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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2012, 10:36:04 AM »
I would go with the 7D.  Right now you can get the body at Adorama for $1300 (check the link on CR).  The 17-55 2.8 is also a nice choice for fast glass but for me personally, I would not spend $1K for a lens that I could only use on a crop sensor body unless you never plan on going FF.  A nice alternative if you are not opposed to third party glass is the Sigma 17-50 2.8 which is about $400 less than the 17-55.  Good luck with whatever you decide!
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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2012, 10:36:04 AM »

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2012, 11:16:48 AM »
for your RC stuff you prob want the faster focusing of the 7D

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2012, 01:49:57 AM »
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The 17-55 2.8 is also a nice choice for fast glass but for me personally, I would not spend $1K for a lens that I could only use on a crop sensor body unless you never plan on going FF

yes, I would agree with this as well.  one lens that pried me away from this theory was the 15-85 EF-S lens, well under a grand and razor sharp even compared to the 16-35 mkii (I own both).  See for yourself at http://www.the-digital-picture.com Choose Tools, ISO 12233 then do a compare with the 15-85 and the 16-35mkii..note the edges about the same.  It's quite possibly one of the best (if not the best) EF-S lenses canon makes.  I use it as my main walk around lens and you can see from my arsenal (in sig.) I do have a decent selection to choose from.  My alt. choice if I had it would be the 24-105 just too duplicitous at the moment.  if I dump the 7D then the 15-85 goes with it and "hello" to the 24-105.

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2012, 08:13:51 PM »
I love my EFs 17-55 f/2.8.  I've shot ~20,000 photos with it over the years... and it is a trusty companion.  Extremely versatile with f/2.8.

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If you are putting ~$1,500 into a camera you're going to have it for a while.  Buy lenses that make sense with the body you have _now_... 3 years from now when that 7D is getting old you can either sell your 17-55 if it's still in good shape or just keep it with your old body and buy new glass for whatever new FF you decide to upgrade to... either way you will definitely get your money out of that lens with that body...

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2012, 08:54:18 PM »
If budget is really tight then a 55-250IS (used of course) is a cracking lens that will take care of the modeling and longer distance shots. It gives a better performance than it should at this low price.

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2012, 09:20:50 PM »
Thank you for your insights guys really appreciate it. still a bit short of funds to the 7d but its getting there. I was thinking to get the 70-200 f4 is lens since you doesn't want to be near those rc when they are full speed and save my rig in the long run just in case there is a runner (out of control rc). then wait for a pretty good deal on 17-55 like a lot of people suggested. can't wait to get all the funds ready and start dhooting..

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #21 on: February 10, 2012, 09:26:40 PM »
Thank you for your insights guys really appreciate it. still a bit short of funds to the 7d but its getting there. I was thinking to get the 70-200 f4 is lens since you doesn't want to be near those rc when they are full speed and save my rig in the long run just in case there is a runner (out of control rc). then wait for a pretty good deal on 17-55 like a lot of people suggested. can't wait to get all the funds ready and start dhooting..

55-250 IS will get you further away from the RC at less than $200 - and give you excellent pictures.

As a bonus they are feather heavy, short, black and inconspicuous

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #21 on: February 10, 2012, 09:26:40 PM »

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2012, 04:34:59 PM »
I have the 55-250 and a 7D... and I wouldn't suggest it.  The AF motor in the 55-250 is _way_ slow... which was ok on my old XSi... but with all of the AF upgrades on the 7D I can really tell that it's the lens that's keeping me from getting those good tracking shots (especially of things coming at me or away from me).

If you're going to try to track RC cars at high speed... a 7D is the right idea... but make sure you put some glass on it that can keep up with your subject!

Personally, I think I'm going to spring for the 70-200 f/4 IS.  I want it for the weather sealing (I mainly shoot outdoors) and the fact that it is lighter and cheaper than the f/2.8 II.

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2012, 05:36:07 PM »
Brian is right.  The 7D + 55-250 combo does a surprisingly good job tracking in bright light.
Low light, forget it.

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Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2012, 05:36:07 PM »