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Jul 24, 2011 12:02 |  #1

My wife has been involved in photography for quite sometime now. I assist her on occasion and it appears it is time she either upgraded her DSLR and/or got backup. She is currently using a 7D, which she raves about. Can anyone here please maybe give me a feeler on what I should be looking for her for a upgrade or a backup? Im buying it as a gift for her. I was thinking maybe keep the 7D as a backup and buy her a 5DM2, or even just buy her a T3i as a backup. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated. Her primary focus is portraits and sports..


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Jul 24, 2011 12:33 |  #2

Have you considered buying her a lens or two instead? What does she currently have for lenses? The 5d mark 2 would be an excellent choice for a back up body. she would then have a fast body (7d) for sports and a full frame body.


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Jul 24, 2011 12:39 |  #3

It is hard to give specific advice about what may be best as this is very much dependant on the type of shooting she does i.e. sports, weddings / portraits or other and what other equipment she has.

Give us a bit more info and well do our best to help you spend your money.

That said, given the choice between a 5DMk2 and a T3i I'd go with the former every time. Just remember though that the lenses she uses on the 7D may not fit the 5DMk2.


  
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Jul 24, 2011 15:56 |  #4

what lenses does she have already? and flash?


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Jul 24, 2011 17:02 |  #5

Agree with other about lenses. Plus if she loves her 7D there may be things she would not like about the 5D2 such as poorer autofocus and just 4 fps (half what the 7D does) as well as providing a wider view with her lenses if they are EF-S/digital lenses.




  
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Jul 24, 2011 18:09 |  #6

HappySnapper90 wrote in post #12814980 (external link)
Agree with other about lenses. Plus if she loves her 7D there may be things she would not like about the 5D2 such as poorer autofocus and just 4 fps (half what the 7D does) as well as providing a wider view with her lenses if they are EF-S/digital lenses.

EF-S lenses will not work with a 5D Mk2 - they foul the mirror mechanism.


  
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Jul 25, 2011 11:07 |  #7

Nightstalker wrote in post #12815255 (external link)
EF-S lenses will not work with a 5D Mk2 - they foul the mirror mechanism.

I certainly know that and I was not suggesting that they worked. Just was saying that there may not be equivelant lenses for the 5D that provide the FOV she's getting with her 7D. Remember that aps-c and 35mm are different camera formats, they just have the same overall image area shape.




  
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Jul 25, 2011 11:44 |  #8

A short trip together to the B&H Superstore and/or Adorama Showroom in New York, and a gift card with whatever amount you feel is appropriate.

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Without knowing more about what she has, what she wants, her skill level, and her style of shooting, we won't really be able to advise you on what specific gear to get. If she raves about the 7D, she may not want or need a different body right now.


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Jul 26, 2011 14:56 as a reply to  @ nathancarter's post |  #9

wow, what a great forum, thanks for the help so far.... As far as lenses go. without trying to sound like an idiot, im honestly not sure what she has. Only to rattle a few off the top

.. she has this in her bag,
looks to be a 18-135 might be a kit lense when she bought her 7d

an EF 17-40mm USM ( im reading the lense markings, not sure what it is)
a 70-200 f/4L IS USM ( again reading from lense marking, not sure if its a model #)

and the third is a ef 35mm wide angle....

Again im not a camera guy, im just reading what i can see from mkarkings... ... Will any of these lenses work with the 5dM2? Or if i buy her that body she will have to buy all new lenses?

thanks again


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Jul 26, 2011 16:27 |  #10

I believe that if you look at where the lens attaches to the camera, you will see

- a red dot (EF)
- a white dot (EFS)
-both (fits both systems)
(one of those may be a square and one a dot...)

Anything with with a red dot (EF lens) will fit on the 5dM2. Sounds like the 17-40 would, but I'm not familiar with the lenses you listed.

And if I'm wrong I hope someone corrects me because it would be very helpful for me as well :D


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Jul 27, 2011 01:51 |  #11

The 18-135 supplied with the 7D is a budget EF-S lens that will not work with the 5DMk2.

All of the other lenses that you mention (EF 17-40, 70-200 and 35mm) are good quality EF type lenses and will be fine with the 5DMk2.

Unless you were thinking of buying a Body only, mostly the 5DMk2 comes with a 24-105mm F4 IS L lens as a part of the kit.

You would therefore end up with a set of lenses that covers 17mm - 200mm on the 5DMk2 with some duplication which is an excellent range for general purpose photography.

You did not mention what sort of photography she is into though.


  
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Jul 27, 2011 03:36 |  #12

A second body is always good to have, and for portraits the 5DII would be a great choice.

That being said, a good fast prime lens (non zoom) would also be a great gift. For most sports, she should be pretty well covered 70-200mm. so a more dedicated portrait lens might be just what she needs.

My first choice would be the 85mm. f/1.2L. To me, there is no better portrait lens in the EF lineup.
On a crop sensor like the 7D, it is a bit long (equivalent to 136mm.), but if you have the space to get enough distance between shooter and subject, this is not a problem at all.




  
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