Planet 7D

A hangout for Canon EOS 7D photographers and videoshooters

Waiting for a Canon 7D Mark II...

Rumors about a 7DII has been floating around for years. Most of these rumors has clearly been wrong, though some might have been "true" at a time except Canon changed their mind. But recently rumors has been more intensive, and it seems now to be taken for a fact that Canon will announce a new model to replace the old 7D shortly before Photokina in September. This new camera might be named 7D Mark II (or 7D X ?), and it's said to be a very high-spec'ed pro-type APS-C camera with a new sensor technology that's more than just an evolutionary step forward. Maybe a new multi-layer type of sensor. Also there's indications of a new AF-system and very high frame-rates. With no doubt, if rumors are all true it is also going to be a very expensive camera...

Besides the new camera, some lenses and a flash are also expected to be announced. Likely a long waited replacement for Canons 100-400mm will be among the lenses, and a new flash will probably replace the current 430EX II.

Look out for exiting news in the first weeks of September... Or monitor the rumors scene at Northlight, CanonRumors and CanonWatch.

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D was announced yesterday with expected availability sometime in September. Specifications include:

  • 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Faster AF in live view and video mode)
  • 19 point -0.5 EV cross-type AF System (AF-module from 7D but with simpler configurations)
  • 7 fps, up to 65 JPEG or 16 RAW images in a single burst (UHS-I card required for maximum burst duration)
  • ISO 12800 (H:25600)
  • 30-1/8000s shutter speed + bulp, flash sync 1/250s
  • 63-zone iFCL metering system
  • Intelligent pentaprism viewfinder (98%, 0.95x)
  • Vari-angle 1.040.000 dots 7.7cm ClearView II TFT LCD touch screen
  • Wi-Fi with Instant sharing and Remote control (including remote and live view via smartphone apps)
  • Full-HD movies with stereo sound

Technically, the most interesting thing with 70D, is probably the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor. In video and live-view mode, this new technology should drastically increase autofocus performance, however for conventional slr use, it will not have any effect on AF-performance. Since the sensor, as I understand, technically can be described as having 40.4 megapixel "inside", a really interesting question is if this technology might have a negative impact on image quality parameters like dynamic range and noise level?... According to Imaging Resource, Canon says JPEG shooters should see a "huge improvement" in image quality, and RAW shooters should see noise levels that are roughly on pay with the lower-res 60D.

When Canon made the 50D to 60D upgrade, some features where lost from the product line. Most controversial was maybe the omitted AF micro-adjustment, but in 70D some of the lost features returns, including AFMA. Something that however doesn't return are multiple Custom modes on the dial. And that's even though Canon has collapsed all the scenery modes to one SCN selection on the 70D's dial, and made it a lot less dense dial. What hides behind the single C(ustom) selection on the dial, I don't know for sure. It could of course be a "bank" with potentially an endless numbers of custom configurations saved, but haven't heard about anything like that. It's most likely still only one Custom setting.

On a personal note, I want to upgrade my 50D to a new APS-C that gives me more dynamic range and better low light performance when shooting RAW. While we haven't seen any reviews yet that can tell if 70D is the answer to that, it sounds like it probably ain't. However a lot of other technologies introduced by Canon the later years (60D is 3 years old), could make this an interesting camera for a lot of people. And especially if video and live view shooting is an important parameter, 70D sounds like a very interesting camera for the advanced amateur.

I would expect a 7DII to be announced within the next half year. If there's a price in image quality for the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, it will be interesting to see if Canon prefers a more "conventional" sensor in the 7DII - or if they just do what they are used to do, use basically same sensor technology in the XXXD, XXD and 7D product lines.

One place where I do expect to see a new camera with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology introduced very soon, is in Canons mirrorless line. The Canon EOS M, introduced last year, got a lot of bad press for its slow AF-performance. A new mirror-less camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology should fix this with style...

No new lenses, flashes or other accessories was announced together with the EOS 70D. I would also expect/hope to see a replacement or supplement for Speedlite 430EX II before too long, adding support for the wireless radio control system introduced with 600EX-RT.

Big 7D firmware update now available

More than a month ago Canon announced a major firmware update for the Canon EOS 7D camera, and finally today it is available for download and install. The new firmware version 2.0.0 features:

  • Improved maximum burst for RAW images (up to 25)
  • In-camera RAW image editing
  • In-camera Image Rating
  • In-camera JPEG resizing
  • Maximum Auto ISO setting (ISO 400-6400)
  • Manual audio level adjustment in movie recording
  • GPS compatibility
  • File name customization
  • Time zone settings
  • Faster scrolling of magnified images
  • Quick control screen during playback

You can find the update at Canon sites, including Canon Europe and Canon USA. Canon USA also has a page with more information about firmware 2.0.x.

PS. I still consider this site to be pretty much "on hold", but thought I would keep it up-to-date with at least the most important/essential news directly related to the Canon EOS 7D.

Google+

Yes, Planet 7D is officially on hold, but I thought I would sneak in a little bit of propaganda for Google+. I've been on G+ for a month(+), and I don't think I've enjoyed a community of photographers so much ever before. So if you are a photographer - pro or amateur - who would like to network with or simply follow other photographers, I highly recommend you to join Google+ and start building a photographers circle...

