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Thread started 06 Apr 2012 (Friday) 16:40
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Apr 06, 2012 16:40 |  #1

I've had my Rebel XT since 2005. Since then I've lived quite nicely following the glass before body mantra and acquired a nice set of lenses (85L, 50 f/1.4, and 70–200 f/4L). I'm wondering if it's time to make my next purchase an upgraded body. Not that the Rebel hasn't served me well, but... maybe it's getting a little long in the tooth, not really making full use of the L glass, and beginning to be the limiting factor in my images.

I shoot a lot of sports and wildlife, also people. Not so big on landscape. I'd really love some better AF, low-light performance, and just overall image quality. I've been looking at the 60D and the 7D, trying to decide if the Rebel is holding me back compared to those two and if I do upgrade which to go with. The 7D sounds amazing, but for someone who doesn't get paid for his pictures... is it worth the extra ~$450?

Lots of questions circling around, just looking for some more opinions. Thanks!




  
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Apr 06, 2012 16:57 |  #2

For sports and wildlife, yes, the 7D is worth the extra.


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Apr 06, 2012 17:13 |  #3

Its not like the 60d is some slouch either. If money is an issue I think you'd be perfectly happy with a 60d.


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Apr 06, 2012 17:29 |  #4

I personally would say that the 60D is a more natural upgrade than the 7D. Less heavy, and the multi-controller should be somewhat familiar to use. They're really both excellent bodies, however. I've used both extensively (my own 60D and my friend's 7D) and really love them both. Although the 7D sports a 19pt AF, the 60D's 9pt AF actually is quite stellar too.


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Apr 06, 2012 18:58 |  #5

get a 7D, you won't regret it.




  
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Apr 06, 2012 19:20 |  #6

Although I've moved on to a 5D II and a 7D, I still have my Rebel XT. Trust me on this. If you can swing a 7D, go for it. Take the time to learn about the auto focus points (YouTube is a great resource for this). It will simply blow the XT away and you'll wish you made the switch sooner.


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Apr 07, 2012 05:39 |  #7

Seqsea wrote in post #14221919 (external link)
I've had my Rebel XT since 2005. Since then I've lived quite nicely following the glass before body mantra and acquired a nice set of lenses (85L, 50 f/1.4, and 70–200 f/4L). I'm wondering if it's time to make my next purchase an upgraded body. Not that the Rebel hasn't served me well, but... maybe it's getting a little long in the tooth, not really making full use of the L glass, and beginning to be the limiting factor in my images.

I shoot a lot of sports and wildlife, also people. Not so big on landscape. I'd really love some better AF, low-light performance, and just overall image quality. I've been looking at the 60D and the 7D, trying to decide if the Rebel is holding me back compared to those two and if I do upgrade which to go with. The 7D sounds amazing, but for someone who doesn't get paid for his pictures... is it worth the extra ~$450?

Lots of questions circling around, just looking for some more opinions. Thanks!

I suppose it depends on how much shoot sports/action shots to justify the higher cost of the 7D. either model would be a good upgrade from the XT




  
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Apr 07, 2012 06:52 |  #8

I'm in a similar boat as you - I've held onto my XTi since 2007 while trying to accumulate decent glass (slowly). But now I'm debating whether to upgrade to the 60D or 7D, so I love these threads! I think I go back-n-forth every day on which one I want.

At the end of the day, I think the 60D will be more than enough camera as an upgrade, but I can't help but think that I'll regret not getting a 7D. Decisions!


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Apr 07, 2012 08:01 |  #9

GoHokiesGo wrote in post #14224526 (external link)
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At the end of the day, I think the 60D will be more than enough camera as an upgrade, but I can't help but think that I'll regret not getting a 7D. Decisions!

True- but if you really think like that- you should just splurge and get the 7D. You only live once!


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Apr 07, 2012 09:50 |  #10

buy the 60D and a new lens, getting two for one always made me feel better :) you could use something on the wide end, maybe a 10-20 or a 15-85? or even a tamron 17-50.


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Apr 07, 2012 13:00 |  #11

Thank you all for the input. I should add that the 7D is well within my budget, I just don't like the idea of spending extra for something I won't notice in the end. Sounds like it's worth it though!

Thanks again :)




  
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Apr 07, 2012 14:54 |  #12

its worth it. had a 400d as well sice 2006 and i upgraded to the 7d about a year ago.


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Apr 07, 2012 15:16 |  #13

How about a 5D if you don't need the extra reach but do want the low-light boost?


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Apr 07, 2012 15:34 |  #14

brokensocial wrote in post #14226390 (external link)
How about a 5D if you don't need the extra reach but do want the low-light boost?

Doesn't the 5D top out at iso 3200 ? So, not only will the op lose the 1.6x crop advantage- which is painful for wildlife, for example, he'd also lose out on the higher ISO's that the more modern cameras have to offer. Or am I missing out on some kind of full frame magic that is going on ? Or are you implying that iso 1600 or 3200 on the 5D is as good as the higher ISO's on the 7D/60D etc- such as 6400 & 12,800??

I just find it hard to swallow that considering what the OP says he shoots- that a 5D would be a better fit than a more modern camera - specifically a 7D or a 60D. Hard to swallow !


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Apr 07, 2012 18:13 |  #15

Good decision. As others have pointed out, if the 7D is well within your budget - go for it.
I originally was aiming for a 7D last year trying to upgrade from an aging XTi, but since I'm not the richest guy on earth I settled for the 60D.

Maybe next time I should aim for the 5D2 to get the 7D. Hmm. :P


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