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Need Advice - Canon 7D or 5D MK II

tigerminx 14 237 South Africa
22 Jun 2010 5:08PM
Hey all, it's been a while since posting on these forums. Hoping I can get some advice.

I currently shoot with a Canon 30D, 90% of the time I shoot Landscapes so my main lens is a 10-22mm EF-S Lens, the rest of my lenses are EF lenses.

I now have the oppurtunity to purchase a new camera body and originally had my heart set on the 5d MK II, but after reading lots of reviews, comparisons between the 7D. I have now confused myself. On paper the 7D has a lot of features the 5D doesn't, and I wouldn't need to purchase a new Wide Angle lens etc.

It just makes more sense to go for the 7D. Is there really a huge difference in image quality etc. Would the 7D be suitable for Landscape Photography?

Please can someone give me some much needed advice.

Thanks in advance.

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Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
22 Jun 2010 5:44PM
Hi Bruce,
As landscape is your main thing, I would say 5D2 would be the one for you.
True, 7D has more features, but those features are more for wildlife/action.
Sell the 10-22, get yourself a 17-40. You won't regret it.
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
22 Jun 2010 6:20PM
Blimey ... thought you'd long gone Bruce ... good to hear from you again.

In short - what Cole says mate [if you can afford it], the 5DMk2 is a stonking camera, particularly as you're mainly using it for landscapes.

miptog 12 3.6k 61 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2010 6:34PM
It probably comes down to an Full Frame v Crop sensor choice, plus assessing what the cost is to move to full frame lens.
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
22 Jun 2010 6:48PM
In good condition the 10-22mm still commands a pretty decent price on auction sites, so you hopefully wouldn't lose too much against a new 17-40L. The main extra cost is likely to be the difference in price bewteen the bodies. If I had the money myself, 5DMk2 with 17-40L would be my route.
tigerminx 14 237 South Africa
22 Jun 2010 7:11PM
Thanks for the feedback guys.

How you doing Paul? I've been lurking this site for many years now Smile I will be back real soon, and will be posting frequently.

I should be able to flog my 10-22m, which will definitely help towards the 17-40L.
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
22 Jun 2010 7:13PM

Quote:I will be back real soon, and will be posting frequently.

Good to hear it mate. I is well fella, ta for asking Smile
KathyW 14 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
23 Jun 2010 12:00AM
Welcome back Bruce - can't wait to see what you do with the 5Dmk2 & 17-40L combo Smile
tigerminx 14 237 South Africa
24 Jun 2010 9:24PM
Just placed my order for the Canon 5D Mk II + EF 24-105mm L IS Kit. Once I can sell my 10-22mm EF-S Lens, I will definitely pick up a 17-40L lens. Really look forward to it. Can't wait to start posting here again. Best renew my e2 subscription Smile
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
24 Jun 2010 9:28PM
Great choice!
pulsar69 14 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2010 10:06PM
well done mate , i own this kit and love it ..
tigerminx 14 237 South Africa
9 Jul 2010 5:58PM
Really loving the 5D Mark II. An amazing piece of kit. Managed to sell my 10-22mm, and will be collecting a 17-40mm tomorrow. It's second hand but I'm assured it's in excellent condition.

Cannot Wait !!!!!!!!!!!

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
9 Jul 2010 6:08PM
Can't wait to see what you can come up with ... not jealous at all ... well, maybe just a little bit Wink
javam 13 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2010 6:22PM
If I did not intersperse my landscape work with the odd airshow I would also have gone down the Mk2 route, so for what its worth I think you have made the right decision, as it is I have gone for the 7D. It gets its first airshow outing tomorrow hopefully followed by some landscape work not too long after so very interested to see how well it does the split personality bit I need.

As I assume Cole will be taking his Mk2 to the RIAT I am kind of hoping it does not prove to be quite as good in an airshow environment as the 7D or I may have a little cry.
tigerminx 14 237 South Africa
9 Jul 2010 9:30PM
A friend of mine who I shoot with regulary has just purchased a 7D. I must admit it, it is also a fantastic camera. If my interests in photography had nothing to do with landscapes, I would be shooting with a 7D myself. If any of you are interested, here is the view from my house in Durban of the Soccer Stadium. My very first image with the 5D Smile Cropped slightly. I can't get over the detail at 100%.

Durban Soccer Stadium

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