I finally succumbed and decided to upgrade!
I’ve had a Canon 400d for a couple of years now, and the old girl has done me proud, but I now find that it’s time to move on. Next year I’m off to New Zealand for three weeks, and I decided that this was the perfect opportunity (read excuse) to upgrade.
The 400d has been a fine entry level camera, but I found myself being frustrated by it’s low light performance, both the high level of noise and limited range of ISO levels. I have also been eyeing the new generation of SLR cameras with video abilities with interest.
Looking around, I was very tempted by the 5d mark II, but with the extra cost, and then having to buy a couple of new lenses, I looked at other 1.6 factor bases. A friend of mine has the 50d, so I was looking for a similar level camera. Reading reviews of the 60d, it seemed that it wasn’t so much an upgrade of the 50d, but more a sideways step. I figured that I’d rather spend that little bit more and many reviews pegged the 7d as the natural successor of the 50d.
So far, I’ve been very impressed with the 7d. It has really rejuvenated my love of photography, so much so that I soon went out and spent another £300 on a lens of equal quality.
The 7d has travelled with me to a few events so far, a wedding, a gig and just some general walk abouts. Every time I’ve been impressed with the results. The images are sharp, rich and (more importantly for me) noise free and crisp. This all may have something to do with a recent upgrade to Lightroom 3 and the aforementioned new lens (Sigma 30mm 1.4) but I could not be happier with my purchase!