4 comments on “Reader Comments – Canon 5D Mark III vs 7D

  1. Thank you for the thoughtful and detailed response. I really appreciate that insight. I’m definitely going to purchase the 7D. I shot a game recently with it and the shots were great. No issue with sharpness, focusing or detail whatsoever. Considering your comments about using the optimal lenses I have a couple questions for you. I will be using the Canon 200mm 2.8 and the 135mm f2 lenses. Both are Canon L lenses and the latest version. I will mainly be shooting sports with them on the 7D. Do you think these lenses will allow me to maximize on the resolving power of the 7D?

    Also I own the T2i and during the time that people were complaining about the “softness” issues on the 7D they were comparing what appeared to be sharper resolution images on the T2i. Since they essentially utilize the same sensor how do you explain that phenomenon. Just curious.

    P.S. Thanks for the compliments on my work. I love your site and the reviews. I hope to see more 🙂

    • You’re welcome Zamani.

      The 135/2.8L is one of Canon’s sharpest lenses. I haven’t used the 200/2.8L but if it is cut from the same glass as the 70-200/2.8L II then I bet it is just as sharp. I believe any L lens revisions within the past 5 years should be of high enough resolution. From my experience here are the lenses I feel can keep up with the 7D in all aspects especially optically: EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L, EF 135mm f/2L. I own and use the first two a lot.

      As for the T2i vs 7D sharpness issue, the only reason I can think of is that the T2i (or any rebel) being more of a consumer-friendly body, applies more sharpening out of the box as well as other in camera filtering/processing. The 7D is a highly customizable tool. Out the box it will not apply any sharpening/filtering/processing. You will have to tell it what exactly you want it to do. I always recommend folks READ the manual…LOL. What I’ve observed is that most issues folks have with the 7D is not due to the camera but the way they set it up. Simply put, they don’t know how to use it. The 7D will definitely make you a better photographer. It did me for sure and still pushes me today.

      The 7D was just a winning design. Every Canon body since has basically inherited it’s ergonomics, usability, layout and general design philosophy.

      Cheers Buddy

      • Thanks Bryan, again, I appreciate your insight a lot. Do you have any special process you use in terms of dealing with the raw files from the 7D in Photoshop or Lightroom? Or for getting the optimal usage in terms of the focusing system for fast action shooting?

      • You’re welcome buddy. I suppose I should put together another post about my workflow and optimal use of the 7D’s AF system. In the meantime I’ll try to keep it brief.

        I process all my RAW files with Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP). In my opinion, no other application is better suited for this. The best part is it is FREE and comes with your camera! I did the whole “Photoshop thing” until a fellow photographer walked me through DPP. I never went back to “Photoshop” unless I needed to make some specific edits or apply some basic filters. Most people ignore DPP because it’s “FREE” and fail to realize they’re passing up on the best professional grade tool they have.

        I put “Photoshop” in quotes because I do not use any of the Adobe products. They are hugely cumbersome, inefficient, poorly designed, memory hogs, buggy, unreliable and most of all expensive. For image editing, I use GNU Image Manipulation Program, also known as GIMP (http://www.gimp.org). It does everything the Adobe product does and more, without the hassles. It is very extensible. There is a huge community out there with tons of free tools, modules and tools. Best of all, it’s free! – So now I can free up my funds for new lenses and photography travel. It took some dedication to move off “Photoshop” and learn a new tool, but after a few months I was fully integrated with GIMP.

        As for 7D AF, I will start by recommending you read the user manual that comes with the camera. Read the section on AF. It will breakdown each AF feature and setting and explain how it works and when to apply it. If you have any more specific questions as you go along, I will be more than happy to help for sure.

        All the best.

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