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Canon 7D or 5D?

Corbie Gomez , Nov 28, 2009; 11:35 p.m.

Ok... I am just starting to get serious about photography and need some pointers.
I have been looking at the Canon EOS 5D and the the Canon EOS 7D, and I need to know which would be better for me since I am just starting. I don't want to get one now... and then a year from now wish I had bought the other. But I also don't want to get something so advanced that I don't understand how to use it. I don't know a whole lot about cameras but photography has quickly become one of my biggest passions and I am determined to continue developing my photography skills. So this is a big decision for me. Any suggestions, opinions, ideas? Please and Thank you!


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Erwin Marlin , Nov 28, 2009; 11:48 p.m.

If you're comparing the 5D Mark I to the 7D, go 7D all the way. If you're comparing the 5D Mark II versus the 7D, it sums up to this: if you shoot landscapes/architecture go with the 5DMkII, for everything else go 7D. If you're comparing the video capability of 5DMkII and 7D, the 5D offer shallower depth of field and wider angles, but the 7D records better and much smoother, in several different fps and resolutions, and manages better camera panning and tilting during video recording.

Erwin Marlin

P.S.: If you were comparing it to the 5D Mark II, I'd go for the 7D, save the extra $1000 dollars the 5D Mark II costs, and buy the 17-55 f/2.8 IS.

Andy Collins , Nov 28, 2009; 11:56 p.m.

While the 5DII is an absolutely outstanding camera with superior image quality, the 7D is the ultimate all-around camera. I would recommend it over most every other camera due to its amazing versatility and capability.

Puppy Face , Nov 28, 2009; 11:57 p.m.

The 5D, as amazing as it's IQ is , was released Fall 2005 and is pretty old school. I wouldn't buy one unless you're on a tight budget and found a great deal. If you can find new "old stock" it is likely to be priced about the same as a 7D. If you can swing it, another grand buys a 5D Mark II, a much better camera in most ways.

Both the 7D and 5DII are very similar in terms of form factor and user interface. In other words, one is not more difficult to operate than the other. The choice comes down to whether you need an APS-C gunslinging sports/birder shooter like the 7D or a slower but full frame landscape, studio and portrait box like the 5D Mark II. Of course either one can cover all this and more--just not in cutting edge fashion--and make a fine general purpose box.

Also, realize both models are aimed to semi-pro and advanced shooters and thus lack Basic Zone Icon modes like Sports, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, etc. If you think you'll miss these modes, consider a 50D or Rebel series.

My 7D review:


Daniel Lee Taylor , Nov 29, 2009; 12:48 a.m.

If you're comparing the 5D Mark II versus the 7D, it sums up to this: if you shoot landscapes/architecture go with the 5DMkII, for everything else go 7D.

IMHO the IQ differences are not significant until you hit higher ISOs. Landscapes and architecture are often done from a tripod, which means ISO 100-400. In print there really isn't a significant difference between the two here.

So my rule of thumb is that if you often need to make large, detailed prints from high ISO shots, get the 5D2. If you won't need high ISO often, or won't need large prints from your high ISO shots, then stick with the 7D.

Keith Reeder , Nov 29, 2009; 07:51 a.m.

IMHO the IQ differences are not significant until you hit higher ISOs.

High ISO doesn't work as a "cut-off".

It's already very clear that the 7D is finding great favour as a low light sport camera (3200/6400 ISO football and ice hockey shots abound), and the 7D is obviously going to be in another league to the 5D Mk II for that kind of photography because of its excellent - and versatile - AF.


If you won't need high ISO often , or won't need large prints from your high ISO shots, then stick with the 7D.

just doesn't work - people are very specifically choosing the 7D because they shoot at high ISOs, something at which it excels.

Alan Krantz , Nov 29, 2009; 09:20 a.m.

The 7d is an apsc and the 5d full frame. If your composition style favors isolation and shallow dof then the 5d2. The 7d has an advantage for sports/bird photography due to the more advance/faster af system.
In a year or two there will be something newer and better so if you are a gadget junkie you will not want either in a few years.

Basically the 7d is a newer camera with all the bells and whistle. The 5d2 primary advantage is full frame and lower noise at higher iso; but the body around the sensor isn't that great.

Manuel Barrera , Nov 29, 2009; 09:32 a.m.

I have the 5D and the 7D is a better choice for almost all subject matter, here are so photos taken at least 1600 ISO and a Sigma 15mm fisheye. I did use noise ninja on them. http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=943915

Manuel Neace , Nov 29, 2009; 11:42 a.m.

Erwin said it best when with the suggestion of the 7D and the 17-55 IS canon EF-S lens. Great body and the best lens made for a 1.6 cropped sensor. You will capture stunning low light indoor/outdoor photographs/videos.

Anthony Zipple , Nov 29, 2009; 02:19 p.m.

Hard to make a mistake with this choice since both are great. If you want a faster focusing camera (particularly in low light), go 7D. If you want full frame sensor, go 5D MKII. IQ Will be similar with the 5D a perhaps bit better (if you are really looking at larger enlargements).

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