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Canon EOS 7D

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Review Date: Nov 7, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Nothing to add to what has already been written. Like all new model Canon SLR feel & work great.
Cons:
None.

Great to read some reviews, it is so reassuring that only one buyer has experienced problems.

I have been using a 5D2 for nearly a year as my main camera, & kept my 5D I had been using for 2 years before as a spare.
I have only played with the video on the 5D2, such a wonderful camera for pics.

When Canon announced the 7D back in September I decided to buy one just for video, seemed much easier than the 5D2.
Also I calculated it would be much improved in a year, technology moves quick nowadays.

Just in case any owners don't know there is a firmware update available on the Canon site; http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos7d/download.html?submitButtonName=I+Agree

I sold the 5D for over 50% of the 7D cost & have used the 7D as a spare camera just for pics so far, I have to admit I find the cropped sensor harder to get IQ as good as the 5D, nowhere near the 5D2.
Probably me.
I treated myself to the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS lens, as a walkabout because it had good reviews on a cropped sensor.
Nowhere near the 5D2 with a 16-35 f/2.8L that I use as a walkabout.

I repeat probably me.

Seems reading your reviews the 7D won't get near the 5D2, not a problem. The 7D is worth it for the weatherproofing, feels much better in my big hands, lovely to grip. With the lens I mentioned it balances well. Somebody already mentioned, the eyepiece is wonderful for spectacle wearers, I already have a spare battery that fits both, most of the buttons are similar, those that aren't are easy to find & use, seems fantastic on battery use as is the 5D2, but video will no doubt use much more.
The multi point AF I found, didn't seem to focus where I wanted, so I intend to use it on single point for awhile.
I have only shot jpegs Adobe hasn't got RAW support for it yet, & having upgraded twice just for Canon support on the 5D2 & the D3 previously, I will not pay again. Adobe could easily make a plug-in, which is all it really is @ 165 or so.
I miss it mainly for the ability to leave the WB on auto, anyone know a way round this?
Mind AWB is never far off.

Fantastic camera, but if I had to choose just one it would be the 5D2.