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 Post subject: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:25 pm 
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Damaged camera - insurance claim - UPGRADE!!

I need to make a choice between the 7D and 5D Mark2 (Canon) and would really appreciate hearing the pros and cons.

I mostly do wildlife and outdoor photography leaning toward rugged terrain.

I have had an answer from DuQues :thumbs_up: thank you so much :D and would love to hear your opinions as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:07 pm 
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Long story cut short.

Landscapes etc...5D 2.

Birds and wildlife...7D.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
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Hey Bornfree--- As I am sure you are aware the 7D is cropped sensor giving you the extra reach with your long lenses but the full-frame 5D II is really a spectacular body. 2 pro shooter friends of mine have the 5D II and rave about it constantly but another semi-pro friend has the 7D and he produces some amazing stuff too and is very very happy with his 7D. Neither of the 5D II guys are wildlife orientated though and you might miss that extra length BUT if it was me I would bite the bullet and go with the 5D II . Full HD video as well even on long lens on fullframe would be worth the distance sacrifice for me. Just my 2 cents :D --------


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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
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Just in case, my answer was:

Buildwise, weight, price etc are as good as the same, so yes, I can see you are wondering... But! The choice is simple for you.

The 5D is a fullframe camera, the 7D is not. With the parks, farm etc you want zoom, so you want the cropfactor. (Your 400 mm is effectively a 640 mm lens.)
The speed is of course a factor too, 3.9 fps versus 8 fps for the 7D. Imagine that cheetah chasing a springbok, and not even getting 4 frames per second!

Another two handy things the 7D has, and the 5D not are an electronic level and a flash.
The level will make keeping your horizon level a breeze (I would love it!) and having a flash is always handy. With a 5D you're going to have to have an external flash on the body at all times.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
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Thank you to everyone for taking time to give me some advice.

I am not going to rush into this but on the other hand my next Kruger trip is in October :whistle: and I would really like to take the new camera with me :wink:

Decisions Decisions...

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
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I agree with J.J.
I would decide what you predominantly shoot and if it's wildlife then for sure go for the 7D for all the features that have been highlighted in the posts above such as crop factor, fps etc
If you mainly shoot landscapes then the 5D II's image quality is superb and would be hard to beat.
It's tough if you shoot both, but good luck and I'm sure you'll make the right decision if you take your time and mull it over and focus on what it will be used for. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
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Hi SusieB
Thanks for the help.
I am leaning toward the 7D. I spent 3 hours on the internet last night finding out as much as I can and the consensus is as everyone here says - 7D its going to be :dance:

Thanks again to all for your input. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
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Hi bornfree

What camera were you using before, as the step up to 18mp from say 12, comes with some potential surprises?

For ex. When looking at 18mp images at maximum resolution on screen, they may look worse than the 8/12mp ones that you may be used to.
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This can be a bit of a shock at first to say the least!

Don’t worry though, it’s just that you are looking at a very much smaller part of the full size image and the prints should look fantastic.

You’re off to KNP in October?

Well schedule in A LOT of time for practice and working through the book as the 7D is a hard task master that only rewards if you get everything right,

but when you do, you’ll be thrilled!

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
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Hello UKbadger :D
I have 2x 40D bodies so I dont need to swop lenses and they have served me very well, no complaints at all.
I agree that the learning curve is going to be steep and having a technically challanged brain doesnt help either :tongue:
But I have heard so much about the 7D and mostly good that I am really keen. At first I thought about the 60D which hasnt arrived here yet but to upgrade to a 7D makes more sense.

Thanks for the interest shown :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
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You will just love the viewfinder and screen and you’ll be moving that focusing point around all the time and with perfect confidence. :D

Ah, and the presets, birds in flight settings from sleeping hyena settings in 2 clicks, [change to preset 1,2 or 3, then setting 2 on the lens IS!

Done!
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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
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Have you bought your 7D yet? You won't regret it.

The 5Dmk2 is awesome for landscapes and portraiture, but whenever your subject starts moving around at a faster pace than an old man's gait, your 7D will kick the 5Dmk2's butt in the Autofocus department.

I mostly use a 7D (would love to have a 5Dmk2 as well though) and I have been very happy with it.

Check out my website to see some photos taken with it. You can also check out my gallery on Outdoorphoto (http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/forum/pho ... user=10589)

Enjoy the camera!!

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
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Time passed, and I now have a 7D too.
And it mindbogglingly good!
Absolutely perfect for all people visiting these forums as they will be photographing wildlife mostly.
The AF is superfast, spot on, and tracks like a .... Try birds in flight...
Morkel777 wrote:
I mostly use a 7D (would love to have a 5Dmk2 as well though) and I have been very happy with it.

The 5D is perfect for landscapes and people, being fullframe and will someday grace our photobag.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
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I got an opportunity to get a 7D now at a very good price, and the aguments per this thread convinced me to not think twice. :hmz:

Started off with 400D a few years ago and since learned the ins and outs. Got 60D just over a year ago and wow what an upgrade with 100 -400 Canaon lens. Still have the Sigma 100-500 as well. Perhaps time for an upgrade on the 400D -> 7D with 8fps and 640mm reach on 400mm Canon lens, especially for birding and action.

Thank you for arguments, even it was some time ago - the beauty of this forum - advice is timeless. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
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Morkel777 wrote:
I mostly use a 7D (would love to have a 5Dmk2 as well though) and I have been very happy with it.


You say you use the 7D but your area is behind a Nikon?

If you wanting full frame then why not look at the 6D as an option too?

But mostly for wildlife, the 7D is the camera to go with

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 Post subject: Re: Canon 7D - Canon 5D Mark 2 - Please help me choose!!
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timbo wrote:
Morkel777 wrote:
I mostly use a 7D (would love to have a 5Dmk2 as well though) and I have been very happy with it.


You say you use the 7D but your area is behind a Nikon?



Morkel came over to the dark side :lol:

...and looking at his portfolio it din't harm him to say the least. :wink: Check it out!

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