I’ve been patiently waiting to make a decision. The 7D turmoil of rumored specs had an important role in holding me back, until they were officially announced…
It was both an exciting and anguishing day for me. I sat through a 2 day shower of information at the Collision Conference trying to make sense of it all.
It has been getting clearer and clearer that no one single camera is going to satisfy my needs…
Hybrid cameras concept and all the hype around them have brought a sense of faux hope that I could actually compile it all into one all mighty device… wonderful thought… budget wise, size wise and manual wise… yes, cause I’m one of those that actually reads the manual. Not to mention how much more intimate you could get with a camera you’d use in both worlds.
There’s still light at the end of the tunnel in the form of a FF35 Scarlet, but not only is it still too far away, the budget sits in a much higher “neighborhood”, which despite the inherent “better view”, it still won’t have autofocus, which I can’t live without for the type of photography I do and want to keep doing.
I had all the facts now and the hardest decision was in my hands… On top of it all I sold my old faithful 5D and couldn’t bare the idea of being alive without a stills camera!
The crop sensor in the 7D is an absolute deal killer for the photographer in me!
I remember when I upgraded to a 5D from my (then) beloved 20D, planning on keeping it as a backup camera… but once you go Full Frame a new world of creative opportunities unfolds in your view finder and you’d have to be mad to ever go back… needless to say it wasn’t long until my 20D found a new owner…
The only advantage a crop factor brings to the plate is turning your 400mm zoom into a 640mm! Or just multiply 1.6 by the focal length of your lens. Which can be very interesting for several specific uses, not to mention it usually brings a few extra frames per second performance to continuous bursts.
The biggest problem of solving such 240mm shortcomings on a FF camera, comes in the form of several thousands of $$$ or the loss of autofocus and light… which I admit is less then ideal… so much so, I haven’t taken a single surfing picture since I sold my 20D years ago… and boy, do I miss it…
400mm x 1.6 = 640mm But this is where the appeal for a crop sensor camera ends for me!
The next thing you loose when you go FF is all the crappy lenses in your kit… FF will expose the very worst in your lenses! But by the time you’ve replaced the weak links, you realize why your photography wasn’t getting to where it is now… and that’s the important part that will never allow you to go back!
Now as far as HD goes, it’s obvious that the commodities of the myriad of frame rates on the 7D make it a lot more appealing, but it all comes at price too… and we’re not talking $$$ here…
The 7D has no chance of having the same low light performance of the 5D! It won’t be a world of difference, but it just won’t match it! But the most important factor is going to be the look and feel of the footage it will be capable of producing, which once again, has no chance of having some of the wonderful characteristics that have made us all fall in love with the 5D MKII.
I hear people very excited about the proximity in size of the 7D sensor to super 35mm… it all sounds really cool! But unless you’re Rodney Charters or you were lucky enough to be “best school friend bro” with some hotshot at Panavision, I’m really curious to see which lenses are you going to use to take advantage of that???
The other BIG problem is when you need to go wide… yeah, yeah, yeah… 15mm x 1.6 = 24mm, but does it feel the same as a good old 24mm?! Not even close!
You see, not only has the lens sensor relationship been f#$%ed with, you shrunk the diameter of the barrel, if we’re talking about an EF-S lens. If you actually use a “real” 17mm, you’re only seeing less then half of the real estate that your lens provides… beyond the simple “zoom” into the lens that’s happening here, all the gorgeous, dynamic distortions your beloved wide lens used to produce will never meet the sensor and you’ll be wondering just what’s missing to your beautiful shot… well, now you know how it was lost!
And what if you actually want, or worst even, need!!! a 15mm shot? Throw a wide angle adapter bought on ebay and see how plasticky your photos and video footage will look now… but hey! It’s 24p…
Which brings me to the film look issue…
Film look does not come from frame rates, or any camera alone. If you’ve been looking for it in your 24p and still haven’t found it, try searching in your heart, cause an image full of emotion will always be more cinematic then any frame rate, on any given camera… this might have made it a whole lot more confusing… haha! But that’s why I live for this!!!
Why not the 7D, then?!
Just like this page is composed by many different words and I struggle, within my limited vocabulary, not to repeat the same ones over and over, film has a much more complex “grammar”, a lot more daunting to master and just as susceptible to individual interpretation, as the most abstract of poems. If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a moving shot worth?
The point is that I struggle to write in a language that is not my own, due to my limited vocabulary, so why would I want to loose more then half of my “words” by using a x1.6 crop factor in my dear lenses?
Don’t know about you… but 30p feels a lot less castrating to me…?!
Thank you Canon! For once again delivering us the amazing new camera that would be perfect if it only had the feature it’s missing…
Eagerly waiting the arrival of my new 5D!!!
T ; )~