Archive for: EOS 7D Mark II
Northlight has been sent an image showing an always covered Canon camera. Apparently this photographer is always in the exact same spot on the side of the pitch. The camera is always covered in the white tarp, while no other camera is. It’s definitely a Canon as you can easily tell it’s a Canon lens.
We have been told numerous times that the replacement to the EOS 7D would be at the World Cup going through professional testing. Maybe that’s what’s under the cover.
We’ve been told that NDA/embargo will expire in September for the Canon EOS 7D replacement as well as a new telephoto lens.
Photokina starts on September 16, 2014. So I suspect the embargo date will either be Tuesday, September 9, 2014 or Friday, September 12, 2014. The EOS 5D Mark III was announced on a Friday.
We weren’t given any specs at the time of writing this, or what the new telephoto lens would be. I think everyone is hoping for an EF 100-400 replacement.
As we get closer to the replacement of the EOS 7D, we’re starting to see some patents that will probably point to some features in the upcoming camera. The recent sensor patent is interesting, as well as this viewfinder patent. We had heard previously about the possibility of a 1.15x magnification viewfinder on the next flagship APS-C camera, which would have been equal to the size of a full frame 100% coverage viewfinder.
This viewfinder is slightly larger than the one on the EOS 7D.
A note about the sensor patent, we have heard that Canon is holding back some sensor patents until the camera is announced to the public, as all patent information is public domain. We’ll see if that turns out to be the case.
Patent Information (Google Translated)
- Patent Publication No. 2014-115451
- Publication date 2014.6.26
- Filing date 2012.12.10
- Example 9
- -3 -1 +1 Viewfinder diopter
- Focal length f = 46.84 48.38 49.99mm
- Eye point 22.00mm
- 1.03 1.03 1.02x magnification
- Pentagonal prism
- Condenser lens made of glass
- Eyepiece lens system with the exception of the condenser lens, 4-group structure of the positive and negative positive negative
- In turn, resin (single-sided aspherical surface), glass, resin (single-sided aspherical surface), the material is glass
- Patent Publication No. 2014-115452
- Publication date 2014.6.26
- Filing date 2012.12.20
- Example 1
- -3.00 -1.00 +1.00 Diopter
- Focal length f = 62.22 59.69 57.39mm
- Eye Relief 19.9mm
- Maximum image height 12.4mm
- Pupil diameter φ15mm
- Magnification 0.87x
- Pentagonal mirror
We’re told to definitely expect new sensor technology to be introduced in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. This tech will be used in all forthcoming Canon DSLRs. What is it? We’re not 100% sure yet, though we’re told it’s definitely not a foveon type technology that we’ve previously seen in patents.
This may be one of Canon’s best kept secrets as it’s apparently going to be more than an “evolutionary” technology.
We’re filtering through a lot of emails about this new sensor tech and we’re not sure what’s true and what isn’t.
More to come… We’re not putting a [CR3] on this until we know what the new tech is.
Below are some points sent to me by someone who says they have spoken to a person who has shot with the EOS 7D Mark II. Some of the points are a bit vague, but could bring about better information in the near future.
This is the first I’ve heard about a megapixel count being “quite high”, It has been expected the camera would be around 24mp.
Below is a direct quote of what we were told.
- Quite high MP count
- Vastly improved AF performance
- Greatly improved low light and ISO/noise performance
- Potentially a different sensor and/or technology than expected
- Good price point
- Very close to ‘pro’ classification, but non-compete with flagship such as 1dx
- Release by Fall season as expected
- Canon holding back 7Dmk2 for a reason. I suspect 100-400 mk2 announcement, or some other coinciding situation.
A bit more about the EOS 7D replacement made its way to us over the weekend. This time we’ve received a little bit of information about the viewfinder in the upcoming EOS 7D Mark II.
We’re told the viewfinder will have 100% coverage and a magnification of 1.15. We’re told the top plate has a noticeably bigger bump around the viewfinder than the current EOS 7D.
Everything we’re hearing about the camera is coming from new sources.
More to come…
We have received a couple of specs for the upcoming replacement to the EOS 7D which lead us to believe it will in fact be a “pro” APS-C camera.
There was no mention of video features or whether or not the camera would record 4K.
- EOS-1 style top plate, which means no mode dial.
- Pop-up flash, even with the new style top plate.
- WiFi & GPS will be internal. We all figured this one.
No other specs have been given to us as of yet.
We’re hearing from more dealers around the globe that the EOS 7D is either “out of stock” or has reached “end of life”. This is all pointing to the obvious conclusion that a replacement to the camera is on the horizon.
We haven’t been told of an exact announcement date, but do expect it in August. If we had to speculate, around August 18 would be our guess.
We have been told that a new STM kit lens is likely with the EOS 7D replacement, along with an L zoom.
No one at CineGear 2014 this past weekend had any insight about a 7D replacement, not even the usual facial expressions when you mention a new product. However, top Canon dealers should be hearing about it soon. We do expect spec relation information to be very tight until well into July.
More to come…
Northlight is reporting that Canon pro dealers in Germany are being invited to events in July to prepare for August announcements. This is pretty normal, certain dealers in most countries get advanced knowledge of the upcoming gear to prepare for dealer ordering and marketing.
If the pro dealers are involved, you can expect a prosumer DSLR at least. We also expect some higher end lenses to be added to the lineup.
We’ve had our second report of the Canon EOS 7D being entered into inventory systems as reaching “end of life” in June. The second report comes from a distributor and not a retailer of Canon products.
There have been no mentions of spec lists in a whole for the upcoming and highly anticipated replacement to the EOS 7D, although there are lots of reports that the camera will be in the hands of professional photographers this month for the World Cup in Brazil.
More to come…