Yesterday my local shop called to let me know that my 7d2, grip and battery were all in. So at 4:30, I picked everything up, stopped briefly at home to unbox, grab the rest of my equipment, and head to a soccer game under lights. I didn't have time to walk through all the settings and make sure I had it set up the way I wanted until I was on the sideline, as the game was almost an hour away from my home and started at 6.
The setup was so quick, simple and familiar that I had pretty much everything the way I wanted it in about 5 minutes. Given far from ideal lighting, I set the ISO to 4000 and went to work. I was getting 640-800/sec so, that seemed like a good place to start. I shot about 120 frames and headed home to see what I got.
So here are my first thoughts (less than a couple hundred clicks in):
1) I sincerely hope Lightroom gets an update to handle raw files soon.
2) The high ISO performance is significantly better than the 7d. I wouldn't have shot this game at ISO 4000, and have always felt that anything over 1250 wasn't worth it. 4000 was pushing my personal limit, but they were really quite good and a lot better than I expected.
3) With AF in Servo mode, iTr on, etc. the focus was amazing. I only had 1 shot out of focus, and it was entirely my fault. I'm not a "spray and pray" shooter at all, but the few sequences I did shoot were all dead on!
I'm still not sure about color, IQ under normal conditions (i.e. any reasonable light), etc. but a couple of daylight games this weekends should answer many of those questions. Now that I've actually gone through all the setting, and tweeked several, I can hardly wait to get out again.
I've been waiting for this upgrade for at least a couple years. All I wanted was better high ISO performance, and better focus/tracking. I'm not at all disappointed so far.http://nhsports.smugmug.com/Soccer/2014-Soccer/D3-Semi-Bow-vs-Stevens-11-5/