I almost bought the Canon Rebel t2i over my 50D. Rebel is nothing to sneeze at. It's a damn fine camera. Any Canon DSLR. I was at Best Buy the other day and playing with their SL1. I would love one of those little guys!
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yeah... the rebels are usually announced around february-march
t2i - February 8, 2010 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_550D
t3i - February 7, 2011 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_600D
t4i - late cause of the tsunami
t5i - March 21, 2013 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_700D
t1i - March 25, 2009
I'm very excited for this camera! I think that 24mp and 10-12fps with a 61pt AF system isn't unreasonable given that it matches the specs for the prototypes that were previously mentioned. It's possible that the 70D's sensor could be used, but we've already had one rebuttal rumour that indicated the 7D II (or whatever it get's called--for the sake of simplicity, I'll refer to it as 7D II for the rest of this post) will have a brand new sensor and will not share the 70D's. That makes sense. I expect the 70D's sensor will find its way into the 2014 Rebel lineup, and I think Canon will want to differentiate the 7D II from the rest of the APC lineup, especially given the much, much higher price. Will it be worth it, when one can buy a full-frame 6D for much less? Absolutely! I've said it before, but it bears repeating, different camera's fit different types of photographer and photography. If I was shooting a wedding or other low-light event, I'd prefer a 6D or 5D II full-frame camera to any APS-C camera. But I'm not, and neither of those cameras would be stellar performers for the wildlife and action based photography that is my passion. Granted, a 5D III, with its superb AF system and decent (6fps) burst-rate still makes a good choice for either type of photography (unlike the 6D and 5D II), but still a 7D II with 10-12 fps and the cropped frames tighter framing with a given lens makes a very compelling camera for wildlife and sports photography.
I often read here the opinion that the 7D II won't be special because it would be too close to the 1DX, but I don't concur with that assessment at all. No matter how good the chip is, the APS-C isn't going to match the low-light capability of the 1DX and pros are still going to prefer it (and whatever replaces it), although I will not be surprised if many of them don't grab a 7D II as a second body! In the end though, they are competing in different market-places. What's more, Canon isn't bringing this camera out in a vacuum--they need to make sure this camera is good enough to lead APS-C technology for the net 3-5 years, so it has to be more that merely "good." Like the original 7D, it must be ground-breaking and class-leading if it's going to compete in the $2,000 + price range. It should also be remembered that when the original 7D arrived in 2009, the top of the line action camera in the Canon lineup was the 1D III, with 10MP and 10fps. Canon didn't worry that the 7D matched it with 19 cross-type AF points (although the 1D III has 45 AF points, only 19 of them are user-selectable and cross-type). If they didn't worry about making the 7D too close to the current 1D III in 2009, I doubt they'll worry about the 7D II being too close to the 1DX in 2014! This is especially true given the level of competition the new camera faces compared to what the 7D did 5 years ago. Why will the 7D II be awesome? Because it simply HAS to be! Of course, there will still be nay-sayers, even if it has the specs I expect it will have. I've seen posts where someone wrote "yawn" at these very specs, even as I was salivating over them! And I've read repeatedly that many just don't "get it" when one can buy a full-frame camera for less, or because it will be big and "pro", rather than small and mirrorless. I think they miss the essential point--those of us who want this camera, know what we want, and why we want it. If it doesn't fit your style of photography, then of course you ought not to buy one--purchase the camera that fits your shooting style and subjects. Photography would be far less interesting if there was just one style of camera and one kind of photography. Myself--I can't wait for this camera!
On a side note, I'm more interested in specs and capabilities than I am in the name, but I DO think 7D Mark II has a GREAT ring to it!!!
I'd travel and shoot with whatever working camera I had.
This. I used to get mostly great photos of plays even with my relatively ancient XTi. In my experience, it isn't the camera that makes or breaks stage photos, but rather whether you shoot in RAW and whether you know how to use the camera in full manual mode so that your shots aren't consistently blown out by the automatic exposure thinking it needs to bring out the details of the black floor rather than the bright highlights that just happen to be people's faces.
I think a 6D would do a stunning job, and I'd be surprised if the better autofocus of a 5Dmk3 or a 1DX would make much difference in such a controlled environment. Just my $0.02.