I spent all weekend enjoying my brand, new Canon 7D, but unfortunately sent it back to Canon this morning. After shooting with it during that time, I noticed I was coming back with a number of images out of focus. There were some photos that I really liked that sadly didn’t come out as I had hoped, but luckily this one was one of the passable ones.
I had heard from people both in person and reading around the Internet that the 7D sometimes came with an auto-focus issue where it simply wouldn’t focus. This was happening with me, so I went ahead and shipped it back to get fixed so that I can hopefully have it before I leave for Christmas vacation.
The good news however is that I was completely blown away with the camera itself! If I was excited for it to come in before using it, I am overflowingly (is that a word?) ecstatic for it to return! There were several features I still had yet to play with, such as the higher ISO ranges and of course, HD video. One thing I did make great use of while I did have it however, was the hi-speed shutter which shoots up to eight frames-per-second, as well as a smaller sensor size which allowed me to get a little closer to my subjects through the lens.
Having seen the bighorn sheep out the day before it arrived, I headed back into the National Elk Refuge outside of Jackson, Wyoming twice over the weekend to capture some more of the fighting that they had been doing, which I thought would be a great test for the burst shooting. While my 5D caught a few decent shots of near-collisions, the 7D got some pretty intense shots both leading into the collision and the collision itself.
While this isn’t a complete review yet, it’s just a sneak preview into a fuller review that I plan to post probably some time into the New Year (especially since the camera’s out of my hands for a couple of weeks!). Have you shot with a 7D yet? Did you have any issues with it or did you notice any fun tricks you can do to take advantage of its technology?