Three ays with the 7D and still no possibility to go outside for BIF shots. But I let the camera work on some captive avian creatures like this Gouldian-finch female, they are very good subject to test how the camera reproduces color and of course how crisp the pictures are. The Java sparrow below is a good subject to test the dynamic range of the sensor it’s plumage goes from the brightest whites too the darkest blacks. Of course closeups like these two pictures need a very precise focusing and as the birds always move I usually use AI-Servo which did a pretty good job the keeper rate was more then 80%, compared to the 70% of the 50D. After going more into the details it turned out that mainly Spot-Af was responsible for this ... the possibility to focus on small details is great.
- Spot-AF is a great new feature when working with small targets and narrow depth of field
- The possibility to automatically switch to other AF-field for verticals is fantastic
- AF is fast less hunting actually the my 1 D MarkII
- IQ is stunning
- Colors are very accurate
- The high resolution gives enough room for crops
- As much as I like the possibility to use the build in flash as master ... every now and then I get severely overexposed pictures which I don’t get using STE-2 or another 580 EXII as controller. I hope there will be firmware-update solving this problem.
- It may be it is because I use the camera mainly inside but I have more difficulties to focus manual with the new focussing-screen, in particular with lenses faster than around f=4
- Dynamic range could be better, the camera doesn’t like underexposure
18 Mp on APS-C are pretty demanding they want a good lens and even more a good photographer. So far all but the exposure problems turned out to be operator errors actually not working careful and precisely enough. So far the 7D is the first APS-C which probably will kick out my 1D working horses out of my camera bag. I can’t wait to test it in the field.