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Canon 7D Mark II Post #1 -- First Shoot Review

The Canon 7D Mark IITim Boyer

These are my first images with the new Canon 7D Mark II.  If you have this camera the first thing you need to know is Lightroom 5 or any Adobe product will not be able to download and preview a RAW file.  You will need to shoot RAW & Large JPEG or use the Canon Utilities to convert images into tiff files.  Adobe will have an update shortly.  Probably pretty soon since so many photographers have pre-ordered this camera.  

Male Mallard on a cloudy November 2nd at Renton, Washington's  Gene Coulon Park.  Image created at ISO 800, f/6.3, 1/200 of a second.  I was using the 7D Mark II and the  600 mm f/4 lens with a 1.4 Extender.  I like the drop of water below the bill.  A little post processing in LIghtrRoom 5, but no noise reduction.

Mallard ISO 800
Mallard ISO 800

This Horned Grebe was again created at ISO 800, something I never would have done with the older Canon 7D.  No noise reduction slight processing of the tiff file in LightRoom 5.  1/500 of a second, f/6.3.

Horned Grebe ISO 800
Horned Grebe ISO 800

Female Mallard 1/160 of a second, f/6.3.  She was in the shade, and this would have produced some noise in the older 7D, but nothing here, with the new 7D Mark II.

Female Mallard ISO 800
Female Mallard ISO 800

This Crow image was created at ISO 1600, 1/200 of a second at f/8.  Again with the 600 mm f/4 lens and the 1.4 Extender.  Cloudy day, best kind of light for a black bird, but I also was pleased - again - no noise. Nice!

Crow ISO 1600
Crow ISO 1600

I had some time to experiment with a resting Mew Gull.  The first one is ISO 800 at 1/800 of a second as f/6.3.  It's a little soft, but not bad for a cloudy day.

Mew Gull ISO 800
Mew Gull ISO 800

Mew Gull ISO 6400!   Created at 1/6400 of a second at f/6.3.  Okay, it's a little softer, but there was no noise reduction, and it was shot at ISO 6400.  Something I never would/could have even tried with the older 7D.

Mew Gull ISO 6400!
Mew Gull ISO 6400!

So far I like this camera.  Fast ten framed per second, a lot faster than the 5D Mark II I've been using, and a very noticeable difference.  Not very much noise, kinda like the 5D Mark III.  I noticed the autofocus was faster than the older 7D, and I think faster than the 5D Mark III.  Acquiring birds was very quick.  So, I'm very happy with my first day of shooting with this camera.  Now I'd like to go out and get some nice birds in some great light.

Enjoy!

Thanks

Tim