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Old Dec 6, 2005, 12:04 PM   #1
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Hi,
Here are the reasons I am in the process of switching from Canon Rebel XT to the 7D:

1 - Image stabilization is in the body so every lens becomes image stabilized.(image stabilization is why I switched from Nikon to Canon many years ago in my film SLR days)

2 - 7D Viewfinder (one of the best of the field)(maybe Canon 1D's are better but cost 3-6 times as much)

3 - Camera ergonomics (all controls can be accessed without going to a menu and the size of the camera is a better fit for my hands)(Rebel XT grip is too short and too shallow)(I havebig hands and long fingers)

4 - Camera features (connectivity i.e. remote release, flash x-sync etc.)(you don't get it all unless you go with a 20D or better)

5 - Cheap lenses (see links below)(no PP on images other than resizing for web)

Image from 50mm f/1.7 (paid $45 used versus $75 used for my Canon 50mm f/1.8 & no IS)
http://cyclops.smugmug.com/photos/47316407-L.jpg

Image from Vivitar 100 f/3.5 @ f/5.6 (paid $52 new)(imagine a macro lens with image stabilization)(don't overlook this lens, it is a sleeper - wide open it sucks but stopped down it is tack sharp)(I don't shoot macros wide open anyway)
http://cyclops.smugmug.com/photos/47316405-L.jpg

Image from KM 70-210 f/4 (first edition)@ 210mm f/4 (wide open) (paid $150 used mint condition)(Canon equivalent $500 w/ no IS)
http://cyclops.smugmug.com/photos/47316409-L.jpg

Image from KM 75-300 (first edition)@ 280mm f/8 (paid $150 used mint condition)(Canon equivalent 70-300 IS - $600)
http://cyclops.smugmug.com/photos/47316414-L.jpg

Image from Sigma 28-200 @ 28mm f/8 (paid $90 new)(remember you also have IS)
http://cyclops.smugmug.com/photos/47316415-L.jpg

Image from same lens @ 200mm f/8
http://cyclops.smugmug.com/photos/47316418-L.jpg

It's not all wine & roses with the 7D. The flash system has real problems (but is workable) and is no where near as good as Canon or Nikon.

That's it in a nutshell. I hope I don't offend anyone with this post.

I now have to sell a lot of Canon gear.

Thanks,
John Randall
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Old Dec 6, 2005, 2:35 PM   #2
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Just got back from the local camera shop and tried out the 5d and 7d (as well as comparable cameras from Canon and Nikon) I'd certainly have to agree about the ergonomics of the 7d. It was by far the best of the ones I held, the Canon seemed cheap and 'plasticky' in comparison. What kind of flash issues do you find?


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Old Dec 6, 2005, 3:01 PM   #3
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7D in particular needs calibration I've heard with the add-on flash shoe, while also they tend to suffer from the "lazy eye" syndrome as the delay between "pre-flash" and flash is too long cause subject to be captured with eyes closed....a problem with shooting people....
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I agree with Racingmaniac.

He has stated the main flash problem exactly. Another problem is the ADI mode (which does not use pre-flash)will not work when bouncing the flash and whenpointed straight on (no bounce)does not seem to provide consistant results.

I'm keeping my Canon 420ex flash unit and picking up a used Canon G5 or G6 for indoor flash use of people etc.

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He has stated the main flash problem exactly. Another problem is the ADI mode (which does not use pre-flash)will not work when bouncing the flash and whenpointed straight on (no bounce)does not seem to provide consistant results.
Unless you go manual, you will always have a preflash using a KM DSLR (even with an ADI compatible lens, and even when you're not bouncing the flash).

Because there is no OTF (off the film) metering with a DSLR model (the sensor is too reflective to work correctly metering from it during the exposure), the preflash is needed.

When using ADI, the KM DSLR models take focus distance into consideration, too (but they still use a preflash to help judge exposure).

Other DSLR models (Canon, Nikon, etc.) also use a preflash. The timing between the preflash and the actual flash is just a little better from some manufacturers versus others.


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Old Dec 8, 2005, 10:08 AM   #6
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Thanks Jim, for correcting me on that. I didn't know that ADI still used pre-flash.

I still love my 7D

John
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