Apparently Canon has begun shipping a special 7D kit which includes support for barcode scanners and ability to embed barcode data in picture's metadata. I guess it's not a feature everybody has been missing and asking about, but some might find it useful? The kit including a 7D body, Wireless File Transmitter and special modified firmware, is currently being sold in the US for US$2799.99. If you want to know more, Rob Galbraith has a few more details.
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: