Originally Posted by roloc31
I do photography professionally now and would never shoot in just "auto" mode
I am much more creative than my camera. ( IMO anyway
) My 7D lets me customize all the buttons and menus to everything I want and I have no problems finding what I need. And as far as the battery problem goes, I average about 2000 pictures on each battery. I have a battery grip that holds 2 batteries, so I go for about 4k pictures or 3 hours of HD video before I need to recharge. And my camera shows my battery level in % and how many pictures each battery has taken and how many it should be able to take. So power is no problem at all with my 7D. But even my old Rebel XTI would last for 700 pictures or so on each battery, which is more than enough for me. I havent spent much time with the 1d series, but my 7D is solid and I have absolutely no complaints.
OP - you will love the camera, but as soon as you get used to it you will be wanting something more
. Thats the nature of things though and no matter what camera you get, you will always want one better once you get to know the camera you have
. Good luck!
Yeah even my old Nikon F6 film camera lets you customize menus and buttons but some stuff should be a button to start off with. I worked for a photographer for a while that was a die hard canon guy so i loved giving him crap about it, but the last photo shoot we did together i noticed he had the new Nikon D3x and he admitted he loved it. He started with Nikon but they just didn't provide cameras with the options and resolution that canon had for there professional line of bodies and lenses but he said the last few years Nikon's professional level cameras won him back. He also has an expendable budget so it wasn't uncommon for him to show up with $100k in equipment with 3 or 4 professional camera's both Nikon and Canon.