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07/09/2012 03:04:26 AM · #1
Just got a quick question. I bought my Canon T3 back in late Jan/early Feb of this year and have recently found myself wanting to upgrade. I'm leaning towards getting the 7D, but before I finalize my order is there anything I should know about the 5D MKII as someone that is going to be predominately doing wildlife/macro photography?

Thanks.

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07/09/2012 06:28:52 AM · #2
Originally posted by crack_seed:

Before I finalize my order is there anything I should know about the 5D MKII as someone that is going to be predominately doing wildlife/macro photography?


No. Not really. The 7D is a better wildlife camera, specifically because the crop-sensor gives you more reach from the same focal length and it shoots a faster burst speed. Be sure to download the firmware upgrade in August.

If you're going to concentrate on wildlife, you ARE going to want a longer lens ASAP, possibly the Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L.

Message edited by author 2012-07-09 06:29:08.
07/09/2012 10:29:25 AM · #3
I'll add that the 7D has a superior (to the 5D2) autofocus system, which will prove useful when shooting wildlife. The savings over the 5D2 will give you a start on that longer glass!
07/09/2012 10:31:05 AM · #4
unless you are looking at the 5Diii the 7d will serve you better for what you say is your primary focus.
07/09/2012 11:13:30 AM · #5
The crop sensor is excellent for wildlife, and the faster fps is definitely a plus. 7D is an excellent wildlife choice.

I also really like the focus zones on the 7D -- I use them quite frequently for moving subjects. Definitely get the 100-400L.
07/09/2012 08:46:08 PM · #6
Alright 7D is as good as purchased. Now all I need to do is scrounge up some extra funds for that 100-400mm L glass.

Thanks everyone.
07/09/2012 09:47:36 PM · #7
here is a used one for $1200 :)

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07/11/2012 06:22:27 AM · #8
Unfortunately I only found it about 30 minutes ago and it will expire by the end of today (7/11/12), but if anyone is interested the promo code D2B712 will get you 20% off a refurbished 7D or any DLSR body that is not a 5DMKII from the Canon Direct Store.
07/12/2012 02:18:59 PM · #9
Hey crack_seed, I also have been in the market for a 7D after missing a sale in February at adorama for $1200. B&H recently had a 36-hour sale for $1250 including your choice of premium (16 gig card, Pearstone battery, or a camera bag) which I bought. My 7D was delivered yesterday but it's pouring rain so I haven't gotten out to really try it out yet. Tell you what though, just around the house, I LIKE it. It's quite different from the 50D and 5D2 I used to own, and I think it's going to be a great wildlife camera.

Anyway, my point in posting is that I've seen 7Ds on sale twice already this year, and I suspect that will become more frequent as the camera nears the end of it's product life. Heck of a fine camera for the price. Good luck with your search.
07/12/2012 03:46:34 PM · #10
Yeah, I was a few days late on the sale B&H had last week so I was a bit bummed out missing that awesome deal, but it's good to hear you were able to capitalize on that deal :)

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up in the next few months I agree that there probably will be more deals coming up for the 7D, but I'm too impatient to wait that long lol. I was able to get a refurbished 7D from Canon's website for a little over $1000 with free shipping so I figure I would take the chance on it and use whatever I saved toward that 100-400L.
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