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The Canon EOS 7D is a digital SLR built on the needs of photographers - in fact, in the design process Canon consulted over 5,000 photographers to ask them what they needed most from their camera. Featuring 18 megapixels and a 19-point cross-type AF sensor, the 7D combines great accuracy with even greater flexibility. AF settings can be customised, enabling both photographer and camera to quickly adapt to the scene. A new metering system, the Focus Colour Luminance (iFCL) intelligently measures focus, colour and luminance across 63 zones. There is a dual layer sensor which gathers information from each distinct zone to produce an accurate, consistent exposure. In addition the 7D offers an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter, allowing photographers to control external speedlites with no additional accessories and Full HD 1080 movie shooting. More
Sept 2009 -The new Canon EOS 7D digital SLR has just been announced! The feature list includes an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, 8 frames per second continuous shooting and plenty more goodies. Join us in a detailed overview of the Canon 7D’s features and a handy EOS 7D v 50D v 5D Mark II comparison… Read more... »
About the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
The Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens is a high performance zoom lens, equivalent to a 24-136mm focal length lens (5.6x standard zoom lens). Designed for EOS EF-S mount bodies, the lens covers wide angle and portrait focal ranges. The Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens offers a 4-stop Image Stabiliser in addition to the 0.35m close focusing distance throughout the zoom range. Featuring fantastic low-light performance, this lens also includes ultra low dispersion (UD) lenses, aspherical lens elements and lens coatings optimised to combat ghosting and flare - meaning high quality throughout. The Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens also features a circular aperture for beautiful bokeh. As this lens features a Canon EF-S mount you are only able to use this lens on a Canon camera with a cropped sensor (APS-C), such as the Canon 350D, 450D, 550D, 600D, 7D. This lens is not suitable for full-frame cameras, such as the 5D Mark II/III, EOS 6D, 1D X.
Video: The Canon EOS 7D
18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
The EOS 7D offers superb resolution thanks to its 18MP CMOS sensor. Offering the photographer the choice of flexibility and creativity. APS-C is a type of digital camera sensor with an integral x1.6 magnification factor. This means that for all lenses (Canon, Sigma & Tamron) you have to x the focal length of your lens by the crop factor, which is 1.6. For example - Canon 50mm x 1.6 = 80mm. For a camera with a cropped sensor the field of view you actually get is 80mm.
Up to 8 frames per second
Shoot 18MP 14-bit images at up to 8 fps as standard, in a burst of up to 126 large JPEGs; photographers can capture both detail and action.
For handheld shooting in low light, the EOS 7D offers ISO speeds of up to 6400. Expandable to ISO 12800, for low light scenes where using flash is undesirable.
The EOS 7D viewfinder with 1.0x magnification provides the most complete and natural view of your subject. The Intelligent viewfinder offers shooting information never before seen in an EOS, including the Dual Axis Electronic Level to ensure perfect horizons.
19-point cross-type AF system
A newly designed AF sensor with Zone and Spot AF modes gives the photographer new ways to select AF points. All points are cross type with the centre point offering both f/2.8 and f/5.6 sensors.
iFCL metering system
A new 63-zone dual layer metering sensor analyses Focus, Colour and Luminance information, providing accurate and consistent metering.
Canon’s Dual “DIGIC 4” provides the EOS 7D with the power to deliver outstanding colour reproduction from its high resolution CMOS sensor. DIGIC 4 also delivers 14 bit processing, excellent noise reduction, long battery life, Face Detection AF and Full HD movie recording.
Full HD movie recording
Complementing outstanding still imaging capabilities with Full HD 1080 video recording including selectable frame rates and full manual control.
Integrated Speedlite Transmitter
The EOS 7D includes the ability to control multiple Speedlites without an ST-E2 or 580EX II, and includes a built-in 15mm wide angle flash. Expand your flash photography.
3.0” Clear View II LCD
The 3.0” Clear View II LCD features 920,000 dot resolution, a wide viewing angle and new solid structure for improved image viewing in bright conditions. Live View displays real-time images on the LCD, offering three auto focus modes.
Magnesium alloy body with environmental protection
The magnesium alloy body offers weather sealing equivalent to the acclaimed EOS-1N, EOS Integrated Cleaning System and 150,000 release shutter durability. The EOS 7D has been designed from the ground up to be used by the most demanding photographers.
Canon EOS 7D - Capture what you see
The Canon EOS 7D digital SLR features an Intelligent Viewfinder offering 100% frame coverage. For the first time, the EOS system offers 1.0x magnification, meaning photographers see a large, bright image. The transmissive LCD is incorporated within the viewfinder and allows photographers to decide which overlay feature - e.g. AF points, the spot metering circle and composition grid - is most useful to help frame the shot. The Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR is also the first in the EOS range to introduce a Dual-Axis Electronic Level (in both the viewfinder and on the LCD) that indicated both pitch and roll angles. This feature is especially useful when shooting landscapes to ensure a level horizon, or when used in conjunction with a Canon Tilt & Shift lens.
The Canon EOS 7D digital SLR has a 3" Clear View II LCD screen with a solid structure screen that has been designed to combat glare by removing the air-gap between the LCD's protective cover and the liquid crystal. Featuring a viewing angle of 160 degrees, the 3" LCD screen is effective even in bright light. An ambient light sensor on the side of the screen, like on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, can set brightness automatically depending on the environment.
Canon EOS 7D - Be creative
An Integrated Speedlite Transmitter means photographers can control external Speedlites with no additional accessories, making the Canon EOS 7D perfect for those looking to experiment with lighting. The built-in flash has been extensively upgraded and includes both wider flash coverage for focal lengths as wide as 15mm, and manual control.
