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Canon 7D Test Drive

18 Megapixels
APS-C CMOS 1.6x



Disclaimer:
The following review is not suppose to be some kind of a professional review. If you are looking for such reviews you will not find it in my homepage. I just plan to write a simple review with my thoughts to assist my friends with the camera they want to buy since most of the time the guy at the electronics department doesn't know much about the camera apart from the price of it by scanning the barcode. If you found my website from the internet then good for you! The reviews are just my thoughts and I am happy to share with anyone. It is possible I will make the occasional mistakes and if I do please let me know about it!

 



Introduction

The Canon EOS 7D I ordered arrived on 26/9/2009. Many who read my 7D review were amazed at the high 6400ISO shot I took and wished I have more photos to show the performance of the 7D. I decided I will put the 7D up for a round of tests to see how this camera performs under different conditions. I hope this would help you with your decision for buying the 7D.



Day 1: High ISO test. Lord of the Darkness?

ISO 12800 (H)
1/40s
f/2.8
55mm


Some wanted me to take a photo of a moving object at High ISO to see the High ISO and AF performance. This a a photo of a boat that passed by. I set my camera to center point AF and Al Servo AF tracking. The AF performance was pretty fast in the dark and this photo turned out pretty well. ISO12800 + a fast EF-s 17-55 f/2.8 lens was quite a treat!  

ISO 1600
1/15s
f/2.8
15mm

 

This was my first model for tonight and this director was such a pal he did not even blink throughout the photoshoot! This was taken with the EF 15mm fisheye lens and this photo looks pretty clean in terms of noise!

ISO 1600
1/15s
f/4.0
28mm

 

Unlike most people I actually like the EF-s kit lenses. I know the construction does not feel too solid but I love them for their weight and they actually perform pretty well on resolution charts. Canon won't fit a lens on a camera if it is not going to perform. EF-s = bargain price =) Apart from the photo I took of the lens lid at the shop tonight this is my first true photo taken with the EF-s 18-135mm kit lens. I usually prefer to zoom in a bit with my lens (especially kit lens) to help minimize the effects of barrel distortion. This photo looks pretty good to me!

ISO 1600
1/8s
f/4.0
28mm

This is a photo of the famous Bruce Lee! I adore this guy! Well back to the main subject....This is another pic taken with ISO 1600. What I was testing here was how good the kit lens actually was. Canon claims it to have up to 4 stops IS. What does this mean? I took this photo at 1/8s and it looks pretty sharp. I wouldn't have been able to take this pic was good exposure without the IS. Without IS the slowest shutter speed I could use without camera shake would have been 1/125. At 1/125 the photo and background will show up fine but Lee would look pretty dark with such a short time to collect ambiant light. This camera and lens combination looks money to me.

ISO 12800 (H)
1/60s
f/4.5
18mm

This is yet another photo taken with the kit lens. I went to the zoo and Mr. Int's bear is standing there for me. I took this pic at High ISO 12800 for a quick stop and go before I get a bear beating....

ISO 12800 (H)
1/20s
f/7.1
24mm

This is the Intercontinental Hotel of Hong Kong. I tell everyone this. They have a very good buffet. If Intercontinental is reading this it would be nice if I get commission for this ok? Hand held slow shutter speeds were made possible with the IS assist of the kit lens. Again to prevent the building from looking distorted I zoomed in a bit with the lens. What’s with the small aperture setting in the dark? Why not wide open? Well for amateurs if you take this photo wide open all the lights in the photo will start to glow and you will not be able to see the words Intercontinental on the building...You can see the lines of the building look pretty good. I took this at ISO 12800 so that all the pixel peepers can check out the noise.

ISO 6400
1/100s
f/1.2
85mm

 

This is the last photo. A photo of the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong. Isn't Hong Kong Beautiful when you see a photo of Hong Kong taken with the Canon EOS 7D? haha! I tried to take more photos but the battery died on me. So that I could share with everyone I came here for the photoshoot right after the camera left the shop so for an uncharged battery from factory I think I did pretty well. Good night!

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Day 2: Built-in Speedlite Trigger. Bye Bye Pocketwizard? click here to see Day 2

 

 

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