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Old Feb 16, 2011, 4:54 AM   #1
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Default Does Canon 5D have any significant benefit over 7D

I have a 7D but am interested in getting 5D (not MK II) as it is being sold really cheap from a reliable source.
All I want to know is, will I get any benefit in terms of quality of photos (other then wider field of veiw)?
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Old Feb 16, 2011, 8:19 AM   #2
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7D is more VFM if you dont need the FF. In fact the 7D is more VFM even when compared to the 5D Mark II if you dont need the FF and wider field of view.

5D pictures will definitely have a clarity that the 7D may lack in some landscape shots only.

18MP vs 12MP . Guess the extra MP will take care of the details you are looking for.

7D has better body, better AF, build in Flash transmittor, 8fps, 18MP for printing, Better ISO, best video recording, and overall fantastic camera. I just sold of my Mark III and now deciding between D300S, 7d and D700. Thats how much i like the 7D. I decided to ignore the 5D mark II now for its build and AF alone. 7D looks more of a complete camera compared to 5D.
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Old Feb 16, 2011, 9:17 AM   #3
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can't speak to the 7d, as i don't have one yet (hope to get one this spring), but i've used the 5d for several years now. basically, the 7d is a much newer design (remember, the 5d came out in 2005!), and has a lot of advances incorporated into it. it focuses faster, shoots faster, has a self-cleaning sensor and a much better LCD screen, offers 100% FOV in the viewfinder, does video (if you care), and offers more precise AF along with better high-ISO performance.

so what could the 5d possibly offer to compare to that? nothing, except that it still produces some of the best image quality in the game. even the 5d2 doesn't produce discernably better images (except in very low light)... just bigger ones! the old 5d has a very low pixel density, and relatively large photosites, so noise is low, and you get a silky smoothness to the images that's often lacking in photos from more densely packed sensors. yeah, it doesn't have the latest horns and whistles, but if you just want top-notch IQ and don't have a fortune to spend, you'd be hard pressed to do better. you'd give away a few pixels, but unless you plan on printing the size of a door or cropping half the image to get the composition you want, you don't need 18Mp anyway.

and, of course, there's the wide-angle thing. if you like shooting wide, a FF body is a definite plus... for instance, a 17-40L on a 7d would give you 27mm at the widest end. not bad, but nowhere near as dramatic as the 17mm you'd get on the 5d. mind you, at the other end, if you're shooting telephoto, the 7d would be the better choice, if only because the crop factor gives you more apparent "reach". i plan to get one to use with my 100-400 for wildlife, but i'll continue to use my 5d for landscape and other non-telephoto work.
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Old Feb 17, 2011, 3:34 AM   #5
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Thank you squirl033.

But I'm still confused about the decision, so I will ask 2 very specific questions.

If I use EF 24-105 L IS lens on 5D and 7D:
1. which of them will give me better image quality/clarity?
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2. will the difference in image quality be significant?
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Hi there was a great article in What Digital camera on 5d mark 2 verses 7D and when it comes down to it there was very little to choose but they did favour the 7D.
In my opinion you will not see much difference but i would think the 7d will give a better image
Look at the spec of the 2 the 7D has two digit 4 processors and the 5D has a digit 2 processor.
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In my opinion the 5DII would be perfect if it were actually the 7D with the FF sensor.
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In my opinion the 5DII would be perfect if it were actually the 7D with the FF sensor.
I am not referring to MK II ... I am asking about 5D (the first version).
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Hi there was a great article in What Digital camera on 5d mark 2 verses 7D and when it comes down to it there was very little to choose but they did favour the 7D.
In my opinion you will not see much difference but i would think the 7d will give a better image
Look at the spec of the 2 the 7D has two digit 4 processors and the 5D has a digit 2 processor.
I read that article, but my question is related to 5D (the first version) not MK II.
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If I use EF 24-105 L IS lens on 5D and 7D:
1. which of them will give me better image quality/clarity?
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2. will the difference in image quality be significant?
For this question i would say the 24-105 on the 5D will be perfect walk around lens. Its wide enough as well as its almost equal to shooting with a 70mm on the 7D at the longer end.

The same lens would definitely perform better in the 7D because of the cropped sensor. But the lens would boast a 38mm - 160mm instead. This means you need a wider lens to cover any wide angle shots in the 7D.

5D Mark I or Mark II with 24-105 will be my first choice if i dont need better body, better AF but definitely need the best IQ at wide angle.
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