If you need an invitation for G+, simply follow this link (limited number of invites, but still a lot left when posting this):

https://plus.google.com/_/notifications/ngemlink?path=%2F%3Fgpinv%3DMIRTBJ9mnOg%3AZzmvETL_pjA

And if of interest, you can find me on Google+ right here:

Stig Nygaard on Google+.

But be warned, it is very addictive (I mean G+ in general, not necessary following me;-))

Planet 7D on hold

I bought this domain in summer 2009 when the first rumors emerged about an upcoming new Canon APS-C camera line above the xxD series to be named EOS 7D, and I opened the site in October 2009 shortly after the introduction of the camera. I thought making a "planet-site" about what sounded to be my next/dream camera could be fun.

The irony is that I don't (yet?) have the camera myself. I originally hoped to be able to give it to myself as a Christmas present in 2009, and if I couldn't afford that, then at least buy it in spring 2010. But I couldn't find the money in 2010... Now it is spring 2011 and I do have the money, but now I'm not sure about my priorities anymore...

Without having the camera to motivate my work, updates to this site has been sparingly and probably not very exiting. Not being able to draw on personal experiences with the camera, the few updates on the site has been restricted to simple product news you can read on most other photography sites. So it feels like a natural decision to put this Planet 7D site on hold for now. Actually it is a decision I should probably have taken long time ago.

The ultimate goal for this site was to make a place for 7D users to hangout, read news, discuss, learn, share photos and get tips. And if I had found the time and motivation to at least implement a forum, the site could maybe live without regularly news/blog-updates by me. But I never found the time or motivation to implement a forum (and some minor but needed layout updates to solve some quirks on the site).

I would like to thank people who have commented on the site and sent my news and videos. And also thanks for the sponsoring offers I have received (but all turned down because I never really was sure about the future of this site). I'm sorry I couldn't keep it up:-)

But the Planet 7D group on Flickr (with latest posted photos featured on top of this site) will continue to live and I hope you will keep posting your best 7D shots in the Flickr group.

I will end this post with a nice retro look video titled "If I Was The Sun" and made by Ryan Hargrave. The video is NOT made using 7D's video mode, but using the cameras "ordinary" 8 frames-per-second burst shooting speed using "stop-motion technique". Adding some retro-effects in post-production, gave this nice "old 8mm movie look":

Watch the movie in HD on Vimeo.

Canon camera, lens and flash announcements

For DSLR users, Canon today announced two new cameras, two new flashes, three new (two previously pre-announced) lenses and a new lens in development:

Precisely how the "built-in extender" works in the 200-400mm zoom is a bit of a mystery to me. I mean, if it's really built-in, how does it technically "disappear" when turned off? Update: Okay, looking at above photo it seems there's room for a set of lenses to "flip out" on the side of the lens close to the rear. So the extender really physically seems to be taken out of the effective line of light when not in use. Sounds like a dream lens, but probably big, heavy and extremely expensive :-)

I addition to above, a number of new Canon compact cameras was also announced today.

Software updates and delayed new Canon lenses

Canon recently updated their camera software Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility, Picture Style Editor, ZoomBrowser and ImageBrowser.

Changes with Digital Photo Professional 3.9.2

  • Added camera Support: EOS 60D,PowerShot G12,PowerShot S95,PowerShot G9 support now added.
  • Unsharp Mask function added.
  • Improved Image classification functions (check-mark function expanded and new rating function added.)
  • Changes made to the screen layout accompanied by an improvement in the image classification function.
  • EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM supported added in lens aberration correction.
  • Lens aberration correction function adds support for Extender EF1.4 x III and Extender EF2 x III when mounted on a supported lens.

Download Canon software for your camera at http://software.canon-europe.com/.

Adobe has also released updates to their RAW-software, though so far only as release candidates of Adobe Camera Raw 6.3 and Adobe Lightroom 3.3. Adobe release candidates can be downloaded from Adobe Labs and besides bugfixes changes includes support for Powershot S95 and G12 and a number of added or updated lens profiles. More details can be found on the Lightroom Journal.

Three previously annonced lenses from Canon has been delayed. The EF 300mm and 400mm F2.8L IS II lenses was originally scheduled to be released in December, and the EF 8-15mm F4L USM fisheye zoom in January. But they are now all delayed until March due to some adjustments in the manufacturing process.

EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM sample movie

Canon has released a sample movie shot with the upcoming 8-15mm fisheye zoom. A surprising and interesting new addition to the Canon lens line-up which probably will be very popular among underwater photographers and video makers. Underwater shooting is one of the themes of the Canon sample movie, but it also features footage from a remote chopper. The movie was shot with EOS 5DII and EOS 7D cameras.

Continue to Canon to watch the movie.

The expected availability of the lens is not until January. More lens info at Canon Digital Learning Center.

Camera Raw 3.2 and Adobe Lightroom 3.2 released

Camera Raw 3.2 for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom 3.2 has been released today with lots of new lens profiles for Canon users - and a surprisingly quick support for Canon EOS 60D which hasn't even reached the shops yet.

There's a list of the new lens profiles plus a few updated ones at The Lightroom Journal:

http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2010/08/lightroom-3-2-and-camera-raw-6-2-now-available.html

You can use the built-in update mechanisms of Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 to update.