Rated 5 out of
Incredible Images"I've been using a Canon 10D for many years. I finally decided to step up to this camera as I've been taking more pictures of birds in flight and rapidly moving subjects (dogs), and the aging shutter of my 10D was concerning me and its old AF just wasn't giving me the hits that I needed to capture the moments I wanted to capture.
The primary user of this camera are people who want performance for objects in motion and like the idea that when you put a 300mm lens on this body, it becomes 480mm equivalent thanks to the 1.6 sensor crop.
That 1.6 crop, if you're used to it, really gives you an advantage at the long end. Then again, it crops the image, and just as your 300 becomes a 480... your 50 becomes an 80mm and your 24 becomes 38.4. Anyone stepping up from any of canon's X0 and XX0 line will find themselves at home on the 7DMII and will find your EF-S lenses fit just as well on the new body. Also, because the sensor size is much smaller than full-sized 35mm sensors like on the 6D, 5DMIII and 1Dx, it has more noise per pixel. That is something to keep in mind when considering whether to go with this camera or a full-frame camera. The 5DMIII will perform better in low light simply because its pixel density is less.
That said, you put better glass on this camera and it will react accordingly. If you just want to do casual shooting and find the Rebel just a little lacking in features, the 70D is far more economical. Even though you lose some of the pro features, it makes up for it with a touch screen (which makes live view and video focus selection far simpler) that can be articulated easily. The sensors are very similar, although you lose the FPS for shooting. For me, the rapid shooting and professional features (especially the Auto-focus system) were worth far more than the price difference.
EF-S 18-135 IS STM is a good all around lens and great for video. But its not quite as fast with its AF as my 28-135 IS USM, in my experience. That said, I keep the 18-135 on most times simply because of the extra 10mm on the low end: well worth it if you're looking to get some wider angle images. That said, it is absolutely silent in both IS and focusing, meaning if you're using it for video, transitions are not picked up on the internal mic, and focus is very smooth and precise with the dual-pixel phase detect.
Overall I am very happy with this product and Henry's staff, as the store where I purchased mine helped me out a lot over the past few weeks. My first copy had an obvious focus problem that required me to bring it in for exchange. The second copy has been flawless. A camera is a tool. It should enable a person to take great photos, and this camera certainly does that if you understand what it is best at doing. If you are considering one of these cameras, read up on it, understand it. Keep in mind that there is a significant learning curve on this body, but it is capable of amazing things if you invest the time to learn it."