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January 22, 2015
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Reviews Round-up

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Canon 7D Mk II and 5D Mk III Overview Tutorial: A Free Video Camera Manual- Tony Northrup

Lotsa EOS 7D Mark II reviews around the web. All confirm the highlights of Canon’s new APS-C flagship. The EOS 7D Mark II is a game changer in the APS-C domain.

Canon 7D Mark II Shooter’s Report Part I: Comfortable handling, robust controls and great image quality – Imaging Resource

The camera body itself is sturdy and comfortable to use. By utilizing multi-function buttons, the camera allows quick access to an array of useful controls. The sensor delivers high-quality image files, and the autofocus sensor excels in many difficult shooting situations.

 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Review – ephotozine

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II offers high-speed continuous shooting at 10fps, as well as an advanced high speed focus system that will be of benefit to those that want to shoot quick moving subjects, particularly sports, or wildlife. The high level of weather sealing and built-in GPS makes the camera suitable for a variety of weather conditions, as well as travelling.

 

Why I’m Shooting With A Canon 7D MK II – Scott Bourne/PhotoFocus

[If you shoot sports, birds and/or wildlife] you will eventually want to pay attention to the 7D MK II. I’ve only shot with mine a few times but it’s got great image quality, impressive low-light performance and the auto-focus is simply better than almost anything on the market save the 1DX.

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Field Report: Canon EOS 7D Mark II – Gear Patrol

All in all, the EOS 7D Mark II is equal parts small step and giant leap. The small refinements like the built-in intervalometer, cable guard and dual card slots initially caught our eye — it felt like someone at Canon might have been listening when we shouted violently after yanking out our USB cable for the eighth time.

Then we really got some time with it. The one-two punch of its 10fps, fast-focusing still image prowess combined with a hugely intuitive autofocusing HD video system is impressive and proves once and for all why Canon is still on top when it comes to cameras.

 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II review – Trusted Reviews

The 7D MkII is a disappointingly conservative upgrade in some respects, but good AF and burst performance see it though.

 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF System Compared to the  EOS-1D X and  5D IIIThe Digital PIcture

The new EOS 7D Mark II delivers several significant improvements compared to the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III, including a wider coverage area, more cross-type AF points, better low-light sensitivity, and easier AF Area selection while looking through the viewfinder. But the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III still rise above the EOS 7D Mark II in terms of the number of high-precision dual cross-type as well as high-precision conventional cross-type AF points. The EOS-1D X and EOS 7D Mark II are superior to the EOS 5D Mark III in terms of lens drive speed with current and recently discontinued EF super-telephoto lenses. The EOS-1D X is superior to both the EOS 7D Mark II and the EOS 5D Mark III in terms of the range of some AI Servo performance parameters, and the ability to link spot metering to the active AF point.

 

How Did the Canon EOS-7D Mark II Perform for Flight Photography with the 1.4X III Teleconverter? – Birds as Art Blog

The 600II/1.4X III TC performed superbly with the 7DII. Initial AF acquisition was fast and the tracking was accurate. Unlike previous camera bodies, the AF locks on with a bit of a thud and then does not let go

 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Tutorial Series – Canon Digital Learning Center

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Sample Image Gallery – Amateur Photographer


Canon EOS 7D Mark II – by Justin Mott – CanonAsiaEOS

Read more about the EOS 7D Mark II’s highlights: the excellent weather sealing, the highly advanced AF, and the industry leading high ISO performance (have a look here too). All our coverage on the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here (and there is a lot).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

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January 20, 2015
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Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II Review (ephotozine)

400mm f/4 DO IS II Review

ephotozine reviewed Canon’s new 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens, announced last September for Photokina.

From the conclusion:

Despite the price, this lens certainly makes an interesting prospect for those who find the size and weight of a traditional 400mm prime simply too much to be carrying around. The relatively compact dimensions make this lens fairly easy to hand-hold, especially when compared to this lens’ larger and slightly more expensive f/2.8 brother.

Due to its exemplary performance, you’d be hard pushed to not be pleased with this lens. Even though it is expensive, it’s probably worth saving for.

The Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens is not a budget lens. It sells for around $7000 (B&H Photo | Adorama).

[via ephotozine]

January 20, 2015
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Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II Review (Imaging Resource)

Canon EF 400mm f/4L IS DO II

SLRGear posted their review of Canon’s new 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens, announced last September for Photokina.

Some excerpts from the review:

  • On a full-frame body, the Canon 400mm DO II is sharp, though not as tack sharp as the 400mm ƒ/2.8 II
  • As one would hope from a nearly-$7000 lens, chromatic aberration is very minimal. On both full- and sub-frame cameras, CA was very low
  • […] vignetting on this telephoto lens is very, very low.
  • […] geometric distortion on the Canon 400mm DO II is practically nonexistent
  • […] this large lens is, as they say, “built like a tank”. The build quality is simply impressive […]

From the conclusion:

The Canon EF 400mm ƒ/4 DO IS II USM is a fantastic, professional-level supertelephoto lens. As a significant upgrade optically compared to the original version, the 400mm DO II is an even more attractive option over the heavy, expensive 400mm ƒ/2.8L IS II. For professional and serious wildlife, sports and action photographers who don’t want or need a fast, low-light-friendly ƒ/2.8 supertelephoto prime, the 400mm DO II version offers healthy savings in both cost and weight. Image quality is very good, and the built-in I.S is extremely impressive

The review comes with charts and sample pics.

The Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens is not a budget lens. It sells for around $7000 (B&H Photo | Adorama).

Specs:

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Gapless Dual-Layer Diffractive Optics
  • Large Diameter Aspherical Element
  • Ultra Low Dispersion Element
  • Protective Fluorine Coatings
  • Ultrasonic AF Motor and Internal Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with 3 Modes
  • Power Focus Mode; Full-Time MF Override
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

[via SLRGear ]

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January 19, 2015
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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Review (an excellent performer, Photography Blog)

Photography Blog posted their review about Canon’s new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II, the long-awaited replacement for the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS. The lens gets a “Highly Recommended”.

In the conclusion:

Image quality is generally excellent. Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled, bokeh is impressive despite the slowish maximum apertures, and the Air Sphere coatings successfully prevent contrast loss attributable to flare. The only real optical issues are some corner shading especially at the 400mm focal length, and a lack of centre and edge sharpness when shooting wide-open at 300-400mm. Still, given the versatile focal range on offer, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is an excellent performer.

As usual Photography Blog’s review come with sample pics, sharpness tests etc.

The previous model, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS, is currently selling for $1,499 after a $200 mail-in rebate (USA). The new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II is available for pre-order for $2,199 at B&H Photo and Adorama (Adorama with some accessories). Lens specs (taken from B&H’s product page):

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • One Fluorite and One Super UD Element
  • Air Sphere and Fluorine Lens Coatings
  • Ring-Type USM AF Motor, Internal Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with 3 Modes
  • Rotating Zoom Ring & Torque Adjustment
  • Weather-Sealed Design
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II price checkAmazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay.

January 16, 2015
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review (CameraLabs)


Canon EOS 7D Mark II sample movie: Continuous AF / 1080 / 50p / 16000 IS

CameraLabs felt the pulse of Canon’s new APS-C flagship, the EOS 7D Mark II. It’s an exhaustive review that covers every aspect and feature of the 7D2.Final score is of 87/100.

In the conclusion they write:

There’s a lot to like here. The headlining 65-point AF system and 10fps continuous shooting really are a powerful combination, especially when coupled with evaluative metering. Configured to deploy intelligent tracking and recognition, the 7D Mark II enjoys an uncanny ability to find the desired subject, focus on it, meter correctly and effectively track it as you’re firing bursts. I tried it for wildlife, sports and event photography, and in each case came home with a high hit rate. I was particularly impressed how much I could trust the AF, metering and recognition to identify and correctly meter for people regardless of the lighting, their position on the frame or if they were wearing hats or scarfs. The broad spread of the AF array also means you can more confidently let the camera do the hard work with subjects closer to the edges than before, especially if you’re used to shooting full-frame.

Once more, the EOS 7D Mark II is compared to the high-end EOS-1D X:

[…] the 7D Mark II will give you most of [the EOS-1D X] handling performance in a smaller, lighter and much cheaper package. Indeed it’ll also throw-in AF in lower light, effective focusing for movies and a built-in GPS receiver.

CameraLabs’ review comes with sample movies and pics, and plenty of useful information.

Read more about the EOS 7D Mark II’s highlights: the excellent weather sealing, the highly advanced AF, and the industry leading high ISO performance (have a look here too). All our coverage on the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here (and there is a lot).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

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January 11, 2015
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review by Richard Bernabe

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Richard Bernabe reviewed the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. And it is a critic review, more critic than other reviews we featured here.

About the high ISO performance:

[…] I am comfortable with results up to 2000 ISO under most conditions. ISO 2500 – 3200 is passable if I expose properly […] and use minimal noise reduction in post processing. Anything above 4000 is nearly unusable, at least with regard to my standards.

About the auto-focus:

[…] the autofocus in the 7D Mark II is a vast improvement over the 7D which was pretty good already. […] I nailed some shots that I would not have gotten with either the 7D or the 5D Mark III.

Conclusion:

[…] this is a serious upgrade from the original 7D in terms of ISO performance, auto focus capabilities, shooting frame rate, and ruggedness. These upgrades are all important to me so short of buying the 1DX, this is the best Canon DSLR for wildlife photography that has been manufactured to date.

Richard Bernabe’s review comes with sample images and a lot of more information about the 7D Mark II, don’t miss it for a critical point of view.

[via Richard Bernabe]

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January 8, 2015
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II is As Good As Last Year’s Full-Frame Cameras (says Ken Rockwell)

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Ken Rockwell’s EOS 7D Mark II review. He says that the EOS 7D Mark II performance is as good as last years full-frame cams.

About the comparison with Nikon’s D7100:

The Nikon D7100 is a primitive thing by comparison.

Unless face-recognition autofocus is important to you, everything else about the 7D Mk II just feels better and faster.

The D7100 feels like a consumer camera, while the 7D Mk II doesn’t feel any different than Canon’s top EOS 5D Mark III.

About the EOS 7D Mark II:

[…] for sports and action in any light, the 7D Mk II can be beat only in some ways by the $6,800 Canon EOS-1D X and Nikon D4S — and the 7D Mk II lets us auto focus on more of the frame than either of those pro beasts. Is Canon kidding? The 1D X only has AF sensors in the middle of its frame!

Want to know more about the game changing EOS 7D Mark II? Read about the EOS 7D Mark II’s excellent weather sealing, the highly advanced AF, and the industry leading high ISO performance (have a look here too). All our coverage on the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here (and there is a lot).

[via Ken Rockwell]

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