Scott Kelby Got His Hands On A Canon 7D Mark II To Test At A Football Game; This Is How It Perfomed

Oct 9, 2014

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Tiffany Mueller is a photographer based in Hawi, Hawaii. You can follow her Twitter here and her personal life here.

Scott Kelby Got His Hands On A Canon 7D Mark II To Test At A Football Game; This Is How It Perfomed

Oct 9, 2014

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Tiffany Mueller is a photographer based in Hawi, Hawaii. You can follow her Twitter here and her personal life here.

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Canon 7D Mark II 1000 ISO at 1/1250 (JPEG)
Canon 7D Mark II 1000 ISO at 1/1250 (JPEG, unedited) Photo by Scott Kelby

One of the awesome things about being a well known photographer like Scott Kelby, is that Canon sends you pre-production models of their latest cameras just so you can test them out. When Canon asked Kelby if he’d test out their forthcoming Canon 7D Mark II, of course he accepted.

Once the 7D arrived, Kelby wasted no time before he took it our for a test drive, shooting with it at couple sporting events over the course of a weekend. Check out his full review, along with a heap of sample images, in the video below. (In case you skip through the video and miss the disclaimer, all of the images Kelby shot were JPEG, not RAW. Since the camera hasn’t been released yet, there is no RAW support for it in photo editing software. Except where noted by Kelby, they are also “out of the camera”, meaning no post processing was performed.)

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The Consensus Says…

In a nutshell, Kelby and his comrades were really impressed the 7D MK II. Though the pre-production models Kelby shot with were missing some features of what the official releases will have, given the performance and the sub-$2000 price point, the 7D Mark II has Kelby’s stamp of approval.

“You shouldn’t have to have NFL pro quality gear to get great shots of your kids high school football, and now you don’t have to.”

JPEG shot at 640 ISO, 1/1000sec,  f/5.6. 560mm (400mm with a 1.4 tele-extender)
JPEG shot at 640 ISO, 1/1000sec, f/5.6. 560mm (400mm with a 1.4 tele-extender) Photo by Scott Kelby

For more information from Kelby, read the full story over on his blog and don’t forget to scroll through the comments section where he personally answers a ton of questions from photographers curious about the 7D Mark II. If you have a question of your own, chances are Kelby covers it there!

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9 responses to “Scott Kelby Got His Hands On A Canon 7D Mark II To Test At A Football Game; This Is How It Perfomed”

  1. Tejus Shah Avatar
    Tejus Shah

    Perfromed huh?

    1. james Avatar
      james

      Me fail English? That’s unpossible!

      1. guest Avatar
        guest

        God blast you! Haha…

  2. Colby Avatar
    Colby

    Did anyone really think that Scott Kelby wouldn’t give the 7D his ‘mark of approval’…?

    1. Keith Reeder Avatar
      Keith Reeder

      “Did anyone really think that Scott Kelby wouldn’t give the 7D his ‘mark of approval’…?”
      If it’d been a dud, he’d have said NOTHING. What’s so hard to understand about this? Kelby’s reputation is his livelihood, and he’s not going to chuck that away in order to keep Canon sweet.

  3. Jeffrey Fortuna Avatar
    Jeffrey Fortuna

    I followed until they hyped the battery grip for all the wrong reasons. I hate battery grips and often make fun of people that use them. I can understand if a portrait shooter wanted an extra shutter button and wheel for shoot vertical portraits but just to add bulk and size to a smaller lighter weight body is a meathead move.

    1. Z Avatar
      Z

      I like my grips for several reasons. Battery life, 1, button for portraits 2, and pinky comfort… It’s so much more comfortable having a firm uniform grip than the pinky curling back under. Taking it off feels unbalanced too – esp when using long lenses!

    2. Dave E. Avatar
      Dave E.

      Here’s why I like my grips.
      1) I have rather large hands. The added dimension is quite comforting, in terms of feeling like I have a secure grip.
      2) Back in 1983, I broke my right hand. Third metacarpal. Spiral break. While it healed remarkably well, I still suffer from aches after extended periods of gripping something, like the camera, or a pair of drumsticks (I was a professional touring drummer in a previous life). Many cameras without battery packs, force my hand to grasp the camera in an uncomfortable way and after a while this is beyond distracting, it’s painful.
      3) I always appreciate the extra battery life. Always.
      4) Yes, the extra controls for portrait shooting, whether in a controlled setting or on the fly. This, alone, is a good enough reason to own a battery pack.

      I would offer that perhaps your making fun of people who use battery grips is not only a “meathead move” but completely uncalled for. Might want to dial that back.

      1. Jeffrey Fortuna Avatar
        Jeffrey Fortuna

        Sorry for my mistake, I though the guy in the video said his main reason for adding a battery grip was to make a smaller lighter weight camera body ‘look’ larger and more professional.