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Better for Low Light: 7d with L glass or 6d with cheaper glass?

 
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Sep 26, 2017 21:31 |  #1

Hi, I'm about to begin apprenticing as a wedding photographer. I need to upgrade my gear for better performance in low-light situations. I currently shoot an old Canon 7d Mk 1 with a 50mm 1.4 prime lens.

With my budget the options I have are to either upgrade my camera body to a new 6d (and shoot with the same glass) or to purchase a used EF 24-70L for use with my 7d. Which would give me the most improvement in low-light situations?

deeply appreciate any help, thanks in advance




  
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Sep 26, 2017 21:56 |  #2

6D will be significantly better than the 7D.


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Sep 26, 2017 21:58 |  #3

tomfucillo wrote in post #18461131 (external link)
Hi, I'm about to begin apprenticing as a wedding photographer. I need to upgrade my gear for better performance in low-light situations. I currently shoot an old Canon 7d Mk 1 with a 50mm 1.4 prime lens.

With my budget the options I have are to either upgrade my camera body to a new 6d (and shoot with the same glass) or to purchase a used EF 24-70L for use with my 7d. Which would give me the most improvement in low-light situations?

deeply appreciate any help, thanks in advance

The 7D has better AF than the 6D, While you can make the 6D's system work, its not on the same level as the 7D

The 50mm f/1.4 will be VERY limiting as your only lens on a 6D body, not to mention give a wider field of view compared to the 7D and thus very possibly be less suited to the work you're doing or desire

The 24-70 and 7D to me would be the better option of the two. But I'd also say you may need or want to consider investing in a speedlight on top of it, plus a second body to serve as backup


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Sep 26, 2017 22:20 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #4

haha thanks for both pieces of advice, appreciated




  
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Sep 26, 2017 22:23 as a reply to  @ KenjiS's post |  #5

Thanks. The only thing I'm curious about as regards to your advice is this isn't a new 7d, it's an old Mk1. So it's not a new 7d's performance versus a new 6d, it's an 12-year-old 7d v. a brand new 6d. Does that modify your advice?

No matter what I go with, new lens or new body, I'm gonna immediately begin saving to buy the other. It's just a question of what's best for the next 6 months.




  
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Sep 26, 2017 22:29 |  #6

What advice does your mentor suggest?


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Sep 26, 2017 22:31 as a reply to  @ FarmerTed1971's post |  #7

He wants me to get a new Pentax K1 and an accompanying lens, but I don't have that money. I'm posting here because I want to come to him with a different, cheaper solution that I can currently afford.

Neither of us like using flash, so I'm searching for the best way to shoot low-light without it.




  
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Sep 26, 2017 23:34 |  #8

The best way is to make sure you have a good exposure, low light or not, 7d or not. So whatever body/lens combo you get, make sure the exposure is good, else you will have noise from either, potentially less from the 6d.


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Sep 26, 2017 23:45 |  #9

tomfucillo wrote in post #18461169 (external link)
Thanks. The only thing I'm curious about as regards to your advice is this isn't a new 7d, it's an old Mk1. So it's not a new 7d's performance versus a new 6d, it's an 12-year-old 7d v. a brand new 6d. Does that modify your advice?

No matter what I go with, new lens or new body, I'm gonna immediately begin saving to buy the other. It's just a question of what's best for the next 6 months.

Confused as heck! the 7D MkI was released in September 2009, 8 years ago! Yours is a pre production model maybe?

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Sep 26, 2017 23:53 as a reply to  @ lowrider's post |  #10

Super secret prototype 7d.

lol nah I'm just stupid and pulled a number out of my butt. I got it used, didn't buy it when it came out, so I didn't actually know off the top of my head.




  
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Sep 27, 2017 00:24 |  #11

Sounds like iso is more important. I could make that 50mm work for 6 months, with a bit of creativity. 6D iso is miles ahead of 7D. Resolution is better too, so you can crop with more confidence.




  
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Sep 27, 2017 01:32 as a reply to  @ texkam's post |  #12

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Sep 27, 2017 05:11 |  #13

tomfucillo wrote in post #18461131 (external link)
Hi, I'm about to begin apprenticing as a wedding photographer. I need to upgrade my gear for better performance in low-light situations. I currently shoot an old Canon 7d Mk 1 with a 50mm 1.4 prime lens.

With my budget the options I have are to either upgrade my camera body to a new 6d (and shoot with the same glass) or to purchase a used EF 24-70L for use with my 7d. Which would give me the most improvement in low-light situations?

deeply appreciate any help, thanks in advance

6D, not even a contest.

The 6D's center point can drop down to -3EV sensitivity for AF.
And the 6D's ISO performance is significantly better and will clean up better too.
Actually the 7D is one of the noisiest APS-C's around.

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Sep 27, 2017 05:46 |  #14

The 7d was certainly not one of the noisiest apsc, especially given the resolution increase and after normalization for comparisons.


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Sep 27, 2017 05:55 |  #15

tomfucillo wrote in post #18461174 (external link)
Neither of us like using flash, so I'm searching for the best way to shoot low-light without it.

No question, 6D. And look for a used 85/1.8.




  
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