wallstreetoneil wrote in post #17522691
Here is my 2 cents on the 'focus' issues with the 7D2:
- the pixels on the 7D2's sensor are small so they will NEVER be able to achieve the 'same' Contrast that the 1Dx's larger pixels can achieve (maybe 10 years from now with new technology but NOT today comparing the current 1Dx with the 7D2) and thus given lower light situations and or lower contrast situations, the hit rate of the $6500 1Dx will be higher than the $1800 7D2
If you accept this one fact as FACT, you will no longer have issues with the 7D2 - sometimes the 7D2 will NOT be able to do what the 1Dx can do - i.e. fire off a sequence of 25 shots at 10fps at 10pm under stadium lighting, hockey lighting, even good lighting with poor contrast, and get a 90% hit rate and do it at 16000ISO and get semi useful pictures.
It can also be sometimes a less than perfect camera in what appears to be good conditions - you take 5 pictures at a 10fps rate and upon very close inspection they are ok but all are not tack tack sharp as you would expect - 3 are and 2 are ok - and you wonder why that is? to which there really isn't a perfect answer (but I come back to very small pixels)
Here is the thing however, it you get fast flash cards, strap on a 70-200 F2.8 II, 135 F2L, or 100-400 II, you can go to any sporting event on earth and produce pro quality images with an 85% hit rate after you practice with the camera and become one with the AF system - and find what works for you, the venue and the lighting.
If you have a FF sensor with 16 or 22 megapixels, your pixels are huge compared to the size of what is going on inside the 7D2 and thus the fact that it can achieve an 85% hit rate after you familiarize yourself with how to use it, do it at 10FPS, with a very quiet shutter that is beautifully dampened, has AUTO ISO with EC in Manual, has AF points across the entire face of the camera, can take 28-30 RAW images before filling the buffer, is completely weather sealed, has dual cards - add it all up for $1,800 and you can't beat it if that is the type of camera you need - you can get 4 of them for the price of a 1DX - or you can get a 7D2, a 135 F2L, a 70-200 F2.8 II, and a 100-400 II for almost the price of a 1Dx.
It will never, ever be a 1Dx - ever. It is however and awesome $1,800 sports and wildlife camera.
Thats pretty close to my experience. After using the Mk1 version for a few years, and becoming accustomed to what it had to offer, the learning curve was not as steep as I anticipated. Who said 85% hit rate. I wish, but then I tend to do mine at low light early in the day - and make whatever adjustments are required to suit the conditions made more difficult due to changing light conditions. I'm getting about 70%, far better than that with the 7D - about 55% - but then I am a bit fussy.
Incidentally, I found this thread very useful and informative, to get the experiences of others. Thank you.
Canon 5D MkII and 7D MkII- Lots, Lots of lenses and other bits. I Like macro.
If I wasn't doing this, I'd be doing something else