This is my first digital SLR. I had 3 lenses for this camera already and just got the body.
Excellent camera! It feels solid and rugged yet sophisticated and beautiful. I like that a lot of controls are manual besides menu on a huge LCD. All knobs, buttons and levers are ergonomically and intuitively located. Image quality is superb! 6.1M pixels are enough for printing A4 size quality pictures. Image stabilizer (“Anti-shake”) works nicely and it does not require special lens to work like some cameras!
Battery life is not very impressive, so I am going to buy one more. Multi shot is only 3fps, but I’ll live with that.
I now stand out from the crowd with everyone having Nikons and Canons…)))
The Canon 7D is a good camera but the 500D is a better value for the money.
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I already had a EOS Rebel 500D (aka T1i) so when I bought the 7D I naturally wanted to compare it to the 500D. The 7D is a more expensive camera. The 500D camera body weighs about 480 grams versus the 7D at about 816 grams. This tells you the 7D is sturdier, but is the axtra weight a plus when hiking with your camera equipment? (No score to either camera for this one.)
The features seem about the same. The biggest difference you would notice right off is the light sensing spots. There are more of them and you have more freedom to select different ones of groups of them. (A plus for the 7D.)
Perhaps it is a feature I have not found, but the 7D does not seem to turn on the screen normally as the Rebel does. The screen on the 7D is normally black, whereas the Rebel 500D comes on to let you see the various settings. A sensor in the back of the camera turns it off if your face gets close the camera to look through the viewfinder. (I think this is a plus for the EOS Rebel.)
I took some pictures with both cameras of exactly the same scene to compare the quality, using the same L-series lens, so that would not affect the results. These pictures were blown up on my monitor to see down to pixel levels. IF there was a difference, it was very small indeed. This leads me to feel that the pictures are no better, you are paying several hundred dollars extra just to get the magnesium body. Both cameras are the same sort of 1.6 reduced size sensor and the 500 has 15.1 MP versus the 7D with 18.0MP. (Since the 7D has 20% more pixels in the same area you would expect a 20% improvement in picture quality at the same magnification, and it may have been about that. Note also that newer Rebels have more megapixels, so that difference would disappear.) I give no plus to either camera for picture quality.
It seems like the 7D uses more battery, also. Both cameras have a two battery grip attached. The Rebel seems to go a month before I have to change batteries while the 7D only lasts a couple weeks. I won't score this for either camera, though as it depends on just how long the camera is turned on. Being newer I was doing more experiementing with it and "learning" where things are and how the program is different, so this may be ok in a careful qualitative test.
Overall, I would say the two comes out about even in value. This is a negative for the 7D, since it costs so much more.
I have yet to see a great difference between the 7D and the 500D that merits spending the extra money a 7D costs.
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Canon EOS 7D Every Day
This camera is a small step down from a professional model, with the primary differences being the APS-C size sensor as opposed to a full 35mm sensor and, of course, the corresponding price. Many good reviews are available on the net which detail the technical aspects of the unit and compare different brands and models. My discussion will attempt to relate this camera to use by the everyday user. It is HUGE compared to today’s Point and Shoot cameras. It weighs a little over three pounds with an EF-S 18-135 IS lens. This doesn’t sound like a lot but it grows noticeably when it’s hanging around your neck. The design employs many of the features of longstanding professional models which tends to indicate the model is not just a short-term technological step as was suggested by the earlier xxD series. Many of its features and functions can be enhanced with simple firmware updates. The learning curve is quite steep, as you might expect for any complex and fully customizable professional device. This is a camera for someone interested in experimenting with professional level photography. Some of the reviews identify the target market as “enthusiast”. I believe you need to be a little more than just a photography enthusiast to be comfortable with the burdens and benefits of this camera. If you fit the box made for this kind of person, then this is the camera you’ve been waiting for.
My recommendation would be to use this camera body and the best glass you can afford for the particular photographic direction you’re going. On this camera body the lens is the weakest link. A kit package is a good buy if you get a high quality lens in the package. Lens reviews are abundant on the net and should be consulted to aid in the selection of a lens for your purpose. Many of the package parts are only consumer quality but will serve the purpose of a leisurely serious photographer during the growth period and are far less expensive than professional level accessories. Nowhere else is there more truth to the saying that “you get what you pay for”. If you find a price which seems a bargain for the item, you should be very sure of what you're getting because non-USA versions may come without some of the features and benefits of USA versions, i.e., warranty coverage and accessories.
