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Re: Canon 50D vs 7D
« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2012, 11:43:26 PM »
brought1, I think you're understating the differences from 50D to 7D. Considered individually they might not be massive enough on their own, but lots of small improvements do add up. The differences are not something "you can usually adjust in Post".


After spending time shooting with both cameras, I do agree that the 7D is a mighty fine speciman, however, from a practical standpoint, I'm sorry, you can equally get beautiful results from either camera. And yes, eventually small improvements will make a difference, but not in this scenario.  Unless you have an endless budget or absolutely must have high end gear, you'll learn that you purchase the gear you need/must in order to give you an edge or to stay current.  Comparing these two to someone who already has a 50D is a moot point, andthey've probably have in an order for a full frame camera already. And in that case, they should be looking to upgrade their lenses. 

And about the "post-editing," if you wouldn't mind sharing what cannot be achieved in post.  In all honesty, I try as best as I can to nail each and every exposure every time so I don't have to futz with post production, however, let's be practical, I have several weddings coming up and one just happens to be in a catholic church...poor lighting, no flash allowed, high ISO is expected. I would take a 7D over a 50D any day for that application, however, because I know the circumstances, I won't even bother with a 7d and jump straight to my 5D mk2 with my primes to offset noise and to get down to 1.2 or to extreme measures, my 50mm 1.0 to really avoid noise...but even with those components, you're still going to make small adjustments in post. 

For all that read this, please know I'm not trying to be argumentative towards anyone, just being practical. If you already have a 50d and want to upgrade, you might be better off going full frame, but this depends on your NEEDS as a photographer. If full frame is out of the question, then save your $$ and get better glass.  Quick example...how much would you really get back if you sold your 50d? Not too much, believe me...or don't...go to eBay and check used prices...you will be taking quite a hit selling your 50d and end up shelling out more for the 7d with nothing left for better lenses. These little accommodations on the 7d do NOT justify a complete need to switch bodies unless your after the video feature, which then, the 7d will work just fine.

For the original owner of this post, think of your purchases as if you run a business and have to justify your expenses instead of reading which camera has the best specs and you won't go wrong.  One last point...GET WHAT YOU NEED TO BE CURRENT and WORK AT BEING A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER...

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Re: Canon 50D vs 7D
« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2012, 11:43:26 PM »

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Re: Canon 50D vs 7D
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2012, 01:00:04 AM »
As a videographer, I always forget that people buy the 7D to take photos.  I've probably released the shutter 200 times in the 2.5 years I've owned mine, but made around $100k off exclusively the video feature.  It was a good investment.  Now it's getting a bit long in the tooth video wise compared to competitors but I'm sure with the V2 firmware it will excel as a stills camera for as long as it keeps working. 

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Re: Canon 50D vs 7D
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2012, 07:40:31 AM »
After spending time shooting with both cameras, I do agree that the 7D is a mighty fine speciman, however, from a practical standpoint, I'm sorry, you can equally get beautiful results from either camera. And yes, eventually small improvements will make a difference, but not in this scenario.
It isn't all or nothing, but I'm thinking about maximising the chances in borderline situations. It's not that the 50D can't do some things, just that the 7D can make them easier. One less thing for you to worry about.

To me the biggest two differences are the AF and high ISO characteristic of the sensor. The original poster mentioned wildlife, which is also one of my main interest areas. Often you have conflicting needs in this type of scenario, needing a fast shutter to prevent motion blur, and using needing to stop down for adequate depth of field. Generally that means higher ISO usage. Tracking a fast moving subject is a bit easier with the 7D than 50D. No, the 7D isn't perfect either, far from it, but it does increase the chances in your favour. If the AF was off, no sane amount of PP is going to rescue that. Similarly with high ISO, I'd hesitate to use ISO3200 on the 50D due to the colour banding that appears then (similar on the similar generation 5D2), where you just don't get this on the 7D even at 6400+.

So of course I'm not saying anyone needs a 7D, but it does offer tangible improvements over a 50D when used in similar roles. It is for a given person to weigh if that is a worthwhile upgrade e.g. if a lens upgrade might achieve a better result.
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Re: Canon 50D vs 7D
« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2012, 03:07:28 PM »
Video is of course something thats nice to have, and has been fantastic to have the option underwater in particular - not sure how good the magic lantern version is on the 50D.

I've had pretty good luck out of it - of course no on board sound though.
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Re: Canon 50D vs 7D
« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2012, 09:02:09 PM »
I currently own

Canon 50D
Canon 70-300L is
Sigma 17-50 2.8
Canon 50 1.8
Canon 580 EX II

I am thinking of upgrading to a Canon 7D.   Part of the reason is for the much better focusing system for action shots of wildlife.

I am also wondering if there will be any significant improvement in ISO performance from the 50D, or would a better option would be to invest in glass.

Thank you for any advice.

Yes its worth the upgrade to the 7D, because you can down-sample the 18mp files and reduce the grain tremendously for decent sized prints.

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Re: Canon 50D vs 7D
« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2012, 09:02:09 PM »