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Canon EOS 7D, reviewed by Scottboarding

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Scottboarding
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Mar 27, 2017 23:30 |  #1

If I could describe the camera in one sentence it would be: More than enough for me, sufficient for most.

I don't personally feel the need to have the newest and most spec'd out camera (nor the money but that's beside the point). The 7D does absolutely everything I need it to, and then some. 19 AF points is very nice, but I don't typically use all of them. Just the center, corners, and sides, the rest is just extra for me. 8 frames per second is really nice for shooting skating and getting the perfect moment. I've used it to make .gifs for my friends, and I found myself throwing out two frames per second as they didn't really add much. So once again, a little extra that I don't honestly need.

Image Quality is sufficient. I don't print often. Most of my photos end up on here, Flickr, and Instagram. Whenever I export from lightroom, I resize the photos down to 8mp (which is still more than enough for my needs). My only gripe about image quality (and honestly the only one about the whole camera) is it has a VERY heavy AA filter. Images can still be sharp depending on the lens, but after using a camera with no AA filter (Ricoh GRii) and even coming from a Canon T3i, it's pretty noticeable. I use Output Sharpener from Google Nik and it comes out great. I am by no means a pixel peeper; I gladly use ISO 12,800 if needed. Throw that sucker in black and white and you're good to go.

The 7dII looks awesome, yes. So does just about every single Canon DSLR released since then (T6 not included), but the 7D does everything I need it to. I don't need 4K video, 16FPS, ISO 400,000, 20+ megapixels, 50+ AF points, etc. I'm really glad I don't have super crazy camera GAS because I would be super broke if I wanted a full frame camera that does 6FPS and 19+ AF points. I don't think most people do need the 5D IV, 7DII, 80D, etc. I guess I've just learned to live with sufficiency because I can't imagine myself spending over a grand on a camera when I have one that does everything I need it to. The only reason I put the "Must Have" so low is that I don't think most people would enjoy the camera near as much as I do.

In conclusion: Canon 7D kicks ass, and I'm gonna run this thing into the ground. Then buy another.


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mwsilver
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Post has been last edited 8 months ago by mwsilver. 2 edits done in total.
Mar 29, 2017 19:02 |  #2

Scottboarding wrote in post #18312890 (external link)
If I could describe the camera in one sentence it would be: More than enough for me, sufficient for most.

I don't personally feel the need to have the newest and most spec'd out camera (nor the money but that's beside the point). The 7D does absolutely everything I need it to, and then some. 19 AF points is very nice, but I don't typically use all of them. Just the center, corners, and sides, the rest is just extra for me. 8 frames per second is really nice for shooting skating and getting the perfect moment. I've used it to make .gifs for my friends, and I found myself throwing out two frames per second as they didn't really add much. So once again, a little extra that I don't honestly need.

Image Quality is sufficient. I don't print often. Most of my photos end up on here, Flickr, and Instagram. Whenever I export from lightroom, I resize the photos down to 8mp (which is still more than enough for my needs). My only gripe about image quality (and honestly the only one about the whole camera) is it has a VERY heavy AA filter. Images can still be sharp depending on the lens, but after using a camera with no AA filter (Ricoh GRii) and even coming from a Canon T3i, it's pretty noticeable. I use Output Sharpener from Google Nik and it comes out great. I am by no means a pixel peeper; I gladly use ISO 12,800 if needed. Throw that sucker in black and white and you're good to go.

The 7dII looks awesome, yes. So does just about every single Canon DSLR released since then (T6 not included), but the 7D does everything I need it to. I don't need 4K video, 16FPS, ISO 400,000, 20+ megapixels, 50+ AF points, etc. I'm really glad I don't have super crazy camera GAS because I would be super broke if I wanted a full frame camera that does 6FPS and 19+ AF points. I don't think most people do need the 5D IV, 7DII, 80D, etc. I guess I've just learned to live with sufficiency because I can't imagine myself spending over a grand on a camera when I have one that does everything I need it to. The only reason I put the "Must Have" so low is that I don't think most people would enjoy the camera near as much as I do.

In conclusion: Canon 7D kicks ass, and I'm gonna run this thing into the ground. Then buy another.

Although its long in the tooth, the 7D will take the same great images it was capable of when the camera was released seven and a half years ago in 2009. Enjoy your new camera.


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Mar 29, 2017 20:08 as a reply to mwsilver's post |  #3

Yeah definitely long in the tooth compared to the newest cameras, but still amazing. I've had it for over a year now, and I'm loving every second of it.


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mwsilver
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Mar 29, 2017 20:10 |  #4

Scottboarding wrote in post #18314465 (external link)
Yeah definitely long in the tooth compared to the newest cameras, but still amazing. I've had it for over a year now, and I'm loving every second of it.

