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Old 01-09-2009, 08:22   #1 (permalink)
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Dave....Canon 7D

Well Canon have just announced the 7D and I'm sure Graham will be posting all the specs shortly but I wonder if this is the camera for you Dave?
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Well Canon have just announced the 7D and I'm sure Graham will be posting all the specs shortly but I wonder if this is the camera for you Dave?
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CANON U.S.A. REDEFINES MID-RANGE DSLR CATEGORY
WITH THE NEW EOS 7D DIGITAL SLR CAMERA


The EOS 7D Features Fast Eight fps Continuous Shooting, Class-Leading 18-Megapixel
Resolution and Full HD Video Recording with Variable Frame Rates and Manual Exposure Control


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 1, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced a revolutionary camera that redefines the highly competitive mid-range DSLR product category: the Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera. Professional photographers and advanced amateurs have been demanding higher performance and more diverse functions in their cameras, and Canon has answered – with the new EOS 7D. Far more than a slight improvement from a previous model, the EOS 7D DSLR is a brand new product that stands on its own with new features never before seen in any Canon camera. Whether it’s shooting at eight frames per second (fps), focusing with the new Zone AF mode or recording 24p Full HD video, the EOS 7D DSLR camera satisfies the most rigorous professional requirements with durability, flexibility, high-resolution images and customizable controls. With its unprecedented out-of-the-box performance and high-end feature set, the EOS 7D is poised as the ultimate step-up camera for serious photographers or a second camera for professionals in the field.

The EOS 7D boasts significant EOS advancements including a completely new 19-point Autofocus system, a new Canon iFCL Metering System (Intelligent Focus, Color, Luminance) and a new Intelligent Viewfinder. An 18-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors fuel the EOS 7D’s 14-bit A/D data conversion and its ability to freeze fast motion in high-resolution with eight fps continuous shooting up to 126 Large JPEGS using a UDMA CF card, positioning this camera for the studio as well as the sideline. The EOS 7D captures beautiful low-light images with or without a flash, at occasions such as a dance recital or wedding reception, thanks to a wide range of ISO speed settings from 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800). In addition to its new still capture capabilities, the EOS 7D features Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution with selectable frame rates of 24p, 25p or 30p. Native 24p recording helps videographers achieve a more cinema-style look for their footage without the need for post-processing.

“The EOS 7D represents a completely new chapter in digital photography and Canon product development. This camera stands alone as the most functional and innovative DSLR Canon has released to-date, bringing together all of the best professional features offered, along with numerous user requests at a price-point everyone can appreciate,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

The Evolution of Vision, the EOS 7D’s New Autofocus System
The Canon EOS 7D boasts the most advanced AF system ever seen in an EOS SLR. The completely re-designed system includes a new multi-axis cross-type 19-point AF grid, where the focusing points are evenly spread out across the image plane and clearly displayed through Canon’s new Intelligent Viewfinder. All 19 points are f/5.6-sensitive for both horizontal and vertical cross-type focusing, while the center AF point adds high-precision diagonal cross-type sensitivity for f/2.8 and larger aperture lenses. The Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera is the first EOS SLR to feature 19 cross-type focusing points that remain fully functional with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6, which brings the performance of the AF system to unprecedented levels for assignments as varied as fast-moving sports action or low-light wedding ceremonies.

The Canon EOS 7D’s AF system allows numerous AF area selection modes never seen before in an EOS SLR camera. New modes include:

· Spot AF mode reduces the size of a single AF point to focus on small subjects like an animal in a cage.
· AF Point Expansion mode uses a cluster of AF points adjacent to the selected AF point to automatically assist focusing on moving subjects, such as an athlete on the run.
· Zone AF divides the 19 AF points into five selectable focusing zones and makes it easier to achieve focus with subjects that are difficult to track with Single Point AF or AF point expansion, such as birds in flight.

Additional AF improvements include a revised Automatic AF point selection sequence that allows a user to pick any one of the 19 AF points as a starting point for tracking moving subjects in AI Servo mode. (Previous EOS models required the subject to first be acquired by the center focusing point.) If the subject moves away, the camera will continue to track the movement with the remaining points and display the active focusing point in the viewfinder. Also, a time-saving feature is AF Point Switching, which allows photographers to select and register one AF point for horizontal compositions and a second AF point for vertical shooting, ideal for studio and portrait photographers.

To complement the new AF system, the exposure metering system for the EOS 7D has been completely re-designed to take color information into account, another first for an EOS system. Canon’s iFCL metering includes a 63-zone dual-layer metering sensor that reads both illumination and color for consistent results in all lighting conditions, keeping exposure levels stable from shot to shot, even as the light source changes.

