Hey guys,

we want to ask if it is worth to buy Canon 80D with lens 18-135 mm? Is there a noticeable difference between this model (80D) and some older model? 80D's shutter is tested on 100 000 captures. Do you have any experience with it? How long does it last? Should we buy 80D or some cheaper camera?

Thank you for answers :)

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All the Canon cameras I have used - my 40d and 7d, a friend's 600d - have been good for stop motion.  But I don't use the Canon lenses for animating.  I get manual lenses by another maker which have an aperture ring on the lens, like Nikon AI and AIS or Olympus OM, and use an adapter.

Canon lenses do not have an aperture control on the lens, so it has to be done by the camera controlling the lens.  It will also open up the iris between shots so you get a nice bright picture through the viewfinder, and only stop down to where you have set it - say, at f-11 for example - at the moment you press the shutter.  (Or click in your frame grabber software.)  Sometimes the lens does not stop down quickly enough, so the frame comes out a little brighter.  It can be one cause of flicker - small changes in brightness from one frame to the next.  A lens on an adapter is isolated from the camera, so it stays exactly where you set it, all the time.

The 18-135 lens will be useful for general photography, but I wouldn't normally use it for animating.  I use a Nikon 24mm, a Nikon 28mm, and a Nikon 55mm macro most of the time.  I wouldn't usually have a use for a longer lens than about 55 or 60mm, because the more telephoto a lens is, the shallower the depth of field, especially shooting miniatures up close.

Cameras keep getting updated, so I wouldn't go for the premium, pro end, they still get outdated as new features are added.  My old Nikon was great, but then they brought in the Live View, so I upgraded to the Canon 40d.  Then they introduced full HD video on DSLRs, which wasn't a major factor - I was upgrading to the 7d because my 40d had dirt on the sensor that the camera service people couldn't completely remove,  but getting video as a bonus was nice.  If they haven't already, I expect we'll see 4k video, phones have it now.  and a higher res preview for using with Dragonframe is always a good thing.  So from that point of view it makes some sense to go for the cheaper Rebel range, but I seem to always go for the mid range.  I like the idea of a longer shutter life.  So I might well choose the 80d if I had to buy one now.

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