Gizmodo has completed their review of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. I’m not sure Gizmodo should be reviewing such a camera, especially with comments like “It’s still a large and heavy DSLR that is a pain to carry around” & “focusing is fast as hell “, they should probably stick to reviewing smartphone cameras.
“If you shoot athletes or animals and are trying to keep it under $2000 for a new body, I would wholeheartedly recommend the 7D Mark II. Besides the increase in low light performance and an obsession with the full-frame “look,” there aren’t many reasons to go all-in on a 5D Mark III which is almost double the price. The 7D Mark II shoots faster and focuses better. You’re getting near the performance of the cameras NFL photographers use without having to spend seven grand on a body.”
According to Amazon and another local retailer, we should start seeing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II shipping on October 30, 2014. If you select overnight shipping, you should have it for Hallowe’en and that’ll be a great evening to test the ISO abilities of this new APS-C camera.
B&H Photo and Adorama are still showing November for availability.
We’re told that Canon hasn’t been fully satisfied with the sales of the Canon EOS 6D, a camera which I personally love for its size and simplicity. We’re told that the next iteration of the camera is likely to move upmarket in features and pricing. As it sits, there’s about a $1500 difference between the EOS 6D and the EOS 5D Mark III.
I think most people would rather see a $1499 full frame camera, but Canon seems to be marketing the EOS 7D Mark II on par with the 6D as far as image quality goes, so that might drive the 6D upwards, which in turn could also move the next EOS 5D body up as well. This is the opposite of where I saw things going, but increasing margins to offset decreasing sales numbers is good business.
Canon USA has posted a short film shot entirely with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and a bunch of different Canon EF and EF-S lenses.
There’s one feature pointed out by The Digital Picture that looks to be a great feature for videographers:
“While Movie Servo AF isn’t exactly new, the EOS 7D Mark II brings a very important feature to the party – the ability to customize focus speed and responsiveness while shooting video. Take a look at the focus pull at the 2:13 mark; it’s absolutely beautiful. The ability to slow down the camera’s focus transition allowed for a very natural-looking focus pull.”
Fotoblogia.pl has posted some sample images from the upcoming Canon EOS 7D Mark II. The images at ISO 3200 look pretty awesome to me, especially for APS-C. There’s not a lot of great imagery out there from the EOS 7D Mark II yet, so we should see even better results when the real world stuff comes out.
The initial reception to this camera based on specs was pretty tepid, which I didn’t understand. However, as the sample images and hands-on accounts have come out, there seems to be a pretty big shift to genuine excitement for the camera. I personally can’t wait to shoot some hockey with this camera come November.
Imaging Resource has posted some still life image tests from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II at various ISOs. You can easily compare results with other APS-C cameras on their web site. Below is a sample from the EOS 7D Mark II against the original EOS 7D at ISO 3200. I bet you can spot the difference.
EOS 7D on left | EOS 7D Mark II on right| Image from Imaging Resource
Gizmodo has published a comparative video test against the EOS 5D Mark III & EOS 70D. It basically solidifies what cinematographers and videographers have been saying since the launch of the EOS 7D Mark II; it’s not a camera for them.
I’m starting to think that Canon is going to be expanding Cinema EOS to the prosumer level, and will not be developing the photographer DSLR for that market. That sort of approach could payoff, as they could focus ergonomics and software to the video segment. This could also lead to people buying multiple EOS mount products. If you can’t get new customers, at least sell more stuff to the people that are already your customer, I’m borrowing from Thom Hogan on that one.