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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
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.
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.
The camera is great. Nothing to say about it. However, at this price one would expect to receive a full frame sensor. That's the only bad thing I can say about the 7D.
As for the multifocus points, I'll admit I rarely use the feature on auto. I'd rather set them manually to get the shots the way I want them and not the way Canon's logarithm wants to take them.
I have not used the Video feature so I can't say anything about it.
Bottom line, overall a killer camera I recommend it to anyone who's willing to make that big step in photography.
I bought this to upgrade from my Kiss X2. I had hard time deciding between 7D and 5D and I decided for 7D from 2 main reasons - shooting mainly portraits crop camera is perfect for me as I get close-ups without getting extra close to the model or mounting on heavy zoom lens. And the ability to wirelessly trigger the off camera flast without purchasing another Speedlight. I will certainly pair this camera with a full frame one in the future as I would like to add HDR ability and GPS for my travel photos, but that is question of a future.
I love the body feel, it feels very solid and just right for my hands. It is certainly havier and larger than my old DSLR, but that is fine. I had hard time adjusting to the new button layout on 7D. And still have some troubles with that since I use my old one as back-up so switching back and forth from one camera to the other with different buttons is sometimes a little confusing. :-) I wish the menu, Q, preview buttons were a little bit more responsive, sometimes I feel like I need to push hard to get in the menu.
I have a 5D and a 7D.
In terms of noise, performance and DoF, the 5D wins hands down.
The noise level in the 7D is acceptable, but not so good for a $1900 camera, due to the 18.0 megapixels...
What I do LOVE about this product (and it's the reason why I bought it) is the video function. Many people out there say it's not good, doesn't look as good as the 5Dmk2, but in my experience, the reality is very different.
The sensor size of the 7D is almost identical to a 35mm film sensor, so the overall bokeh, focus and performance are as similar as you can get for a camera under $5000.
I had the option of geting a brand new a 5Dmk2 or a used 5D and a new 7D... and the 5D/7D combo is a killer. Really great multi-purpose combo.
one thing that was a BIG LET DOWN about the 7D are the RAW files. Lightroom 2.0 can't read the 7D RAW files, so you must use the Canon software in order to open and process them.
I am upgrading from a Canon Rebel XT and find the 7D a lightyear ahead of the Rebel. Having the features and a comfortable size makes it easier to use the camera in long dirations.
I was debating between the 5D 7D, and decided on the 7D so I didn't need to buy more lenses, and the extreme price didn't seem to warrant only for the sensor. I decided to have a 1.6 crop on my telephoto lenses, and the built-in IR flash triggering to be nice features that the 5D3 didn't have.
I decided to use the 2000 price difference to save for more lenses, which can use on any Camera camera.
For things I don't like:
1) I got the battery grip for this camera, and find it too heavy during traditional use..
2) I do not like the 22MB+ pictures. I find them too large for storage overtime. I tried the small and medium RAW files, but they do not include all the RAW data such as noise and sharpness, just exposure.
3) Canon also claimed that you could configure all the buttons, but only all of them. And for the buttons you could, only specific functions.
But overall, the 7D has more positive features then negative. I only am listing them for people who might be concerned of the negative features.
I bought this camera kit for about one months and used it for 3 times shooting birds, flowers, and once in a wedding ceremony. Every time gave me a great satisfaction. I bought a Tamron 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens and it is a real good match with the Canon 7D. The features of 7D are more than enough for a layman and need much time to get familiar with them. But all buttons and switches are designed user-friendly. The only con is the body weight seems to be a little bit heavier. You will feel quite tired if you keep using it for a whole day. Anyway, I am sure the Canon 7D would give me much more fun in the future.
This is a really good deal on an excellent Canon body and set of lenses. The 7D and Canon IS lenses speak for themselves and don't require a review. The wide angle and 2x zoom lenses are fair-quality, entry-level Zeikos units that perform nicely - especially with this camera doing all the heavy lifting for you.
The Telephoto lenses are also inexpensive, entry level units that will require you to test and test until you get to know them as they are fully manual lenses and the camera does nothing other than collect what light you send to it. The ad pictures a mirror lens telephoto unit, but that is not what they sent, which was disappointing, but the Bower lens they did send is adequate.
The filters are also Zieko units and do an adequate job. I have not used the TTL flash as of this writing. It is a Bower unit for Canon.
The Tripod is anything but heavy-duty. The legs almost bow under it's own weight. But I didn't buy this package for the tripod, you know? I have to giggle how they list and declare all the fluff and stuff that comes with the camera body anyway as "EXTRA!"
I was missing the lens cap keeper (EXTRA!) with my order, but didn't even bother contacting GetItDigital about it. A string? why bother, right?
All in all I am quite pleased with my purchase and the price I paid. I had to jump through a bunch of hoops to get it shipped as they try and "up sell" you stuff and then try to "trade up" your package (deleting lenses and adding filters and batteries) but in the end got it all done and they shipped it the same day. And by shipping the same day means I had a tracking number.
This camera takes amazing photos and it's performance in low light is verygood and even better with the right lens. The video quality is outstanding and if you want to make a movie, it is possible to achieve high standards with this camera. I'm truly pleased with my purchase and I find a new trick that it's capable of doing all the time. The build quality of this camera is like a tank, it is a heavy camera and water resistant. This is a solid buy.