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November 21, 2014
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Shooting Experience (DPReview)

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Digital Photography Review added a section “Shooting Experience” to their upcoming Canon EOS 7D Mark II review. An excerpt:

Canon has clearly put an emphasis on consistency of controls across the 5D and 7D lines, suggesting that it sees this camera as one that a 5D III user might add to their kit for situations where fast action shooting or telephoto reach are of prime importance […] To Canon’s credit, this consistency of design works really well. After using the 7D II for a while I picked up a 5D III and the transition was virtually seamless.

The EOS 7D Mark II is the unbeaten champion in the APS-C world. Read more about the EOS 7D Mark II‘s rugged weather sealing, the highly advanced AF, and the industry leading high ISO performance (have a look here too). More coverage on the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here.

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November 20, 2014
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35 Days with the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS Lens

EF 35mm f/2 IS – Bokeh (all images © Caleb Keiter, used with permission)

Professional photographer Caleb Keiter made one of these real-world reviews I like so much. He got a Canon EF 35mm f2 IS USM lens and tested it for…35 days. Each day a different picture.

The various pictures focus on specific features of the lens, such as sharpness, color rendition, chromatic aberration, bokeh, auto-focus performance, flaring and ghosting, and so on. The things he liked most:

  • The highly versatile 35mm focal length
  • Lightweight construction
  • Excellent image quality
  • Image stabilization
  • Fun to shoot with
  • Fast and accurate autofocus
  • Sharpness
  • Accurate color
  • Max aperture of f/2
  • Close minimum focusing distance
  • Good bokeh
  • Price

In the conclusion he writes:

In my opinion, this lens is going to be tough to beat. On full-frame cameras, the 35mm focal length is perfect. For crop sensor cameras, this lens offers a perspective closer to 50mm. Either way, you’re getting a well-built, lightweight lens with exceptional image quality and impressive image stabilization.

To see all pics and read Caleb Keiter’s thoughts and impressions head over to his post.

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS

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EF 35mm f/2 IS – Depth of field

EF 35mm f/2 IS – Landscape photography

[via Caleb Keiter]

November 19, 2014
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Canon Explorer Ulla Lohmann on the Powershot G7 X

Canon Professional Network article about the new Canon Powershot G7 X. While you will hardly find anything negative, the article is never the less a good insight on what a pro can do with a G7 X. She says:

This is in many ways the perfect camera for an adventure photographer like me […] It’s professional quality but in a pocket size. My most favourite thing about it is the f/1.8 aperture in the brilliant f/1.8-2.8 24-100mm 4.2x zoom lens. Because of the G7 X’s large 1.0-type sensor it invites you to be more creative. You can introduce nice bokeh and blur into your shots and thanks to the flip screen it is easy to get creative with your compositions too. That’s very cool. It encourages you to be ‘looser’ with your photography, experimenting and being more creative than you might have otherwise been with a DSLR.

Read the story at CPN –>

More Powershot G7 X coverage here. We had some positive reviews, and one that wasn’t very positive. Canon Powershot G7 X price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay.

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November 18, 2014
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Canon C100 Mark II First Impression and Side-by-Side with C100 Mark I

Cinema5d posted a Canon EOS C100 Mark II hands-on with comparison to the C100 Mark I.

They say:

Canon improved a lot of small things with regards to handling and usability in the C100 Mark II, and slightly improved image processing with a newer processing unit – which results in cleaner images. Overall it’s just an incremental update though, and the lack of 4K recording, higher internal bitrates and only up to 60fps in 1080p leave a lot to be desired.

The Canon C100 sells for $5,499 and can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo and Adorama.

C100 Mark II

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November 18, 2014
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II High ISO Test and Comparison with 7D and 5D3 (7D2 one stop below 5D3)


EOS 7D Mark IIHigh ISO comparison (no noise reduction applied) – all images © Photo Studio 9 and used with permission

Japanese site Photo Studio 9 (translated) posted an EOS 7D Mark II review with a lot of sample pictures, and with an eye on the high ISO performance of Canon’s new APS-C flagship.

