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May 02, 2013 14:00 |  #1

I been looking into getting a 2nd body. I currently have 5d mkll and been using it since it first came out but with my lastest salt water accident I feel like my camera could go coocoo any time soon. So... I been looking into either getting a used 7d or the new t5i (700d). They seem to be in a similar price range. I shoot events and portraits for my biz. What do you guys suggest as a 2nd body?




  
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May 02, 2013 14:02 |  #2

7D would be a wonderful pairing with the 5D MK II that you have. Indeed the t5i is new, but unless you're looking for a lighter body I would not get it. With the 7D you have the advantage of a wonderful AF system and 8 fps! So in my mind it would be a perfect duo :)


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May 02, 2013 14:15 |  #3

The only difference I see is the 7D has 8fps and Live View. If you don't need those options, I would go with the T5i.


  
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May 02, 2013 14:21 |  #4

Sorry, looks like the T5i has Live View as well. The 7D is a great camera, although I have never owned one I have seen result from friends of mine that own them so you won't be disappointed.


  
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May 02, 2013 14:29 |  #5

The 7D has more than twice as many autofocus points than the T5i. They are spread more widely over the viewfinder. Plus it has a dedicated processor which just handles autofocus. The point being that the autofocus on the 7D is much better in almost all circumstances. That's the big advantage of the 7D.

Other advantages include a better control layout and a more rugged body. It uses Compact Flash cards which are available at higher speeds than Secure Digital cards. The viewfinder is larger and brighter (it shows 100% of the scene instead of 95% on the T5i). So the 7D definitely has many advantages.

The T5i has lots of neat new features as well, of course. Having said that it isn't terribly different from the T4i which is a bit cheaper. Why not get the T4i? For that matter, why not the 60D (which is sort of halfway between the 7D and T5i)?




  
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May 02, 2013 14:41 as a reply to  @ melauer's post |  #6

In this case, unless you need to use STM lenses for video I'd go with the 7D. Both cameras are pretty close really. My main reason would actually be because it and your 5D2 both use compact flash cards. It makes life a lot easier when you don't have to add another type of media in there.


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May 02, 2013 14:52 |  #7

Some good points... I dont shoot vids so vid capability isnt a problem. I do own lots of CF cards... and 7d uses the same battery as my 5d.. I do like the AF on 7d...




  
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May 02, 2013 18:51 |  #8

7D is a great compliment to the 5D II. Owned one before I moved up. CF and common batteries and charger are a great plus. MFA is also nice to have and I'm not sure the t5i supports this. Also you will enjoy the extra reach of the crop frame as a compliment to the 5D II. Now all your lens have two focal lengths 1x and 1.6x! Also there are many very good used ones available i with light usage if you look patiently.


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May 02, 2013 18:59 |  #9

It was the better focusing system of the 7D that forced me to consider the 5D III. It got me to realize how a well designed AF system should work. Lucky for me the 5D III didn't disappoint.

I had a 50D at one point and its 9 focus points, all cross types, was even better than my 5D II. For me AF performance and high quality Live few are one of the most important features.

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