Canon EOS 7D Mark II – my first trial


I got my new Canon EOS 7D Mark II on Wednesday afternoon.  I hurriedly perused the manual to read the most important points, made my own desired settings, and inserted the time, date, and my copyright info.

Thursday  morning I was ready for the maiden run.  Ann and I took a drive out by O.C.Fisher Lake at San Angelo State Park.  Friday, we drove through our local city parks at Lake Nasworthy.  Today, Saturday, we had contemplated going to the San Angelo State Park, but found it was closed for the weekend for hunting.  So, back to the Lake Nasworthy area we went.  We didn’t stay very long, as it was getting windy and there were white caps on the lake.  What we do tomorrow, Sunday, is anyone’s guess.  We may just take to some country roads for a change.

Anyway, my first impression of the camera was Wow!!  The focusing is  instantaneous.  The shutter feels almost like it has a hair trigger.  I love the 10fps burst also. The camera feels like a good fit to my hand.  I miss the touch-screen that I had on the 70D, but I feel that with all of the other improvements, I could well do without it.  The original 7D didn’t have it either.

But I have had it for only a few days, so I am not really able to give you a complete assessment.  But I can show you some of my photos that I got with it the past few days.  Bear in mind I was testing all kinds of exposures, etc.  So I was shooting anything that got in the way of my lens.

 

White-crowned Sparrow in the grass at San Angelo SP.

White-crowned Sparrow in the grass at San Angelo SP.

female House Finch in tree.

female House Finch in tree.

first-year male Vermilion Flycatcher

first-year male Vermilion Flycatcher

White-tailed Deer approached my mobile blind, AKA my car.

White-tailed Deer approached my mobile blind, AKA my car.

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Pied-billed Grebe in early morning light.

Pied-billed Grebe in early morning light.

Pied-billed Grebe with crawdad (crawfish).

Pied-billed Grebe with crawdad (crawfish).

Mute Swan

Mute Swan

So you can see that I had a lot of fun with the new gear.  Hope you like these first pictures with it.  Click on any of them to see enlargements.

 

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22 thoughts on “Canon EOS 7D Mark II – my first trial

  1. Congratulations, Bob! You are the second person to buy a new camera. I clicked on the photos- the enlargements are very clear and detailed. I better find a jar and start dropping coin into it. 🙂

  2. These are looking good! I know it is half the fun of any new toy to be able to do as much as you can right away. Know you are having fun so I will just say “hugs” and enjoy your photos.

  3. Congratulations on the new gear! These images you shared seem to be extremely sharp and clear. The shot of the pie-billed grebe in morning light – loved the way the ripples on the water look. Also the one with the crawfish. Cool! Really looking forward to seeing more awesome photos – although I don’t know how you could be any more “awesomer” than you already were!! 🙂 ❤ Enjoy!!

  4. It looks like you got yourself a winner with the 7D! I had heard nasty rumors that some reviewers were knocking the image quality, but yours look better than with either the old 7D or the 70D.

    I’m assuming that you shot these with the Tamron 150-600 mm lens?

    • Jerry, many thanks. I hadn’t heard such rumors. Good thing, I might have believed them. 🙂
      Hey, I have no problem whatsoever so far. I love everything about it. The performance and handling, the fast auto-focus, and yes, I shot these with my Tamron 150-600mm lens. I will watch for Pop Photos review.

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