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Testing the Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D & 70-200 f/2.8L IS

Today I'm gong to be taking a 7D for a bit of a spin around the town to see how it preforms because I'm in the market for a second camera.

I love the 5D MK2 and it will always be my primary camera but there is a few places it falls short for me namely the frame rate (fps) and the full frame sensor.

Frame Rate?

The 5D MK2 shoots a solid 4 frames a second which is more than enough for 90% of my work - commercial - event and landscape as these tend to be well thought out compositions and one frame a second would be enough for these. But where I would like a bit more speed is wildlife most importantly birds. Birds, especially small twitchy birds move very fast and when you holding on to 2.5kg of camera trying to keep it still and or moving fast to follow the action a 4fps camera will get something but only a small slice. 

Crop Sensor?

Why the hell would I want a crop sensor when I spent a whole lot of money on a full frame camera? simple... the crop sensor will give me 1.6 x magnification on all my lenses effectively turning my 70-200 F/2.8L IS into a 112-320 f/2.8L IS and just as if you don't know how much a 300 f/2.8L IS costs let me just casually inform you that the Canon 300mm F/2.8L IS will ship from USD $4340.00. Yep, I know, as soon as you start getting into really big L glass the price escalates dramatically much more dramatically than I can justify at the moment.

So you can see that these two reasons alone add up to a whole new set of photographic possibilities and with a reasonable price tag of a camera, grip and battery for around USD $2000 it makes sense to at least have a real close look. The main deal breaker for we will be ISO performance which after a few quick looks is nowhere near the 5D MK2 which is both understandable due to sensor size and pricing.  

So stay tuned for the results.