Canon 7D - Did I make mistake?

Started Nov 13, 2009 | Discussions thread
Len_Gee Veteran Member • Posts: 9,686
Re: Canon 7D - Did I make mistake? Yes, you made a common mistake .

Yes, I think you made a common mistake switching camera systems/

The mistake you made is that you got caught up in the frenzy of "flavor of the month camera" camera, and reading "rave reviewss" thinking that a new camera will necessarily make you a better photographer. Buyer's Remorse kicks in when one realizes a new camera does not improve one's skill as a photographer. Loads of people here get caught up in this.

If it's not too late, perhaps you can return your Canon 7D, and stay with the Pentax DSLR system.

My humble suggestions:

You have some Pentax lenses, correct?

Get a higher end Pentax DSLR - for higher FPS and better IQ at high ISO's.

Get a Pentax fast telephoto prime fast zoom ( a fast one good for indoor sports and action shooting) .

But, if you should decide to keep the Canon 7D, perhaps look at the 85 1.8 for indoor available light shooting. Not too expensive, and good IQ.

Good luck and I sincerely hope things work out for you. I hope you won't/will not lose too much money realizing this common mistake.


A Canon 5D shooter and not searching for the Holy Grail of Cameras.

karenlh wrote:

It's a little late to be asking this, but I'm still interested in your opinion.

I wanted a camera that will take good indoor volleyball photos in extremely poorly lit gyms (middle schools). So far I've tried this:

Pentax *istDL (because it was cheap) - Adding the 50mm lens helped, but not enough.

Pentax K10D (because I already had 3 Pentax lenses) - Improvement over *istDL - but, again, not what I was after. There was a great deal of noise at ISO 1600, plus shutter speeds were still down around 1/125.

SO... I decided to switch to Canon and bought the 7D with the 50mm F/1.4 lens. I was able to use it at a high school game. The photos were much, much better than I've had in the past. However, I'm wondering if I could have gotten acceptable images with the 50D or one of the Rebel series cameras. Did I gain that much improvement in picture quality at high ISOs over these other cameras? I'm wondering if I should have invested my money in add'l lenses instead of a good body. When I've tried to save money in the past, I ended up with 2 cameras that I wasn't happy with. I didn't want to risk that happening again. It's hard for me to test cameras in the store as the conditions are so different than in a volleyball/basketball game.

What do you think? Did I make a mistake in buying the 7D?



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