Old 03-13-2010, 09:11 PM   #1
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Default 7D Reviews, from a railfans perspective?

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Any contributors here shooting with the 7D? If so, what are your pros and cons with the camera?

I've been content with my rebel for over a year now, although I'm ready to take the hobby a bit more serious and bump up both bodies and glass. I've heard nothing, but positive reviews with the 7D on B&H, although was hoping to get the opinions of railfans and RP photogs.

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Old 03-13-2010, 09:16 PM   #2
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It takes good photos.
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It takes good photos.
Sounds better than a Nikon already.

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Old 03-13-2010, 09:40 PM   #4
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Don't you have to be 21 before you can get a 7D?
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Below are some 7D shots. The verdict is that it can take photos of trains and many other things quite well.

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What train was he chasing?
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What train was he chasing?
Considering he was going at such a high rate of speed, I'd say he was most likely chasing one of these..

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Yes, any time I hear a Shay, I think it's going 100 mph too.
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Sounds better than a Nikon already.

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Yeah.... Okay..... I'm glad that you Canon guys are now able to see how AF is supposed to work!!

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Yeah.... Okay..... I'm glad that you Canon guys are now able to see how AF is supposed to work!!
Don't you have something better to do? Sheesh, where'd you come from? I thought they mothballed your railroad.

Hey, RFE, hit me up with a PM one day...
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:50 AM   #11
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Although my serious shooting days are long behind me, I recall this old adage from days gone bye.

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Thats about what I look like shooting sometimes Bob haha Looks like he has a 500mm and a 600mm
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Although my serious shooting days are long behind me, I recall this old adage from days gone bye.

Except most of the straps around his neck are Nikon ones.

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Sounds better than a Nikon already.

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Cost more then a Nikon too...

Nikon D300s 12MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) by Nikon
Buy new: $1,424.43

Canon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-inch LCD (Body Only) by Canon
Buy new: $1,543.95

'course, whey you already have a bunch of Canon lens, you tend to stick with what you got. Just like owning a bunch of PC software.

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Cost more then a Nikon too...

Nikon D300s 12MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) by Nikon
Buy new: $1,424.43

Canon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-inch LCD (Body Only) by Canon
Buy new: $1,543.95

'course, whey you already have a bunch of Canon lens, you tend to stick with what you got. Just like owning a bunch of PC software.

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(Waiting for the 9D, maybe)
till you price there glass, The D300s is a nice camera but its not a better one.
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till you price there glass, The D300s is a nice camera but its not a better one.
Ohh yeah Nikon glass costs ALOT more than Canon. But Canon has done their best lately to catch up

The only think Nikon has that I want is the D700 and I feel Canon will produce something similar soon. The 7D was close.
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I think somebody on Facebook told you the Cannot was the best DSLR ever. I'm guessing that's the best advice you will get. Too bad Cannot's can't focus on anything moving.
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Nice first post in the forums, indecline! Really informative.

Gosh, what will all those sports photographers using Canon do? Quit their jobs I guess, those fools, they never noticed their shots were out of focus.

PS: hope we are not heading for a wasteful and foolish Canon/Nikon debate. DPReview is the best place for that.
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I think somebody on Facebook told you the Cannot was the best DSLR ever. I'm guessing that's the best advice you will get. Too bad Cannot's can't focus on anything moving.
Can you put REAL captions on your photos? I think everyone can figure out that you have a Nikon and what your settings and focal length were by looking at the exif data.
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PS: hope we are not heading for a wasteful and foolish Canon/Nikon debate. DPReview is the best place for that.
I agreed with your sentiments when I read indecline's post, but there's a problem with DP Review as well. At best they'll only tell you "Highly Recommended" so as not to insult any of the manufacturers. They've got to remain politically nuetral if they want all those pre-production samples to keep coming in for testing. God forbid they ever insult one of the Photographic Big Boys.

Yes, it's true that Canon stubbed it's toe badly with the original 1D Mk II which allowed Nikon to take a significant bite out of Canon's market share, but those issues are now history. Currently, it's about as even-up as it's been in years and that's a good thing for us all.
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Chase, I'll take your XSI off your hands when you switch.

I need another body.

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Well, it's a good thing the ballast is stationary as that's what I focus on before the train gets there...

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Any contributors here shooting with the 7D? If so, what are your pros and cons with the camera?

I've been content with my rebel for over a year now, although I'm ready to take the hobby a bit more serious and bump up both bodies and glass. I've heard nothing, but positive reviews with the 7D on B&H, although was hoping to get the opinions of railfans and RP photogs.

Thanks,
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I think from a hardware perspective, it is a great camera- I do have concerns about the small 1.6x sensor producing that much resolution in terms of noise at higher ISO's.

Noise is a bigger concern for me than pure resolution, as anything greater than <12mp will suffice. I do like to shoot in very low light, and from what I have seen the 7D is not that great above iso 1600.

My personal opinion would be to save a little longer and get a 5D Mark II, the image quality is absolutely sublime, in terms of noise and resolution. The 5D Mark II is a camera you can use for years on end, and will still be getting top notch quality. I've found over the years, more expensive equipment cost you less money than cheaper stuff- because you're never really satisfied with the performance, and wind up buying the more expensive stuff later, so it almost cost you double. I can't tell you how many $40-50 tripods I I bought instead of buying a decent Bogen, but I know I spent more on the garbage one than the good one. Same for lenses.
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Can you put REAL captions on your photos? I think everyone can figure out that you have a Nikon and what your settings and focal length were by looking at the exif data.
Hey Ricey, leave Schwanzy alone! You know those Nikon guys are dumber than a box of rocks and can't mutter a caption.

Dan you should explore The Dalles next. I think Scaryhill has been whored out.
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I agreed with your sentiments when I read indecline's post, but there's a problem with DP Review as well.
I was referring to the forums there, in which they routinely go off on the C/N debate to excess. I have this naive hope that no forum which I frequent goes off on such stupid stuff. Of course, we have our own issues.
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