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First day out with my new 7D Mark II...

This is not really a (p)review, just a few initial thoughts and impressions from a first time user of Canons new top APS-C camera, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

I got my new "cannon" Thursday last week, but didn't find time to play with it before Sunday where I choose to get my feet wet at the traditional horse race, Hubertusjagten, in Dyrehaven north of Copenhagen.

Coming from a 50D I'm not only taking a step up with the new 7D Mark II, I'm also moving 6 years ahead. So I was of course exited to get out and play with my new "toy".

I had not had any time to read the camera manual or do my personal configurations on the camera, but still immediately got some fun at the jumps in Ulvedalene shooting 10 frames per second in Servo AF mode. I was shooting RAW+JPG, but since my favorite RAW processing software is not yet updated for the new camera, all edits here are based on JPG-versions.

I was quite surprised how silent and damped the shutter was compared to my 50D's. And shooting 10 frames per second at an action event is great fun - Hmmm, and a killer to your memorycards capacity...

I had one Compactflash memorycard of UDMA 7 type. When I had filled it up with my bursts, I changed to a Sandisk Extreme Ducati Edition card, which a few years ago was some one the fastest memorycards you could get. But what a major step down that was for 7DII! It felt like shooting with a completely different camera much less suited for action. They are not cheap, but if you want to combine RAW format and action, you have to get some of those UDMA 7 type Compactflash memorycards!

Shooting the riders jumping in Ulvedalene was great fun, but the real big surprise to me came later at the water basin, Magasindammen. The popular wet spot where horses jump into the water was totally crowded when I arrived, and I had no choice but to use my camera over the head from long distance with live-view and my 70-300mm telezoom attached. I could hardly see the cameradisplay in the sun, so I was shooting half-blind, and I had no idea of what AF-configuration I was shooting with on my new camera. But I think must have been shooting in some kind of "dual pixel tracking" mode (and maybe with face-detection?), because I got so many photos with at least one rider sharp. DualPixel AF REALLY seems awesome, I'm impressed.

I think the very tight crops here shows what I mean. And this is just a few from many photos with great potential. Some say you should always credit the photographer, not the tool. But in this case I might actually agree on a comprise saying 50-50 ;-) ...

Except for this last less-action shot, all posted photos are actually approx. 1/3rd-1/4th crops. I guess I got to learn to get closer at my next action event :-) ...

Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.1 with 7DII Raw support now available

A few days before Canon EOS 7D is expected to start shipping, Canon has now released an updated version of their latest RAW processing software with full support for 7DII RAW files. DPP4.x requires a 64 bit version of Windows or Mac OS. If you are on a 32 bit system, go for DPP3.x.

Originally the Canon EOS 7D II was scheduled for release late November, however several stores has updated their expected shipping date to October 30th. And rumors says that this is a worldwide release date now...

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.

Canon EOS 7D mark II announced

Today Canon has announced the second generation in the EOS 7D DSLR camera line. With 10 frames per second burst mode and a new 65 point all cross-type AF system with EV -3 sensitivity at the center point (and center point also works with f/8 lenses), it sounds like a very capable action-camera. Expected availability and list prices of Canon EOS 7D mark II are November 2014 and $1800 / £1600 / €2000 body only.

Specifications include:

  • Magnesium alloy body with (might be why WiFi is not supported)
  • Enhanced dust and weather resistance
  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS dualpixel sensor
  • ISO 100-16000, ISO Boost mode 25600 and 51200
  • 65 AF point all cross type and with EV -3 sensitivity at center point
  • 10 fps burstmode
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF EOS iTR Autofocus (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition Auto Focus known from the 1D X)
  • EOS Scene Detection System features a new 150,000-pixel/RGB+IR metering sensor
  • Dual card slots for CF UDMA mode 7 and SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I
  • Dual DIGIC6
  • Built-in GPS
  • Intervalometer
  • Video 1080p/720p, both 60fps. MOV and MP4 format plus uncompressed HDMI out.
  • About 100% coverage OVF
  • New LP-E6N lithium ion battery pack with increased storage capacity
  • Optional Battery Grip BG-E16
  • Optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A Version 2

At Digital Photography Review they have a First Impressions Review.

New lenses also announced:

  • Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS I IUSM

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.