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Canon 7D MkII Vs 70D



The Canon EOS 7D MkII was launched in September 2014, a full 5 years after the original version.  With little competition in the “semi-pro” APS-C camera market, Canon decided to release a major firmware update for the 7D in August 2012 that effectively extended the camera’s life to the MkII announcement in 2014 by adding key features and increasing the buffer capabilities.  On the other hand, the XXD line of cameras has stuck to the regular release cycle and we’ve seen the 60D and the 70D launch within the 7D’s lifetime.

In this article I want to delve into the discussion of 7D MkII vs 70D.  My previous discussion on the 7D Vs 60D has been read hundreds of thousands of times and I suspect this this year’s pressing question we’re addressing here won’t be any different.  When people first get into  DSLR photography they tend to start with the Rebel line of cameras due to the attractive price point.  When the passion for photography begins to develop, it eventually becomes clear that there are some significant benefits lying in cameras a little further up the ladder.  But how far do you really need to go?  Do you NEED a 7D MkII?  Or will a 70D be such a significant improvement over your current camera as to make anything else unnecessary.

We’re going to break it down section by section and not just show you one set of specifications Vs. another, but also explain what it all means in terms of the images that you want to shoot.

Let’s dive in!


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Canon 7D MkII Leaked With New 400mm And New Pancake Lens

canon-eos-7d-mk2Ahead of the widely assumed Monday announcement of the long-awaited Canon 7D MkII, photos and a supposedly confirmed spec list have appeared on several rumour websites.  Alongside the 7D MKII, Canon look set to launch a new version of the 400mm f/4 DO IS as well as an EF-S 24mm f/2.8 pancake and a 24-105 f/3.5-5.6.

After years of wild speculation on the 7D’s specs, there isn’t really anything surprising about them at all.  A Canon DSLR finally gets the ability to record 1080p at 60fps though, they added an intervalometer for timelapse and they included GPS in the camera.  The camera’s biggest selling point will be the speed and AF system though.  10fps and a 65 point cross-type AF system should be putting its performance close to that of the 1DX, though surely not on par because the 1DX uses a dedicated Digic 4 chip just for its AF system.  Time will tell….. I expect it to be close, but Canon won’t want reviewers telling people the AF is as good as a 1DX unless the 1DX Mk2 is just around the corner.

One interesting spec that jumps out at me is the max ISO being just 16000.  By today’s standards this is quite low, although it doesn’t bother me as I wouldn’t shoot in that range anyway but it does make me a little nervous about the ISO capabilities of the camera.  I used to own a 7D and I sold it because the image was too noisy.  That was 5 years ago and I’m really hoping the sensor advancements in that time have pushed Canon’s APS-C cameras into more useable ISO territories.

Will I be buying one?  Yes I will because I think that this represents an excellent option for a backup camera and with the 1.6x crop factor of the APS-C sensor, it turns my 200-400 f/4 L IS into a 320-640mm which could certainly be very useful in some situations.

Full Specs

  • All metal body
  • Dust and weather resistant
  • GPS
  • 20.2MP CMOS sensor
  • 10 fps
  • 65 AF point all cross type
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • EOS iTR Autofocus
  • Dual DIGIC6
  • Max ISO 16000
  • RGB + IR Photometry Sensor
  • Intervalometer


