As on the Pentax K-7, the Canon 60D's Mode dial has a lock in the middle. Itdoesn't bother me at all, and as I mentioned earlier I had it on my old EOSElan, and it worked great. But it bugs Dave to no end. We both use a lot ofcameras, so it's just a matter of taste. Since no recent Canon SLR has had alocking Mode dial, I predict so many people will stumble over it that Canonwon't do it again for a while. We'll see. (Shortly after publication, Canonannounced an upgrade program whereby existing Canon 7D and 5D Mark II cameraowners could upgrade the cameras with a locking mode dial for $100. Might thismove been made based on popular demand?)
I also appreciated the smaller size of the Canon 60D. It's not dramatically smaller, but is better for a walk than the 50D was. I don't think it's as small as my now ancient 20D, but the grip is smaller, and will be more comfortable for a wider array of users.
I left Dave to take pictures inside the hot, non-air conditioned Westbury House, instead wandering out into the Old Westbury Gardens on a very hot day. The good news was that plants love hot days, and the gardens were replete with interesting flowers, birds, and butterflies. Since I knew that I'd only be able to make one pass, I shot primarily with the Canon 60D's kit lens, the EF-S 18-135mm. It's a versatile optic that's well-suited for a walk in the park.
Just two years ago, ISO 12,800 was a throwaway setting at best, with the 50Dturning out nasty images fraught with overt banding, visible even in athumbnail. Today I look at ISO 12,800 from the Canon 60D and T2i and have ahard time finding much to comment on. It's impressive. Feel free to shoot innear-darkness.
Canon 60D at ISO 3,200
Panasonic GH2 at ISO 3,200