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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:09:47 PM »
Are there some japan speaking (reading) people there?

There is a japan AF guide for the 7D Mark II

The English version of that AF configuration guide is here:


Judging from that AF guide, the 7D2 AF configuration options are as numerous and flexible as the ones on the 1DX, maybe even a bit more so.

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:56:55 PM »
BTW, there is a slight limitation with the 10FPS shooting rate and iTR AF tracking:

10 Figures quoted are when used with UDMA7 class cards and with iTR AF feature disabled. When iTR AF is enabled, continuous shooting has a maximum rate of approx. 9.5fps

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:54:00 PM »

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:47:44 PM »
LOL at the trolling regarding the 7D2 AF, first of all the guy was making an informal test of the High ISO SOOC JPEGs from the cam, not its AF performance. Secondly, OOF images can still be useful to evaluate noise in the OOF areas (assuming an even-enough area in terms of color and lighting).

Here is a better 7D2 image gallery to evaluate the camera's AF performance (so-called "Professional's Impression" gallery), too bad the full-size images are not available (composed of BIFs, bullet trains, jumbo jets, various individual and team sports, various fast-moving land animals like Cheetahs, Subaru WRX STi rally cars, motoracing, jetskiing, etc.) :


In short, the gallery demonstrates that if you can't shoot in-focus action shots with the 7D2, then the problem is obviously located behind the viewfinder.

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:37:10 PM »
ZOMG, I see very obvious horizontal banding on the Image #5 [Portrait], look at the pretty model's sleeveless shirt!  :o Ankortwatt was right, Canon suX0rs canal water!!11 Teh Lulz.


EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:00:26 AM »
Wow, AP and PentaPhoto's Alessandro Trovati's 7D2 report is fulsome in praise, 10/10 frames in focus with no AF configuration needed:

He continues: “I wanted to use the EOS 7D Mark II in a very different way to how I would normally work with my usual cameras (Alessandro shoots with an EOS-1D X and an EOS 5D Mark III), and instead of going through the Custom Functions to set it up I used the camera like an amateur would shoot, just to see how well it would take care of focusing and speed right out-of-the-box. I have to tell you, I was so incredibly surprised. This camera shoots at 10fps and it holds focus perfectly, even when shooting subjects that are moving fast in front of you from left to right, or right to left. The sport of ‘Calcio fiorentino’ is like a gladiator match between the players and the action happens so fast you need a very special camera to capture all the atmosphere.”


EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:22:51 AM »
Another 1-series feature that gets to be included:

Back to the action at hand, and Alessandro’s thoughts on the viewfinder. A 100% field-of-view ensures critical accuracy for tricky compositions and an electronic overlay – new for the EOS 7D Mark II – allowed him to see the focus points selected. There are 65 cross-type focus points on the EOS 7D Mark II, compared to 19 found on the EOS 7D it replaces. “But you know, because I am old-fashioned, I like to shoot Manual and with just single-point AF,” he laughs. “However, I can see exactly what is happening in the viewfinder, which is clear and bright just like my [EOS] 5D Mark III and which shows in red the active focus points as I am tracking the subject. I can tell you one thing: this camera is more advanced than me!”

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:07:44 AM »
The asterisk/¹ is: Number of available AF points, cross-type points and Dual Cross-type AF points vary depending on the lens.

Another thing I noticed is the digital compass:

Built-in GPS and digital compass
The camera incorporates a range of GPS functions, similar to Canon’s external GPS Receiver GP-E2. Images and movie clips can be geotagged with the exact global position of capture, and thanks to a new time setting, also logged with co-ordinated universal time.
The EOS 7D Mark II is also the first EOS camera to feature a built-in digital compass which features a triple-axes geomagnetic and acceleration sensor, enabling photographers to record longitude, latitude, elevation and compass direction.

