08-23-2016 01:34 PM
Thanks ebiggs1, you make some great points. I didn't realise the 7D also took both lenses. Whilst I agree it is a significant upgrade, I'm not convinced it is great value for money based on my current photographic experience. Also, another contributor made a good point about spending more on better lenses at this stage than a relatively expensive body which leaves me having to work with very my current basic lenses. Hopefully buying a more reasonably priced body will enable me to buy a decent lens or two. My next challenge is which lens to begin with.
Such a tough decision. Thanks everyone for your comments.
08-23-2016 06:35 PM
"Not trying to understate but only trying to see that glass is considered in the budget. Note a T6i has a 24mp sensor and would leave money for glass. "
The T6i is a great camera. But, the T6s is more than worth the higher cost. If the OP wants to get more serious about photography, then it is time to leave the Rebel camera bodies behind.
I don't disagree. I was typing on my phone which takes forever and so I only gave the cheapest option I would consider. I think, depending on the OP's budget and on how many lenses he'd like to get or need to get, I think the logical choices to consider would be T6i, T6s, 80d, in order of increasing cost and features.
He seems to be on the right track, planning to get EF lenses so he can have an easier time if he decides to go full frame later.
08-23-2016 06:47 PM
"Especially as that body allows me to use my older EFS lenses ..."
So will the 7D Mk II as any of the other cameras mentioned except the 6D. Any of the xxD or new Rebels is going to be a upgrade that should be easily noticeable quickly by anyone. The 7D Mk II however is a significant upgrade over a XSi.
The 7D Mk II is a pro level DSLR, the others mentioned, even the 6D, are not.
Putting the 7D Mk II in a specific category niche such a, it can only shoot fast action sports is pure nonsense.
In the end though the choice is yours.
I never said it can only shoot fast action and sports. I only said that the things you pay extra for on a 7d2 are not things the OP seems to need.
He could get a great AF system (the one from the 7d1 actually) in the T6s or the 80d and a higher MP sensor as well, and other nice new features, and save money. Saved money could buy real image quality gains in the form of lenses. On the contrary not leaving any budget for any upgraded lenses (HYPOTHETICALLY because I don't pretend to know OP's budget) could lead to a waste of a very expensive pro 7d2 if it had to be used with the decidedly non-pro kit lenses.
08-24-2016 11:07 AM
"I never said it can only shoot fast action and sports. I only said that the things you pay extra for on a 7d2 are not things the OP seems to need."
I know you didn't Scotty. Didn't mean to direct that towards you in particularly. But there are a lot of 'reviewers' out there that try to promote that thought. One problem with reading and putting stock in some of those reviews.
It is a balancing act to decide which to do. Better camera or better lenses?
Going from a Rebel XSi we all think a more current up to date camera is a good thing. Just how far and how much gooder?
Certainly, the 7D Mk II is a long term upgrade. Another Rebel may just be a stop gap and a more professional camera will be sought after a little later on.
Do I just get better lenses and use what I have until I can buy a better camera? That would probably be my first choice if I were in his shoes. As I, personally, would not buy just another consumer or prosummer DSLR.
I might suggest the OP go to a store and handle a new Rebel and xxD and then a 7D Mk II. That should be all it takes to explain why I recommend going with the 7D Mk II.
These questions can only be determined by the OP.
08-24-2016 07:27 PM
For sure always a trade off to balance.
In checking specs I was surprised to see the 80d has 45 af points. That's more than twice the 19 AF points 7d1 had, and until 7d2 came out just recently the 19 point af point 7d1 system was considered to be Canon's leading crop sports system. How time flies.