* Canon 70d * its here!

Started Jun 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jerry-astro
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6D as a 7D upgrade? Doubtful
In reply to bobn2, Jun 28, 2013

Bobn2 wrote:

I doubt that 'everyone knows' that. I think a good few people will decide that the 70D is good enough for them and go for it. Similarly, quite a few who might have spend their money on a 7D MkII will have been tempted by a 6D. The question is, whether those sicking out for a 7D Mk II and nothing else are numerous enough to pay what will be a big R&D bill.

Rather than debate all the points with you, I'll focus on this one.  Do you seriously believe that the 6D is a legitimate "upgrade" for a decent number of people who own a 7D now and who might be focused on capabilities that go beyond FF?  Seriously?  The 6D is an entry level FF camera with an entry level focus subsystem, entry level frame rate, and a host of other features missing from the much older 7D.  I won't speak for others, but if I had a hankering to get into FF (which is highly questionable at this point), it would be the 5DMk3 I'd be going for, certainly not the 6D.  I am unwilling to give up on the higher end capabilities of the 7D simply to gain access to the world of FF, at least for my needs.  I won't even get into the issue of reach, lens replacement, etc. etc.

So, taking the position that Canon probably won't replace the 7D with another crop camera and will rely on its entry level FF camera as a "step up" is ... well ... patently absurd IMHO.  Many serious photographers who are into birding, sports, and other forms of action photography not only require the more sophisticated features of the 7D but value the additional reach.  I can't see Canon walking away from that market or trying to position the 70D as the replacement camera for those photographers.  As nice as the 70D appears to be (IMHO), it's not really much of a step up (if at all) from the 7D and unless I were looking for a second camera, it's definitely not for me... nor is the 6D.

BTW, the pattern you're seeing here, which is to borrow capabilities (better AF subsystem, higher MP/new sensor) from a higher end camera and introduce it first in a lower end model is something we've seen a number of times from Canon.  There have been a number of times well prior to the introduction of the 7D where a new sensor first appeared in a Rebel model, temporarily making the latest xxD inferior, at least in that respect.  So, I view what Canon is doing with the 70D as a good preview of what they could decide to do with the 7DMk2 and portends well for a possibly very nice upgrade coming down the pike.  Call me an optimist, but that's the way I see it, anyway.

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