7D for portraits

Started Oct 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
jm67
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Re: Go look at the dial-clarified
In reply to J F, Oct 6, 2012

J F wrote:


I am by no means a beginner, and I know how to use my camera to get the effects I want. The reason for the posting of this particular question was because I am debating between the 7d, 6d and the 5dII. While I know that the 6d and 5dII are supposed to be much better for portraits, I am leaning toward the 7d because of some of its other capabilities. Also I can get the 7d along with a new lens for about the same cost as the 6d. I wanted to hear from people who have the camera what their experiences were. I wanted to hear if there were any portrait photographers using the 7d for their work, and if it gave them the quality they were looking for or if they felt it fell short. There is only so much you can learn about a camera from reading the specs they put down on paper.

Your original post said nothing about 6 or 5 series cameras.  You merely stated that your 40d (which you used for portraits) is dead/dying and you need a replacement and wondered if the 7d could perform the same function.

"I have read that the 7D is very strong for wildlife, action,etc., but I am curious as to experience on how it handles portrait work. I shoot both indoor with strobes as well as outdoor natural light portraits, and I have been using a 40D. Because of some shutter issues with the 40D I need to get a new camera. Because of some of the other subject matter I shoot, I am interested in the 7D."

Not to defend anyone's replies other than my own, but this is where you may have found the origin of some head scratching.

Since the 7d is essentially the same camera that you've been using, I'm not sure why you need to know what other people think.  It should be obvious that it will perform the same as the 40d but with greater detail, built in flash triggering, and focusing ability if that's what you want.  The idea that a camera is great for action and wildlife but that somehow that precludes it from shooting people is one that's come up since the 7d hit the market and makes me shake my head to this day.  And yes, you can continue to use existing lenses and pick up some faster ones if you need to shrink your dof.  If you've been happy with the 40d (I had one and oddly I miss it and I think it'll go down as one of the best cameras that Canon ever made) there is nothing to suggest you won't like the 7d. Personally I replaced the 40d I had with two 7ds as my crop cameras.  They are used primarily for portraits and have done so for me since the camera came out.

If you want to change your question to include 5 and 6 series cameras, you might want to start a new thread and make sure people understand you want to know what differences you can expect from them.


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