« on: February 22, 2011, 03:23:24 PM »
Hi everyone it come to that time in life where i have to upgrade my current 450D is due for an upgrade and i was looking at the 7D but i really dont want to get the 7D and then 1 month later hear that a replacement has come out for the 7D that would really piss me off!
so has anyone heard anything on a 7D mk II or 6D or 8D anything!!
As has already been stated, the 7D upgrade is probably about 18 months out. That said, there are other things to consider beyond just a new model: you must also factor cost and availability.
On cost, keep in mind that camera body updates are rarely priced at the previous model's starting point. So a 7D update may be closer to $2,499 upon first release. For example, the 5D MKIII update (also known as the 6D) is being rumored to retail at $3,499 - that's $1,000 more than the current MKII pricing. So already you're spending more money for features you won't even know you'll need/use.
Regarding availability, new models are often VERY hard to find in stock (if not totally impossible) for the first few months after release. If you're not a pro-photographer, or have the money to pay full price to a dealer on a pre-order, you're not going to have much luck locating a new model at initial release. Unless you want to pay a premium on eBay or Craigslist - which will again add to the total cost, because you'll have a hundred other camera nerds bidding up the price to get their mitts on the hot new product.
So in reality, the 7D will probably hold its value above $1,000 for about 24 more months. New models can actually help maintain the value of an older model, because people simply don't want to spend $3,000 on the latest and greatest, when the previous version works just fine.
Now, not considering resale value, the 7D will be a worthy semi-pro camera for MANY years to come, and will serve you just fine as a primary or backup camera for as long as you have it. So don't feel like you need to wait - go buy it - and have fun shooting!