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Old Jan 30, 2012, 12:41 AM   #1
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I happen to find a deal at Amazon. Is it worth to buy? Which one is better? 7D or 5D mark ii? I only have $2k budget...
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Old Jan 30, 2012, 1:44 PM   #2
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I happen to find a deal at Amazon. Is it worth to buy? Which one is better? 7D or 5D mark ii? I only have $2k budget...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.htm...reative=390957
Welcome to the forum.

These are two fundamentally different cameras. The 5D II is a full frame
camera which is known for excellent image quality. It would be ideal
for studio work, portraits or landscapes.

The 7D is a crop sensor (smaller than full frame sensor) camera.
It is a very fast camera with a fast autofocus system. This makes
it ideal for sports, wildlife and fast action.

Both are highly regarded as being among the best in their
respective class. However, they are quite different. You need to
do some research before you buy.

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Old Jan 30, 2012, 9:20 PM   #3
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Both camera are very similar in size and weight. The 7D, being a newer camera has a faster and better focusing system and faster FPS which is more suitable for sports shooting. Both camera produces excellent image quality. You will not regret of buying either one of them. I had the decision to make when I bought a new camera last month. I am upgrading from an XSi with 2 kit lenses. I finally picked the 5D MKII over the 7D because I always want to have a full framed DSLR. Perhaps, I am stuck to my old 35mm way of thinking. There is a difference in price as well. The 5D MKII costs $2799and is about $1000 more with a 24-105mm f/4 L lens than the 7D with its EF-S kit lens. If your buying just the body itself, Adorama and BH have better prices than amazon.com.
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Thank you all for the great suggestions. I already placed an order with 7D, 28-135, 55-250 and 70-300. The total price is $1500 + $215 + $480 -$400 = $1795. I'll buy a 50 1.4 for low-light photography.
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Thank you all for the great suggestions. I already placed an order with 7D, 28-135, 55-250 and 70-300. The total price is $1500 + $215 + $480 -$400 = $1795. I'll buy a 50 1.4 for low-light photography.
That's a very nice kit. Best of luck with it.
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Thank you all for the great suggestions. I already placed an order with 7D, 28-135, 55-250 and 70-300. The total price is $1500 + $215 + $480 -$400 = $1795. I'll buy a 50 1.4 for low-light photography.
There are a few things on your post above, which I'd like to comment on.

1. How do you 'purchase' a lens for -$400? MINUS? Your sums indicate that too. I think the total price should be $2595.

2. Why did you decide to get BOTH the 55-250 and 70-300 lenses? There is too much overlap to really necessitate you having both.

3. You have no wide angle. I had the 28-135mm (first on my 350D for several years, and then used it on my 7D). But I also have an ultra-wide angle (Sigma 10-20mm) and the 'kit' lens 18-55mm. I've recently sold the 28-135. I had a decent, sharp copy (and I liked the USM).

However since I bought the 15-85mm USM IS, I basically never used the 28-135mm anymore, as its focal range is not so ideal for a 7D. I think you're better served with a wider lens (eg 18-55mm IS, 18-135, 17-55 or 15-85).

4. Good idea to have the 50mm f1.4 as a low light option.

I do like the 7D camera a lot. I hope you'll have a lot of enjoyment from it and take great photos. Don't let people convince you that you 'need' full frame for great quality photos.

Many of my photos from 'lesser cameras' have amazed and wowed people for years. Of course the higher the camera and sensor capabilities, that is always an advantage, though not 'essential' for awe-inspiring photos.

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Please pardon a newbie question.
What is the difference between a full frame versus the less than full frame counterpart? is it the size of the CMOS ?
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Welcome to the forums. Yes, the 'full frame' vs 'crop' (also called APS-C or '1.6 crop' for Canons) relates to the size of the sensor. (Note not all sensors are CMOS - some are CCD).

The effect on the differing sizes of the sensors changes the effective focal length of a lens on a camera, amount of 'background blur', can affect image sharpness (particularly in the corners), defraction issues and image quality.

However be aware that various other variable come into play too (eg quality and age of the sensor, amount of megapixels, light gathering ability, etc, etc).

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Thanks, Paul, for the information.
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Paul,
If you are to use only one lens, will you stick with the 15-85mm USM IS ?

The 7D supposedly has 19-point auto focus. How does this multi-point focus system work?

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