Canon’s new Intelligent Viewfinder uses a liquid crystal overlay to provide clear and precise displays of focusing points and zones, on-demand grid lines and a spot metering circle. The LCD overlay can also be illuminated in extreme low-light situations or turned off completely. The EOS 7D camera’s viewfinder includes a large all-glass pentaprism with an antireflective coating to maximize clarity and provide a brighter display. The EOS 7D’s Intelligent Viewfinder features 1.0x magnification with 100 percent coverage for accurate composition and checking of detail.

EOS HD Movie: Empowering the World of Videography
Canon has blazed new trails in HD video capture with the 5D Mark II. Now, the EOS 7D takes DSLR video to new heights with Full HD capture featuring fully manual exposure control, and selectable cinematic frame rates for both NTSC (National Television System Committee) and PAL (Phase Altering Line) standards. Compatible with more than 60 Canon EF and EF-S lenses, the EOS 7D lets videographers take full advantage of the camera’s large CMOS sensor to achieve the dramatic frame composition they desire. At the heart of the EOS 7D are two key proprietary Canon technologies, Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors and a large APS-C–sized CMOS sensor, helping to render stunning color reproduction, amazing depth of field and fine detail, even in low-light conditions. The Canon EOS 7D allows for three video recording modes – Full HD and HD in a 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition (SD) in a 4:3 aspect ratio, all at selectable frame rates. The EOS 7D Digital SLR camera will record Full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixels in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); 720p HD recording at 50p or 60p (59.94) and SD video at frame rates of 50p or 60p (59.94). The EOS 7D features a new dedicated button to initiate live view for both video and still shooting. Once engaged, the same dedicated button will start and stop video recording. Like the EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera provides users with the capability to use an external stereo microphone for professional audio effects or a built-in monaural microphone for convenience.

The Features You Asked For
A helpful new tool for architectural and landscape photography where angles and perspective are critical is Canon’s new built-in Dual Axis Electronic Level, featuring an artificial horizon over the image on the rear LCD screen in Live View or in the viewfinder using illuminated AF points for easy leveling while shooting. The dual axis electronic level shows both horizontal roll and vertical pitch, making it easy to identify when the camera is in a fixed level shooting position and ready to take the shot.

The EOS 7D’s pop-up flash features a built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter for control of multiple off-camera EOS Speedlites without the need for an external transmitter. This built-in wireless option is a compact and economical solution for studio and wedding photography with multiple flash set-ups.

A new Intelligent Macro Tracking function helps reduce blur during macro shooting by recognizing when a macro lens is attached and automatically adjusting the AI Servo sampling frequency. This AI Servo adjustment accounts for camera movement forward and back, a typical occurrence when moving in close for a macro shot as photographers rock back and forth, or a flower blows in the wind.

Once in your hands, you can immediately feel the ergonomic improvements of the Canon EOS 7D camera, starting with a new super-fluid body design with continuous curves outlining the top of the camera and a revised grip that fits better in a user’s hand. The camera has a new Quick Control Button, which opens an easy-to-navigate menu on the camera’s LCD screen. From this menu, users can adjust all camera settings including AF modes as well as set custom button functions, an insightful new feature that can easily customize each button’s function to the photographer’s preference. Another new feature is the RAW/JPEG toggle button providing quick dual-format shooting, allowing photographers to quickly add large JPEG or RAW file formats to their already selected shooting mode at the touch of a button.

The Canon EOS 7D camera also features a new large, clear 3.0-inch solid structure Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution for enhanced clarity and color when viewing images. The camera’s nine internal seals enhance weather resistance, and its 150,000-cycle shutter durability positions the EOS 7D as a “workhorse” for professionals in any photography discipline.

New Wireless Connectivity
Canon is announcing the availability of the new WFT-E5A wireless file transmitter (WFT) exclusively for the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera. The WFT-E5A wireless transmitter offers professional photographers a wide range of digital connectivity options including IEEE802.11a/b/g and Ethernet, ideal for commercial and studio work. The WFT-E5A wireless file transmitter opens the door to new possibilities in remote and Geotagged shooting applications. Photographers can fire up to 10 cameras simultaneously from across the room or across the country while maintaining control over camera settings and remote live view on a laptop or smart phone.[i] The WFT-E5A wireless transmitter can also transfer and display images on DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible televisions and photo frames. Geotagging is now possible via Bluetooth, using compatible GPS devices to append coordinate data to the images.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers at the end of September, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $1,699.00[ii]. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $1,899.00[iii]. The Canon WFT-E5A wireless file transmitter is scheduled to be available in early November and sell at an estimated retail price of $699.99[iv].

[i] The WFT-E5A WFT unit supports various LAN functions, including wireless LAN “11a” in environments where IEEE802.11b/g cannot be used, high-speed communication Ethernet (100BASE-TX), and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). The WFT-E5A will also support the WFT server, which enables remote shooting while viewing the Live View image on a computer or handheld terminal, such as a smart phone.
[ii] Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
[iii] Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
[iv] Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.


