Planet 7D

A hangout for Canon EOS 7D photographers and videoshooters

Missing print-version of the full Instruction Manual?

Your 7DII comes with a handy little 180p print-version of the Basic Instruction Manual, but the in-deep 550p full Instruction Manual is only included in pdf on the supplied CDROM. If you like me like to have your advanced manual in print too, EOS Magazine offers printed manuals for various cameras including a two volumes spiral bound A5 print of the full Instruction Manual for EOS 7D Mark II. It's not "camerabag compatible" like the little compact Basic Instruction Manual that came with your camera, but it's nice enough for a little home-studying...

If on the other hand you don't mind ebooks, but miss some more popular type of introduction to your new advanced EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 7D Mark II Experience looks like an interesting choice. Canon 7D Mark II Experience by Douglas Klostermann is available in Kindle format om Amazon, or in pdf or epub format from authors homepage. The book currently doesn't seem to be available in a print-version.

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.

New EOS 7D kit with barcode reader support

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.

New firmware v1.2.2 for Canon EOS 7D

Today Canon has released a new firmware version 1.2.2 for Canon EOS 7D. The firmware includes the following fixes:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the set aperture moves when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).
  2. Fixes the AF point-selection behavior of the C.Fn III-7 (Manual AF pt. selec. pattern) custom function when set to [1].
  3. Fixes the AF point display for the viewfinder electronic level when shooting in the vertical position.
  4. Corrects misspellings in the Spanish and Thai menus for applicable products.

Download and install instructions at http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos7d/firmware.html

7D winter action (and a Planet 7D flickr group)


Canon 7D winter test from Ole Jørgen Liodden on Vimeo.

Second part of Ole Jørgen Lioddens 7D review is up, and I like this video from it:-) Watch the video on Vimeo for best quality and read the review at Canon Field Reviews.

Oh, and in the "internal news", Planet 7D now has its own flickr group. Post your photos on Flickr to the group pool and get them featured right here on this site. Currently a "strip" on top of each Planet 7D page will automatically show the latest 50 photos added to the Flickr group pool (Requires "Hide your stuff from public searches" is set to "No" in your Flickr account settings if you want your photo included). I'm hoping to get a group pool with quality rather than quantity and there's already some very impressive shots done with the 7D in the pool. Take a look for yourself...

Official Adobe 7D RAW file support

Earlier today Adobe released Lightroom 2.6 and Camera Raw 5.6. And after some time with only unofficial or preliminary support, Canon EOS 7D RAW files are now officially supported by final Adobe RAW processing software. There has been release candidates out for a month, and it is not clear if the support has been improved in the final releases compared to these, but the final versions should be a vast improvement over the beta-versions and the unofficial support found in the older Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5 releases. Adobe Photoshop CS4 or Photoshop Elements 8 are required to install Camera Raw 5.6. If you have older Adobe RAW software, an option is to download the new DNG Converter 5.6 and use this to convert your 7D RAW files to DNG format. This will make the files compatible with older versions of Photoshop and Lightroom.

Download latest versions of Lightroom, Camera Raw and DNG converter from the Adobe website or use Adobe Photoshop and Lightrooms built-in update functionality. Lightroom 2.6 is a free upgrade for Lightroom 2.x users, Camera Raw 5.6 is a free upgrade for Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Elements 8 users. The DNG converter is a free tool available for all:

Also DxO released DxO Optics Pro version 6.1 for Windows with 7D support a weeks time ago. You can download this RAW software in a trial version from the DxO site:

And finally Apple has released Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.7 which adds 7D support to software like Aperture 2.x and iPhoto '08/'09 for Mac. The update is available via the Software Update mechanism of newer releases of Mac OS X.

Update 19th Dec. 09: According to a little test by Secerator on the dpreview forum there's significant less noise in Lightroom 2.6 compared to the Release Candidate when using default settings without any noise reduction applied.

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