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I've been a photo bug for quite a few years. My main interests/subjects are birds and wildlife (some backyard, farms/ranches, some at state parks, open fields, lakes/water, etc.), as well as flowers, bugs, etc. I am not interested in people portraits, nor architecture. I am also not really interested in video capabilities. Not really planning on shooting anything that needs ISO in the 10's of thousands, either.
Not sure if this is where I should post, but thought I'd get more "unbiased" responses than if I posted in the Nikon column or Canon column.
I have the t2i and was looking to upgrade for more/better focus points, fast AF, better fps, great photo quality. Lens will be upgraded as well with the new camera body (I have the kit lens 18-55 and 55-250), as well as the Sigma 100-300.
I've done some research, watched videos, side-by-side comparisons, etc. and have narrowed it down to the Nikon D7100 and the Canon 70D. Both look like very good cameras, but what I haven't seen is anything indicating if one camera is actually more suited for birding/wildlife. I know Canon has more fps, larger buffer, while Nikon has a filter removed for sharp pictures, more focus points, and 6 fps with a slightly smaller buffer. I seriously doubt I'd use live view for the type of photography I do. Any comments on actual battery life would be helpful also.
Can any of you wildlife/birding photographers give me some insight as to the suitability of either of these cameras for this type of shooting? Which one has better focus speed or capabilities, better image quality, less mechanical problems, etc?
If there is a different model of either brand that would be more suitable for wildlife/birding/nature, than the two mentioned above, please feel free to suggest it.
I prefer not to go full frame b/c of cost and size. I am an avid amateur, not a professional. :-)