Way More Than I Expected
I decided to buy this camera because aside from its IQ, my 5D kept sending me back to my D200 for a shooter's camera. The 7D arrived propitiously in time for a week off work and a snowstorm - perfect for the kind of work I like to do most. I got to follow some cardinals and a pheasant through snowy inner-city backyards around me to test the mettle of this 7D with my beloved lightweight and nasty-sharp 300mm f/4L IS and a 430EX.
Canon finally gets it, IMHO. Without paying megabucks for a camera the size and weight of a patio stone to hang on me as I climb fences wearing boots, I do need a fast, intuitive and responsive camera. This is it. The controls are placed so they don't slow me down. The camera is sized and shaped for moving. AF to die for. Muffled shutter noise. Good with gloves.
February 25, 2010
I upgraded from an XSi, also a great camera, but after using the 7D in store for only a short while, I knew it would bring my photography to a whole new level.
I didn't blindly rate the 7D 5 stars in every category, I really think it deserves it. In terms of features, the 7D is probably Canon's flagship. This thing feels like a testbed of new tech, and it really brings a lot of useful gadgets to the table. I especially like the orientation-aware AF setting mode.
In terms of performance, the AF is fast, the viewfinder display is excellent and unobtrusive, and the shooting speed is epic. Image "noise" should be renamed "grain" when you shoot with this camera; it's there, but the subtlety is excellent (if you have realistic expectations).
The video mode is also excellent, and well through out. However, I would've liked to see Tv and Av modes enabled (you can do auto or manual, with Auto ISO on either) and there is the rolling shutter artifact that plagues all CMOS video systems. But it's still a great feature.
The camera is complicated to use to its fullest, but the main shooting controls are the same as other pro-series EOS cameras, so no major complaints. Once you get used to it, everything flows nicely.
January 25, 2010
7D year 3
I have 2 7D's. I am a freelance sports shooter in Northern Virginia and am able to capture some really great shots using the 7D with the 70-200 L IS II and the 17-40 L IS for the short shots. I sling the short shot 7D and monopod the long. I shoot a lot in low light and am able to control the noise (High ISO) by adjusting the speed and using the 8fps high burst rate. I do have to cull the bad ones out but I alway have those that are tack sharp. I find the 7D easy to setup and work with. The weight can be a bit much when using large glass and thats why they have monopods and tripods. The only feature I miss would be not having a dual CF and SD card slots.
December 17, 2013
Best camera I have owned
I have owned a Canon for almost 10 years and I will always be a canon owner. I've had this camera for almost a month and it exceeds my expectations. One word of advice is to really go thru the owners manual and spend time learning all the features of this camera. Some people say they have problems with this camera, read the book and spend time learning what this awesome tool can do.
December 10, 2013
*Figure based on updated firmware, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style and with UDMA 7 CF memory cards. Note: UDMA 7 CF memory card read/write speeds are not fully supported with the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera, if using UDMA 7 memory cards, the read/write speeds will be equivalent to UDMA 6.
With some lenses, the peripheral AF points may become sensitive to either vertical or horizontal lines (they will not function as cross-type AF points). These lenses are: EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6, EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 II, EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III, EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 USM, EF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6, EF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 USM, EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II, EF80-200 f/4.5-5.6 USM.
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