Canon 400mm F/4 IS DO II


The original 400mm DO lens was launched about 13 years ago to a pretty lukewarm response.  Diffractive Optic technology is essentially a different way to think about lens element design that requires a lot less glass and therefore helps to reduce bulk and weight of a lens over what you might call ‘regular’ lens designs.  Up until now, Canon only had 2 DO lenses, the aforementioned 400mm and also a 70-300.  Neither lens ever got raving reviews though as they were noticeably less sharp than other options in Canon’s lineup.  The 400mm DO did pick up a healthy following with wildlife photographers though who appreciated the smaller size and lighter weight.  I’m intrigued by this new lens for a number of reasons.  Firstly, the launch of the 200-400 f/4 L IS last year seems to have put that lens at the top of almost every wildlife photographers wish list.  Following it up so soon with what some will see as a viable other option is interesting.  As an owner of the 200-400 though, I can say that I would far prefer to have the flexibility afforded by the zoom.  The other thing that intrigues me is the sharpness of this lens.  Of course we don’t know the answer to this yet, but Canon have set some incredible standards with all their recent pro lens releases.  The 24-70 f/2.8 L II, the 16-35 f/4 L IS, the 200-400…….  all of these lenses have been game changers for me in terms of their image quality.  Canon must be confident in the ability of this new DO lens and that excites me for the future because what I want to see more than anything else is a 600m f/4 IS DO!

Looking over the specs of this lens I’m surprised to see that it’s very slightly heavier than the old version.  With the MKII versions of the 300, 400, 500 and 600, Canon was able to shave huge chunks off the weight of the lens by using new casing materials.  I’m very surprised to see that this was not achieved in the DO. I’m sure this uses the new materials so we can conclude then that there is a lot more glass in this lens than in the first version, presumably to help with IQ in some way.

Price? We don’t know yet, but I would expect it to be in the $8000-9000 range.  Not for the faint of heart!

  • Total length 232.7mm
  • Weight is 2100 grams
  • Third generation DO lens
  • One large-diameter UD lens
  • One large-diameter aspherical lens grinding
  • Camera shake compensation effect of the four stages
  • SWC special coating
  • Dust and water resistant

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 Pancake


Not much to say about this lens but I like my little 40mm f/2.8 pancake so it’s nice to see other similar lenses.  Remember this is EF-S mount, so it will ONLY work with APS-C sensor cameras like the 7D MK2, Rebel series or XXD lineup.

  • focal length conversion 38.4 mm
  • 1 piece using high-precision glass molded aspherical lens
  • full-time manual focus
  • shortest shooting distance is 0.16 M
  • maximum magnification is 0.27X
  • 22.8 mm thickness Weight 125g

Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM



Not a hugely exciting lens but it is an STM lens which means it will be useable for continuos focus during video shooting with cameras like the new 7D Mk2.  I would expect that we’ll see some kit options to have this lens with that camera and it would make a great starter pack for budding filmmakers.

  • One UD lens and two glass aspherical lens
  • AF and smooth quiet by stepping motor
  • Full-time manual focus
  • 4 stop image stabilization
  • Maximum magnification is 0.3x

VIA Canon Rumours and DigiCame Info

Awesome Summer Deal At LensCoat – Free International Shipping


I haven’t felt compelled to write about too many sales and deals recently on here but one landed in my in-box today that I’m going to take advantage of myself so I’m sure some of you guys won’t want to miss it either!  LensCoat make all kinds of camera and lens covers for just about any camera/lens combination you can think of.  I own a fair few items from them, including things like the TravelCoat for my Canon 200-400.  I also have a box full of camera body covers with and without lenses, which I use for packing on big trips.  If you are flying, and you hear the dreaded “I’m sorry Sir but you carry-on bag weighs far too much” you can easily stuff cameras and lenses into pockets and other bags and have them protected by the simple LensCoat neoprene covers.  They’ve come in very hand a number of times.

Anyway….. on to the deal!

Free International Shipping!

So usually when I see these deals come in via e-mail they say things like “free shipping (in continental US)” but this one is different! LensCoat are offering free international shipping on orders over $75!  Yes folks, those of us who live north of the border or across the pond are getting some LensCoat love!  Not only that, but there’s some bonus deals as well which also apply.  If you order one of their rain cover, the RainCoat 2, you’ll get a free front cover for the RainCoat thrown in for free (worth $20).  Also if you order one of their new Xpandable long lens bags you’ll get a free wait belt to go with it.  Offer Valid until Sunday, August 17th at 11:59pm.




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