I’m a complete newbie to the world of digital photography. I purchased a Canon 350d a couple of years ago but I've only been” paddling around in the shallow end”, dabbling so to speak without any real understanding of what I’m doing or how I’m achieving results, but now that children have arrived, I feel the time has come, to capture and record precious moments that would otherwise be lost forever. I enjoy outdoor/portrait/landscape photography and have signed up for a photography course starting in next couple of weeks to gain a better understanding of what I am doing. I have spoken to camera stores here and all have suggested that I upgrade my camera body but have received mixed suggestions as to what I should upgrade to.
As I currently have two Sigma lenses ( 18 – 50mm and 55 – 200mm) most stores have advised me to stay with the Canon brand as these lenses cannot be mounted on the only other suggested Nikon brand.
I have read both on this forum and over the internet as a whole, the camera body is not as an important a decision as the lens and many have been spend the extra money on high quality lenses. That being said, I still have to ask the question
Going forward and not wishing to upgrade my camera body again in the near future should I consider a full frame or crop image sensor. Stores here have advised me against a full frame sensor, (even though they are more expensive) . Your advice on this topic would be greatly appreciated.
Suggestions made included the 1100d as an entry model along with the Nikon d3100. I have also been shown the 600d but as I explained to the representatives about not having to upgrade in the near future the two models most commonly suggested were the 650d and 7d.
Some friends have suggested the 7d, primarily because they have/have had them. Looking at the specifications (again to the novice eye) both model seem to be on a par.
The only differences I can see are :
Sensor Light sensitivity - 12,800 ISO on the 650D compared to 6,400 ISO on the 7D
Sensor Light sensitivity (Boost) 25,600 ISO on the 650D compared to 12,800 ISO on the 7D
Screen Resolution 1,040k dots on the 650D compared to 920k dots on the 7D
The 650D is smaller and lighter
Viewfinder type Pentamirror on the 650D compared to Pentaprism on the 7D
Viewfinder size 0.53x on the 650D compared to 0.62x on the 7D
Viewfinder coverage 95% on the 650D compared to 100% on the 7D
Shutter Lag Performance 269ms on the 650D compared to 131ms on the 7D
Continuous Shooting 5fps on the 650D compared to 8fps on the 7D
Image quality 62.0 on the 650D compared to 66.0 on the 7D
Colour depth 21.7 Bits on the 650D compared to 22 Bits on the 7D
Low Light Performance 722 ISO on the 650D compared to 854 ISO on the 7D
Shutter max 1/4000s on the 650D compared to 1/8000s on the 7D
Price £512 for the 650D camera body compared to £1,069 for the 7D camera body
What are your suggestions / comments about the above mentioned camera models, is the 7D £557 a better camera or is there another alternative I should be looking at and should I consider full frame over crop image sensor. Your thoughts and comments will be greatly appreciated.
Along with the camera I am looking to purchase a wide angle lens (10-22mm) and a canon EF 50mm F1.8 || (maybe not all together ) to accompany the Sigma lenses i already have ( 18 – 50mm and 55 – 200mm)
Thanks in advance