There is a pretty good review here
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Canon have also release three new lenses....

CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THREE NEW EF AND EF-S LENSES, INCLUDING
THE FIRST CAMERA LENS FEATURING HYBRID IMAGE STABILIZATION


Introducing the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, EF-S 15-85mm
f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lenses


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 1, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, continues its advancement of EOS lens technology with the introduction of three new EF and EF-S lenses – EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, lenses. The new EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS lens is the world’s first camera lens featuring Canon’s new Hybrid Image Stabilization (Hybrid IS) technology*, compensating for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake, up to four shutter speed steps. The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens is compatible with all EOS cameras, while the EF-S 15-85mm and EF-S 18-135mm zoom lenses are designed specifically for Canon digital cameras that are compatible with EF-S lenses.**

EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens
The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens could very well be the essential multipurpose lens for every camera bag due to its ability to capture sharp close-up images of small objects as well as beautiful portrait-length telephoto shots. The incorporation of Canon’s new Hybrid IS in this L-series macro lens allows it to compensate more effectively for camera shake during close-up shooting and marks a significant improvement for professionals and advanced amateurs utilizing macro photography for portrait, nature or wedding shoots.

New Hybrid IS Technology: Designed Especially for Macro Photography
The world’s first* optical image stabilizer for SLR cameras was introduced in the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM in 1995. Since then, Canon has made continual advancements in IS systems to enhance panning capability and improve compensation for camera shake. Now, in a move aimed at extending image stabilization to the macro realm, Canon introduces its Hybrid IS in the new EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM — another first for Canon and the world.

Conventional image stabilization technology is useful for reducing the effects of camera shake in non-macro shooting situations. When shooting handheld close-ups at 1x, however, camera shake makes it difficult to achieve acceptable results even with lenses incorporating conventional image stabilizers. Now, thanks to the Hybrid IS found in the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, Canon extends IS technology to the macro realm, making it easy to obtain clear handheld close-ups — a world first* and a definite advantage in environments where use of a tripod is not an option.

In order to combat the effects of camera shake in a macro lens, the IS system must be able to compensate for both angular camera shake and shift camera shake — problems that become more apparent as magnification increases. The effects of shift camera shake are rarely noticeable when shooting outside the macro realm, such as in landscape photography. But when shooting extreme close-ups, even the slightest amount of camera shake, either of the angular or shift variety, can adversely affect image quality.

In macro photography, shift camera shake and angular camera shake affect both the image formed on the sensor and the image shown in the viewfinder. This is especially relevant to handheld shooting at 1x, since the inability to properly compose and focus due to a shaky image in the viewfinder makes it extremely difficult to record sharp images.

Conventional image stabilizers of the type found in Canon IS lenses incorporate an angular velocity sensor (vibration gyro) to compensate for angular camera shake. Based on the amount of camera shake detected by the sensor, the IS system calculates the amount of blur on the image plane, after which lens elements in the IS are positioned to compensate for the shake. However, this type of image stabilizer can neither detect nor correct shift camera shake common to handheld macro photography.

The Hybrid IS includes an acceleration sensor in addition to the conventional angular velocity sensor (vibration gyro). Based on the amount of camera shake detected by the two sensors, a newly developed algorithm calculates the amount of blur on the image plane, after which lens elements in the IS are positioned to compensate for the two types of shake — a first in an interchangeable lens for SLR cameras and an excellent way to solve the problem of camera shake in macro photography.

EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens
The versatile focal length, extreme wide angle and stunning image quality of Canon’s new EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens makes this the ideal multipurpose wide-angle zoom lens for the photographer shooting a wedding or exotic vacation. Featuring three aspherical elements and one UD glass element for outstanding image quality, the zoom range of this lens is equivalent to 24-136mm on a full-frame camera. When coupled with Canon’s new EOS 7D DSLR, this lens provides moviemakers and videographers with a phenomenal focal range for wide-angle scenic footage and zoomed in telephoto shots.

EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
Canon’s new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is the perfect Image Stabilized lens for advanced photographers looking for a wide-angle zoom lens with telephoto capabilities. Featuring a compact IS unit with shake correction up to four shutter speed steps, the zoom range of this lens is equivalent to 29-216mm on a full-frame camera.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lenses are scheduled to be available at the end of September and sell at estimated retail prices of $1,049.00 and $499.99, respectively[i]. The Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM is scheduled to be available in late October and sell at an estimated retail price of $799.99[ii]
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Re: Dave....Canon 7D

Thanks for the leg-up Steve

Shall we move this to the News Forum?
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Re: Dave....Canon 7D

Leave this one here but you can create two new threads...one for the camera and one for the lenses, named accordingly
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Re: Dave....Canon 7D

From the specs, the 7D sounds damn good. The "intelligent viewfinder" and new AF system should be useful, and selectable frame rate for videos is one feature missing from the 5DII.
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Re: Dave....Canon 7D

The wireless flash controller also looks like a pretty good addition too.

