7d2

Disclaimer. I am not being paid to do this review so forgive the mistakes and poor job 🙂 I just wanted to throw out some beta on a newer camera and hopefully this review will help someone choose the right camera.

I have been torn between getting a used 1dIV or a brand new 7d2 for long time now. I got a great deal through BHPHOTOVIDEO.COM on the 7d2 and so happy with it.

After only a couple of days of using the New Canon eos 7D MARK II camera I am in love with it!

First a couple things about me.

I have been shooting photos with canon slr systems since my first canon AE-1, after multiple years, and several cameras I got an EOS camera with auto focus! From there moved to the digital SLR world and purchased a DIGITAL rebel , also a used eos 1d that I use often, actually sitting right in front of me. I shot the eos 7d , 1ds , 1d2 and 1ds2 ,rebel xt ,t3 , 5d3 5d2 5d 10d70d a Samsung NX500 also messed with other cameras including a few Nikon bodies, a pile of film bodies, not to mention all the video cameras. I Not going in depth on these cameras but would like you to know that I have used a camera or two in my day…

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My main focus of photography is action.

I love stopping moments in time, moments that are hard to capture. I enjoy the challenge, but its heartbreaking when you see that moment pass and the camera is still thinking…after years of shooting the eos 1 series, I have been spoiled by the fast AF systems, accuracy color rendition, durability…etc. the 1 series provides. These cameras are amazing and make wonderful images.

So why upgrade?

Higher ISO capabilities in the 7d mark II

That is my main reason being able to shoot in poorly lit situations and getting good shots is really nice, my older cameras at iso-800 or above got noisy. Another reason for upgrading is the ability to shoot video with through my Ef lenses, I am used to built in AF video cameras and really think Canon did a great job incorporating the AF into the 7D mark II, huge in my opinion.

The auto focus

The 7d2 is very intelligent and has so many AF options to choose all are pretty good! My favorite settings AF point expansion (manual selection) or 3×3 It is amazing how well it works! When having my 500mm f4.5L lens , ex12 extension tube and a1.4x tele converter attached to my 7D MARK II I able to use center spot af Single-point AF (manual selection)and able to get more crisp shots than I have ever before! I have not used the 2x on the lens yet, But being that the lens becomes f/9 It wont achieve AF.. I will update the post when I try the300mm 2.8 and 2x tele converter combo, also I will test this cameras further with the 85mm f1.8 usm lens and a 400mm 5.6L lens , 15mm fisheye , and any other lens I can

Image quality
The 20mp sensor. Images look very nice, the colors rendition is accurate, the tones and contrast is good looking. The light meter is accurate, I Set my cameras to spot meter, with my EOS 1NRS or one of the EOS 1D cameras I could look at a scene, check my meter, adjust my settings and get the exposure I was looking for. When using the eos 7D I could never completely trust the light meter, a lot of images would be off the mark. On the new EOS 7D II the light meter is working great! I have fired off quite a few shots, every single one in Manual mode, most are right on the money when it comes to exposure. I don’t think I wont need PS too much with the 7d2.

WEATHER proof

I won’t be taking my camera into the most extreme conditions, Like putting my new camera in the washing machine or throwing it off a roof… I spent 4 hours in pouring rain, a constant drizzle, never a moment of sunshine, temperature around 50F. Using my DIY camera rainproof BADASS600 (aka old rain slicker) over the 7D2 / 500mm lens , Being in the rain, the camera became a victim to stray raindrops falling from my rain jacket and sideways winds, today was another wet day, a few raindrops fall on my camera, no damage yet.

SIZE, SHAPE and layout

I enjoy cameras either “Gripped” or the large pro bodies. I am waiting on the grip to arrive, so far I actually am digging this camera without the grip. It feels good in my hand and good against my face 😉 possibly my favorite thing so far is the iso button having an added little bump on it, like the “F” and “J”Keys on a computer keyboard, so I know I am pushing the right button without taking my eye out of the Viewfinder or shooting in the dark. The 100% VIEWFINDER IS SO NICE! I love all the illuminated settings shown in the VF, this helps assure my settings are what I want or need. THE NEW “thumb switch control” allows me to choose the right af point and af type in a hurry. The “MODE DIAL” with its new push lock button prevents the dial from accidentally switching settings, but is easy to adjusted 1 handed. I like the feel of the shutter, I never liked the 7d shutter for some reason, always felt my timing was off, but on the 7d mark II my timing with the shutter button feels just right “be one with your camera”. Also I like the placement on the “back-button” (that I use for focusing) I have pretty large hands so I use the * button. but you can customize your cameras buttons to choose the [#] or {x} buttons to be your back button or use your shutter button to focus. The DOF preview button is much larger easier to find on the camera, and in a much more preferable area than on the 7D.

