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Used 1D mk3, or new 7D? 
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Post Used 1D mk3, or new 7D?
I'm getting to the stage where I need a new camera (again) & I seem to be killing 40D's at a rate of one a year, so choice seems to be between a new 7D, or a used 1D mk3, obviously I'd love a mk4, but with my budget, thats just not going to happen at the moment!
Has anyone had experience of a 7D for mainly equestrian work?
I've heard all the horror stories about the mk3, but I'm also aware there are some cheap bodies out there to be had.
Did think about a 5D, but not 100% sure it's quick enough, although have never tried one.
Any thoughts welcome-apart from switch to Nikon!

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Post Re: Used 1D mk3, or new 7D?
mk2n

unless all your work is indoors

but the mk4 really really rocks

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Post Re: Used 1D mk3, or new 7D?
agree with Paul. 1d Mk2n. Rock solid in terms of performance and reliability, though low light not up with the newer bodies.

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Post Re: Used 1D mk3, or new 7D?
Difficult One,

The Canon 7D is pretty speedy & boasts same level of weather sealing as EOS 1 Film camera
and boasts improved focus options over 1D mk3 turns a 300 f2.8 into 480mm f2.8 or a turns a 70-200 f2.8 into a 112mm-320mm f2.8...

but I suppose it depends on the condition & cost of the 1Dmk3 & what your shooting...

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Post Re: Used 1D mk3, or new 7D?
The 1DIIN is a great work horse and mine has proven itself in all sorts of weather and through a range of photography disciplines. However, it has not been out of the bag as a primary camera since I got a 1DIII.

The 1DIII delivers superb low light shots (at least as good as a 5D mark 1) and produces usable images (with a bit of noise reduction) at ISO 6400.

The 1DIII also features the improved button layout and single button function select of later Canon cameras.

The 1DIIN is still a great camera but the 1DIII is a significant step above it.

Choosing between a 7D or a 1DIII then I (and I did) would get the 1DIII. If you get a 'blue dot' version (has all the modifications and updates) then you should have no focus issues. My 1DIII is actually better than my 1DIIN for accuracy of focus.

The 7D has a lot going for it and if you need the physically smaller camera it is a good choice. I spent a fair amount of time researching the 7D before getting the 1DIII. It was close and the 7D had some serious advantages in some areas but for my use the 1D was the right choice in the end.

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Post Re: Used 1D mk3, or new 7D?
I have two mk3's and both been back to Canon during the recall. One had a fix but the other had a clean bill of health (personally I never noticed any problem). I still use a mk2 for some jobs and lasdt year had a new shutter fitted so I guess nearly new again :D . Still going strong and still in use for some events and wouldnt dream of selling unless moving for a mk4. After using 1d series (in all weather and lighting conditions) since the original 1d I dont think I would concider using anything else.

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Post Re: Used 1D mk3, or new 7D?
i have a mk1 and it still gets used, the mk2n still works as a second remote body or is used by one of my team as their primary body. THe mk4 is a stellar performer, I might of only had it for a month or so but I'm still v impressed by the leap forward.

I did read one report where the author likened it to a mk3N as the leap from the mk3 is not huge, but as the mk3 had such a bad rep they went for a new name.

chances are I will never use the HD

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Post Re: Used 1D mk3, or new 7D?
I must say that I have a 1D mkii & it still gets used an awful lot...

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Post Re: Used 1D mk3, or new 7D?
Apart from it's inability to shoot anything above 1600 ASA (without incurring the wrath of noise), the 1D MK2n would be my workhorse camera of choice. It also happens to work with both the WFT-E1 and the Eye Fi card. If you can source a fully firmware 1D Mk3 without the back/front focus issues and you're shooting in low light, then the THREE is a better buy. You pays your money, you makes your choice.

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Post Re: Used 1D mk3, or new 7D?
I've been working with the Mk2 & 2N for several years now & just recently bought a mint Mk3. For low light there's no comparison, I'll happily got to 3200 & at a push 6400 on the MK3 but wouldn't really ever want to go past 1250 on the 2 or 2N. I'll be selling the Mk2 to help get some cash back in, but as I need 2 bodies at the same time for the majority of my work I'll keep the 2N until I can afford another Mk3. The Mk4 is out of the question.

I agree with all the comments about the reliability of the 2 & 2N, but for sport & the live theatre work I do, they just don't cut it anymore in comparison to what other bodies can now achieve. Even the 3 is a bit of a push for some situations.

I have had several discussions with other guys working with the 7D & they haven't found it's ISO performance any good at all. I can't comment as I haven't used it, but this is what I've been told by several people.

For me & what I do, I would choose the 1D series every time.

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