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Jim Victory wrote:
The 7D AF doesn't compare to the 1D MKIII or 1D MKIV. I really never found anything about the 7D that would make me consider it over any other camera currently out except maybe the Rebel series.
The 7D shouldn't compare to the 1dMk-anything because it's a different class of camera. For the difference in price (and 26 more focus points) the 1-series should be head and shoulders above everything else made by Canon, and it is. That being said, I find the 7D to be an outstanding camera. Having owned the 20/30/40D, and having used a 50D and 5D, I can say that the 7D is better than any crop body that Canon has produced, and I like it better than the 5D because of its vastly superior AF, improved metering, and the ability to configure the camera in so many ways. I find the image quality to be excellent, although there is a steep learning curve with this camera one must climb in order to master the camera. I have never had any issues with AF and find that I have a high rate of keepers, much higher than I've had with the previous bodies/AF systems, and also find it much easier to track subjects in motion. The 7D meets my needs perfectly; I don't need the extra features, extra ruggedness, or capabilities of the 1d4, so for me the 1-series is not a camera I would consider (I do have a 1vHS, and with that camera I learned what it means to have more camera than I actually need--I love it though!). I'm a serious hobbyist that occasionally does paying work, and with the 7D I know that I have an immensely capable camera that can withstand difficult and challenging weather conditions as well as just about any photographic situation I'm likely to encounter. For that reason there is every reason for me to consider the 7D over every other camera out there, including the 1-series. If I become a serious pro who requires the most advanced and rugged tool Canon makes, I will certainly acquire a 1-series. Until then, the 7D is more, much more than enough.