DUAL CARD SLOTS!

Now were talking! The 7D2 has a slot for a CF card and another for a SD CARD. So far the dual digic 6 processor or has done well. I have shot with 2 cards, a 32bg lexar pro 800x udma 7 card and a sandisk 32gb 80mbs a second card . Here is a list of ways I used them.

STADARD
RAW
LARGE JPEG
RAW+S2

AUTO SWITCH CARD
CARD 1 (CF) CARD 2 (SD)
RAW —- RAW
RAW+S2 —- RAW+S2
JPEG LARGE —- JPEG LARGE

IN SEPERATE

CARD 1 (CF) CARD 2 SD
RAW 20MP JPEG SMALL 2
RAW SMALL 5MP JPEG LARGE FINE
JPEG LARGE FINE RAW SMALL
JPEG LARGE JPEG LARGE

I dont like shooting RAW+JPEG but I am having serious issues with windows codecs and adobe ps not recognizing the cr2 files on my 7d mark II. So that is why I am choosing to

shoot in so many recording options, So far I and happiest with the recording function set to “REC. SEPERATELY” shown here.

record seperatly
CARD 1 CARD 2
RAW SMALL2

This way I get some small jpegs on the net and sample images off to the masses, fast 😉 when I get the bugs worked I will still have my RAW files, I have yet to shoot full raw and large JPEGs because I think its a bit too much. I have been using this camera on continuous HIGH settings (10fps), I have shot burst of up to 18 images in sequence and the processor did a great job, I have not had to wait on the camera. In the past I have missed shots due to my cameras buffering, 7d2 can shoot up to 31 raw and over 1000 JPEGS before buffering!

BATTERY LIFE

three days, each day shooting about 500 images, messing with my lcd screen adjusting settings, getting the hang of the new body I burned through 2 separate batteries, One was the original CANON lp-e6n battery I got with the original 7d and the other a generic battery fully charged. I finally installed the new canon lp-e6n battery last night, went through some of the menus, messed with the camera, shoot approx. 200 plus photos today with the camera set to as high as iso-8000 1/6400 sec.using a 500mm lens and 1.4x, a 700mm lens with a ex12 extension tube, I have burned up 1/4 of the new battery, I have used the LCD to check and adjust the camera often. When I had a new battery in my 1DMARK2 I would get around 600 shots off but the batteries were giant! and heavy, the charger was a beast of its own, traveling around will be a walk in the park with the 7d2! Bonus for previous 7d owners, use those batteries and charger! It however is too bad you can NOT use the battery Grip BG-E7 on the new 7d mark II as it requires theBG-E16 , but when do you ever wear your friends pants?

…time to WRAP IT UP

THE GOOD

“3” screen clear and colorful.

fast 10fps

buffer depth 31 Raw files

I get crisp usable shots in higher ISO such as 6400

FAST AND ACCURATE AF AND AF TRACKING.

AF TRACKING IN VIDEO MODE

dual cards slots

100% VF

20MP HIGH RES

Great layout of the camera’ buttons

GOOD EASY TO NAVIGATE MENU WITH TONS OF Customize-able buttons and shortcuts

BATTERY LIFE

center AI AF tracking with a 500mm 4.5 lens and the 1.4x attached.

THE BAD

I didn’t buy it when it first was released.

samples images

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great-grey-owl_-ph-mike-kotowski CANON 7D2 EF 500MM 4.5l LENS

HUMMING BIRD 1 CANON 7D2 CANON EF 500MM 4.5L 1.4X _PH MIKE KOTOWSKI

HUMMING BIRD CANON 7D2 CANON EF 500MM 4.5L 1.4X _PH MIKE KOTOWSKI

In closing the Canon eos 7D MARK II camera body is wonderful, and yes you should get one!

Thank you canon !


-mike

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