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:18:34 AM »
Very nice product page here with many sample photos (all at reduced sizes though):


Nice that the BG-E16 has the joystick as well, but what is that lever/switch below it?

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:05:31 AM »
Woohoo! Just confirmed, AF at f/8 at the center point and interchangeable focusing screens even with the transparent LCD overlay!!! Infinite JPEG frames with UDMA7 CF cards!

AF System/ Points

65 cross-type AF points (Centre point is an extra sensitive dual-cross-type point at f/2.8, cross-type at f/8 and sensitive to -3EV) (11)

Focusing Screen

Interchangeable (2 types, optional).

Standard Focusing Screen Eh-A

Super Precision Matte Eh-S

Continuous Shooting

"Max. Approx. 10fps. (speed maintained for up to an infinite number of JPEGs or 31 RAW images (1) (2) (10) with UDMA7 card.

Sauce: http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital_SLR/EOS_7d_mark_ii/specifications.html

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:54:05 AM »
Where is the AF capability at f/8, all the specs and preview pages I have read so far have not mentioned this.  :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:45:26 AM »
The 6D had an introductory MSRP of US$2000, but now retails for around $1500 (and is selling well at this price), I expect this model would sell extremely well when it finally settles at around ~$1300, considering the competition in its price bracket like the Sammy NX1 and even the D750.

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:34:58 AM »
Wow, image buffer is improved over the already excellent 7D. 1090 JPEG/Large, 31 RAW, 19 RAW+JPEG/L.

20.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
The EOS 7D Mark II’s 20.2 Megapixel sensor works seamlessly with a pair of
DIGIC 6 Image Processors for supercharged processing across the board. These
Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors help the EOS 7D Mark II capture up to 1090 JPEG/LARGE,
31 RAW, and 19 RAW+JPEG shots* in a single burst for detailed action photography.
They also enable the camera’s powerful image processing on-the-fly:
lens aberration, variances in peripheral illumination, and image distortion
can all be corrected in real time.
*Figures apply to a UDMA mode 7, CF card based on Canon's testing standards.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:59:13 AM »
Okay, thanks for confirming it is based on exactly 0 images from this camera and unpublished specifications for the sensor.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII vs Samsung NX1
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:55:48 AM »
Although I can certainly get great action photos by planning my shots and pre-focusing, having usable continuous autofocus makes a camera much, much more versatile to me. But so far, I've been disappointed with the continuous autofocus performance of almost every mirrorless camera I've used.* Even with these new hybrid AF systems, I still get better continuous autofocus results from most entry-level DSLRs. I was hoping the NX30 would be an exception to that rule.

Unfortunately, the NX30 falls into the disappointing category when it comes to continuous autofocus performance. I have about twenty years of experience shooting high-speed action with autofocus SLRs, including motorsports, cycling, snow sports, etc. With the DSLRs I usually use, I get consistent in-focus high-speed bursts of subjects accelerating towards me. That was not the case with the NX30, though.

I tried all kinds of variations in focus area, point position and focal length, but no matter what I did, the camera's AF system wasn't able to keep up with even relatively slow-moving mountain bikers -- at least not with the 18-55mm and 55-250mm zoom lenses I had for testing. As a control, I also tried shooting bursts as I walked towards a brick wall in bright sunlight. That's a focusing task I think the camera should handle easily. At walking speeds, I did get better results, especially with the 18-55mm kit lens, but they still weren't good enough for me to risk with serious, irreplaceable photo opportunities.

The bottom line is that I need consistent, predictable and accurate performance, and the NX30's continuous autofocus did not provide that -- at least not for the mountain biking that I shoot most of the time. I can't afford to gamble with iffy autofocus. To be fair, the NX30's continuous AF was on-par with most mirrorless cameras I've used, and I was still able to get plenty of great action photos using single AF, planning my shots and pre-focusing. For any kind of racing or paid commercial work, though, I'd leave the NX30 at home and bring one of my trustworthy DSLRs.

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