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Well after much deliberation between this and a 5d Mark II i decided to opt for the 7D and spend the extra I save on some nice wide angle lenses. First of all for anyone who is expecting a 1.6 crop camera's image quality to be better than the 5d mark ii you can forget it. The 5D mark ii is a full frame sensor camera and the 7D is a crop, different cameras for different purposes. I know three people who own a 5d mark II, wedding photographer, cinematographer and a landscape photographer. As you can tell, they all need wide angle and good low light performance. The 5D Mark II/other full frame cameras are targeted towards users with wide angle needs. So if you find yourself in a crowded room with little light during a wedding the EOS 7D may not be for you, less you put on a 10-22mm EFS lens which is the widest Canon Zoom Lens for a APS-C camera. (Or 8-15 F4L Fisheye).
Image Quality from this camera is amazing, I'll put up some pictures once it stops raining where I live. Detail is very good, and the 28-135 lens accommodates this cameras ability very nicely, however, starting off at 28mm will probably be too long for most people in everyday situations such as those for street photographers. Picking up a 17-55 2.8 lens will probably be highly recommended by many.
Build Quality is superb. This "tank" of a camera is no light weight and one of the first things you notice when you pick up the camera is the hefty feel you get. Very ergonomic grip and a robust feel all around. Don't expect to have it hanging around your next too long though. Weather seals are improved and you can notice that the area above the viewfinder is much larger thanks to a 100% coverage pentaprism.
Autofocusing, now I've read some issues about the 7D's new focusing system such as softness from auto zone focusing and I am also getting some mixed results with that as well, some images ranging from very soft to some being as sharp as single AF select. I will update later as I take it out for more situations. However, with that being said, the camera's autofocusing with the 28-135mm lens is very quiet, very fast and accurate for the most part especially with using the cameras single AF select mode.
Battery Life: still on the first charge off the box, taken about 500 test shots and a few seconds of 720p recording, battery life is about halfway.
ISO performance. Now here is where many have a bone to pick. I am not afraid to use high ISO as my prints rarely go beyond 11x14. More than often I found myself using nothing higher than ISO 1600 on my girlfriend's 500D/T1i. With the 7D I feel very comfortable using 3200 with about ISO 4000 being my cut off point, that's where the trade offs between detail and noise will become apparent and start to bother me.
Overall this camera is a very impressive and I'd give it a rating of about 90/100. It has alot to offer being a HD video DSLR. It'll provide many rebel users enough room to learn and grow. However, I cant stress enough that if you find yourself needing wide angle capabilities and low light performance, saving up for a full frame, it will definitely be worth the wait in the long run. In fact a few 5D Mark I cameras are available for cheaper than the 7D. Without a doubt this is one of the top crop cameras of the market right now. You won't regret buying this camera.
The Canon EOS 7D has some great features on it. One to start with is just the amazing body solidness and style. Everything on this camera feels solid in your hands and very comfortable. Its almost natural when you shoot with it. Great weight, weather sealed, and button finger friendly. The second thing is the LCD screen. I've never seen such great clarity on the back of a DSLR before. The pictures you take look on the camera LCD screen as clear as they do on a 27inch iMac blown up to full screen. Now this camera is not a full Frame camera like its big brother the Canon 5D mark II. But it also is set up a whole hell of a lot better to take video and fast photography. In my opinion this camera is better then the Canon 5D Mark II and cheaper to buy. This is just my opinion I think they are both great cameras but the 5D is more for portraits and the 7D is more for sports or fast movement and video. HD video is amazing on this Camera too. Although it does not have a 3CCD chip it will take the highest quality of video I've ever seen. If you just shoot video I would suggest you know the differences of having a 3CCD chip and not having one.
