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kojobirder

Canon 7D: Good choice?

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So I'm apparently upgrading to a new camera soon. I'm staying Canon, since I don't want to buy a whole new lens (my Sigma of course has a Canon EF lens mount), so I was thinking Canon EOS 7D... is this a good choice? And, if so, why?

Thanks.

P.S.: Right now I'm using a Canon Rebel XS, my mom's old camera that has worked surprisingly well, or so I think. Don't really have any others to compare it with lol.

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It's a pretty decent body it seems. It's a little older so it's not going to have all the best specs, but it will certainly be a step up from the Rebel. I'm not a Canon user so I can't say with certainty but it seems the EOS 7D is their mid-range body which is more than adequate for most photographers out there. 

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I use the 7D and am happy with it but suspect that I would be happier with the 7D Mark ii. If you're considering a body upgrade, I would suggest looking at the 7D Mark ii since the price difference is negligible and the Mark ii has the newer technology in it's favour.

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The Canon 7D2 is a very good camera, and certainly an upgrade from your Rebel XS. And it is as good as most any other APSc DSLR from any manufacturer.

For serious bird photography, that is, if you are after excellent results, the combination of good camera and lens is very important.

 

I already had the Canon 400L lens when I upgraded to a full frame DSLR, the Canon 6D. I have processed RAW files from both my own previous APSc (the Canon T2i) as well as many from friend's 7D, 7D2 and the latest Canon 80D. The 6D files are significantly better and have much more processing potential. The loss of the 1.6 crop factor is made up by the increased image quality.

 

Don't rush into your decision. Read up on reviews, etc.

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I would stay away from the 7d only because a couple of the newer cameras have significant improvements and are now close in price to the 7d. I have a 7d and it is a good camera but has limitations. The auto focus is not as good as the 7d mark ii and the 7d will not auto focus at f/8 (when I use my 7d with my 400 5.6 lens, I can't add a 1.4 teleconverter because it loses auto focus which is a challenge with birds in flight). The 7d mark ii will auto focus at f/8 (or firmware update allows it to auto focus at f/8) allowing you to auto focus with the teleconverter and 400mm 5.6 combination. I agree with the above posts. Read up on reviews, camera features, etc and pick one that fits your style and budget.

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