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40D to 7D... Thoughts

 
tjbrock42
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Jan 01, 2013 12:45 |  #1

Hello all,

It's been a long time since I've posted anything but I knew this would be the best place to seek advice. So... Here goes.

I'm thinking of upgrading from my 40D to the 7D.

Why the upgrade?
Want to sell the 40D before it is worth nothing
I've had it for 5 or 6 years and I've learned just about everything the camera has to offer
I'm seeing the limitations of the body now that I have upgraded to prime lenses and occasionally print bigger pics

What features am I looking for/want to keep?
Better IQ
Better AF system
More AF points
Functional auto ISO that doesn't automatically go to 400 in nearly every situation
Micro focus adjust
Ability to control flash wirelessly with camera
Solid construction
Top LCD screen
Ability to shoot fast fps (kids sports)

That's all I can think of off the top of my head...

I've read the other recent upgrade recommendation threads, read all kinds of reviews and comparisons, and the 7D (especially at this stage in its product life cycle) seems like the best bang for the buck upgrade right now. I'm open to going FF but don't think it's necessary. I'd like to stay under $1,000. Also, FWIW, I plan to sell my 40D and Tammy 17-50. Future lenses might include something longer like (300 f/4 IS) and something shorter like one of the UWA lenses. I shoot all kinds if stuff from kids, sports, nature, landscape.

Any advice during the transition?
Anyone else make the same upgrade?
Is 7D a good choice?
Any other obvious choices I'm overlooking?

Thanks in advance for all your help!

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Jan 01, 2013 12:48 |  #2
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Yes, I went from 40D to 7D, and it was a big jump in every category. You will not regret it.


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Jan 01, 2013 12:59 as a reply to  @ 2Live4's post |  #3

I think you'll enjoy the upgrade to the 7d. Do you back button focusing currently on your 40D? Once you get accustomed to the 7d and it's advanced af you will wonder how you lived without it.


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Jan 01, 2013 12:59 |  #4

I did the jump last year for almost all of the same reasons you mentioned. After a year, I'm still tinkering with different settings.

Plan on spending time familiarizing yourself with all the options and features especially the focusing features. Read up on TeamSpeed's post on getting the most out of high ISO images.

The 7D is a very capable camera and should give you another 4 years of enjoyment.




  
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Jan 01, 2013 13:22 |  #5

I had a 40D and changed to a 5DII, but I always knew I wanted to go full frame having done so much 35mm film photography. Despite keeping the 40D as a backup I've never used it since upgrading, which means I made th right choice for me.

If you want to stay with a crop camera, then it looks as if the 7D will give you everything that you are looking to upgrade for so I would say go for it and enjoy your new camera.


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Jan 01, 2013 13:34 |  #6

It's a fantastic upgrade. I, originally, upgraded to the 7D thinking that I was just getting it for the better sealing (live in the PNW) and higher ISO capability; turned out to be a major upgrade all the way around, though.

I still keep the 40 as a backup camera, though, until prices come down a bit farther on the 7D; or a 7D replacement is released.


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Jan 01, 2013 13:35 |  #7

The 7D is great value right now, as the general consensus that a new replacement model is on it's way in the first half of 2013.

While a replacement model will be better, it will also be significantly more expensive, and probbly won't have much in the way of major improvements (slightly better image quality, wifi/gps and that kind of thing).

Which makes the current 7D really good value - find a good deal, and jump on it, I say...



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Jan 01, 2013 13:39 as a reply to  @ talbot_sunbeam's post |  #8

Keep the 40D as a secondary camera to the 7D. The 40D gives much more photographical than financial value. I did so, and used the 7D and 40D together, when I needed two cameras. Now I have more than one 7D, so now the 40D sees little use. But still some.


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Jan 01, 2013 13:40 as a reply to  @ talbot_sunbeam's post |  #9

I got my 7d last year (2 weeks ago) LOL
I went from a t1i to a 60d to a 7d and I really like the 7d.
Its not a major upgrade from the 60d but it is an upgrade where I wanted.
AF and FPS.

I think you'll like the 7d.
Just remember that the 18mp files do require more sharpening than the 10mp files.
the 18mp bodies do require a bit faster shutter speeds to keep your images crisp (unless youre shooting from a tripod)

if you know those 2 things ahead of time you'll be set.



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Jan 01, 2013 13:46 |  #10

here is a thread that may be helpful for you:
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1058297

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Jan 01, 2013 13:53 |  #11

Wow! Thanks for the quick responses everyone.

Thorrulz wrote in post #15431287 (external link)
I think you'll enjoy the upgrade to the 7d. Do you back button focusing currently on your 40D? Once you get accustomed to the 7d and it's advanced af you will wonder how you lived without it.

I don't think I have been using back button focusing... What is it? I use half button click, manual focus, use the different focus points... But I'm not sure I'm familiar w/ what u are referring to


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Jan 01, 2013 13:56 |  #12

HazChem wrote in post #15431288 (external link)
I did the jump last year for almost all of the same reasons you mentioned. After a year, I'm still tinkering with different settings.

Plan on spending time familiarizing yourself with all the options and features especially the focusing features. Read up on TeamSpeed's post on getting the most out of high ISO images.

The 7D is a very capable camera and should give you another 4 years of enjoyment.

I like the tinkering/learning w/ a new camera. That's part of the motivation for the upgrade.

I'll read up on the post you mentioned...

I think I could get at least three years out of it.


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Jan 01, 2013 13:59 |  #13

Sorarse wrote in post #15431376 (external link)
I had a 40D and changed to a 5DII, but I always knew I wanted to go full frame having done so much 35mm film photography. Despite keeping the 40D as a backup I've never used it since upgrading, which means I made th right choice for me.

If you want to stay with a crop camera, then it looks as if the 7D will give you everything that you are looking to upgrade for so I would say go for it and enjoy your new camera.

I really really like the idea of FF but its a little out of my price range... Especially if I plan on getting updated AF and ability to shoot fast FPS. Maybe I shouldn't have been a teacher...


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Jan 01, 2013 14:00 |  #14

talbot_sunbeam wrote in post #15431426 (external link)
The 7D is great value right now, as the general consensus that a new replacement model is on it's way in the first half of 2013.

While a replacement model will be better, it will also be significantly more expensive, and probbly won't have much in the way of major improvements (slightly better image quality, wifi/gps and that kind of thing).

Which makes the current 7D really good value - find a good deal, and jump on it, I say...

This is kind of what I was thinking too


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Jan 01, 2013 14:00 |  #15

EOS 40D also great camera for money and features except:
- poor screen resolution
- no video capabilities
- other is just marketing, think about it
http://snapsort.com …n_EOS_40D-vs-Canon_EOS_7D (external link)

I just reccomend don't hurry;) because I was playing with 7d and I was not so extremely sutisfied with it after eos 50D. My choice 50D instead of 60D/7D


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Canon 20D, 40D, 50D, 5D classic
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