I am a photographer who owns and uses the current 7D extensively, and I really like the camera. It is a very good step up from other APS-C cameras.
My 7DmkII wishlist is:
- 5 Custom settings on mode dial (get rid of "Creative Auto" and "Full Auto")
- Apart from that keep the body the same
- At least 2 stops cleaner 18MP APS-C sensor
- Improved DR at all ISOs, especially at 100 and 200 (for landscapes)
- Exposure bracketing allowing up to 9 photos (+/- 5EV)
- Dual Digic 5+ (one dedicated to AF)
- Built in interval meter
- Price AUD $1800 - $2000
Possibly / optional (points below not critical to me)
- Possibly up to 30 AF points (all cross-type, need to be well spaced out
- ISO up to 25,600 (or 51,200 - even if noisy)
- Fast & full time AF for video & Live View - linked to AF button (can use FT MF on USM lenses)
- Dedicated mirror lock-up button, or assignable to an existing button eg MFn
- Sturdy flip out screen (useful for macros)
- Option of 12fps @ 8MP or 10 fps @ 10 MP
- Dual cards (SD backup for ultra critical events / photo outings)
- With these 'optional' points included above, price AUD $2000 - $2200
Am I being unreasonable?
Really like your list, especially two additional Custom Functions in place of the CA and A modes (I think P is more than enough for "auto" modes) I've always felt there should be 5 custom modes on all bodies!
Also like the additional bracketing. I usually bracket in 2/3 stops but I'd love to do 9 - 1/3 stops. (Ya, I know I can do 3 sets of 3 by dialing the pointers more and less exposure, and sometimes I do.)
I use to wish my 7D had interval function like my P&S S80 but after I bought a TC-80N3 I'm more than happy to have this function as an accessory (and I'm sure Canon liked the extra bucks). A built in intervalometer would probably add $150 to the body.
For mirror lockup, I have an option for that under "My Menu"
Thanks RC for your reply to my post. (+1)
Glad to know that you also see the convenience of those Custom settings on the mode dial. Why someone needs CA and Auto is beyond me. If I 'lend' my camera to someone, it's usually for 1 type of photography (eg 'photos of their children at soccer'- and I preset the certain custom setting and tell them to always have it on eg C3 - and give a few quick pointers about that style of photography.
I totally agree, so much handier to do many multiple exposures if eg can do 9 in a row, rather than '3 x 3'. Particularly if you don't have a tripod with you (eg using a rock, tree, etc). Thankfully the 8fps helps to capture the frames quickly (good for HDR).
In my case, I bought a Hahnel Giga T Pro II for Canon (bit less than $100) - which provides a good set of interval and remote functionality (particularly handy that I can sit inside and take photos many metres away with my camera outdoors). I use it (usually on a tripod obviously) for time-lapse photography, occasionally landscapes, macros and self-portraits or other detailed work) But yes, it would be good if even a basic interval meter could be built in... (without raising price, surely it's just a software / firmware possibility!)
Thanks for reminding me, yes I also have the Mirror-lock up function listed on 'My Menu' too. Sometimes I forget that I added it there several months ago (and go to "Custom settings"). I've set up so the Custom menu pops up whenever I press 'Menu' - and this is another very user friendly touch with the 7D, that adds to it being a powerful tool.
As to a few other postes mentioning it might be unrealistic to expect 'lower noise' (eg 1.5 to 2 stops better than the 7D) from an 18MP APS-C... I think it can
be done... yes also by Canon... but surely the sensor will have to improved substantially. Technology does still afford us this scope, even with the dense pixel ratio. 18MP is just such a good size for me (for cropping, enlarging, etc). One can hope... and provide it on a 'Wishlist' at least!
Cheers all. I enjoy posting on these forums.