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I have been reading and going rounds with my next purchase of either a 5D mark II or a 7D. I have reviewed videos and articles but am not sure where to place my big purchase.

I want to get a full frame eventually but I do landscape, wildlife and low light. I am aiming for night sky shots and sharper images.

I also am trying to design my equipment to be versitle...That I can use my lenses on full frame or midrange? Oh I have a 40D and a canon Rebel

Suggestions? Santa is waiting for me to respond

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I have a 7d and I absolutely love it....If you would like to view some wildlife shots of mine you can check them out at:  

nice work..How long have you had the 7D and what are the main lens u use?


I've had it about a year and lens include:

28-135, f3.5, IS

300L Prime, f4 IS

50, f2.8

My favorite is the 300L but I use the 28-135 most...

I have 2 friends that have the D5 and they love theirs also..we all should be faced with such decisions, there's no losing.

what type of photography do they mainly shoot?

by the way, how did you get those shots that look like you are flying beside the bird?

Mainly wildlife....I took those with the 300L.  It's a great lens for freezing action and can be handheld in light situations.

I have the 7D and the 5D Mark II and like both the cameras.  I find the 5D Mark II is great for portraits and group photos such as homecoming, team photos and weddings.  The full frame sensor allows you to be closer to the people and allows you to photograph groups very well.  I use the 24-70 f2.8 lens for group shots.   I use my 7D for shooting my daughter's drill team at football games and contests.  Paired with a 70-200 IS II lens, it works wonderfully for any sporting event whether it is indoors or outdoors. I would stay with EF lenses as they are compatible between both cameras. 

Either camera will work great in low light situations.  If you shoot alot of wildlife, then the 7D may be best as it will give you more distance with your zoom lens. 

Maybe keep your 40D and continue to use that and get the 5D Mark II that way you have both a full frame and a cropped sensor camera.  That was what I wanted when I bought both my cameras.  They provide me versatility for all events. 

thank you for your reply.

Yes, I am looking at versatility. If I get the 5D what lense would be compatable as well as responsive for both a full frame and crop senor?

I currently use a Rebel xti and 40D. I love being able to swap lens between the two but I would like sharper landscape and portraits. I have little experience with portraits but have been getting wedding gigs.

Any Canon EF lens is compatible with either the 5D or 7D cameras.  EF-S lens are made specifically for cropped sensor cameras, so they would not work on a full frame camera.  The Canon 70-200 IS II lens is my work horse lens.  It is an awesome lens that provides versatility between the 5D and 7D cameras.  It is great for portrait work and sports.  Put the 70-200 lens on a 7D and you have a 112-320mm lens.  It works great in low light photography situations.

Richard makes a valid point in that the lens makes the images.  Spending money on good lenses is important.  You will keep the lenses for a long time and change bodies in the future.  When looking at lenses, I would recommend renting a lens before purchasing it.  This allows you to test out the lens with your camera to see if it fits your needs first.  There are several good rental companies on the internet.

thats great news! I have a macro lens EF 100mm 1:2.8 USM and a Sigma 8-16mm 1:4.5-5.6 HSM. Was wondering if I would have to purchase a whole new set of lens.

I shoot with a 7D and a 40D (with a 30D in reserve).  I always carry at least two cameras and my normal lens duo is a 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and a 70-200mm f/4L IS.

My galleries are at


My China Galleries and my Yosemite Gallery were shot with the 30D and 40D cameras (before I acquired the 7D).


My portrait gallery is accessed via:


I also have a 300mm f/4L IS lens and, like Bill Black, I absoultely love it for sports and wildlife.  I like that I can use it with a 1.4x TC and end up with a viable 420mm f/5.6 lens with IS.


I can see the logic in having a 1.6x crop and a full frame camera but, I am quite happy with my 1.6x equipment. Like you, I enjoy full compatibility between my cameras and lenses. 


However, I really think that lenses make the difference in image quality and that equipped with top-line lenses, crop cameras can produce very good to excellent imagery.




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