When you reach this level of quality in your hardware, you encounter few who will detect the difference between pictures made with your $500 lens and your $10,000 lens, should you happen to have one of those. If you do, you may not be a mere enthusiast.
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What more can be said
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I was the proud owner of a Canon EOS 1D Mark lll which was a function of the type of photography I did, Sports and action. As of late I found myself being contracted more and more for portraiture and landscape type photography so I made a switch to the equipment package. I sold the 1D Mark lll and got the 7D.
Because I used the 1D for two years I was use to the solid construction, bulky nature of it in my hands and the solid actuation's of the shutter sound. I loved the controls and the simplicity of making changes on the fly which I am very happy to say that this camera, the 7D is all of that and more. A ton lighter than the 1D but still very robust with the addition of the battery grip. If I had one complaint it would be the Video, yes the video. Although the video comes out great when shot the problem is the focusing on the fly. It sucks! I have had nothing but trouble shooting video on moving elements because the lens does not automatically focus the subject. If you click the focus button on the camera the lens wants to extend the focus all the way out then back again. This is a problem because of the blur during shooting of the subjects.
At any rate I really did not buy this camera for a video camera but rather a camera so that is what I use it for. If you are looking for a video camera buy one. On of the main things I love about this camera is the 18.1 mgpx CMOS which gives me so much more depth of color, clarity and size for doing so much more with my images. Also I really did not lose anything in the action category as this camera boasts 8 frames per second vs. the 1D's 11 FPS
At any rate, I approve a bunch and being a semi pro photographer this is a nice addition to my package.
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7D is quite a camera, but...
Having shot professionally with a pair of 7Ds for a year now, I rate it as quite a fine camera.
However, I think some buyers might find it frustrating and difficult to learn to use. This camera is loaded with bells and whistles, many of which a lot of shooters will never use. If not a fairly experienced shooter, a buyer may enjoy 50D or 60D, putting the savings toward more or better lenses.
I use 7Ds as still cameras, have never even tried out video. Pls look elsewhere for review of video-related features.
7D is fast handling, designed with sports/action/news photography in mind. This is not limited to the high frame rate (up to 8fps, but be aware the camera will slow down in low light, difficult metering situations or with some of the functions enabled). There is high level access to many functions, through a large array of buttons all over the camera. Learning to use those without taking the camera away from your eye is one of the tricks to using 7D well.
The various AF modes of 7D have probably gotten the most press. They are interesting, but be realistic about your expectations. Any time you hand over control to any camera's automation, you cannot expect it to make the same choice you would have made, had you kept control. I've scaled back to previous method of focusing my Canon cameras over the years (mostly 5DII, 50D, 30D, 10D, EOS-3, Elan 7). This is using the center AF point, manually selected, and simply keeping the point where I want the camera to focus. It gives me very high reliabilty and the 7D keeps up with moving targets well. There are times and places to use the other focus modes: Expansion Points, Zone Focus, Spot Focus (which I think would be better called High Precision Focus) and even, on rare occasion, All Points. Having tried out the new modes that this camera introduces and seen a big drop in my percentage of keepers, I recommend not putting all your faith in the automated modes. One AF feature that's very cool & usable is the ability to select a different single AF point in horizontal vs vertical orientations. Nice!
7D also features a discrete AF processor, same as the 1D series cameras. That helps AF speed and accuracy. Use the camera's Micro Adjust feature to fine tune with your lenses to consistently get the most accurate focus possible.
7D has dual Digic 4 image processors, so there's little delay in storing images.
IMO, the 100% viewfinder is one of the best put on a crop sensor camera to date. I wear eyeglasses and have no problem seeing the LED info display while shooting. Folks not accustomed to a 100% viewfinder (I hadn't used one in years) be aware that there is no "fudge factor". Frame your subjects carefully. Most cameras have less than 100% VF and you can get away with being a little sloppy. Not so with 7D!
The 7D metering system deserves kudos. I think it's similar to what's in recent 1D series: 63 zone & tweaked for specific colors. 7D sometimes surprise me how well they handle difficult lighting. I still use M and a separate handheld meter most of the time, for best control and accuracy. But there are times it's necessary to use one of the auto exposure modes (Av, Tv, even P occasionally), and nice to know it does a good job. The spot metering is among the finest on any EOS (only 5DII is similar, all others use spots that are about 50% larger).
I do wish the 7D had the articulated LCD and locking button on the mode dial, as are now seen on 60D.
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