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Just bought a 5d2, now should I sell my 7d for a 5dc plus glass?

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Oct 04, 2011 22:57 |  #16

A 5D Mark II and a 7D in your possession is a dream come true for me and many. Best of both worlds. You may not "need" the strengths of the 7D now, but how about in the near future?
Two great tools for different jobs.

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Oct 05, 2011 07:06 |  #17

Nick5 wrote in post #13206621 (external link)
A 5D Mark II and a 7D in your possession is a dream come true for me and many. Best of both worlds. You may not "need" the strengths of the 7D now, but how about in the near future?
Two great tools for different jobs.

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Oct 05, 2011 07:54 |  #18

I would probably just keep the 7d. I just really don't think the IQ of the 7d can be that bad. That's coming from someone with both a 5d2 and a 5dc. I will probably sell my 5dc and pick up a 7d, so let me know if you are interested in a trade.

About 5dc and dust, I haven't had an issue at all. I seen a few dust spots when I stopped it down, used the rocket blower and they are gone. I love the 5dc, but I want a 7d for sports mostly.

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Oct 05, 2011 08:02 |  #19

Before getting the 5DMKII, I thought for sure I'd use it side by side with my 5D. Didn't happen! The 5DMKII and the 7D share the same camera bag, go with me whenever I go out shooting and are used side by side. Different cameras for sure but different enough to compliment each other in that one is great at some things, the other great in itself.
Had one 5D converted to IR and the other one sits around with the 10D waiting to shoot something around the house (lots of dogs here so it does get used often but only at home)

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Oct 05, 2011 08:43 |  #20
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Easy choice tbh, ditch it and get what you actually want, as that 7D will just collect dust.
You've moved on, and so will your 7D, you don't have to feel guilty.

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Oct 05, 2011 20:54 |  #21

Keep the 7D, I mainly use mine for wildlife high speed stuff but it is very capable for portraits etc. One of my facebook contacts has used 7D for ages
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Oct 05, 2011 21:07 |  #22

Sell the 5Dc and 7D. Get a 50D + more glass/strobes

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Oct 05, 2011 22:30 |  #23

ag76 wrote in post #13202035 (external link)
Dont really shoot a lot of sports, and while I love the feel of the 7D, deep down I've always been a little disappointed with the IQ once I started taking photography more seriously. I noticed such a difference with my first 2 shots of the 5Dii. I was grinning from ear to ear.

I guess everyone that read this thread and said keep the 7D overlooked this statement.

Sell the 7D buy your 5Dc and be happy, if you dont like it buy it again. Life moves on...:cool:


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Oct 05, 2011 23:01 |  #24

Keep the 5DII and the 7D.... for now.

Sell your 17-55 too.

Buy a 24-70/2.8L.... hopefully you have enough out of the sale of the three lenses to manage this.

Buy a used Tokina 12-24/4, that'll cost about $400 and will serve as a decent wide angle on your 7D of course, but it also will work as wide as 18 or 19mm on 5DII. So you'll have:


You might want to consider a 50/1.4 for use on both cameras.

If shooting weddings for pay you should have two cameras, in case something ever happens to one of them while on the job. I don't think it matters a great deal if one is FF and the other is crop, though a pair of 5DII would probably be the most ideal setup.

In fact, you only have one flash? You probably should try to get a second one. If money is too tight to pull this off, you might trade down the 70-200/2.8 II to a first version, which is also a very good lens.

Eventually you might want to sell the 7D and get another 5DII, but for now the crop and the FF can serve together very well. In fact, you might find reason to keep the two formats.

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Oct 05, 2011 23:51 |  #25

ag76 wrote in post #13203037 (external link)
Really appreciate the food for thought everyone ... (keep 'em coming :) )

I have an opportunity to do a straight trade with 7D 17-55 IS for a 5Dc 24-70 2.8L

I love everything about the 7D except the slight disappointment with the image quality, and I had this disappointment even before I had thoughts of moving towards full frame.

Before you get too disappointed with the 7D's image quality, try downsizing its images to the 5D classic's native resolution: 4368 x 2912. That is the image quality that you should be comparing against the 5D classic, not the 100% crops you may have been looking at.

I'm gonna focus on mastering PP workflow with the 7D a bit more over the next little while before I decide. I still have a year left of warranty so I'm also thinking about taking it in to get serviced, and hopefully that will make me happier with it.

Can you identify anything specifically that you believe is wrong with it? That could make a difference as far as servicing it goes.

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Oct 06, 2011 09:58 |  #26

having 2 full frames will be great for family/wedding shoots (as long as your style and love is for full frame)

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Oct 06, 2011 12:37 |  #27

ag76 wrote in post #13202035 (external link)
I still like my 7d and part of me does not want to part with it (it was my first semi pro camera since i graduated from the original Canon Rebel), but I predict that I will not use it as often.

Hi ag76,

Like you I was quite disappointed in the 7D wrt its IQ (7D was also my first DSLR). I tried to accept it but just couldn't. In the end I brought it back and got the 5DmkII instead. Like you I couldn't be happier.

As others have said you can get good results from the 7D - if your willing to put the extra time in PP - which I do not want to do. I would rather start with a clear sharp image (5DmkII) and only PP if I wanted to - not because I had to (7D soft images).

Myself, I am going to wait for the 5DmkIII and stick with FF.

It's nice to be able to enjoy taking a photo and not wondering about how much PP will be required to "fix it up".


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Oct 06, 2011 16:03 |  #28

An option is a used 1D3 if you can live with 10 MP, or save for a 1D4. The 1D series has a great rep for 1D3 images stand out very nicely alongside of my 5DC images...

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Oct 06, 2011 16:21 |  #29

I had a 5D II and 7D and sold my 7D with no regrets. I plan to pick up another 5D II in the near future once the price drops a bit more in the US.

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Oct 06, 2011 22:32 |  #30

I'd keep the 7D. Is just a wonderful camera. While the 5Dc takes good images the 7D brings similar results while giving you up to date performance, good af in many conditions , live view, better screen , menu , the crop factor might come handy , over all is nicer body than the 5Dc.
The only thing that IMO the 5Dc has is the FF sensor for the shallow DOF. Other than that the 7D is a better body and just as capable of delivering great images.
I sold my 5Dc and got a 7D.
Now a 5Dmk3, I'm pretty sure that is going to be a different story


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