Planet 7D

A hangout for Canon EOS 7D photographers and videoshooters

New Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT

Canon has a announced a new midrange flash to replace 430 EX II. The new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT adds support for radio-based wireless control and is faster, smaller, and lighter than its predecessor. Using the traditional optical/infrared system the 430 EX III-RT, like it's predecessors, can only work as a slave unit, but when using radio wireless flash control, the new flash can work both as a master or slave unit. The guide number remains at 43 (43m at ISO 100).

The 430EX III-RT will be available in mid-September for an expected retail price of $299 in US, £249 in UK or €349 in EU (Linked prices may vary).

Canon EOS 7D II AF guide by Canon

Canon has released a 51-page pdf-guide to the advanced autofocus-system of Canon EOS 7D II. I guess just the size of this guide to the autofocus system, tells that 7DII is a camera primary targeted enthusiasts and (semi-)professionals...

Download the EOS 7D Mark II AF-setting Guidebook.

Tip: The European and the US-version of this guide are not exactly the same. If reading the US-version in Acrobat Reader, you might want to go to "View" -> "Page Display" and choose "Two Page View" plus select "Show Cover Page in Two Page View"...

In Canon Digital Learning Center you can also find other guides explaining new features of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II:

Finally you can also download and have a look at the 7DII manuals.

7D tutorial videos

Screenshot from one of the Canon tutorials at Digital Learning Center.

Canon US has posted a series of 16 Canon EOS 7D tutorial videos on their Digital Learning Center site. The videos are available for download in different sizes optimized for playback on various devices, including versions for playback on the camera's rear LCD. But of course you can watch them online on your PC too. 6 of the 16 tutorials are about the camera's many AF options, but subjects also include live view, movie mode, customizing the camera, flash and the WFT-E5 Wireless File Transmitter:

Speaking of tutorials. Especially video shooters might also find these two tutorials interesting:

In other news, Adobe earlier this week made release candidates of Camera RAW 5.6 and Lightroom 2.6 available for download on the Adobe Labs site. Both have official support for Canon EOS 7D RAW files, and the word is that they are doing a much better job than the unofficial 7D beta-support found in Camera RAW 5.5 and Lightroom 2.5. Being release candidates means that the software might not be completely equivalent to the final versions, but should be very close. Download from Adobe Labs: