Post by Romy Ocon on Oct 20, 2014 11:00:40 GMT
Note - this is a mirror review, it appeared originally at my website. - Romy Ocon
"The pre-production unit is here, you may pick it up right away."
Thus read a text message from JayR Romero of Canon Philippines, one I had eagerly anticipated.
Since September 30th, I've been waiting for the arrival of a pre-production 7D Mark II in our islands. JayR assured me of a first test shoot with the new camera once it arrives from Hong Kong, but there was some delay in the shipping and it arrived only today (October 10th).
In addition to the pre-production 7D Mark II, I also borrowed a 600 f/4 IS II from Canon Philippines. I'm hesitant to use my dated workhorse lenses (500 f4 IS and 400 2.8 IS) on the new camera, as the older gear might restrain the new body from performing to its potential. It's interesting to note that a 600 f4 IS II + 2x TC (1200 mm f/8) on a 7D MII is a combo with some serious reach, especially with IS and working AF.
Among the many new features of the camera, I'm most excited on the following which relate to birding, nature and telephoto action photography/filming:
1. 10 fps burst rate
2. 65-point all cross-type AF system (with AF at f/8)
3. 20.2 Megapixel APS-C sensor (Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors)
4. 24 - 31 frames RAW buffer
5. 1080/59.94p video
6. Dual card slots (CF + SD)
7. 100% Viewfinder
9. 200K cycle shutter and enhanced dust/weather resistance
More details and information about the 7D Mark II at Canon USA website.
A birding combo with serious reach - Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF 600 f4 L IS II.
A closer look at the pre-production camera - the white box is unmarked, except a sticker that says "SAMPLE."
A printed manual, some software disks, as well as some cables and a battery charger are also included.
Firstly, I need to check the micro-focus adjustment (MFA) of the 7D II + the series II big white (with and without TCs), while the battery is charging. I want to make sure that AF placement of the combos will be as precise as possible in the field.
I'm off tomorrow to bird for several days with the new camera. Wishing for some sweet light (and well groomed feathered creatures) in the field. Will post here my impressions from time to time.
10 October 2014