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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:53 am 
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Well - at least there is a reporter here in Speyer who went from the 40D to the 7D and he is really happy with the change, especially the noise. But I guess the lower noise is mainly less noise if you use JPG - in RAW I guess the noise is very similar. But yes: the detail is better, the AF is better, the screen is better, the sealing is better... short: It is an improvement. "Huge improvement" always depends on where "huge" begins for you. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:07 am 
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Well I really want better AF, so I am guessing I would be very happy with the 7D. There is just one thing bugging me. There are rumors that the 70D will replace the 7D (cause it really is pretty old) very soon, and that the 7D Mark II might become an entry level Full Frame camera. I would certainly consider a 70D if that will soon be the best thing looking at APS-C, but I haven't seen any official news from Canon yet. Frustrating stuff :P. Anyone else hear anything about this?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:29 am 
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You need to give rumours suitable caution. None of them are rated very highly.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:30 am 
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Well, there are rumors but it is very unlikely that the 7D2 will become a full frame camera. It will rather stay a crop frame with more features and should get an even better AF; still it would cost much more than the 7D does at the moment.
Rumors say that the 70D will get the 7D's AF but there are other features that the 7D has and the 70D doesn't.

But yes: The 40D is still a very good camera and as the next generation is to be expected this year I'd just use on the 40D for some more months and wait for whatever they might release this year.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:40 pm 
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Jiko wrote:
But yes: The 40D is still a very good camera and as the next generation is to be expected this year I'd just use on the 40D for some more months and wait for whatever they might release this year.


I think that is solid advise. Thanks, I will just have to be patient then (not my strong point to be honest). Maybe the 7D will even become cheaper in the last months of it's life cycle :P.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:06 pm 
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I too am looking to upgrade from a 40D. I was quite shocked at the price of the 5Dmk3 and the price of the 5Dmk2 shot up after the mk3 was announced, and not down as you might think. The criticism of the mk2, mainly in its autofocus, was making me wait for the mk3.

The 7D is an excellent camera with pretty much everything I am looking for except for the full frame sensor. But do I really need a full frame sensor? And if I were going for a full frame camera now the Nikon D800 is better unless you are shooting in mainly low light conditions with high ISO settings. The Nikon D800 is also about £500 cheaper than the 5Dmk3. That would pay for a reasonable lens.

The 7D has good autofocus and is generally all round better than the 40D. I also have lenses for the 40D which are easily transfered to the 7D.

So why have I not jumped already? Well the 7D is still a cropped frame body and I was looking to get a full frame body to complement my 40D. I was also hoping for the 5Dmk3 at a reasonable price. It is at present about three times the price of the 7D.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:50 pm 
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Difficult decision isn't it?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:49 pm 
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I like to live life in the here and now. My 7D and 5DII give me a great deal of pleasure every day. Each has its advantages and shortcomings, but every day they capture the images I ask of them.

Every day spent dithering is a day without such enjoyment. You could, as suggested, wait months (or more) for the fabled 7DII or you could also get hit by a bus. Those who are the beneficiaries of your will, will thank you for your restraint, but no one else will.

Within three weeks of getting my 5DII the 5DIII was announced. My mild regret did not diminish the quality of the images I continue to get from the lenses I have on either of the two great bodies.

My advice: choose, then make images. Meanwhile, cross the road carefully. :D

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:02 pm 
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Brian Harmer wrote:
Meanwhile, cross the road carefully. :D


Now that's good advice!!! :P

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:03 am 
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Good advice Brian. I too have an excellent camera in the 40D with some excellent lenses. I get some excellent photos with it / them. :wink:

But you always want for something better ...

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stuart wrote:
But you always want for something better ...


Too true ;).

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:21 am 
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Hi folks,

Excellent news for 7D owners:

    New Firmware Enhances Functionality Of EOS 7D Digital SLR

    Free Update Increases Buffer Capacity to 25 RAW Images, Adds In-Camera RAW Processing and Many Other New Features

    LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 28, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced a firmware update for the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera that adds new functionality to improve its performance for serious photographers and semi-professional users. The update, free to all EOS 7D owners, gives the camera more advanced shooting options, including an increase in the maximum number of burst images taken in the RAW file format (from 15i frames to 25ii frames) as well as the ability to process RAW image files directly in the camera and the option to set a maximum ISO setting in ISO Auto mode. The firmware also adds the ability to adjust up to 64 audio levels manually prior to recording video, supports custom file naming, and allows for compatibility with Canon's newly introduced, optional GPS Receiver GP-E2.

