Last edited by takengo2003; 30th June 2010 at 10:48 AM.
Not trying to sound arrogant, but I seriously think those modes are not very useful anyways, when you know what you are doing. P,M,S,A is pretty much all you need.
dude, before you start bombing me, please read properly, i said tt i will still be using my 500d with the 75-300 lens to try out and start up these kinda lens just to start learning. and about the modes, i have never denied the use of the other modes
I was simply Stating that 7D dosent have it.
there is a HUGE difference between stating a fact and saying that its not important so please try to understand what i'm trying to say.
RGB Metering & Focusing.
Hi, As a hobby, i will start with 7D, 5DMk2 and 1Dmk4 with 10-22mm 15-85mm and 70-200mm 2.8L,ii, USM, IS
you're also interested and serious about photography, so just go as far as your budget allows. I knew nuts about shutter speed and aperture when i got my 500D, so I thought I should get something suitable to my level, but now I regret not getting a higher-end model like a 50D or a 7D, because if you're serious about it, it's simply a matter of time (short time, in fact) until you know how to use and control your camera well. So don't get what suits your level now, get what suits the level you aim to be
EDIT: TS is a forums term, it means thread starter and this case it's you xD
For crop factor, just understand it this way: DSLRs not in the full frame professional range (like the 1D serious or 5D) have a smaller sensor (hence "cropped" sensor), so the image it captures is smaller than the image a full frame sensor camera (imagine you take a photo with a full frame camera, then cut away all the outer part and keep only the center part)
I would recommend the 7D since you're into sports photography. It focuses pretty fast (faster than the more expensive 5DII in fact) and it's a crop camera so you get more range without having to spend more on a longer lens
Last edited by Soundaholic; 30th June 2010 at 11:20 AM.
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Crop factor refers to the smaller sensors on non-full frame bodies. For Canon it's 1.6x, for Nikon it's 1.5x.
To go more technical, a crop factor is related to the ratio of the dimensions of a camera's imaging area compared to a reference format with the 35mm film dimensions being used as a reference.
It is a bit hard for to give any advice since the usual advice seekers would work out their budget first and then look at the shortlisted cameras based on the budget.
You seemed set on getting a 7D, which I assume is within your budget, so, basically, there is not much reason why we can/should dissuade you.
But your statement about "making loses if you buy a lower range camera and having to upgrade later" can be viewed in another way. If making the best of your money is important, all the more you should consider the lower range models.
1) If you buy lower range camera and decided that the hobby is not for you, you would have wasted less money than if you buy a top of the range camera straight away.
2) If you buy a lower range camera and mastered the basics and have a better idea what you need in the next upgrade. You can still sell off that camera and recoup a substantial amount of money. Also, by then, there would be better models than the 7D.
3) A lower range model + good lenses would be more cost effective than, top range model + lousy lenses.
Most of us are used to buying stuff and giving advice based on a limited budget and thus, for your approach of getting the "best out there", what we say might not be what you want to hear.
I started out as a newbie some years back. What helped the most was taking classes under a good instructor. That way, you learn the fundamentals, which is the most important.
So I'd suggest you sign up for classes. Believe the CCs offer them. As for the choice of gear, the 500D has all the key functions for you to practice and improve your photog skills. So you might want to keep away the upgrade bug for the time being, and save the money for classes & photo trips.