DPReview has completed their review of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and it’s extremely positive. They make a special effort to stress this camera is not an incremental update to the original EOS 7D.
From the review “It would be easy to write off the EOS 7D Mark II as just an incremental upgrade to the original 7D, but that would be a serious mistake. The two cameras may share the number 7 and the letter D on their bodies, but inside they are very different machines.
With the 7D II Canon is putting a stake in the ground that it is committed to the crop sensor market. Although it will likely be seen as an aspirational camera for novices, or an upgrade path to people using more consumer oriented crop sensor bodies from Canon, the 7D II is unquestionably a pro camera. It’s built like a tank, has the control layout of a 5D Mark III and an autofocus system to compete with the 1D X.
Canon has added lots of tools to the Mark II, but one deserves special mention. Dual-Pixel autofocus may be one of the most important, and yet under-appreciated, technologies introduced to digital cameras in a long time. It’s significant that Canon now includes this technology on their Cinema EOS cameras. Canon still seems to be dialing in the optimal implementation for the technology, but it will be exciting to see how it evolves.”
Bryan at the-digital-picture has completed his review of the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens. This lens seems to be the APS-C equivalent of the 40mm f/2.8 STM for full frame shooters and looks to be just as highly regarded.
From TDP “At the end of the 40 STM review, I made a statement that also applies to this pancake-style lens: “Overall, I’m finding very “little” to not like about this tiny, inexpensive lens.” It is fun to joke about this little lens, but … it is the real deal. Not only will it get the job done, it will do the job as well or better than many other lenses. And for a lower price. It is not hard to justify this purchase.”
Roger Clark has done a very extensive and technical review of the sensor performance of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and how it relates to the original 7D, astrophotography and general photography needs.
This review is well worth the read.
From the review… “The data shown here for the Canon 7D Mark II indicate that the camera is operating at near perfect levels for the sensor with lower apparent read noise and impressively low pattern noise compared to all other current Canon cameras tested and better than that in the 7D Mark I. This means that for high signals, noise is dominated by photon statistics. Sensitivity is improved 14% over the 7D Mark 1, and the sensitivity per square micron is the highest that I have measured for any Canon camera to date.
The approximately 10x lower thermal dark current is a game changing factor, making this camera the top Canon camera for long exposure low light photography that I have tested. The superb autofocus system, comparable to Canon 1D series pro cameras with 65 autofocus points is another game changing innovation, as the camera is at a price point that is affordable to more people.”
PhotographyBlog has posted a lot of sample images from the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens.
From PhotographyBlog “Ahead of our full review, here are 51 sample images taken with the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens, mounted on a Canon EOS 7D Mark II. The Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a moderately wide pancake prime lens for DSLRs with APS-C sized sensors, offering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 38.4mm. A gallery of 51 sample images taken with the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens”