Well it has been a while since I have blogged, did I mention I hate that word, blogged? Sounds like an accident.
Moving on, I recently purchased a Canon 7D and have been bursting at my little britches to go for a wander around Newtown for two, count them, two, reasons. One reason is obviously to finally put the 7D through a few tests and see how it performs, and secondly wandering around the streets and lanes of Newtown and documenting what I come across is something I just really like doing.
So, this "blog" is going to be a bit of a review on the 7D for those who are a bit more photographically minded, and also a chance to show you who I met and photographed and how they turned out.
Firstly, the Canon 7D "feels" awesome from the moment you take it out the box. I have a battery grip attached and bearing that in mind it feels very much like any 1D (xx) version or even more like a 5D Mkii that has a grip attached.
It feels like quality, lovely build and fits like a glove.
I have still not used it enough to go into great depth, but here are a few thoughts on my initial reactions.
Love the 19 point AF Crosshair system, it even has the ability to set you AF zone up for horizontal and vertical, so when you switch to say portrait mode it recalls what zone or group of points you want active, very hany if you know you are going to be doing a fair few portrait style shots, like at a wedding for example.
The focus is quick and accurate, even with a slower lens such as a zoom. I used an 18mm - 270mm F/3.5 - 6.3 Tamron Piezo Drive on it. All the photos in this post were shot with this lens.
It's fast at over 8 frames per second, of course you need to be in pretty good light to max this out.
Okay, time for some shots and I'll pop in a few comments about the 7D as we go along and they relate to the shots.
There is a guy who plays and sings "the blues" up the north end of King Street now and then. He's very cool, plays great "finger pickin' blues" and has a very earthy blues style voice. Got talking to him yesterday and asked if I could take a few shots.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the blues, so this seemed like a perfect chance to combine my love of photography with the blues.
Meet Alan, a Blues Man.......................
Now, before anyone says "arrrrggghhh, the 7D has no vibrance in colour" let me explain. Most of my work is in black and white as I love the contrast and simplicity of it. However, at times when I work in colour I reduce the saturation level as I prefer a slightly washed out "old photo" feel to colour. There will be a couple of examples later that show how the 7D handles full blown vibrant colour.
These shots were taken with a Canon 600EX-RT flash unit, bounced from the awning roof and reduced down by one stop.
Back to the Blues Man....................
I found the 7D very easy to use as far as the location of buttons etc, which are now located vertically on the left hand side of the camera. They have also improved the LCD screen and it's much easier to review a photo even in bright sunlight. Also included is a "Q" button which is for a quick menu, makes it super easy and quick to change setting if you're on Manual.
Okay, that's it for The Blues Man, hope you liked them and I enjoyed listening to him and also giving some attention to that awesom old "gitar" that sounds as authentic and bluesy as it looks.
Back to the 7D. Before I purchased it I read numerous reviews on it and one concern was that some people seemed to thnk it was very "noisy" even on lower ISO's. Not so. Apparently some of the earlier ones were, it was a fault and Canon rectify it if you send it back.
To test it out, I picked a pile of chopped logs in a VERY dark area, the type of shot you would normally have to use flash for. I pumped the ISO up to 3200 and this is the result.
Pretty good result for no flash and a very dark area, the 7D performs well in the noise stakes.
I was walking through an old cemetary in Newtown and heard a bit of noise above me. There was a Magpie feeding what appeared to be a large but young Magpie. Grabbed the following shots.
The last shot above was the one doing the "hunting and gathering" and if you look closely you can see a bug in it's mouth it's just about to deliver. Nice.
Finally, colour. I find the 7D provides robust and vibrant colour, here are a couple of shots which were all about colour.