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Canon EOS 7D: the best amateur camera?

Alberto Dall'Oglio , Apr 29, 2010; 07:06 a.m.

I've read many threads on the Net about this camera and many discussions on Photo.net about 7D vs. 5D II... Leaving some old debates (like crop vs. fullframe sensor) and considering all the aspects involved (included price), could you state that the new EOS 7D camera is the "best" option for an amateur photographer? Many claims that the 5D II is stronger in landscapes and low light shots, but is the 7D (and good technique) really so behind in the real world?
Thank you for sharing your opinion and experience.
Alberto.

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James (Jim) Johnson , Apr 29, 2010; 08:31 a.m.

If "one" does not understand controlling light, and depth of field with aperture and shutter speed to begin with . . . then any camera set on "A" is the "best" option for an amateur photographer.

I recall reading in the forums here, (my opinion too!) that the equipment "does not necessarily make the "photograph!""

Outstanding photographs are made every day with some of the most basic and cheapest camera's.

Anthony Zipple , Apr 29, 2010; 09:28 a.m.

The best camera is the one that you have in your hand when you want to shoot. Either the 5D or the 7D will do produce exceptional images. With the right lenses, the 7d has some edge in action photos. It seems to focus a bit faster. With the right lenses, the 5D, with its full frame sensor, delivers superb wide angle shots and great low light performance. But either will do great work in almost all situations. The biggest variable is you. My advice? Buy one, shoot more worry less..

Henrik Lauridsen , Apr 29, 2010; 09:31 a.m.

You are way off, it is a used Bronica ETRS :-). No, seriously, it is what's behind the viewfinder that counts. You pick the tool that best fits your need. Make sure you have enough money in your budget for a good selection of lenses that fits your need, then decide on a body. If I could choose between e.g. a 7D with a kit lens, and a 50D with a couple of L lenses, I'd take the latter.

Brad - , Apr 29, 2010; 09:56 a.m.

I use a Rebel XSi and a 5DII. And based on my street-shooting needs, they are best. It's subjective.

Bueh B. , Apr 29, 2010; 10:17 a.m.

I always thought that Leicas were the definitive "rich amateur" cameras...

G Dan Mitchell , Apr 29, 2010; 10:37 a.m.

It is really not possible to label any single camera as "the best" for the sort of photographers you mention. It is a fine camera that will work well for quite a few people in the category you describe, but there are a number of other bodies that could be better for particular photographers depending on a host of factors.

It is wise to be suspicious of "best" descriptions that are offered in such a general way.

JDM von Weinberg , Apr 29, 2010; 11:06 a.m.

Are amateurs anyone who does not make a living from photography? Does it include people who just want a box camera?

That being said, when I asked the Magic Eightball site if the 7D camera was the best, it answered "YES"

James (Jim) Johnson , Apr 29, 2010; 11:56 a.m.

"Are amateurs anyone who does not make a living from photography? Does it include people who just want a box camera?"

I suppose the answer to both, in my case would be yes!

I've been doing this for 30+ years, and I still consider myself an amateur!

"It is really not possible to label any single camera as "the best" for the sort of photographers you mention. It is a fine camera that will work well for quite a few people in the category you describe, but there are a number of other bodies that could be better for particular photographers depending on a host of factors.
It is wise to be suspicious of "best" descriptions that are offered in such a general way."

Good advice!

That being said, when I asked the Magic Eightball site if the 7D camera was the best, it answered "YES"

When I asked the Magic Eightball if my 50D was the best . . . It said to "try again later!"

Alberto Dall'Oglio , Apr 29, 2010; 11:57 a.m.

Thank you, but maybe I was not clear in my question. I'm not a beginner, I know the basis of photography and I shoot with a 35 mm film camera in fully manual mode (please refer to my portfolio). I'm an amateur in the JDM definition: "anyone who does not make a living from photography". I'd like to upgrade to digital and for a long time I struggled with some debates as "crop vs. fullframe" and so on... I simply want to buy the "best" camera I can affort, because with digital I cannot change my roll of film to modify the final output. On the base of what I've read so far I concluded that maybe is the Canon 7D my "best" digital camera, because it has an affortable target price (for my budget) and it can give me reasonable high quality results in different situations. I know there are better performers in specific situations, but every choice is always a compromise... Is this choice a good compromise or will I have regrets to buy the 7D instead of waiting for more money to buy a 5D II, for example?


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