Canon 7D Mark II Shooter’s Report Part I: Comfortable handling, robust controls and great image quality


posted Monday, January 19, 2015 at 8:40 PM EDT


At long last, our in-depth, real-world review of the updated Canon 7D Mark II is underway. Indeed, landscape and wildlife photographer Jeremy Gray has been battling the cold, Maine winter to bring us the first part of his Canon 7D Mark II Shooter's Report. A long-time Nikon DSLR shooter, the Canon 7D Mark II is definitely a change of scenery, so to speak. However, according to Jeremy, he quickly became accustomed to the control scheme and handling of this flagship APS-C camera. 

In this first Part I installment, Jeremy discusses the ergonomics, button layout and other physical features of the camera and shares his initial shooting experience using Dual Pixel CMOS AF for live view shooting, in-camera HDR modes, as well as general photographing using a handful of Canon lenses, including the newly-updated Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM.

400mm DO II: 400mm, 1/640, f/4.0, ISO 250, Aperture Priority, Auto WB, Evaluative Metering

In fact, we've just published our full, in-house review of this new 400mm lens to coincide with with our Canon 7D Mark II Shooter's Report. After reading about this robust, high-powered APS-C camera, be sure to check out our review of this new, professional-grade wildlife and sports super telephoto lens over at SLRgear -- and be sure to check our some of Jeremy's 7D Mark II gallery photos shot with this lens (just look for images with "400mmDOII" in the filename).

Stay tuned for more about the Canon 7D Mark II, as Part II of our Canon 7D Mark II Shooter's Report is coming soon. In the next installment, Jeremy will dive further with the performance of the camera out in the field, as well as test the camera's AF performance, speed and video capabilities!

18-135mm: 18mm, 2s, f/5.6, ISO 200, Manual, Auto WB, Center-Weighted Average Metering
10-18mm: 10mm, 1/100, f/8.0, ISO 100, Aperture Priority, Cloudy WB, Spot Metering, +1/3EV

[Quick Links: Canon 7D Mark IILab SamplesGallery PhotosShooter's Report Part I]