I love the 7D Mark II. Yes, I'm late to the game, but I just only got to try this Canon beauty at a specially organised Canon-NHB heritage trail. For a few hours, we got to play with new cameras and discover beautiful religious sites that aren't on the normal tourist path.
The 7D Mark II is the first Canon DSLR equipped with both a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 6 image processors. This combination enables low noise, high sensitivity and speedy processing for both still images and movies. It is fast and does pretty well in low light situations. Colours are vivid and true to life.
The new 65 all-cross-type Auto Focus (AF) system enables the user to quickly track and focus on the desired subject, nifty when shooting fast-moving subjects. Overkill perhaps for my food photos, but useful for events.
I tested the camera with the EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, which captured details very well.
Abdul Gafoor Mosque was our first stop. What a brilliant day it was with clear blue skies. This mosque has many interesting and eclectic architectural highlights, but the most outstanding is the elaborate sundial above the entrance (first photo) with the names of the 25 prophets as the sunburst spikes in calligraphy.
St. Joseph’s Church has the largest collection of stained glass windows in Singapore. This neo-Gothic style church was built in the plan of a Latin cross. It also carries a lot of light blue because Mother Mary is often depicted wearing this colour.
At the Yueh Hai Ching Temple, one of Singapore's oldest Chinese temples, I got to try out the EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, which is an absolute delight. You can really get 180-degree views. The full circular photos are too extreme, so I found it better to go easy on the wide angle aspect. I love how it captures so much more in one shot. But oh S$1,999...
OK, I have too many photos to put in one blog post, so here's a slideshow of all 45 shots.
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The 7D Mark II has a lot of improvements. It seems to be way more rugged than its predecessor. The enhanced sealing over the external cover seams is estimated to be four times more resistant to dust and water over the EOS 7D. Just fabulous for traveling.
You can also take more shots since it has a maximum shutter release cycle of 200,000, up from 150,000 in its predecessor.
Photo courtesy of Canon Singapore
The EOS 7D Mark II has a tough but lightweight magnesium alloy body, which gives it a solid feel. It's still a little on the heavy side for me, but I like the stability from the weight.
If you'd like to see more photos I have taken with the 7D Mark II, see my posts tagged with it.
Thanks to Canon Singapore for the tour and 7D Mark II experience!