While we had another, more real-world oriented review that pointed out how excellent the high ISO performance of the 7D Mark II is, even stressing that it had less noise than the full-frame EOS 5D Mark III, this review gives possibly a better view on the 7D Mark II’s high ISO performance. However, it still is very very good.

Among the many sample pics posted by Photo Studio 9, there are two images I want to outline here. First one is the pic above where you see a high ISO comparison between the EOS 7D Mark II, the EOS 7D, and the EOS 5D Mark III. The image above shows results with no noise reduction applied in camera. You can see that the 7D Mark II can not really hold up to the full-frame 5D Mark III. Never the less, I think it is performing pretty good. I would say the 7D Mark II is one stop behind the 5D Mark III when it comes to high ISO performance – and that is great for an APS-C sensor. The noise on the 5D Mark III looks better in my opinion, with less color noise at the very high ISO settings. The 7D Mark II looks sharper but the 5D3 keeps more details.

Below you see a comparison between the three mentioned DSLRs, but this time using ISO settings from ISO 200 to ISO 3200 (again no noise reduction). Here too I would say the 7D Mark II is one stop behind the 5D Mark III.

For many more EOS 7D Mark II sample pics at high ISO settings head over to Photo Studio 9.

What do you think?

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ISO comparison, no noise reduction applied

The EOS 7D Mark II is the unbeaten champion in the APS-C world when it comes to stuff like weather sealing, a highly advanced AF, and industry leading high ISO performance.

More about the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here.

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November 17, 2014
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Guest Post: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Hands-On and First Impression

EOS 7D Mark II Hands-On

EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 8000

This is a guest post by South Wales (UK) based freelance photographer Simon King. He took his new EOS 7D Mark II to two rugby games and shares his impression. All images are copyrighted and used with permission.


I recently took delivery of Canon’s new 7D Mark II APS-C camera, I got to take the camera out with me to a Professional Rugby Match on Friday 31st October. As the 7D Mark II is designed as a sports and action camera this was an ideal opportunity to put it through it’s paces. This isn’t a technical pixel peeping review of the camera more first a impressions feel for how it performed.

As a freelance photographer I have to buy my own equipment, I currently shoot with two Canon 5D Mark III’s but for sport I really need something with a higher frame rate and deeper buffer. I was giving serious consideration to the 1DX but that is a significant investment so when the rumours of a 7D Mark II starting getting stronger I held off until I was certain that the camera was a reality. Canon announced the 7D Mark II on 15th September and I pre-ordered one as soon as they were listed […]. The specifications of the camera looked exactly what I needed; AF on a par or better than the 5D3; 10 frames per second with a huge buffer and the added benefit of a 1.6 crop factor. I owned the original 7D and in fairness it is a great camera but the image quality suffered a lot when the ISO was raised beyond around 1250, in my experience. So the one thing that concerned me about the 7D Mark II was if the image quality would be good enough for my purposes.

When sample images come out for a new camera they don’t tend to show the kind of images in the situations that matter to me and the same was true of the 7D Mark II. But when Scott Kelby showed some sample images he had taken at an American Football game I started to get very hopeful that the camera would more than meet my needs.

Read Simon King’s hands-on after the break Read the rest of this entry →

November 17, 2014
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More Canon EOS 7D Mark II Real World Sample Pics

7D Mark II

Imaging Resource added more photos to their EOS 7D Mark II sample pictures page. All samples are real world pictures, no lab setting photos. Original size pictures available in both RAW and JPG format.

The EOS 7D Mark II is the unbeaten champion in the APS-C world. Read more about the EOS 7D Mark II‘s rugged weather sealing, the highly advanced AF, and the industry leading high ISO performance. More coverage on the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here.

7D Mark II

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