Thanks for your advice on extension tubes. Have been off the site for a couple of weeks and have found the information very useful. I have purchased some manual extension tubes to begin trying/attempting macro photography and have done some further research. My only worry is the dust factor really and the manual aperture setting, which may convince me to purchase some of the Kenko tubes which give you control over aperture.
hi john thanks for the comment. that bubble shot you asked about was done in a program called photobrush 5 if you like these kind of shots i can highly recommend it.its very cheap to buy and the little planet part is worth it alone for the effect. i think you can download a trial version. also its soooooooooooo easy to use no need to take alot of shots ,stitching them etc. hope this was helpful. paul
John, I had Sony a380 with kit lenses and a 50mm 1.8 and I gave them to my brother to get myself a canon. 7d is one of the most dslrs I am interested in. can you help me please with your experience. I see that you almost had the same sony to canon move. did you notice improvement in image quality?
Some people claim that 7d has annoying noise at at low (ISO 100 to 800)?
And what lenses you got? I felt in my Sony experience that I was wrong that I got the kit lenses so I decided to not to get kit lenses when I go Canon or Nikon. I am thinking of Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8.
That's great news, John! I bet it will serve you well. Were your new addition shot with the new camera? I hope you will share your experience after you've played with it a little bit more :)
Thank you very much for all the information, although it confused quite a bit ;D Now I am really undecided. As you said, I have to figure out wheather I need the 7D features. And that's a tough question. When I was buying my 1000D last year I was very sure I won't need fast burst speed or spot metering. Now I know I do :) But I am not sure if I need 8 fps. My 1000D has 1,5 fps (in RAW) and that's obviously not enough for bird photography. I was shooting with my girlfriend's 450 sometimes and it's 3 fps felt pretty decent. So I think 2 fps more would be enough (?).
Another point that bugs me about the 1000D is the slow AF. Both cameras, 60D and 7D, would be a step up. I am using just the center AF point all the time (I don't like to let the camera focus whatever it wants). So 7D's 19 AF points might be too much. I could not find any decent information about the AF speed of both cameras.
It would also be handy if I could keep using sdhc memory cards. Because I have a few and I could also share them with my girlfriend.
The weatherproof body of the 7D is not really a point for me. I don't shoot much in the rain anyway and I also don't have weatherproof lenses. The few times I was actually making photos in the rain my 1000D performed quite well. This might be a different story in England. It was raining cats and dogs every time I've been to London ... it's like you never have sunny days there ;)
I guess need to hold both cameras in my hands to decide which one is right for me .
Take care! I hope to see some new shots soon.
Oh, looks like I have to rethink my desicion. I am also looking for an upgrade, since my Canon 1000D does not suit my needs anymore. It is a very good cam (especially for the price) but there are several aspects I not satisfied with (e.g. I need faster AF, spot metering, faster continuous shooting). I was settled on 60D, because it is pretty similar to the 7D im many areas and costed 400 € less. But it looks like the 7D is on sale now. That makes the desicion making much harder, because the 7D is no doubt better. The only thing I don't like about the 7D is it's size and weight. It's just huge!! I did not have the opportunity to hold the 60D in my hands yet (it was not released here yet), but judging from the comparison photos I've seen it has the perfect size for me. I don't want to leave my camera at home just because it's too big and heavy. The best camera is the one you can take with you ;)
So if the size and weight don't bother you, get the 7D. From what I read, it outperforms the 60D in almost all regards (I also like the 100% view finder very much).
By the way, what makes you switch to Canon? Sony seems to have some amazing new models with up to 10 fps.