Canon EOS 7D Review
Compact Flash Compartment
The Compact Flash compartment on the EOS 7D is at the rear corner of the hand grip and is opened by sliding the door towards you and flipping outwards. The door itself has a metal hinge and opens with plenty of room to remove the CF card once ejected. The CF activity light is to the bottom right of the quick control dial. In addition to the Type I and Type II Compact Flash cards the 7D also supports the faster, more recent UDMA standard and the Compact Flash+ standard.
The battery compartment on the EOS 7D is in the base of the hand grip, behind a simple clip-locked door. The door itself is removable (to make way for the optional battery grip). The 7D uses the same Lithium-Ion battery as the 5D Mark II, the LP-E6, which provides 1800 mAh of capacity (400 mAh more than the BP-511A used in the EOS 50D) and also communicates more detailed battery status information back to the camera.
|The LC-E6E (Europe/Asia) or LC-E6 (North America) charger provides charge status information and takes approximately 90 minutes to charge a battery.|
WFT-E5 Wireless Grip (optional)
With the new WFT-E5 you can shoot wirelessly (802.11b/g) direct to FTP servers as well as have two-way communication over PTP and HTTP. In HTTP mode you can effectively remote control the camera, see a live view, change settings and take shots. The USB port can be used to store directly to external USB hard disks (although only small flash devices can be powered by the grip) or provide GPS data from USB GPS devices. The grip does not provide any power to the camera though.
BG-E7 Battery Grip (optional)
The matching battery grip, BG-E7 approximately doubles the number of possible shots with two LP-E6 batteries installed. With size-AA/LR6 alkaline batteries, the number of possible shots at 23°C / 73°F is approx. 400 shots without flash use and approx. 300 shots with 50% flash use. It features an M.Fn button in addition to a duplicate main dial, AF On, AEL and AF-point selection buttons.
The EOS 7D's connectors all live down the left-hand edge of the camera under a split rubber flap. There are effectively two columns of connectors each with its own cover. On the left we have PC sync and the remote terminal (N3). On the right there is the Microphone input, the combined Audio/Video out and USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) plus HDMI (mini). Note that the camera is not supplied with a HDMI cable.
Base / Tripod Mount
|The tripod mount is located in line with both the center of the lens and focal plane of the sensor. A rubber cover normally protects the connector that can be used for communicating with the optional WFT-E5/E5A wireless grip.|
The EOS 7D's built-in pop-up flash at 15mm offers wider flash coverage than previous models. Its guide number is 12/39 (ISO 100, in meters/feet). Recycling time is approximately 3 sec, flash sync speed is 1/250 sec. The 7D is the first Canon EOS to come with an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter. The system allows to remotely control up to three groups of four external flashes each.
Accessory shoe / external flash
|The EOS 7D's accessory shoe can be used with Canon and third party flash units (sync only). The hot shoe supports E-TTL II metering which uses distance information from the lens to calculate flash power. This works with all Canon lenses (although distance information is only provided by lenses with ring type USM motors). You'll note also the new weather seal surround which works in conjunction with the newer 580EX II Speedlite.|
The EOS 7D has a standard metal EF / EF-S lens mount which means that it supports all Canon EF and EF-S lenses plus compatible third party lenses. Because the sensor is smaller than a 35 mm frame all lenses are subject to a field of view crop (sometimes called focal length multiplier) of 1.6x, thus a 17 mm lens provides the same field of view as a 27.2 mm lens on 35 mm film.
Supplied In the Box
The EOS 7D is, depending on your region, offered as body-only or as a kit with the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lenses.
Included in the body-only box is:
- Canon EOS 7D digital SLR body (with eyecup and body cap)
- LP-E6 Lithium-Ion battery pack (with cover)
- LC-E6 (or LC-E6/LC-E6E) Battery charger
- Wide Strap EW-EOS7D
- USB Cable IFC-200U
- Stereo Video Cable AVC-DC400ST
- Canon EOS Solution Disk
- EOS Utility
- ZoomBrowser EX
- Remote Capture
- Digital Photo Professional
- Manuals / Reg. card
- 17 Photographic tests (DR)
- 18 Photographic tests
- 19 Movie Mode
- 20 Compared to
- 21 Compared to (JPEG)
- 22 Compared to (JPEG)
- 23 Compared to (JPEG)
- 24 Compared to (RAW)
- 25 Compared to (RAW)
- 26 Compared to (RAW)
- 27 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 28 Compared to (Resolution)
- 29 Compared to (Resolution)
- 30 Conclusion
- 31 Samples
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|European bee-eaters by drvanger|
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|Fat Is Beautiful Guinea 2008 DP by MarioSS|
from - Fat is Beautiful - (Woman's Portrait n Black and White+ A Border)
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