Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Nationals and the 7D
A few months ago I picked up the Canon 7D to start exploring video and multimedia for future projects. The 7D's price offered a great value: 18 Megapixels, 8 frames per second, full HD video, great high ISO performance, and light weight. It's a great all-around camera for my current work: sports and documentary, with some personal video projects.
Equipment wise, sports photography isn't all about FPS and autofocus speed. It's about making pictures, capturing a peak moment telling the story of the game. To find clean backgrounds, different angles, and interesting light to frame a great moment.
The 7D is surprisingly light, but very sturdy. It's magnesium-alloy body feels much more solid than my 30D and is comparable to my 1D Mark II. The huge viewfinder and LCD screen are both nice upgrades over older cameras. The autofocus is good, fast, and accurate and on-par with the 1D series. I had heard this before my purchase and I was pleasantly surprised on the responsiveness. It still gets tripped up, but I'm in the process of tweaking the custom settings. The files the camera produces are simply amazing. The noise is low and they are vibrant right out of the camera.
The ability to switch over and shoot video is phenomenal. Now I just need to beef up my sound recording equipment to match the 7D.
MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals - Images by Brian Schneider