Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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The Canon 7D - One step closer to a professional camera?
Canon EOS 7D
Member Name: mafiu
Canon EOS 7D
Advantages: Custom settings. Very robust. Excellent video quality.
Disadvantages: Sometimes which dial to use can be confusing. Relatively expensive for a non-pro photographer
It has taken me a long time to decide what camera to go to next after my 450D. I take a LOT of photographs, maybe 3-400 per week and have done a few weddings with my 450D - but its hard to be the professional photographer when the guests have a better camera than you!
Although I dreamed of a 1D or even a 5D - the 7D was more in my price range, and I've had mine for about a year now.
I like the weight of it - and when you add a battery grip to it it fits well into my large hands. Moving from the 450D the thumb wheel on the back has taken a lot of getting used to. Some of the adjustments, like changing the drive or the iso require you to press the button on the top, and then move even the top selector wheel or the one on the back - and I can assure you, I always choose the wrong one.
I take a lot of HDR photos - and one of the benefits of this is that there are 3 different custom settings on the mode selector dial on the top of the camera - so I can flick between HDR mode (take three shots, rapid fire, fixed iso, raw) into a more single shot mode (single shot, lens wide open, auto ISO) This has really stopped me missing some shots while I chimp at the back of the camera remembering all the different settings I have to change. I'm not sure that the HDR shots on the 7D are as good as the 450 - they tend to come out more pink - but I'm sure that there is some setting that will fix that.
I updated to the 2.0 firmware immediately I bought this - but recently I noticed that the camera was hanging when I was using it a lot. The only thing I could do was to eject the battery to get it back. I since discovered that there is another firmware update that fixes this - and It has! (The crash happened at the point that the camera went into energy saving shutdown - that's when it crashed - I only noticed this when I was waiting for a shot doing street photography)
I was also surprised at the quality of the video out of this machine - its the best digital video camera I have ever used. I was astounded by the quality - but you need to put a fast CF card in to prevent frame dropouts and artifacting on some occasions.
I have two new weddings to shoot now the weather has turned - and I am happy to trust my 7d.
Summary: A tough semi-pro camera which you can rely on. Make sure you update to the latest firmware though.
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