Comments on our Canon 7D Post
The Results Are In!
We’d like to thank everyone who generously took time out of their day to respond to our review of the Canon 7D camera. Here is what we’ve learned from the feedback we have received:
- to avoid the problem of diffraction with the Canon 7D, you should only shoot at an aperture of f8…no, wait–make that f7. Oops, our mistake, that should be f6.8. Or is that f5.6…??
- according to numerous photographers the files from the 7D are not to be processed in Canon’s DPP…some of you said Adobe Camera Raw was the best…and then again, perhaps it is Capture One 5.0…?
- well, we’re pretty sure now that you should only shoot in jpeg and compare only finished, processed images! Hmm… but then some people suggested you should shoot raw and then sharpen ‘optimally’ for each camera which sounds pretty smart… (if only we knew what sharpen ‘optimally’ meant–for output to what?)
- we’ve seen the errors in our way in using manual focus; only auto focus after microadjustments are made is the way to go. Oh wait–that’s right, some of you championed our use of Live View and manual focus–damn which way is best? Can we get some consensus here?
We’re poking fun here because, obviously, we are not all going to agree on whether the 7D is a good camera for the nature/landscape shooter. And we are not attempting to resolve this debate! What we are doing is revealing our tested opinion based on how we shoot. And the 7D does not cut it for us. We shoot primarily landscapes, use apertures from f8 to f16 and mostly use Adobe products to process our images. This system works fabulously for all of our cameras (The Rebel Xsi, 1ds MarkIII, Nikon D300s) and we are satisfied with it. If the 7D is like a little sports car that requires constant tweaking, coaxing, fine-tuning and a leg-up from software, we won’t buy it. We like cameras to work ‘out of the box’ as they are advertised to do.
But don’t believe us! We urge you not to believe any reviewer. The only way you can be fully satisfied is to go out with an open mind and test the 7D against other cameras in the ways in which you shoot. And then you can safely make up your own mind.
For a little levity on the subject go here