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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 4:18 pm 

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I have a Canon 40D I am basically happy with.
I do mainly outdoor action, often times in low light...evening, overcast...
I have been looking at the 7D and wondering if I should upgrade. The more reviews I read the more I think I should just stick with what I have. It says it is a great action camera but not so much low light.
I use a Canon 18-200 lens and I do A LOT of cropping. So, megapixel increase seemed to be the thing that first got my attention. The Shutterbug tried to interest me in a new Rebel T5i but I think I prefer a camera with custom settings etc.
I am not the least interested in video.

PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 7:17 pm 

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Hi Mabellucy welcome to the forum.

If you are happy with the camere maybe you can consider changing your lens? If you are cropping a lot, maybe you should look at a lens that gives you more reach. If you can have a high enough shutter speed now at 200mm f5.6 I would look at a Canon EF 100-400 L lens. If you have difficulties keeping the shutter speed high enough I think you might want to look at either 200mm f2.8 or 70-200mm f2.8. Third party lenses will be cheaper than the Canon lenses but they might still be out of your budget.

I'm not that knowledgeable about Canon lenses but I'm sure others can suggest other lenses.

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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 12:15 am 
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Hi mabellucy, welcome aboard.

what is the highest iso settings you use your 40D at?
The 7D is useable up to 3200 and the 18mp will give you much more room to crop, then add it adds a much more versatile focus system. Considering its price, I think its a worthwhile upgrade.
But if you want to wait for a newer model it likely to be ok up to 6400 iso, but it will be much more expensive and possibly another year away.

In the mean time you may enjoy getting some prime lenses, its quite surprising what something like the a 1.4 or 1.8 aperture can do for you.

The only way to get more low light performance is to look at the 6D or 5D III they take this whole low light stuff to another level.

Canon Powershot S95, Canon 6D,7D, Canon 40 2.8 STM, Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC, Canon 17-40 L, Canon 15-85, Canon 85 1.8, Sigma 30 1.4, 50mm 1.8, Canon 100 2.8L Macro, Canon 70-300L +Kenko 1.4 Pro 300DGX, Canon 430EX II and RS 4 Classic

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 3:08 pm 

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I would keep the 40D for now and look into some better and faster lenses. While the 7D is a fantastic camera and a step up from what you have now, it's still getting a bit old. And if you are happy with the 40D I don't see much point in upgrading.
I would suggest you do not downgrade to a TXi / xx0D. You might get a better sensor, but you lose so much in terms of build quality and usability imho (smaller darker viewfinder, smaller plasticy body, also no weather sealing, no second command dial, no top lcd, worse AF-system... etc etc)

Hope it helps!

Also newer generations of photoshop might give you an advantage when processing noisy pictures. Not sure what you are using. When I went from Lightroom 1 to lightroom 3 there was a HUGE difference in quality when processing noise. I'm waiting to buy LR5 when it comes out, hopefully I'll be as impressed as I was back then :)

Nikon D7000; Nikkor 35mm 1.8 DX, Nikkor 50mm 1.4 G, Nikkor 70-300mm VR, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 (non VC)

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