I want to upgrade from my Rebel XTi and am looking at the 7D. However, I see that it came out in 2009 and was wondering if it was due to be upgraded or replaced anytime soon. Has anybody heard?
Also, I shoot a lot of horses, both action and portrait, outdoors and low light; am I thinking along the right lines considering the 7D instead of the 60D? (I like the 8 shots/sec the 7D offers) Anything else I need to consider? Thanks!
I have been shhoting equestrian events for six (6)+ years. I started with the 10D, and moved from the 10D to the 20D to the 30D before buying the 7D three (3) years ago. The Frames per Second (FPS) was the primary reason for choosing the 7D over the 5D Mark II. I noted that when the 5D Mark III came out that they had increased the speed of the FPS, but reduced the Megapixels to achieve the increase in speed.
Recently Canon introduced the New 70D with a Full Frame Processor. Again, the new 70D has a Full Frame Processor by sacrificing the FPS speed.
I shot a steeplechase event three years ago with a 30D w/18-50 MM IS USM lens and a 7D w/70-200MM IS USM II, when I reviewed and compared the results of both, I purchased a second 7D. The bottom line is that neither the 5D Mark III or the 70D with their full frame processor provide me with any significant difference in image quality and the frames per second are slower. The 5D Mark II or III are great studio cameras.
The 7D is a very good versitile camera for outdoor action, landscapes, stills or studio work, and the video is excellect. Three years ago at PDN NYC one of the speakers presenting DSLR Video was the photographer that shot a series of videos for the opening scenes of Saturday Night Live using the 7D functionality. In addition, the 7D Firmware has been undated.
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