I am a little concerned about fitting 18mp on to a crop sensor though, they made that mistake with the 50D.
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Re: Dave....Canon 7D

Not attractive to me as it has only an APS-C sized sensor. The 8 fps would be nice but not too conerned about clever focus and metering. My experience is that in straightforward situations the auto works fine whatever the system and for complex situations, I use manual anyway. The price is about the same as I paid for my EOS 5D MkII which is higher resolution and full frame. Does the 7D replace the 50D as it seems closest to the 50D spec.
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Re: Dave....Canon 7D

If Canon are sticking to their numbering convention, the 7D is probably intended as a semi-pro APS-C camera, whilst the 50D is aimed more at the upper end of the consumer market.
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Re: Dave....Canon 7D

Must admit Silky, I am a bit confused by the numbering of this one. The perceived wisdom on their numbering has been understood to be:

xxxxD = Entry level, basic DSLR (eg 1000D)

xxxD = Enthusiasts DSLR (e.g. 450D, 500D, etc)

xxD = Serious enthusiasts/semi-professionals (e.g. 40D, 50D etc)

xD = Semi-professional to professional (e.g. 5D series and 1D series)

Although this camera is clearly intended to be attractive in the semi-pro market (hobbyists are unlikely to fork out the amount this costs) it is still an APS-C sensor with all that entails but a dual-DIGIC 4 processor system that allows for high-speed work. It's a bit of a hybrid really, albeit I am sure a very good one indeed.

The new sensor has a gapless microlens system to make noise handling even better but I note they have kept this one down to 12,800 ISO and not gone up to the 25,600 possible on the 5D.

All in all, numerically this should surely be the nomenclature for a 5D replacement but the reviews are all classing it as a better 50D.

Oh well, will be interested to see some of the results and whether the fancy new titles for the various bits are genuinely new technology or technobabble. Certainly the 19-point AF system is an important step forward and will leave many a 1D/5D owner a little disgruntled that they didn't get this in earlier.

Clearly the inclusion of HD video is here to stay, wonder if they'll be brave enough to add that to the 1D MkIV? Indeed, it really makes me wonder just what the spec for that camera will be when it arrives.

Perfectly happy with my 5D MkII though

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two words............... want one
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Three words, "they moved the LCD to the right so the nose print will only show up half as much".
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Re: Dave....Canon 7D

I have to admit that I was a little dissapointed with this release.

I'm not dissapointed with the feature set per say, upgraded focusing, wireless flash control, weather sealing, 100% viewfinder, low(ish) noise considering the amount of mpix crammed onto the sensor are all excellent additions... but the fact that they've put a 1.6x crop sensor into it probably rules it out for me.

Don't get me wrong, as a 1.6x crop sensor camera this is excellent but I was seeing this release as the younger brother to the 1D mk.III, just as I see the 5D mk.II being that to the 1Ds mk.III.

If this had a 1.3x crop sensor my pre-order would be placed already, as it is I think I'll probably wait untill Feb for the 1D mk.IV to be released and either get a 2nd hand mk.III as the prices drop or a 2nd morgage and splash out on the new one.
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Hmmm... more "Gadgets"........
Forgive my cynical heart for a moment, but follow me on this one, as I play devils advocate a second.....
Full HDMI Video.... I have that already, on a VIDEOcam.
8 FPS Burst mode.... I like that, yes, that has me interested, I could use that quite well, as some of the shoots I do could make the most of that...

Multi-point focusing.... erm... no... help me here... I am used to focus on what you want in focus in the centre focus point, hold that, and move the camera to frame the shot you want, if the object of focus is to be off centre.... fiddling about with buttons to move the focus point around the viewfinder, is to me, counter productive?... or did I miss something?....

"Wireless".... oh dear... I await the plethora of "Why cant I connect..." on several technical forums I post on. (Mostly where I learn a lot from other people....)
But at estimated 700 dollars a pop?... erm... for an "Extra", I cant see too many people taking that gadget up....

Enough of what I dont like, back to what I DO like....
Yes, some good improvements, and that "Auto-Level" thing for landscapes sound good, there are a lot of "Technical" improvements that are going to make a good deal of difference....

However...

Price....

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There will be plenty more 'gadgets' to come Silver Dragon
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Waaaaaaaay more interested in the 100mm macro IS. Only 2 stops and only £1k - would find both very useful (so the latter will stay in my pocket I reckon!)
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Looks good to me especially the built in flash TX and about time too.
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Look forward to seeing what you get out of the D700 Dave (if you don't change your mind)
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