Are you frustrated over missing thumbnails for your Canon EOS 7D Mark II RAW-files in Windows Explorer? Here's a way to get thumbnails on your 7DII RAW files...
With FastPictureViewer's Codec Pack, support for Photoshop PSD and 7D Mark II CR2 RAW files has here been added in Windows Explorer - DNG files created with Adobe's new RAW HDR-merge feature, does however not seem to be supported (yet?). The three blank icons are XMP sidecar files to the RAW files.
Microsoft has a Camera Codec Pack for Windows, but it does not yet support RAW files from 7D Mark II. Actually Microsoft hasn't updated the Codec Pack since April 2014, so it's easy to suspect that Microsoft don't update it at all anymore. So that's not it - at least not for now...
Some years back Canon released a Canon RAW Codec package for Windows, but that software hasn't been updated for years. So that's not it either... [edit: If you're a Windows 10 user, see August 2016 update below].
You could shoot RAW+JPG (or make a script to extract JPGs from all your RAW files), so your CR2 RAW files always have a JPG-companion with thumbnail. But that's not really how you ideally want to do it, is it?...
Luckily the people behind FastPictureViewer has a Codec Pack available adding Windows thumbnails support for Canon EOS 7D Mark II RAW files, and a big number of other RAW and image-file formats. You can currently purchase a single-user version for USD 9.99 and it should support all Windows versions from XP SP3 to Windows 8.1 in both 32 og 64 bit versions. Actually they also claim support for the forthcoming Windows 10. For my 64 bit Windows 7 installation I can confirm it added support for both 7DII CR2 RAW files and Adobe Photoshop PSD files, though Adobe DNG files created with Adobe Camera RAW's new HDR-merge feature is still only shown with a standard icon.
Other Canon cameras currently/apparently not supported by Microsofts Camera Codec Pack, but with RAW format supported by FastPictureViewer Codec Pack includes Canon Powershot G16, Powershot G7 X, Powershot S120, Powershot SX60 HS, Canon EOS 1200D (Rebel T5), EOS M and EOS 1Ds Mark III. Owners of the just released EOS 5D S, EOS 750D (Rebel T6i) and EOS 760D (Rebel T6s) might keep an eye on future updates too.
Update April 2016: If FastPictureViewer's Codec Pack has stopped working on Windows 10, do a complete uninstall/reinstall of the Codec Pack (repair is apparently not enough) followed by deletion of thumbnails via Windows' Disk Cleanup feature. Should fix the problem and worked for me...
Update August 2016: While I'm still running FastPictureViewer's Codec Pack myself, I hear latest Windows 10 updates has built-in support for 7D II Raw files:
- Microsoft has integrated RAW file support in Windows 10, and there is no downloadable codec pack as there used to be for Windows 7 and 8.x.
- Out of the box support is only included for files from popular makers such as Canon or Nikon.
- If you need support for DNG files, you need to download Adobe's dng codec. The Adobe codec is old and in theory for W7, but should work just fine in W8 and W10 too.
Just a quick little heads up informing that Canon Europe's Canon Professional Network has a collection of small tips & tricks for Canon EOS users. This also includes a lot of recent EOS 7D Mark II specific tips. Especially movie-shooters will find a some relevant tips and information for the new 7DII here.
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.
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:
Here are three videos from a Canon EOS 7D presentation at B&H. Very informative with lots a details about the AF-system and more:
Also the Canon EOS 7D review is now up at The-Digital-Picture.com. I haven't read it yet myself, but it should be a quite positive review.