I was so very fortunate to be allowed to trial for a day both the 1d4 and 7d2 yesterday. Although being a dull grey day I was determined to get out and make the most of these wonderful camera's with my lenses. This was my opportunity to decide which one to go for.
Which one I would choose would replace my 3 year old 7d mk1. ?
The 1d4 was a breeze to use as I am so familiar with the 1ds3 FF which I have owned for 4 years and is identical in set-up. The 7d2 I needed to refer to the handbook as I found it different to the 7d1.
I first tried my 200mm f/2.....Oh wow, using both camera's just seemed to bring my images alive. Then the 400 DO.......Fantastic...........My first thoughts were why didn't I make the camera body change ages ago. Well It was all a matter of money and not being able to afford the change. Still I'd saved up and was ready for the investment. I managed only briefly to try also my 85L2 and 135L. No time for my other lenses.
I do not want to go into the Loves and dislikes of both camera's. There are many members who reading this would question my criticism's.
What I can say who ever is in the same position as me on either to choose the 1d4 or 7d2 they are both Wonderful camera's and each have their own strengths and weaknesses. I loved them both.
My decision was the 1d4. Why????? Well it came down to the basics,....The 1d4 just felt right in the hand, It was the familiarity of the set-up which I was so use to. The 1.6 Crop of the 7d2 was almost the convincing decision, however 1.3 I can live with.
What helped make my decision was the fantastic deal I got on an immaculate body. The Camera boxed with unused cables and unused strap and all documentation as can be seen in the image. In the UK the used prices are higher than that in the USA. I payed £1175 with 43,000 shutter actuations and believe I got a fantastic deal. I am absolutely thrilled with my 1d4.
I do hope that for others who have the same decision to make can have the opportunity like I did to be able to try both bodies.