That's the way it should be.


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sirbridge
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May 03, 2017 03:19 |  #5

I have read these posts with interest as I have a 6d and an ageing 40d. I am thinking of replacing the 40d and the 7d comes to mind. All my lenses are geared for full frame as I graduated from EOS 600 and film. The only reservation I have at the moment is the weight of cameras these days with all the electronics involved and I do not find them to have the nice balance that I had been used to in the past.


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May 03, 2017 03:37 |  #6

sirbridge wrote in post #18345014 (external link)
I have read these posts with interest as I have a 6d and an ageing 40d. I am thinking of replacing the 40d and the 7d comes to mind. All my lenses are geared for full frame as I graduated from EOS 600 and film. The only reservation I have at the moment is the weight of cameras these days with all the electronics involved and I do not find them to have the nice balance that I had been used to in the past.

If you don't need an upgraded AF system, the other smaller bodies sharing the same sensor would be the SL1/100D, 60D, 70D, T2i, and T3i. I am not sure of the UK model nomenclature of the latter 2.


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May 03, 2017 11:06 |  #7

sirbridge wrote in post #18345014 (external link)
I have read these posts with interest as I have a 6d and an ageing 40d. I am thinking of replacing the 40d and the 7d comes to mind. All my lenses are geared for full frame as I graduated from EOS 600 and film. The only reservation I have at the moment is the weight of cameras these days with all the electronics involved and I do not find them to have the nice balance that I had been used to in the past.

If you want a lighter camera, I would avoid the 7D. It's made entirely of magnesium alloy so it's not very light. I'm not sure how it would compare to the 6D, but I imagine it's the same, or heavier. The T3i is what I had before and it's very light, however it's very small and the ergonomics didn't really work with my fairly large hands. Just know that the SL1/T3i/T2i have a very basic AF system compared to the 40d. 60D would probably be your best bet. It's lighter than the 7D, but still has a good AF system.


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mwsilver
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May 03, 2017 11:22 |  #8

Scottboarding wrote in post #18345295 (external link)
If you want a lighter camera, I would avoid the 7D. It's made entirely of magnesium alloy so it's not very light. I'm not sure how it would compare to the 6D, but I imagine it's the same, or heavier. The T3i is what I had before and it's very light, however it's very small and the ergonomics didn't really work with my fairly large hands. Just know that the SL1/T3i/T2i have a very basic AF system compared to the 40d. 60D would probably be your best bet. It's lighter than the 7D, but still has a good AF system.

The 7D is physically larger than the 6D. The 6D, although a full frame body, is almost identical in size and control configuration to the 60D/70D/80D crop bodies. Those bodies are composed of polycarbonate, while the 6D is mostly magnesium alloy.


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May 14, 2017 17:08 |  #9

First post...so Hello. I just aquired a 7d myself, at a geeat price i think. I upgraded from a 10d...so there ya go. I just started playing today as I have been away from photography for a few yrs. So far so good.




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May 14, 2017 21:31 as a reply to SassaBoudoir's post |  #10

Great choice! Enjoy your camera!


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May 14, 2017 22:50 |  #11

SassaBoudoir wrote in post #18354639 (external link)
First post...so Hello. I just aquired a 7d myself, at a geeat price i think. I upgraded from a 10d...so there ya go. I just started playing today as I have been away from photography for a few yrs. So far so good.

You will enjoy it. Although the 7D is now 8 years old, its still a significant upgrade from the 10D.


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Jul 15, 2017 10:02 |  #12

What is an AA filter? Never heard of it.


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Jul 15, 2017 10:40 |  #13

jb1911 wrote in post #18402620 (external link)
What is an AA filter? Never heard of it.

Its an anti-aliasing low pass filter on the sensor. Its can affect sharpness and some believe it's not needed and should be dispensed with.altogether.


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Aug 13, 2017 11:20 |  #14

I shoot with a 7D2 and a 7D for general walk around, sports, wildlife (which I do very little of) and travel photography. I use a 5D2 for portrait work.

IMO, the 7D is an excellent camera and can do most of the things newer (and more expensive) cameras can do.

I shot a two week trip to China with a pair of 7D cameras wearing 70-200mm f/4L IS and 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lenses and really liked the images I brought home.

If you get very-good to excellent images using a crop camera ten maybe, just maybe, your imagery will be taken up a notch by using a full frame camera.

However, if you are not producing very-good to excellent images consistently with a crop camera it is time to do one or both of the following:

1. upgrade your skills
2. upgrade your glass


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Sep 19, 2017 09:02 as a reply to mwsilver's post |  #15

Hi Everyone,

I'm thinking to buy 7D Mark II just wondering I should wait for the new model or it is work buying now. Because new camera 80D has new sensor. is any update of 7D mark II is coming?


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