There are some things I hope can change on this camera starting with video being displayed only though the LCD screen. When in video mode you can only view what the camera sees in real time on the LCD screen AKA (Live View), The viewfinder is blacked out during Live View. The issue with this is its hard to shoot great quality video "IN FOCUS" on a 3 inch LCD screen. You will have a much better chance looking though the viewfinder and seeing the focus points. Most people will use the ViewFinder on camcorders and SLR cameras to take the best video/picture. The Canon 7D however does not have this option Once in Video mode or Live View mode for pictures you lose Viewfinder. Please don't think its the end of the world because of this. There are some companies out there like "Zacuto" that have made attachments and accessories such as the "Z-Finder Pro 3x", an attachment that slaps on the back of the LCD screen to give you a more traditional viewfinder feel and sight while in video mode that works very well for correct focal points. The second major issue is Audio is shooting video is your thing. Audio is what makes videos. What would a movie be without sound? The Canon 7D has a built in mic, and for the most part it sounds good for youtube videos if someones very close to the mic. But there is no Manual Adjustment on sound control. There is yet to be any indication of Canon releasing a firmware update for this too. There is also no sound meter so your never sure if its even recording sound unless you take a test clip before you shoot your real clip. This however can always be fixed with a sound systems. You can purchase one separately from a 3rd party company. The nice feature about the Canon 7D is the allowing of an external mic to be plugged in.
With all of that said the camera gets a Excellent rating or 5 out of 5 stars if your just using it for pictures However, because it can also take HD video as well as sound we have to factor those into the rating system. Though the video quality is excellent and out surpassing Pro Camcorders the technology is still very young for a DSLR. Sound controls need to be added or controlled from ether externally or internally. Viewfinder needs to become available during video mode. With this being added I give the Canon EOS 7D a Good or 4 1/2 stars out of 5
This is my first digital SLR. I had 3 lenses for this camera already and just got the body.
Excellent camera! It feels solid and rugged yet sophisticated and beautiful. I like that a lot of controls are manual besides menu on a huge LCD. All knobs, buttons and levers are ergonomically and intuitively located. Image quality is superb! 6.1M pixels are enough for printing A4 size quality pictures. Image stabilizer (“Anti-shake”) works nicely and it does not require special lens to work like some cameras!
Battery life is not very impressive, so I am going to buy one more. Multi shot is only 3fps, but I’ll live with that.
I now stand out from the crowd with everyone having Nikons and Canons…)))
I got this camera about a month ago and I just love it. I use to have a monolta 5d with a had for about 3 years and was a little scared to make the move over to Canon but let me tell you, this company can makes some good stuff. Picture quality is awesome, the focus time is just unbelievable and don't get me started on the HD movie mode ( it's great). shooting in low light is not a problem with the ISO settings on this camera pictures come out nice and the noise level is not as noticeable as my monolta camera. I would highly recommend this camera to anybody looking for a camera that can get the job done.
I bought the Canon 7d with the 28-135 lens. I am happy with this camera it takes good pictures in low light and is easier to use than I thought. I like the on camera flash, just in case. It does have some weight to it but nothing I can't get use to. Using the video feature is easy and I like that I can snap a photo in movie mode. There is some disruption of a split second if you snap a picture in movie mode. This Camera is proving to be a smart purchase. I highly recomend it. Perfect for the professional or an advanced photography student. I think it is a wonder value.
I already had a EOS Rebel 500D (aka T1i) so when I bought the 7D I naturally wanted to compare it to the 500D. The 7D is a more expensive camera. The 500D camera body weighs about 480 grams versus the 7D at about 816 grams. This tells you the 7D is sturdier, but is the axtra weight a plus when hiking with your camera equipment? (No score to either camera for this one.)
The features seem about the same. The biggest difference you would notice right off is the light sensing spots. There are more of them and you have more freedom to select different ones of groups of them. (A plus for the 7D.)
Perhaps it is a feature I have not found, but the 7D does not seem to turn on the screen normally as the Rebel does. The screen on the 7D is normally black, whereas the Rebel 500D comes on to let you see the various settings. A sensor in the back of the camera turns it off if your face gets close the camera to look through the viewfinder. (I think this is a plus for the EOS Rebel.)
I took some pictures with both cameras of exactly the same scene to compare the quality, using the same L-series lens, so that would not affect the results. These pictures were blown up on my monitor to see down to pixel levels. IF there was a difference, it was very small indeed. This leads me to feel that the pictures are no better, you are paying several hundred dollars extra just to get the magnesium body. Both cameras are the same sort of 1.6 reduced size sensor and the 500 has 15.1 MP versus the 7D with 18.0MP. (Since the 7D has 20% more pixels in the same area you would expect a 20% improvement in picture quality at the same magnification, and it may have been about that. Note also that newer Rebels have more megapixels, so that difference would disappear.) I give no plus to either camera for picture quality.
