Old 12-21-2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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This looks like the ultimate railfan photography device.

High resolution, fast AF, weather sealing (DUST!), more AF points, fast burst speed (almost 1d level), great high ISO performance.

I was wondering if any Canon users have purchased this camera. I was looking at picking up a used 1D Mark 2 because I can get one for under a grand, but the 7D has many advantages over just about everything out there, and is priced less than the 5D Mark 2.

Just curious to see if anyone here has actually used it and what your results were...
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:24 PM   #2
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I just received my 7D and have been doing some tests. Everything seems to be performing well. I have been customizing everything to my needs. I personally wouldnt even consider the MK II over it, the 7D has live view, more MP (which isnt necessarily a must, but it is for me). With the Mark II you are limited to only 1600 ISO (3200 expanded) and it is almost five years old, technology has improved greatly. Now I do know that the 1D series has many advantages, but just not enough here in this case.
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I just received mine and have been doing some tests. Everything seems to be performing well. I have been customizing everything to my needs. I personally wouldnt even consider the MK II over it, the 7D has live view, more MP (which isnt necessarily a must, but it is for me), you are also limited to only 1600 ISO (3200 expanded) and it is almost five years old, technology has improved greatly. Now I do know that the 1D series has many advantages, but just not enough here in this case.
I have a 40D now, so it would be a step back in mega pixels, but from everything I have learned in talking to pro photographers, the 1d2 > 40d/50d unless you are shooting for very large prints which you need huge mega pixels. And I can pick up a used 1d2 for under 1 grand with a recently replaced new shutter

The big thing I am going for is AF speed and accuracy, expanded AF points, better high ISO performance. In just about that order, high mega pixel is not huge on my list because I dont make huge prints.

One thing I find really beneficial on the 7D however, is the Auto Focus Micro Adjustment, which the 1d2 or xxd cameras dont have

Can you point me to some of your work with this camera.
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All I have uploaded so far is this photo of my dog lol. I recommend going to flickr.com and searching "Canon 7D", you will find thousands of photos.

One favorite feature of mine on the 7D is that you can remotely fire flashes straight from the camera thanks to a built in transmitter, no need to buy pocket wizards or tramsmitters.

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Here are three comparison threads I found on FredMiranda.com

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/841953/0?keyword=7d,vs,1d#http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/top...,vs,1d#77305767846132

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/top...,vs,1d#7793964
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:55 PM   #6
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High resolution, fast AF, weather sealing (DUST!), more AF points, fast burst speed (almost 1d level), great high ISO performance
Isn't the weather sealing about rain/snow?
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One thing I find really beneficial on the 7D however, is the Auto Focus Micro Adjustment, which the 1d2 or xxd cameras dont have
50D has the micro focus adjustment too.
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Here is a 100% crop of a ISO 2500 shot.

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Here is a 100% crop of an ISO 2500 shot.

Wow you sold me, I want one now. Was thinking 6 Months down the road after they come down some but may have to save up for that. And a review thinks it maybe a bit better then an 5D2 in some ways! I can see that.
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Here is one more, ISO 4k

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This contributor's profile says he uses both the 7D and the 5D Mk II. Unfortunately there are no headers on any photos that I could find so it's not possible to tell which camera took them.

http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?userid=27333

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This contributor's profile says he uses both the 7D and the 5D Mk II. Unfortunately there are no headers on any photos that I could find so it's not possible to tell which camera took them.


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He is testing the 7D you don't believe him?
No, lol, I'm saying you can't tell which is the 5D Mk II and which is the 7D, so for the OP it isn't as much help as it could be.
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The 5d II photos on Appalachian Railfans page start in September I believe. Dont think he has uploaded any taken with the 7D. He was using the 40D for most before that.
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You have to remember that the 5DmkII is a full frame so it is going to cost more. Also you need to decide what all you are going to use it for. The 5DmkII have advantages over the 7D and it also disadvantages. You need to buy what will work for you.
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You have to remember that the 5DmkII is a full frame so it is going to cost more. Also you need to decide what all you are going to use it for. The 5DmkII have advantages over the 7D and it also disadvantages. You need to buy what will work for you.
I chose the 7D because I shoot alot of sports, wildlife, etc so I need the speed and extra reach. Now if I was mainly a landscape and train shooter, the 5d II would definitely be my first choice.
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From my POV. I use a 1D Mark II. It may have older technology, but it's a pro grade camera. It sports a 1.3x sensor, blazing fast AF (even in very dim light), 47 point autofocus (if I'm counting correctly), something like 7 frames per second (I don't really remember), a buffer that I've never honestly filled, even when doing long, rapid bursts, and it's so durable it would likely survive a fall from an airplane. Unfortunately, it is older so it has a tiny screen, and no live view. It only has 8 mp and while megapixles arn't everything, there have been times when I wanted more. It's very, very complex and it takes a long time to get used to. It has ISO levels from 100-1600 (extendable to 50 and 3200), but seeing as it is an older camera, it tends to be a bit noisy at 1000-3200. In case you're someone who actually cares, a 1D Mark II and a 24-105L (a fairly standard lens) weighs in at almost seven pounds, assuming the scale I just weighed it on is accurate.

So choose wisely.
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In case you're someone who actually cares, a 1D Mark II and a 24-105L (a fairly standard lens) weighs in at almost seven pounds, assuming the scale I just weighed it on is accurate.

So choose wisely.

Do you have lead weights attached to the Mark II? lol

Should only be like 4lbs or so.
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Like I said, if the scale is accurate (which it obviously isn't).
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