2 comments on “Reader Comments – 7D vs 7D Mark II

  1. Hi buddy,

    Great review once again…Can always rely on a fact driven no “BS” and impartial review from you Bryan 🙂

    Having thought about it further in all honesty I have probably only realised 20-25% of the 7D’s capability and there is plenty more left in its tank for me to discover so I will probably hold on to it for now and park the idea of another high end body. I do have the 17-55 2.8 IS USM and the 70-200 2.8 Non IS and incidentally have just purchased the Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art series which is amazingly sharp…sharper even than the 1.2L (if you haven’t used it I would definitely recommend it)

    I do however find that when I am shooting at family events I am missing some shots due to lens changes..With that in mind do you have any suggestions for a back-up body that will capably support my 7D….There are so many decent second hand APS-C DSLR’s on ebay but I seriously have no idea what to go for don’t really want to spend more than £300 ($500).

    Your feedback as ever is greatly appreciated and welcome.

    Hope you are well and enjoying your 7D (2)


    • Hari.

      You’re definitely on a good track. I think if you challenge yourself to get the shots you want using the 7D, that will do more for your photography than just getting a newer body that “does everything for you”. If you take a look out there and see the shots that some folks have taken with the original 7D you’ll quickly realize there’s no excuse.

      I have been reading a lot of great stuff about the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens. I’ve also been meaning to try out the physics defying Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8. Now might be a good time with the 7D Mark II in hand.

      I’ll have to try the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 sometime. Honestly I’m not big into primes. I have come to question their clarity and observed better optical performance from high end zooms like the 70-200mm f/2.8L series. As a result my primes just sit around and only really come out occasionally when I’m toying around or have a very specific subject and setting. I’m also wary of their super wide apertures because the depth of field is so shallow it is impractical 99% of the time and I often have to stop it down to f/2.8 or even f/4. So my 50mm f/1.2L begs the question, should I have got the 24-70mm f/2.8L for not much more? It would most certainly be more usable, practical and just as sharp if not sharper. With that said, I like having a solid 50mm prime.

      As far as a backup DSLR for your 7D in the sub $500 price range, I would look at anything from the Rebel T3i up to the T5i. Those are great, highly capable bodies. I know a few great photographers who use Rebels. I think the T4i has phase hybrid detect AF so that might double as a good video shooter. I could be wrong. Definitely look at the T3i and up. The biggest reason I use the pro bodies is for their ruggedness since I’m always trying to take them “off-roading”. Most folks don’t need that capability.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I will be taking the 7D Mark II out this weekend and working it hard. I hope to have some good posts next week.

      Cheers Buddy!

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