It seems like the 7D uses more battery, also. Both cameras have a two battery grip attached. The Rebel seems to go a month before I have to change batteries while the 7D only lasts a couple weeks. I won't score this for either camera, though as it depends on just how long the camera is turned on. Being newer I was doing more experiementing with it and "learning" where things are and how the program is different, so this may be ok in a careful qualitative test.
Overall, I would say the two comes out about even in value. This is a negative for the 7D, since it costs so much more.
I have yet to see a great difference between the 7D and the 500D that merits spending the extra money a 7D costs.
This camera is a small step down from a professional model, with the primary differences being the APS-C size sensor as opposed to a full 35mm sensor and, of course, the corresponding price. Many good reviews are available on the net which detail the technical aspects of the unit and compare different brands and models. My discussion will attempt to relate this camera to use by the everyday user. It is HUGE compared to today’s Point and Shoot cameras. It weighs a little over three pounds with an EF-S 18-135 IS lens. This doesn’t sound like a lot but it grows noticeably when it’s hanging around your neck. The design employs many of the features of longstanding professional models which tends to indicate the model is not just a short-term technological step as was suggested by the earlier xxD series. Many of its features and functions can be enhanced with simple firmware updates. The learning curve is quite steep, as you might expect for any complex and fully customizable professional device. This is a camera for someone interested in experimenting with professional level photography. Some of the reviews identify the target market as “enthusiast”. I believe you need to be a little more than just a photography enthusiast to be comfortable with the burdens and benefits of this camera. If you fit the box made for this kind of person, then this is the camera you’ve been waiting for.
My recommendation would be to use this camera body and the best glass you can afford for the particular photographic direction you’re going. On this camera body the lens is the weakest link. A kit package is a good buy if you get a high quality lens in the package. Lens reviews are abundant on the net and should be consulted to aid in the selection of a lens for your purpose. Many of the package parts are only consumer quality but will serve the purpose of a leisurely serious photographer during the growth period and are far less expensive than professional level accessories. Nowhere else is there more truth to the saying that “you get what you pay for”. If you find a price which seems a bargain for the item, you should be very sure of what you're getting because non-USA versions may come without some of the features and benefits of USA versions, i.e., warranty coverage and accessories.
When you reach this level of quality in your hardware, you encounter few who will detect the difference between pictures made with your $500 lens and your $10,000 lens, should you happen to have one of those. If you do, you may not be a mere enthusiast.
I was the proud owner of a Canon EOS 1D Mark lll which was a function of the type of photography I did, Sports and action. As of late I found myself being contracted more and more for portraiture and landscape type photography so I made a switch to the equipment package. I sold the 1D Mark lll and got the 7D.
Because I used the 1D for two years I was use to the solid construction, bulky nature of it in my hands and the solid actuation's of the shutter sound. I loved the controls and the simplicity of making changes on the fly which I am very happy to say that this camera, the 7D is all of that and more. A ton lighter than the 1D but still very robust with the addition of the battery grip. If I had one complaint it would be the Video, yes the video. Although the video comes out great when shot the problem is the focusing on the fly. It sucks! I have had nothing but trouble shooting video on moving elements because the lens does not automatically focus the subject. If you click the focus button on the camera the lens wants to extend the focus all the way out then back again. This is a problem because of the blur during shooting of the subjects.
At any rate I really did not buy this camera for a video camera but rather a camera so that is what I use it for. If you are looking for a video camera buy one. On of the main things I love about this camera is the 18.1 mgpx CMOS which gives me so much more depth of color, clarity and size for doing so much more with my images. Also I really did not lose anything in the action category as this camera boasts 8 frames per second vs. the 1D's 11 FPS
At any rate, I approve a bunch and being a semi pro photographer this is a nice addition to my package.
Having shot professionally with a pair of 7Ds for a year now, I rate it as quite a fine camera.
However, I think some buyers might find it frustrating and difficult to learn to use. This camera is loaded with bells and whistles, many of which a lot of shooters will never use. If not a fairly experienced shooter, a buyer may enjoy 50D or 60D, putting the savings toward more or better lenses.
I use 7Ds as still cameras, have never even tried out video. Pls look elsewhere for review of video-related features.
7D is fast handling, designed with sports/action/news photography in mind. This is not limited to the high frame rate (up to 8fps, but be aware the camera will slow down in low light, difficult metering situations or with some of the functions enabled). There is high level access to many functions, through a large array of buttons all over the camera. Learning to use those without taking the camera away from your eye is one of the tricks to using 7D well.
