It has been years since I started bitching about my DSLR, the Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D). Released by Canon early 2005 and bought late October 2006, I hate its tiny screen, the poor ISO performance, the inaccessibility of some functions, its built quality, etc., etc. 3 years old and a mere 10’000 pictures later, it was time to switch.
The 50D did not completely fulfill all my wishes, notably the Wireless flash triggering and the viewfinder. A year later, the solution finally appeared, and yesterday it arrived, under the form of a brand new Canon EOS 7D (thanks to my wife :))
Rather than going in details and prepare a full review (I do not have the expertise for it anyway), I simply list here what I love, like, dislike and hate about this new body.
- The large screen, very bright. The definition is huge and really allows to review images on the fly
- The viewfinder! The new overlay (grids and AF) are very well integrated
- Great high ISO performance. At 100% the noise is visible at 1250 ISO but with 18MP it will never be noticeable in prints. The built-in high ISO noise reduction seems to give good results, though I have not used it much
- The built-in levels. I use a ballhead on my tripod and sometimes it is difficult to know if you are crooking the whole thing or not. Now I have a solution, really well integrated hence easy to use.
- Customization! At first it seems a bit rough but the Picture Style function and the C1-C3 mode really makes thing simpler to access… Once you have setup everything
- The Wireless flash trigger works wonder. With ISO performance it is one of the main reason I wanted to purchase this DSLR, and I am not disappointed at all on this matter
- The video mode is very easy to use and gives great results. A wide opened lens gives a bit of a challenge in terms of focusing but the output video is just “WOW”
- Coming from the Rebel series, now it is just very fast to take picture. No more menus to change basic settings (ISO, metering, White Balance, Exposure compensation, etc.)
- The autofocus options. In my mind there are a little too many and I need time to understand them well. the overlay in the viewfinder is really clear
- The switches to turn on the Live View and the Video mode
- The Bulb mode ! Finish the time of going from 1/250 to over 30” with the dial
- Even though many people mention the comfort of the 7D, I find the space between the lens and the right hand side hold too narrow
- No metering mode information in the viewfinder, hence this parameter cannot be changed without looking at the screen
- I like to have a nice resolution but RAW files of 24MB is a bit bothering me
- No buttons backlight like on the Pentax
- I used to have a grip, I will need one of those soon
- The new On/Off switch position. Perhaps I need to get used to it but I prefer being able to turn off my camera with the right hand (grip owners understand I suppose)
- Nothing, really… I’ll update later if I find something 😛