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Recently I added the canon 7D to my camera collection to join my Canon 5D (original 2005) and Canon Rebel 2000 (film). I have a good selection of lenses including 50mm F/1.4, 17-40mm F/4L, and 70-200mm F/4L. I have a few flash accessories to complete the kit with Canon wireless trigger ST-E2, 430 EX and 580EX.
My move to 5D was an upgrade to full frame from a Canon Rebel XSi (450D). I used my Digital rebel with lenses including 75-300mm F/4-5.6, 50mm F/1.8 and 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 then later 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM and my current 50mm F/1.4. I loved shooting 300mm on the 1.6 crop. 300mm was fun but it didn’t help me take good pictures. I changed my perspective by shooting 17mm on the 5D and got hooked on wide angle. I felt like I couldn’t go back to a crop sensor.
After a year and a half loving my 5D and full frame, I wanted to start shooting video. Not having any real photography jobs I could not justify upgrading to a new 5D mark 2. I’ve had a few paid practice shoots but nothing to pay the bills. Along came a friend with a sweet deal on his barely used 7D body only kit with grip, spare battery, bag, books and more. I couldn’t pass on the price.
My early days with cameras (3 years ago) were days of ignorance. I didn’t understand the value of 17-40mm F/4 when 18-55mm was close enough. Now my 17-40 is my favorite video lens. Equivalent focal length of 28-64mm very sharp and constant aperture. ISO range is one stop larger on 7D vs 5D, losing ISO 50 then adding ISO 6400 and ISO 12800. High ISO is visible as texture rather than distracting noise. Even on film I like the grain of high ISO Kodak TMax 3200. I am looking to soon replace the 7D neck strap with a canon hand strap which is much easier when working on and off the tripod for video. Along with video, time lapse is great with the 7D. Without an intervelometer I shoot time lapse with low speed continuous with small jpeg and the 7D appears to have an endless buffer. So far this camera has been a great addition to my 5D and I hope I don’t stop using the 5D until I can replace it with a 5D Mark 3.