The various AF modes of 7D have probably gotten the most press. They are interesting, but be realistic about your expectations. Any time you hand over control to any camera's automation, you cannot expect it to make the same choice you would have made, had you kept control. I've scaled back to previous method of focusing my Canon cameras over the years (mostly 5DII, 50D, 30D, 10D, EOS-3, Elan 7). This is using the center AF point, manually selected, and simply keeping the point where I want the camera to focus. It gives me very high reliabilty and the 7D keeps up with moving targets well. There are times and places to use the other focus modes: Expansion Points, Zone Focus, Spot Focus (which I think would be better called High Precision Focus) and even, on rare occasion, All Points. Having tried out the new modes that this camera introduces and seen a big drop in my percentage of keepers, I recommend not putting all your faith in the automated modes. One AF feature that's very cool & usable is the ability to select a different single AF point in horizontal vs vertical orientations. Nice!
7D also features a discrete AF processor, same as the 1D series cameras. That helps AF speed and accuracy. Use the camera's Micro Adjust feature to fine tune with your lenses to consistently get the most accurate focus possible.
7D has dual Digic 4 image processors, so there's little delay in storing images.
IMO, the 100% viewfinder is one of the best put on a crop sensor camera to date. I wear eyeglasses and have no problem seeing the LED info display while shooting. Folks not accustomed to a 100% viewfinder (I hadn't used one in years) be aware that there is no "fudge factor". Frame your subjects carefully. Most cameras have less than 100% VF and you can get away with being a little sloppy. Not so with 7D!
The 7D metering system deserves kudos. I think it's similar to what's in recent 1D series: 63 zone & tweaked for specific colors. 7D sometimes surprise me how well they handle difficult lighting. I still use M and a separate handheld meter most of the time, for best control and accuracy. But there are times it's necessary to use one of the auto exposure modes (Av, Tv, even P occasionally), and nice to know it does a good job. The spot metering is among the finest on any EOS (only 5DII is similar, all others use spots that are about 50% larger).
I do wish the 7D had the articulated LCD and locking button on the mode dial, as are now seen on 60D.
I took around 20,000 photos with my last camera . Weddings , special occastions ,nature ,and even night shots of halloween set ups ( in the woods and in the open ) for the fire station I support , with very good results . But this new canon 7d allows me to take my photos to the next level . Better low light photos , using normal shutter speed or faster shutter speed to catch that moving subject without blur . Faster focusing on moving subjects. The 3" high resolution viewing screen is a must.It allows you to see if you took just a regular fair quality photo , or a high quality keeper . I added the battery grip to my camera , just for that extra comfort of not having to worry about your battery going dead when your about to take that shot of a life time , and it also helps to balance the camera out , especially when you have a large zoom lens on like I use alot . I haven't tried out the video part yet of the camera , but have read it is just as good . I almost forgot to mention , there is alot less noise in my photos at higher ISO settings ,which I use sparingly , what little noise that is there , I can remove with the progam Dfine 2.0 that installs inside of photoshop . I use PS CS5 . My old camera took 10mp photos in raw , and my new canon 7d takes 18mp , which end up ranging between 20mb and 30mb photos . There is a big difference in quality between the 10mb photos of my old camera , and the avg. 25mb photo of my new 7D canon . Well worth the more money . I choose the 7D over the 5d mark II and the pro full sensor cameras because of the price and all the things I mentioned above . PS , I would recommend using a good memory card for rapid shooting , and faster transfers from your camera card to your computer . I use Promaster Professional High Speed UDMA 4GB cards . Nothing bigger , just incase you lose or the card would go bad , so you don't lose alot of those special photos you shot . With this camera I can avg. about 120 to 150 photos on each memory card in raw format. This camera does have 3 setings for raw , but I found the photos to be of higher quality and sharpness in the highest setting of raw . The choice is yours . With the battery grip attached to the camera , the camera is about 6" by 6" , if your use to using a small camera . But I have no problem carring a camera this size , even when I have a medium size zoom lens attached like the canon 100mm-400mm L pro lens . I get so wrapped up in taking that special photo , I don't even notice the weight .. I guess it depends on how much you love taking photos . Well , I hope this helps you to decide if the canon 7D is the right camera for you . Simi Pro Photographer , Tommy