Pros 3" Display, 8fps, 18mp, New Focus System, Excellent Menu, Solid Build, 1080P Video, Excellent feature set.
Cons Display can be deceiving for final image output. Setting the screens brightness is the key. ISO is not as good as my old 4 year old 5D.
Summary This new focusing system is totally new for canon and it is awesome. Lot of tweaking to make your images stay in focus for sports with that great 8fps. There is a learning curve you may have to go through as I did but this camera is a gem.
I'm a night Club Photographer so I took this camera to the DNA Lounge in SF. I was pushing the camera to it's limit and found the high ISO is not as good at the old 5D, but man on man this camera is FAST. Response time is incredible for low light shooting. The Original 5D in my opinion is still the winner for low light and daylight shooting (have not tried the 5D MII). It's not as fast but the image quality is better. With the 5D correcting color balance & underexposed images is a lot easier due to the quality of the image it puts out (at 12mp). I'm not returning the 7D because I thinks it's a Kick Ass camera. I've owned the Canon Digital Rebel 300D, XT, XTi, 30D & 40D. The 7D blows them away. But as for the 5D...The 5D is in a different class with its full frame sensor.
Pros For large objects the autofocus works well. But smaller low contrast objects ( e.g., anything duck sized or smaller ) come out soft and out of focus approximately 9 times out ot 10!
Cons Abysmal low contrast focus capability and generally flat, muddy images.
Summary In my opinion, and significant experience ( several months and several thousands of photos with the 7d and the 100-400mm lens ) Canon really dropped the ball with this cameras poor single point, ai servo ( i.e., the best the camera can do ) autofocus capability!
With it's speed ( 8 frame/sec ), crop factor ( 1.6 x ) and a 400 mm zoom ( 640 mm effective ) this pair should be a dream come true for bird photographers. In fact it's abysmal low contrast focus capability and generally flat, muddy images leave me very, very disappointed.
Pros Build quality. Image quality. Auto focus. Continuous shooting speed (so fast!). HD video. Great fully-automatic settings for when you give your camera to someone to take a picture of you. Custom settings. Light sensitivity.
Cons Price and features - really makes the debate between going up to a 5d or down to a 50d or T2i tough. Other than that... none.
Summary I made the painful decision to upgrade from a Pentax K10D, of which I owned a couple great lenses and equipment for, and switch to Canon. Not that I was caught up in the hype, I just didn't want to invest anymore money in the wrong direction. Canon has great optics and is trusted by pros around the world, why go against the grain? After debating between the 7d and 5d mII, I decided it was a better idea to spend less on my first Canon body and start collecting my L lenses. The 7d will make an excellent 2nd camera one day. Meanwhile, the upgrade was much more substantial than I anticipated... the quality, light sensitivity, auto-focus, display, everything about it, BLOWS my K10D away. No comparison. I just wish I had started with Canon, maybe a Rebel, and started buying lenses a few years ago when I went with Pentax. I don't recommend making a purchase decision derived from comparing apples to oranges. Recognize your budget, and buy a camera that leaves you with enough extra cash to get a great lens for your particular preferences - portrait, sports, landscape, macro, etc., and the additional gear you need - too much to list. You can keep upgrading your camera body until you're completely happy, meanwhile, hopefully by then you've accrued a few great EF lenses.
"Fantastic!"on by shindopah
Pros 8 fps. Flexible autofocus, HD video, 3" LCD, Liveview, wireless flash control.
Cons A tad on the heavy side with my 24-70 f2.8L lens.
Summary This is a fantastic camera for the advanced photographer. The live view is great. The auto focus is fast and flexible using the 19 cross points. The 8fps is un-touchable! I recently shot around Las Vegas and the colors were sharp and brilliant. The only con is that with my 24-70 f2.8L lens, it can be a bit on the heavy side.
I upgraded from the 40D and don't regret it one bit!
"Love this camera"on by ninjaphile
Pros Crazy fast shutter.
Multiple points AF.
Long battery life.
In-body flash control
Cons High ISO can still a bit noisy
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