michgirl wrote in post #13602056
Did you notice a difference in IQ, noise, AF? I would be very interested in hearing why it was so awsome - thank you much!
I had 7D which I just sold. I had used a few Canon EOS digital bodies before including 30D, 5D and briefly a T1i.
Hi ISO performance of the 7D is arguably better than T1i but what made the 7D so great was the AF and Handling. The AF of all 19 cross type focus points of my 7D was instant, determined and accurate even in very dim environment. The spot and single expansion AF mode are extremely helpful in difficult shooting situations. And those are something you could only find in 1-series before. I am not a big fan of spray and pray shooting style when it comes to action... but with the zone AF mode and the single expansion, the 8fps are truely effective for action subjects.
Many folks said 7D is a specialized camera for sport and action, and 5DII would do the rest of everything better... I would say this is not true. 7D is actually a better camera for all purpose. From action, portrait, street to wedding or lowlight ... Anything you want to shoot, the 19 point cross type AF will nail fast and accurate. This camera will not disappointed you.
I would remind fellows who are about to upgrade to 7D that you might need to spend a lot of time and practice shots to know the new AF system. Some of the silks and knowledge you gained from your older EOS DSLRs will sure help, but you will find that you will need to go thru a very steep learning curve even you have years of experience with your current gear (unless it's a 1 series)
There are A LOT more customizable control settings and advanced menu options on the 7D that you don't find on your current camera. And you will almost have to re-learn the system and analyze the results from the combinations of the control options, and the behavior of each lens with each of your AF modes and settings so that you can really connect to the camera and fully utilize it's potnetial. It's a very steep learning curve and I was still learning when I sold my 7D tho I was quite connected to it for some core operations already.
After you are familiar with your 7D, using it will be just a pleasure. IQ, Hi ISO noise and resolution of the 7D of course are not disappointed. But I would say there is no substaintial IQ difference between the 7D and the Txi bodies especially after PP.
If you are buying a new body because you are looking for better IQ, 7D might not be the way to go.
For me, After shooting with 7D for a while, I still miss the IQ from 5D, the silky 3D look even in dimmer shooting situations, the less agressive PP process, and most important is that I can use my 35mm lens as 35mm lens, and use my 70-200L as a perfect wedding/portrait lens in term of Focal length and DOF.
That's why I moved (back) to 5-series (5DII this time) recently. But instantly I feel it's lacking in the AF department...it feels slow and limited especially the AF points are so cramped to center and the extreme points are not always accurate in real life situations. I don't feel I upgraded... it's actually a downgrade operantional-wise. People said once you see the IQ from 5D, its hard to go back to crop.. which is honestly true to me otherwise I wouldn't switch to 5Dii...
But Iit's also true that the flexibility, the handling and the AF performance of 7D will make you hard to go back to anything inferior operational-wise.
Should Canon has a new prosumer FF body with advanced AF system in 2012, I will have no problem to do a true upgrade. For now, I will focus on practicing with the 5DII to reconnect to and regain some confidence with this aged AF system.