I wanted to wait until I have been shooting with this camera at least a month to write a review. I am a semi-pro / advanced amateur shooter. I primarily shoot landscapes with the Canon 6D, but I wanted a faster camera for my son's sports games. First impressions of this camera are excellent! It is super fast, and feels great in the hand.
I highly recommend you watch some videos online about the autofocus system, if this is an upgrade from a consumer Rebel line. There are so many different customizable things you can do with the focus system, and the buttons that control it. Shooting my first soccer game, I was blown away. I used the center cluster of focus points, and it was tack sharp on almost every shot. The rate of keepers skyrocketed from trying to do the same thing with a 6D.
The 10 frames a second burst is also handy. You will get a very gentle trigger finger, because the shutter button is very sensitive. If you have a heavy finger, you'll be shooting 10-frame bursts for every shot :). Just turn the high speed burst rate down. It will give you a much slower burst rate if you're not shooting fast moving objects.
Image Quality: This camera takes incredibly clear images. I find myself second guessing whether it was a crop body, or a full frame that took the images. When I am post-processing images, I usually batch the 7D's and the 6D's RAW images together. The dual processors, and improved technology makes this crop body deliver extremely crisp and clear images. See the attached images, and judge for yourself!
ISO Performance: For a crop body, this is a huge selling point for me. As I said earlier, I mainly use the full-frame 6D. That camera takes incredible images, and the high noise performance is top notch - like any full frame. But, this camera is on par, or just barely below the 6D up through ISO 1,200. No kidding, I can't believe how great the ISO handling is. I shoot a lot of macro with the 7D now, and I can very comfortably up the ISO to 1,000 if I need to. The three attached images all were shot with an between 800 - 1,000.
Battery Life: I can't lie, the battery life isn't the best. If you're lucky, you can get 1,000 - 1,100 shots per battery charge. Just carry an extra battery with you, and you should be good to go! I am eventually going to get the battery grip for the body.
Getting the Most of out the Camera: If you really want this camera to deliver the best possible images, you should really pair it with some high quality glass. The camera will come with the 18-135 EF-S kit lens. If you're going to spend $1,800 for the camera, do it some justice and purchase some of Canon's signature L glass to go with it. The red ring lenses are pricey, but they are worth every single penny.
Browse my images that I have attached to see the quality of the images, and then click on "Add to Cart!"
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