More 7D Mk II images

Another day testing out the new Canon 7D Mark II. I used the 400mm 5.6 lens for all of these shots, many of them with a 1.4 extender attached. Nice to have autofocus operating with that combination (something that wasn’t possible with the original 7D).

Coot

Coot – ISO 3200,
1/2500, f11, Lens EF400mm f/5.6L USM +1.4x III

Coot

Coot – ISO 1000
1/2500, f8.0, Lens EF400mm f/5.6L USM +1.4x III

Moorhen

Moorhen – ISO 3200
1/2500, f11, Lens EF400mm f/5.6L USM +1.4x III

Moorhen

Moorhen – ISO 1600
1/3200, f8.0, Lens EF400mm f/5.6L USM +1.4x III

Squirrel

Squirrel – ISO 1600
1/2500, f6.3, Lens EF400mm f/5.6L USM

Only very basic processing has been done. I’ve run them through the defaults on DPP 4.0 and added a little sharpening once they’ve been reduced for the web. One or two shots have been cropped a little.

The camera itself is very comfortable to use. I still need to sort out the best settings for how I work, but will spend a little more time doing that over the weekend. Today I just wanted to play with the new toys. :D

I’ll write more about using the camera soon, though I have to say I miss having Lightroom for processing. DPP 4.0 is ok, but like all these things it takes time to get to know, whereas basic processing was second nature in Lightroom. No doubt an update will appear soon!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. The Canon EF 1.4xIII extender was used where indicated.

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.