Kate's blog Living with the Canon 7d m2, 5 years and still going strong - Katey Jane Photography

Kate's blog Living with the Canon 7d m2

I'm not one of these people who can write like an old classic author, in fast with dyslexia it can be dam difficult.

Well here goes, my review of Canon's flagship APS-C crop sensor. a real-world life long review and I'm not paid by canon yet lol so I will state the good bits plus bad bits. its a bit of an old camera now, think it came out in 2014.

Blog date 10/02/2019

Bought the camera in March 2015 and after upgrading from the Canon 40D which was one of those cameras that just worked. Could the 7d m2 live up to that old workhorse!

So it's a crop sensor which gives more power to lenses, wildlife photography and sports this camera was designed for and boy it will never disappoint, with its 10 FPS and its lively tracking.

It took about a week to get used to the camera and the new joystick that's now commonplace (apart from the mirrorless R) is still one of the best features, you can fly around the cameras AFP with ease.

They state its ISO maximum rating for people who wish to sell their images is around 3200, with brilliant noise levels up to 1600 but I found iso 800 can be noisy but if you use your head you can push over that 3200 limits depending on the brightness of subjects.

The camera has been through hell, with two car crashes, both times rolling the car into ditches, first crash damaged the camera stop screen and caused the shutter box and focus system to become out of calibration, after 2 weeks the autofocus stopped working but the camera still worked through manual focus for nearly 6 months.

It was sent in for repairs only to have the repair go wrong in the shop, a faulty shutter motor lol.

The second crash caused no issues but again break the top screen, both times the camera was inside the kit bag which is a Lowepro flipside 400, I wrote to Lowepro and told them their kit bag saved all the lenses and camera, they were so over the moon they sent another kit bag! free of charge, How nice, thanks, guys!

My photography life is one of just getting out there in all conditions, I,m a bit ruthless towards the kit, the camera will often be used in heavy rain, snow and mud and after 3 years again it failed due to water issues inside the camera but to everyone's shock the water camera from the hands not through the camera sealing, condensation caused by temperatures from the hands, again this cause a failure of the autofocus but like last time the camera worked spot on like an old style no autofocus camera.

Interesting fact, if you see damp inside the top screen, remove, the battery, card and other items, place the camera plate cover but loosely, use a hairdryer on cold, the air from that hairdryer will remove the damp after about 20 minutes, this will not damage the camera and the air flow will remove any damp that's hiding deep inside the camera, to me there's a slight design issue with sealed cameras, they don't let in water but when they become damp through damp air or your hands they have problems in removing that dampness, what is needed is a rubber seal that's removable which causes an airflow, I have contacted canon with this info and they are interested. I'm looking at having a seal fitted to the camera body in due course.

In 5 years the cost of repairs has been just over £1100 with just the water damage caused by myself. this camera is one hardcore lump of magnesium.

The issues I have found out, the shutter can be a bit weak, the batteries can be strange and only take 200 images, the camera can play up and not focus, this can be clearly heard by the sound of the shutter stuttering, I have spoken to Canon about this and this seems to be a firmware problem, that old saying, turn it off and on again did always work.

The camera is extremely picky with lenses, Tamron and sigma it hates and pleased that these makes are bringing out calibration consoles like Tamron's tap in which I own and have set the lens up for the camera.

My hands are small so needed the battery grip which is built like a tank, it has the same layout as the cameras main buttons which is just cool.

Inside Ely Cathedral, low light is ok if your style is going by the mood of the light.

If you can control the camera, not using auto whatsoever you find you can push more quality from the kit, I,m a mood and lighting photographer so won't use HDR or bracketing that removes for me the feelings and style I'm looking for.

Thronham at high tide using Lee filters

Always felt that this camera is happy doing snail's pace landscape as well as birds and macro I must say give the camera good lenses I use just 4 and will review those later.

Final thoughts, The camera has been hard wearing but with issues. one of those issues I forgot to mention, I'm not keen on editing but wish only to photograph wants in front of me and use the limitations of the dynamic range with Lee filters, I find Adobe Lightroom is miles out, too dark in the shadows, has an orange look to certain and is generally just not the same as I remember when I was out.

So what I did, was take a range of photos, in bright light, low lights with loads of colours, don't delete from the card, use canons software DP4 or whatever version you have, Lightroom and the camera, you looking to match Lightroom as close as you can get to both the camera and canons software.

For me to match Lightroom was simply +10 contrast, +20 shadows, +15 whites, + 15 blacks, + 5 vibrance, - 10 yellow saturation. so what I have done is just try and get as close to the camera and canons software, this has cut down hours of editing after thinking all is right only to find Lightroom has made a right old mess. If you love loads of editing then you won't need to bother. Lightroom will never be spot on due to it only reads certain parts of the raw files which really sucks for someone like me who wants what they photographed.