    "By introducing this firmware we want our customers to know that we are always looking to enhance the user experience for all of our current products in the marketplace," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The latest firmware for the EOS 7D Digital SLR enhances the capabilities of the camera and brings new possibilities to its users, making it a more valuable tool for their craft."

    Enhancing the Imaging and Audio Capabilities

    For budding action photographers who use the EOS 7D as their camera of choice, being able to capture the perfect shot comes down to a matter of milliseconds. The EOS 7D is capable of taking photos at a high-speed burst rate of up to 8 frames per second (fps). With the firmware installed the camera captures up to 25 consecutive frames when shooting in RAW and up to 17iii consecutive frames when taking RAW+JPEG images.

    Once the firmware is installed the EOS 7D will also be able to process RAW images directly in the camera, allowing dynamic adjustment of exposure compensation, white balance, picture style, noise reduction at high ISO speeds, distortion correction, and other processing parameters. For mobile photographers, this ability to adjust RAW images quickly and re-save them as JPEG files can be a huge time-saver as opposed to downloading files to a computer and making adjustments later. The camera will also be able to re-size JPEG image files in-camera. These features will be accessible through the Quick Control functions which will be accessible while the camera is in playback mode. When viewing images on the camera, image files can also be given a star ranking for easy sorting during post processing. The firmware will also enable faster scrolling of images when displayed in a magnified view on the camera's LCD screen.

    The new firmware enables photographers to have more control over the maximum ISO speed when the camera is in ISO Auto mode by setting a maximum ISO range. In certain low-light scenarios, such as during a sunset, where light changes each minute, photographers can lose the brilliance and color if the ISO setting is too high. Now, photographers can ensure their ISO setting will remain within specific parameters allowing them to concentrate on the moment, knowing that they will achieve the desired photographic results. The firmware also adjusts the available ISO Auto range, previously 100-3200 and now ISO 100-6400.

    In addition to these enhancements, the new EOS 7D firmware enables manual adjustment of audio levels prior to recording video, similar to the functionality found on the EOS 5D Mark II. Videographers can now manually adjust up to 64 audio levels on the EOS 7D so that they can refine the captured audio to match their particular needs.

    Similar to the new EOS 5D Mark III, a new submenu provided with the EOS 7D firmware update enables photographers to modify the first four characters of file names, in the camera. This valuable feature makes it easier to use the EOS 7D camera in multi-camera shooting situations by providing a way to identify the files coming from a particular camera without opening each image individually.

    Canon GPS Compatibility

    The new firmware adds full compatibility for the EOS 7D with Canon's GPS Receiver GP-E2. This GPS Receiver can be mounted to the camera's accessory shoe or clipped to a belt and tethered via a USB cable. The GP-E2 was created to serve outdoor photographers; it records shooting locations including latitude, longitude and altitude, as well as camera direction. The camera's internal clock can now synced through the GPS unit using UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), the primary standard by which time is regulated, for accurate time recording or syncing clocks on multiple cameras. A GPS Logging function can display the photographer's route on a map, using supplied software.

    Availability

    The new firmware upgrade for the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera together with installation instructions will be available in early August at no charge through Canon U.S.A.'s website. For more information please visit the following link to view an online video about the new EOS 7D firmware features, http://www.usa.canon.com/eos7dfirmwareupgrade

Actually quite surprising news as well. I'm left wondering why the current firmware (the new firmware won't be available until early August) is apparently so inefficient so far as the use of the image buffer is concerned and I'm also left wondering if this significant upgrade to the capabilities of the 7D signals that we won't see a Mark II for some time?

Bob.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:24 am 
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Wow! The buffer is an awesome upgrade! I think you might be right: the 7D Mark II could be a while out if Canon is putting this much effort in upgrading the 7D this much through it's firmware. I am kinda hoping the prices will drop a bit more when the 7D Mark II draws near, so I will just have to wait a while then and be patient. (I hate being patient :P)

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August 7 is the specified date for Australasia

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:12 pm 
I was amazed to read more about the manual adjustments and controls for audio here http://eduardoangel.com/2012/06/29/canon-eos-7d-firmware-update/. This an amazing new feature that was well needed by the EOS 7D. It will tremendously help myself and other filmmakers and photographers transitioning to video. After all capturing good quality audio is half the battle with shooting video. :D


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