|Submited By: arizona photos on 08/06/2010|
After a lot of thought and going over things on many sites, I chose the 7D. I went on a week long trip to Italy. The camera performed as would be expected--great. The video part of the camera does take a lot of practice. Editing it is another matter. But since I am not a pro, I do it for therapy!! I just never realized the possibilities of combining modalities till this camera.
--ease of use. Since I am familiar with the 30D, the 7D is intuitive. If you are coming from a REBEL series, then you will have to read the manual or play with it a lot to understand what this camera is capable of.
--it will accomodate your shortcomings, to an extent. During a walk along Cinque Terre, the lighting was harsh. But with auto ISO, it really helped the picture quality. Needless to say, the camera is only a tool and you will need to understand how to use it.
--versatility. I cannot express how handy the video feature is. It opens up possibilities that simply did not exist. I was not going to lug around more equipment than needed.
--battery use is as expected. I did shoot for 8 hours straight without any issues. A lot of looking back at pictures and adjusting things with menus.
--weight. But there is no way around this.
--price. Once again, you get what you pay for. This is simply a great camera.
--menu functions are not as easy as before.
--maybe it is because I am still learning, but the creative settings are just not that easy to use.
--manual is okay, but it may be worthwhile to add a DVD that shows options etc. A lot of what I learned were trial and error.
I moved up to 7D because of sensor issues with my 30D.
I opted for the 7D over the 5D for cost and the 5D is not going to do things more efficiently than the 7D. I did borrow a buddy s 5D recently, and it is a great camera, but not mush better than the 7D. Ultimately, one has to know what you are going to do with the equipment.
If you are on the fence, upgrade if you do not have a camera with video features. It is amazing how much you can do till you have the tools readily. Second, unless you have specific needs, the 7D will suffice for >90% of non-pro needs. The snob factor it will not cure. Third, it will make you a better photographer because you will be more critical of your shots and you will shoot more--thus, you should improve.
So, why not 5 stars--namely, the menu issues and the manual is not ideal.