Canon 7D vs Nikon D700

Hmm…. Photography topic should be posted at but I want to put it here. Why? It deals with money.

I want to buy a new camera body from my existing Canon EOS 400D. It is just 1.6x crop body. Plan to buy a full frame body in near future. I have 2 options to choose. Canon EOS 7D which is also 1.6x crop but with better focus sensor and has video function. Or the Nikon D700 full frame body with no video ability. I don’t even think of Canon EOS 5D Mark II due to its poor focus sensor. It is almost as poor as Canon 400D ~ 9 points with 1 center cross type sensor. However, it is not a simple decision to change to Nikon because I have several lens like 18-55mm lens, 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens, 50mm f/1.4 lens and 580EX II flash. I need to sell everything if jump ship to Nikon. But I really love the image quality of full frame body.

Looking around the web forum on buying and selling column lately. Most of the prices offer was low. Camera body price dropped the most due to new technology coming out. Luckily, the price of the lenses do not drop unless a replacement lens comes out. That is a long time because lens usually get replace in 10+ years time while body in 2 years. So better invest in lens more than body.

Guess what? I think that I have decided to stay with Canon for some times. I look at my lenses. They are so new. I am not willing to sell them off at low price. Hmm… Should I buy Canon 7D or Nikon D700?

By the way, after thinking and wondering for answer. I think that I better do this…

Focus on taking photo, not the camera and lens.

  • Seems like you are going for a switch. I am now learning on those all the lense capability before buying a new one. You are right, focus on the skills in photography 😀

  • Same like blogging. Focus in good content and posting instead of SEO, page ranks and stuff like that.

  • All DSLR, mainly Canon and Nikon, are quite good now and the difference would be more in the features that they offer for the same price range.
    HD video is what put Canon in the lead and it offer new potentials (related to the wide range of lenses) that “standard” video camera don’t have.

    Also relying on a good AF system if you shoot fast action sports because I always manually override the AF to make the camera see what I want it to see 🙂

    PS: Go for the Canon 7D. I now shoot the whole wedding with it.
    Check it here:

  • …I suggest you go for Canon Full Frame because you already have the lenses & flash 🙂

    • I also wish but Canon EOS 5D Mark II cannot focus running kids with its 9 points AF. 😛

  • it is not much of the camera, it is the skills of the photographer. Look at this girl with her canon 350D

    You can check the settings of the image under ‘more properties’, it is a Canon 350D with 17-55mm f2.8 lens.

    Getting a full frame camera without a good skills and composition is not gonna help you produce amazing pictures.

    • Agree. We should learn to take good photo. Improve our skill. 🙂

  • Abhinav

    Stick to canon 🙂 wait for fro sometime .I dead sure canon is gonna upgrade 5D mark II ,after Nikon will release a new full frame soon 🙂

  • Abhinav

    OMG ! can’t even edit what I wrote 🙁 .it doesn’t make any sense with so many mistakes,I ‘ve made .I hope you understand what I’m saying .

    anyway ,again .I meant Nikon will soon gonna upgrade D700 with video 🙂 ,then canon will have to upgrade 5D mark II with better auto focus :).So ,IMO its better to stick to canon 🙂

  • Hello, stay with your canons! 7d is a superb camera with a totally brand new AF system.
    5d mark II is better for portraits and landscapes as it has a better IQ and iso performanse.

    I have 40d and 5d2.. I love them. And my 70-200L 2.8 always reminds me how superb camera is my 40d, when I use them together!! 🙂