has an aperture of f/4 at 70mm and 5.6 at 300mm aperture.

You may also check out  the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras that is available on Amazon marketplace for  around $800 (regular $2000 for the newer model II)

There is also a Sigma lens, that is $399 on Amazon but I lean more towards the Canon for image quality.

Here is a good review of the Sigma lens.

A great video review of the Canon and Tamron lenses.

An interesting video breakdown on image quality between the types of lenses.

Hope this helps.

I will try get a few pics from these if he will allow me at some stage to show samples.