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    Tell me why I should get a 7D over a 5D Mk2.

    I'm honing in on the upcoming Tax cheque time and moving from Video to Still Cams.

    My choices are the 7D new
    or
    5D Mk ll second hand.

    Now, what do I want out of this purchase?
    In video I specialize in Bodyboarding, (surf filming)
    I would like to occasionally shoot stills and therefore I am attracted by the frame rate of the 7D
    However, my greater interest is in portraits and architecture subjects so the full frame on the 5D Mkll attracts me also..

    My lens choices so far for both cams would be:

    Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM
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    Canon 70-200 F/4L USM

    Both of which I'm led to believe are fine portrait lens' in their own right with the added advantage of the 70-200mm being capable of shooting surf images i.e., at a decent distance.

    I'm leaning toward the 7D due to it's capable frame rate but rather unsure of it's relatively new status and the fact that it's probably still a little early to know it's true pitfalls etc.

    As for the 5D Mkll, this is tried and true right? from what I understand I cant go wrong?

    Now I make no bones about it, both cams would be a very steep learning curve for me but I do have the advantage of knowing that I can adapt to pretty complex technology relatively easily.. (I think!)

    Please, I implore you..
    which way would you go?

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    I sold my 7d (second body) to buy a second 5dmkII.Can't go wrong if architecture and portraits are what you want. Will go with the 70-200 well. The only thing the 7d will be good for is the extra reach, ie surfing and birds etc due to the crop factor, plus its new so warranty is a bonus.
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    If you're wanting to do surf shots, then the autofocus and frame rate of the 7D would serve you better, along with the extra reach your 70-200 will have on a crop sensor. Also, the 7D's video function is supposed to be more intuitive to use than the 5DII's. And there's no reason why you can't do portraiture or architecture with the 7D.
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    What Jules said!
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    Read this: http://www.ausphotography.net.au/for...ad.php?t=20625 it explains why a cropped sensor is better for sport/wildlife.

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    and I disagree that DX is always better than FX

    My D3 blitzed my D300 for all things.

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    If it were me, I'd go the 5DII. But then, I used to shoot 35mm film and thus prefer the field of view of lenses without a crop factor.

    The only things letting the 5DII down here are frame rate and autofocus, so I guess for you, it really depends on how much sports compared to portrait/landscape you intend to do.
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    I shoot a bit of wakeboarding I use a 5d mk2
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    I had the same debate for the backup body - ended up with the 7d for a couple of reasons :
    - better weather sealing ( I have had bad experience with the 5d's fragility)
    - crop sensor for close up wedding shots
    - good video functionality ( better than 5dmkII until the recent firmware update)
    - autofocus I guess but then I'm still a one shot mode shooter lol
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    7D actually has reasonable AF, 5D2 AF is painfully slow, buggy (DSLR # of firmware record holder) 5d2 is furthest from tried and true you can get.
    If you want video, get a videocam. Motion will give you jelly on CMOS no matter what.

    If you want portraits and good AF and you are one of those that think you MUST have FF, get a Nikon D700.

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    I'm looking to upgrade soon and have been asking myself the same question... for what I shoot mainly is offroad and landscape so for me I think I'll be taking a 7D
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
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    Hollywood is going mad on the 5DII... shooting full episodes of various TV shows (House MD for example) and incorporating video footage from the cam into some movies, as well. It's got to be doing something right.
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    7d over 5dii simpley because its a crop and you want to do surf. I don't think the 70-200 will serve you there, I'm suggesting either a 300 f4 or even a 400 f5.6 will be needed. There will always be buy canon v buy nikon, go into a store and try them both. regards

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    Interesting reads ! I am tossing up between both as well - Mainly for Wedding and Portrait photography !
    I am not sure which way to go now

    Ta

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    Get the 7d

    I'm about to buy a new 7d, and it's video is infinetely better than the 5d, i have used them both.

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    7D for action photography because:

    100% viewfinder
    Better AF
    1.6x crop for extra reach
    More AF point
    More choice on lens BUT then again... there are only couple of EF-S range are actually outstanding...
    Remote trigger for flash


    5DmkII for portrait or static subject because:

    Full Frame
    Better high ISO performance (both photos and movies)
    (I don't think the 5DII has remote trigger for flash, please correct me if I am wrong)

    Personally I think even both of them can take photos, but they built for very different purposes. Don't think either one is better choice over another.

    It would be a very difficult choice to me but I think I will go the 5DII

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    No 5D Mark II doesn't have remote flash trigger.

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    Don't know if it will help you or not but there is a farily comprehensive video look at the 7D here

    http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Ca...o_review.shtml

    And the text conclusion of this review here along with a quick comparison to the 50D and 5D mkII and D300s

    http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Ca.../verdict.shtml
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