Decisions, decisions …
My main working camera has been a Canon 7D, which I upgraded from a Canon 40D. The 40D, was the camera I used for personal images like family vacations and events. I also kept it around as a back up camera, which I never needed because the 7D has been so reliable. Sometime last year my 40D was stolen.
As a photographer, you can not rely on one working camera. You are only a photographer if you have a camera. If that breaks you’re just a guy looking at stuff. Always have a backup!
So, my reliable 7D will move over and be able to rest and take it easy. Maybe take a vacation, but that leaves me with the challenge of deciding which camera to get now.
I looked at the Canon 5DS and the 5DS R, but I knew I didn’t want to spend that much money. I was also concerned that because of the increased file size, I might have to upgrade my computer and storage. That left me with two viable options, the 5D Mark III and the 7D Mark II.
My research began by looking for any comparisons online, but I could only find comparisons between the 5D Mark II and the 7D. They all pretty much said the same thing … get the 5D Mark II, because it’s better!
Looks like I’m going to have to do this the hard way and look up specs myself.
I won’t bore you with the play by play, but I will go over the features that helped me make my decision.
The 5D Mark III is an amazing full frame camera with high ISO capabilities. It is also around $1000 more expensive.
The 7D Mark II has an APS-C size sensor. To many photographers, a full frame is the only way to go. I see that with the smaller sensor size, there is a 1.6 crop factor which essentially means that if you are using a 200mm lens, the view similar to a 360mm lens on a full frame. Then, the maximum frames per second are 10 vs 6, in favor of the 7D Mark II. Sensor Dual DIGIC 6 vs DIGIC 5, in favor of the 7D Mark II. Image size 20.2 vs. 22.3 megapixels, in favor of the 5D Mark III.
When I had to make my decision, I was shooting high school football games at night. The crop sensor would get me closer to the action, the higher frame rate would be better for the action shots. I know that the higher ISO capabilities and larger sensor size are better for noise, but the 7D Mark II won out for me.
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