I've owned and shot with a Canon 40D for a while now, and have been very happy with it. For my personal use it is more than adequate as well. I did feel that 10MP was starting to get dated, especially when cropped - and I figured if I was going to produce 500 photos a year in 2011 I should try to be a bit ahead of the game :) As well, I wanted a bigger viewfinder. With that in mind I upgraded to the Canon 7D.
Overall, I am quite happy with it. The jump from 10MP to 18MP is real, though it doesn't make any difference for small prints. With stock, though, things are inspected at 100% so more resolution can be important for resolving fine details, and it gives you more room to crop and still results in a 'Maximum' size file.
Hi Brad, I'm new to the Stock scene. I just read your review on the 7D. You asked if anyone else loves or hates it. I basically made the same transition as you did by going from the 40D (which I still have) to the 7 D. In between I treated myself to a 1D Mk III ...which initially I loved. I then got the 7 as a backup for the 1D....now I never use the 1D. My 7 d is now on over 300,000 shots and still working well. A great camera. I can't agree more with you on the lenses though. A lot of people think it's the camera that counts but I think you can take brilliant photo's with an old 350D if the glass infront is L or equivalent. It'll be interesting to see how long I have to wait to make my first sale.
I have to admit that when it comes to ISO, I've always assumed that the base ISO was going to have the cleanest output. I had read articles on how some models of cameras were noisier at the 'in-between' ISOs (ISO 125 and 160) than the base numbers (100, 200, 400). This was true on a camera I had a while back, so I didn't really give it another thought.
I read an article in a magazine (link here) where someone took a Canon 7D with a lens cap on and compared the noise with the levels boosted up. It isn't as dramatic as the article made out, but the results surprised me a little. Turns out my 7D is just as good (or better) at ISO 160 than it is at ISO 100. That is a 2/...
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