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A Nikon Shooter’s Canon Sessions (op/Ed)

by Gevon Servo on 12/08/2011

The Canon EOS 7D is the most interesting Canon camera to me. I am approaching the camera as a Nikon shooter. While my Nikon D90 was in for repair I was loaned the Canon 7D by the one the only Chris Gampat. The effect of the camera on me was mind blowing especially with the Canon 35mm f1.4 and the Canon 50mm f1.4. These two lenses were selected because they fall in line with my shooting style and fondness for prime lenses.  The seven days I spent with this gear were phenomenal and educational all at the same time.

Canon EOS7D  Highlights

  • 18.0 Megapixels
  • 3.0″ LCD
  • HD Video Recording
  • Selectable Video Exposure + Frame Rates
  • Dust & Weather Resistant
  • 100% Viewfinder
  • Self Cleaning Sensor
  • High Sensitivity (ISO 12800)
  • 8fps Burst Mode

 On the 7D from a Nikon shooters perspective

The camera has great form and function. It was reviewed here some time ago. The EOS 7D, while not as new as other equipment out there, is a refined beast. Compared to the Nikon D90, the D7000, D300, and the D700 (my preferred camera bodies) the camera is a complete joy to hold. Shooting with the 7D was so good and so refreshing and made me feel right at home. The weight, while heavier than D90 was nice and reminded me of the D300 and the D700.

The controls made me feel like right handed person using a left handed person’s guitar, but they were intuitive enough to get the hang of quickly. The buttons were felt like they were in weird places. However, they were easy to figure out once I took a second to look over everything. Finding the shutter, aperture, exposure compensation, and ISO eventually become second nature. The Canon 7D’s AF, with its 19 points was nice, quick, and precise. The metering worked great. I understand why people like this camera so much.

On My Subjects

I chose to take this out on completely random shooting schedule with some coffee photography sprinkled in. The 35mm f1.4 and the 50mm f1.4 were perfect for coffee photography. Paired with the 7D, the camera gave my images a great softness when shot wide open and the colors were rendered very well.

Who is This Camera For in My View?

Well this is not a camera for beginners. Rather, this is a camera for a slightly seasoned photographer. I don’t think I would have appreciated this camera as much three years ago. If I was not so invested in Nikon I would consider switching to this camera or its eventual successor. This camera would work well in pretty much any style of photography.

On Canon vs Nikon vs ….

The whole brand battle is marketing silliness. The cameras (no matter what brand), for all intents and purposes, take fantastic images if used correctly. It is a piece of equipment there to help explain visually: textures, structures, living forms, explosion, eruptions, the earth itself. We can see and capture all these things though these things that are our cameras. Photographers must find which cameras they are most comfortable with, that is all.

The Canon 7D has been added to the long list of cameras I have had the honor of playing with here on the Phoblographer and the images are produced ’with the camera by me’, not ‘by the camera’.

I have not liked every camera I’ve tested. However if I did not have and understanding of photography fundamentals, I would not be able to use most of them at all. The Canon 7D was nice piece of gear I would actually consider buying at some point.

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