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1Ds Mark II (used) vs. 7D

J Hickton , Aug 26, 2011; 05:15 p.m.

I currently have a canon 7D, which is a great camera but at some point I will be looking at upgrading to full-frame. At this point I could sell my 7D and be able to afford a 1Ds Mark II (used), my question is; how much of a better camera would I be getting over my current 7D?


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Harry Joseph , Aug 26, 2011; 05:39 p.m.

The only thing you will miss is the Video on the 7D , IMHO.

Marcus Ian , Aug 26, 2011; 05:57 p.m.

While I agree w/ Harry in part, if you are used to the machine gun capability of the 7D, (8FPS) you will definetly miss the speed. The 5d2 is only slightly slower than the 1Ds2 (3.9FPS vs. 4FPS), but going from the 50D it, I def. missed the 6.3FPS. The 7D is more in the same respect.

Scott Ferris , Aug 26, 2011; 06:15 p.m.


It depends 100% on your images (and lenses) and their output. What do you shoot and what do you do with your images? I won't be trite and roll out the uninformed "if you print big get the ff" or "the 7D is the best camera in the world you just need to process the files right", it is far more nuanced than that. But without further details any recommendation will be opinion based on guesses or bias.

Personally I think the 7D is the best crop camera in the world, by far, and I think the 1Ds MkII is the best value FF camera in the world.

Michael Madio , Aug 26, 2011; 06:22 p.m.

Define better ... the 1D series are more different than they are better. What improvements are you looking for?

J Hickton , Aug 26, 2011; 06:24 p.m.

Scott: My current lens' are, ef-s 17-55mm 2.8 (which obviously i would have to sell), EF 70-200mm 4 is, and EF 50mm 1.4. I am currently doing a photojournalism degree with the view to pursuing a career as a press photographer, so I mainly only display my images on screen, but I do sometimes like to print.

J Hickton , Aug 26, 2011; 06:27 p.m.

Michael, The only improvements i'm looking for are FF and durability.

Scott Ferris , Aug 26, 2011; 06:34 p.m.

Keep the 7D.

Keep doing what you are until you get enough to get a 1Ds MkIII, it is a vastly better camera than the 1Ds MkII, and then move the 7D to backup.

Alternatively look at the 1D MkIII, it is a press tool of choice, far better suited to the roll than the 1Ds MkII or MkIII, then sell the 17-55 EFs and get a 16-35 MkI or MkII. If I were a press shooter I would be using a 1D MkIII or MkIV.

Keith Reeder , Aug 26, 2011; 07:01 p.m.

at some point I will be looking at upgrading to full-frame.

Why's that an "upgrade" for photojournalism?

Peter J , Aug 26, 2011; 10:00 p.m.


The Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II will trump the Canon EOS 7D in image quality. I own the former and have tested it against my friend's 7D. Image quality is what you want. Image quality is what you will get with the 1Ds II.

Why not look at a used Canon EOS 5D Mark II? The full frame sensor will be better than the 7D's.

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