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 photographed with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II


Newt photographed with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II


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.

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  1. derwandersmann October 31, 2014 at 2:12 am #

    That night shot is remarkably clean.
    Wish I had the brass to fling about on sommat like that!

    • Words November 1, 2014 at 12:36 am #

      dW, the unedited image is pretty noisy, but in practical terms it shows how far you can push things. I doubt I’ll do many like that, but interesting to see.

  2. Adele October 31, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Enjoy the new camera! Wow, 52,000 ISO.

    • Words November 1, 2014 at 12:37 am #

      Adele, silly numbers really, but I’m enjoying getting to know the camera. Thanks!

  3. Darko October 31, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    You can tell that quality of photographs is a lot better. Like seeing something with the eye, back in days when my eyes were still perfect that is 😛
    And ISO 52,000, I am speechless, literally….

    • Words November 1, 2014 at 12:38 am #

      Darko, it should improve as I get to know how it functions, but the great thing is not having to just stop when the light is poor. Definitely need to work with it a bit more though.

  4. Andy October 31, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    Woot! (is that an out of date term?)

    • Words November 1, 2014 at 12:39 am #

      Andy, ‘Woot!’ is fine. 😀