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Old Sunday 14th March 2010, 22:02   #1
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Canon 7d vs 1d mark 2 vs 1d mark 3

Hi all,

I have finally got enough money together to upgrade my Camera. However I didnít know whether to go for a new 7d or second hand 1D mark 2 or 3. I need it for wildlife mostly of animals in action and birds in flight. There isnít much to choose between their frame rates, but what about their resolution and af performance. Sorry to ask the same old questions again but itís a big decision. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old Sunday 14th March 2010, 22:20   #2
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Greg, the first post in THIS thread gives a Link to a very good and unbiased comparison between the two Cameras with regards to bird photography.The link points to a PDF file but well worth the read IMO.
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Old Sunday 14th March 2010, 22:29   #3
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Hi Greg - nice blog.

I have the 1diin and the 7D. I think the 7D gets better images and is my first choice.

The AF is quicker on the 1diin, but not much and the only other benefit is the weather sealing and general robustness.

I think its a great camera, though I would imagine it is very close to the 1Dmkiii.

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I spent my cash on a s/h mk2 (not even the N version) and it's brilliant. Obviously I would say that, but for a shade over £600 it is an awful lot of camera. It had 52,000 actuations. The 7d new costs about £1200 from various internet retailers, and a used 1d mk3 usually goes for about £1500-1800.
The mk2 is let down by five things, in my opinion.
1) Cumbersome menu operation, however you soon get the hang of it.
2) Screen not good enough to edit on the fly (image impact = nil)
3) High ISO performance ropey vs current generation of cameras. I don't like to go beyond 400.
4) JPEGS soft vs current generation. I shoot RAW.
5) Heavy battery and ENORMOUS charger.

Note I do not mention that 8.3mp is an issue.

Only you can decide if these things (+ 2mp) are worth an extra £1000 for a mk3. For the sake of completeness, I should mention I have never even touched a mk3, but am considerably better off for it. Nor have I ever set eyes on a 7D. I recently fell over on the ice, on top of my mk2. I bust a small piece of plastic off the battery, and the camera continued to function perfectly. My previous camera, a 50D, would have broken into about 4 separate pieces, and I would have cried a lot. I suspect the 7d would also have suffered greatly, likely terminally. The build quality of the 1 series is superb, however they weigh about twice as much as any other Canon camera. Those extra 700g or thereabouts are noticeably heavier, both to carry and to aim.

I changed from a 50D to a mk2 because I wanted the AF system and the 45 AF points. I also [really] wanted robustness of the body. I tend to bash trees, fall over, use it in the rain, lay it in the mud, sand etc more often than some. This became an awesome decision after only a few months when I fell on it. Prior to my 50D (which amazingly survived me) I wrecked my 30D by dropping it.....

So, £600-£650 for an awesomely-built, fully-featured pro SLR, admittedly lacking in user-friendliness and a few mod cons. But £1000 still in your pocket to buy that 400 f5.6 you always wanted, and still have change. Easy.

Jonathan

PS I have no doubt that the 7D is brilliant and takes great images in the right hands. But so does the mk2. And it's better made, tougher, cheaper, will last longer, won't depreciate as quickly, and I have no substance whatsoever to back this up but the 5 year old AF is probably still better. Oh, and the shutter makes a great "ker-lunk" sound which is highly satisfying.
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Greg, the first post in THIS thread gives a Link to a very good and unbiased comparison between the two Cameras with regards to bird photography.The link points to a PDF file but well worth the read IMO.
A fascinating read, thanks for posting it. A friend is thinking of selling her MkIII and getting a 7D instead. I may have to send her this link.
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Thanks for all your help and the link, Its given me alot to think about.

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EOS 1D11N (fr.11,341) £895* It may be worth trying Fixation ?
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