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revo2seven

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Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« on: February 02, 2012, 03:14:23 PM »
hi Guys I've been reading a fair bit regarding my next camera I tend to go for the 7D. Nothing really serious just an average person who like taking pictures (primarily portrait, a bit of landscape and RC's remote control vehicles) I like the fps of the 7D compare to the 60D (my first choice). Any suggestions will be much appreciated. Also I'm planning to get just the body for now due to tight budget a good all rounder lens suggestions is also great. This is the first time i'm venturing the the Canon realm so bear with me not having much info as the pro's in the forum.

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Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 03:31:06 PM »
As has been stated elsewhere, depending on your total budget you would quite likely be better off with a 60D and a better lens (e.g. EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS) than a 7D and a lesser lens (e.g. EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-3.6 IS). 
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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2012, 04:43:50 PM »
there is photography and art based photography.

Any amount of altering the image (except for cropping), in my opinion, will qualify it as art.

Trying to pass art as a photo, is just wrong on every possible level. 

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 04:48:19 PM »
The 7d is a very fine camera but I may warn you that it's a LOT of camera especially if you're just starting up.  In most situations I would whole heartedly recommend the camera without batting an eye, but in this case I'd recommend the 60D and get the 24-105L or the 17-55 IS as a good all around lens... The 17-55 is wider and will have a more "natural" feel with the camera, but the 24-105 may last you longer with more bodies and more body types, but thats another topic for another time and place and is not nearly as wide but has one heck of a zoom.  Once you got the 60D mastered and feel like you've outgrown it, then by all means get the 7d2 or 5d3. 
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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2012, 04:54:16 PM »
I would recommend, like the others, that you will be better off with good lenses and a low cost body.  Bodies come and go much more frequently than lenses.  Get one good lens and keep it for 10 or 20 years, upgrade your bodies every 3-5 or more years.

One of the little known possibilities to stretch your dollar, is to take a old canon film SLR that has had a finger thru the shutter and trade it in using the canon customer loyalty program for a nice discount on a refurbished DSLR body.

You can find a old 35mm film rebel or broken powershot for $5.00 and turn it into $150 or more off the price of a nice DSLR.  Here are some of the Canon refurb prices, call Canon to find out which are elgible for the CLP Program.
http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductListingViewAll_10051_10051_-1_29252

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2012, 06:10:03 PM »
hi Guys I've been reading a fair bit regarding my next camera I tend to go for the 7D. Nothing really serious just an average person who like taking pictures (primarily portrait, a bit of landscape and RC's remote control vehicles) I like the fps of the 7D compare to the 60D (my first choice). Any suggestions will be much appreciated. Also I'm planning to get just the body for now due to tight budget a good all rounder lens suggestions is also great. This is the first time i'm venturing the the Canon realm so bear with me not having much info as the pro's in the forum.

thank you


Short answer, if you're on a tight budget, it's probably not a good choice because you won't have the money to buy decent lenses.

digitalrev tv made a  video that addresses this issue (cheap body/pro lens vs pro body/cheap lens)

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2012, 07:10:46 PM »
thanks for your inputs guys. I'm not new to dslr I started with Olympus and got a good feel on some by all means no expert still learning. Currently I don;t have any lens or body from Canon like it was stated Its my new realm in Canon  :) now after reading and comparing the 60d and 7d i'm still thinking about it. I tested the 7d of a friend and I really like it a lot still your all right a body without a good glass is nothing..dang lotto give me luck.. :D

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012, 07:42:24 PM »
haha love that guys videos

also the 600d 60d and 7d all use the same sensor so IQ will be the same

main reasons to go with the 7d would be
better weather sealing
AF micro adjust
better AF performance if you shoot sport / wildlife

if you dont need those the 600D will produce the same images at half the cost and the 60D wont give you much benefit over the 600D the 60d doesnt have AF micro adjust
 have a look at the digital rev video comparing the 3 its pretty funny too
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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2012, 09:36:44 PM »
Two really good videos... thanks for those.

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2012, 10:49:00 PM »
Go for the 7D - it's worth to spend a bit more since it does come with all the features (fast AF, high fps, electronic level, etc) that you may desire in the future when you improve your skills. It offers any kind of customization people are usually looking for in a very intuitive menu.

The 17-55mm f/2.8 and 24-105mm f/4L that have been mentioned before are definitely good choices.
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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2012, 07:54:21 AM »
inputs are really much appreciated now just to get a handful of cash to get the ball rolling..I wonder if the 7d or even the 60d will go down in price this year.. :-\

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2012, 08:08:01 AM »
Both will go down over time particularly with their replacements on the horizon. Just check Canonpricewatch.com for the latest offers.
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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2012, 08:44:22 AM »
If you do a lot of RC's remote control vehicle photography (I assume action shots!) the extra fps and AF of the 7D would tip it for me.

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2012, 09:24:40 AM »
@ zim

that was my reason going to 7D the 60D is fine but the 7D is more suited for the purpose..pair it with a good glass it will be awesome i guess..

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2012, 10:34:52 AM »
If you do a lot of RC's remote control vehicle photography (I assume action shots!) the extra fps and AF of the 7D would tip it for me.

Except assuming you may have some spills or accidents in an uncontrolled environment so you may be able to stomach losing a 60D or two more than you can a 7d... then again you can get even more rebels if that's a concern. 
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