Introducing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Yes I finally got my hands on a 7D mark II today and have spent the evening slowly getting to know it. I’ve got some of the basic settings where I want them (back focusing with the * button, custom modes set), but there’s still a lot to get to know about the camera and I’ve had no daylight to work with. Inevitably I have pushed the ISO settings just to see how good they really are. This shot, for example, was taken hand-held at 1/80s shutter, f/3.8 and ISO 52,000. Yes, you read that right. It’s not a setting I’ll use a lot, and there is some post-processing, but it’s surprisingly ok.

night scene ISO52,000

Night view taken at ISO 52,000 with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

The rest of tonight’s post is closer to my usual stuff. We’ve got several newts in the garden at the moment. I took a short series of shots at my usual night time flash settings of ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/100s. There’s been very little post-processing on these partly because Lightroom doesn’t recognize Mark II Raw files yet, so I’ve been using Canon’s DPP 4.0 which is a big step up from the 3.n series. Another learning curve.

Anyway, to the photos. Nothing remarkable about them, but nice colour and the camera was very responsive.

Newt

Newt photographed with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Newt

Newt photographed with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Newt

Newt photographed with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

I should be able to give the camera a bit more of a workout tomorrow. I’m looking forward to seeing just how good the focusing system is.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

Monochrome Set (in colour)

OK, these are black and white photos. But they are black, white and shades of grey.

Coot

Black and White (Coot)

Pied Wagtail

White, Black, Grey (Pied Wagtail)

Collared Dove

Grey (Collared Dove)

Jackdaw

Black (Jackdaw)

And a touch of brown ;)

Rat

Rat on Rock

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

No Fishing (Heron)

An old favourite from Falmer Pond was back. The grey heron was enjoying some late autumn sunshine this morning, perching proudly on one of the No Fishing signs at Falmer Pond.

Heron on No Fishing sign

That was from a distance, but for this next one I approached through the trees. It was impossible to gain an entirely clear line to the heron, but with a little effort I managed a couple more shots. The first is the perch from another view.

Heron on No Fishing sign

And then a final image as it crossed from the sign to the central island.

Grey heron - motion blur

It had gone by lunchtime, or perhaps was sheltering out of sight. On the other hand, the rats were out and about.

rat

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.