Canon EOS 7D - Customise your camera
In keeping with Canon's endeavour to make the Canon EOS 7D the perfect tool for photographers, all the features and functions are customisable to the individual photographers needs. Frequently used functions and settings can be assigned to convenient controls, meaning valuable time can be saved when shooting critical moments.
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Nice piece of kit...
from North Yorkshire
About Me Pro Photographer
Comments about Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR plus 15-85mm EF-S Lens:
Recently changed systems from Nikon..its a long story and bought the 7d to eventually be the backup to 5d mk 11 which was out of stock at the time of purchase...Its hard to fault this camera..easy to use and great image quality... On reflection I might have bought the body only as the lens, while not a bad lens is a little shown up next to the 70 200 is f4 lens I also purchased...Used both at a wedding and the 18 55 lens while a competant performer lagged behind the Canon l series lens....Nevertheless for most people as a general purpose walkabout lens on the 7d its great camera lens combination and unless you really want or need full frame the 7d really takes some beating.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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About Me Semi-pro Photographer
This camera is outstanding: tough, beautiful ergonomics, superb autofocus, brilliant features for the more creative photographer, easy menu system, lightweight, small size and great performance. I have been studying a pro photography course for the last 2 years, and it has performed impeccably over that time. I mainly take natural history images, including macro, as well as landscapes.The 15-85 lens I use for lanscapes and is good, although not outstanding. If Canon did an L-series lens in a similar zoom range, I would replace it, but for most purposes it is just fine. For other imaging I use a variety of L series lenses.However, I would NOT recommend this camera if you are not familiar with photography - it is clearly aimed at people who want to use the features it offers, and who are happy to spend time setting up the autofocus and other aspects of the camera. Properly used, the autofocus is the best I have ever used, extremely fast and precise - but that could be a problem if the user has not set it up properly. If you want to use auto and point and click, this is not the camera for you. If you want to explore photography and take control of your images, then it most definitely is.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Highly recommended,better than expected
About Me Photo Enthusiast
Camera and lens great, better than expected and read reviews before purchasing which helped me choose this camera Focus system unbeatable and works every time super fast.Need to know about photography to fully understand all the features
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Cracking camera. Amazing low light performance. Options provided by this camera are great. A fantastic tool to explore and develop my photography skills.
About Me Casual Photographer
It is really quite nice product to me.
This is a fantastic camera. I read a lot of reviews about focussing problems but decided to go ahead anyway. When I got the camera, I spent some time testing and setting up the focussing and since then it's been fantastic. I recently photographed a wedding and out of 800 shots over 700 were usable with the unusable ones being user error. As the other reviewer says this is not a beginner's camera - don't consider it unless you're an experienced amateur or pro.
Probably the best APS-C DSLR around
It is a solid (but heavy) piece of kit which, for users who have Canon experience, is fairly easy to get to grips with. If you wish to take full advantage of the plethora of available facilities, however, it's advisable to read the instruction manual thoroughly first!The big "pros" for me are (1) the build quality (no noticeable sensor dust after several months hard use!) and (2) the Quick Setup screen which, with its "joystick" selection, is very quick and easy to use. I might also mention that the blindingly fast 8fps continuous shooting speed is brilliant for hand-held HDR work!A couple of minor "cons": (1) Whilst image quality is excellent in normal light, it has a tendency to be noisy in low light conditions. (2) The top LCD screen can't be illuminated on BULB setting - which is a bit of a problem when timing night shots. There is a cheap workaround, though - it's called the Mini Maglite torch!
(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
from West Midlands, UK
I purchased this as I had been looking to improve my wildlife photography, and this camera gives me everything I needed.Its not a beginners camera, and it does take a few moments to set up, as an example I tend to set it to zone focus using the central 9 focus points out of 19 - its not complex as its literally two button presses to change. Once setup to your liking its really easy to use - but for anyone who is a little unsure of setup there are books dedicated to getting the most out of the 7D with useful setup tips that will help if you are a little unsure of how to set up the camera.Whilst the setup means this camera may seem daunting for a beginner anyone who is quite comfortable with DSLR's will appreciate the flexibility this camera gives you, as a small example being able to select different quality raw and jpeg files and even have mixed (e.g. largest raw file, with a medium sized jpeg).I have to confess I have not used the kit lens much but this is mainly because shortly after buying the camera I got a Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX which is ideal as a fast 'standard' lens, and secondly because I bought this mainly for wildlife I favour long lenses.The camera is quite large, and weighty with a reassuringly large hand grip and a nice balance - some may prefer a smaller/lighter camera overall in which case the 7D is not the one for you. The kit lens is also large - bigger in diameter than the older 17-85mm IS. I have since obtaining the 7D seen the Canon 550D which at a glance on the spec sheet is just a plastic bodied 7D, but actually the 550D is alot smaller & lighter and if thats important to you that might be a better buy.The video options is a fun extra as it shoots in full 1080p HD(and can play directly on a HD tv using the supplied HDMI cable) - that said the sound recording is a bit too sensitive picking up on tiny sounds such as internal servo's, and small movements your fingers make as you move the camera - if video is your reason for buying this camera I recommend you buy the optional external stereo mic.its not a cheap camera, but definetly worth the money to me.
(5 of 47 customers found this review helpful)
from Leicester England
Bought this for a trip of a lifetime in Arica. On return found half of the (1200+) photos unusable because the camera had just not focussed when it had reported it had. In DPP indicated focus points are sometimes literally miles off, e.g. distant landscape fuzzy, bush in the corner of the frame a metre away nice and sharp. This is not an isolated issue. There are several reports on the web forums of similar problems. Beware!!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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