I recently got a comment on my post Reader Comments – Canon 5D Mark III vs 7D from a while back. This is no doubt something that has been on my mind for a while.
Thanks for stopping by and writing Hari. I hope you are doing well buddy. It’s good to hear from you. The truth is you’ve sort of prompted me to jump the gun here as you will see from my answers to your questions.
Indeed when I wrote that post over a year ago the 7D Mark II was nowhere close to being a reality, however Canon has finally relented and released the ridiculously anticipated 7D Mark II. Before I get carried away, let me try to answer your questions.
- Have you managed to use one as yet?
Not yet. I should be getting mine this weekend and plan on doing a quick post about my thoughts.
- What are your thoughts?
Well obviously I liked the specs enough to go ahead and pre-order one. It looks like a solid update from Canon that makes the 7D series even more of the photographer’s camera. I am satisfied with how well equipped it is even though I did not get everything I wished for. See my post Canon 7D Mark II – 10 features I would like to see.
- Is it a significant step up from the 7D?
Yes. I think it is. Especially in the areas that matter most to active photographers. Gear heads, spec sheet nuts and armchair photographers will not get their high megapixel fix.
- Is it worth the upgrade?
It all depends on how much you are going to get out of it. A lot of 7D owners never realized it’s full potential. If you have the money to spend then yes. If you don’t already own top notch lenses like the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM then I would definitely urge you to get those first. Those would arguably go a very long way to upgrade your 7D than spending on a brand new 7D Mark II body. Definitely don’t bother with the kit lens. It is just not worth it in my opinion. Canon should really consider shipping the 7D Mark II with the 17-55mm f/2.8L or the 16-35mm f/4L and charge extra. A cheap consumer grade EF-S lens is a terrible compromise for a camera like the 7D.