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The Canon EOS 7D is without question, the best APS-C sensor-sized DSLR Canon has ever produced (as of this review date of course). 

The Canon EOS 7D is the first model of a new camera line. Under Canon's current naming scheme, the first clue as to where the 7D fits in Canon's lineup is in the model number itself. The fewer digits in front of the D, the higher the camera line. Once 1 digit is reached, the lower the number, the higher the camera line (this is reversed for the zzD, zzzD and zzzzD lines). Canon's 1D-Series line is the best available. So in this case, we have a single digit line (the best), but a higher number within the single digit lineup. In short, this is a very high end DSLR and the only single-digit model with an APS-C-sized sensor.
This camera is "... poised as the ultimate step-up camera for serious photographers or a second camera for professionals in the field." (Canon) While it may be a second camera for many professionals, because of the features-to-price ratio, I think it is going to be the first camera for many as well.
What we also have with the Canon EOS 7D is the shortest Canon EOS DSLR name since the Canon EOS 5D. That feature alone is refreshing.
Another fact is that select features found in lower end camera lines can top those found in the best lines. And that is clearly the case with the 7D compared to the other currently (as of this review date) available lines including the 1-Series bodies. Here is a quick summary of the new and advanced features found in this DSLR:

Though it is a higher end model, the Canon EOS 7D is most similar in size and function to the most-current-at-review-time zzD model, the Canon EOS 50D, the 7D shares the APS-C-sized sensor and accepts both EF and EF-S lenses.

  • New 18-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor
  • New 19-point Autofocus system with new AF area selection modes including Spot and Zone AF mode
  • Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors with 14-bit A/D data conversion driving 8 fps capture
  • New 63-zone iFCL (Intelligent Focus, Color, Luminance) Metering System
  • New Intelligent Viewfinder with liquid crystal overlay and near 100% coverage
  • ISO speed settings from 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800)
  • Full 1080p HD video capture with selectable frame rates of 24p, 25p or 30p (50p or 60p at 720p HD and SD)
  • New buttons including the Quick Control Button and a dedicated Live View/Video Recording button
  • New 3" solid structure Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution
  • New Integrated Speedlite Transmitter for control of multiple off-camera EOS Speedlites
  • New built-in Dual Axis Electronic Level featuring an artificial horizon showing both horizontal roll and vertical pitch
  • Weather sealing and solid build
  • With the new WFT-E5A wireless file transmitter, new wireless connectivity features


  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (MY KIT LENS)- STANDARD ZOOM

The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens is designed as a step up from the standard 18-55mm IS kit lens. The 18-135's most attractive features are a wide (7.5x) focal length range, a low price, a relatively light weight/small package, and a very nice IS (Image Stabilization) implementation.
I mainly use this lens as a carry with me/walk around lens -  not that heavy and suitable for most occasions.

  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens - TELEPHOTO

Sporting a 3rd generation image stabilizer, the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens is designed to be hand holdable at a shutter speed up to 3 f-stops slower than a non-stabilized lens at the same focal length. "Gyro sensors detect unwanted vibrations, triggering the corresponding movement of a correcting lens group perpendicular to the optical axis. This alters the light path, returning the image to its correct position on the sensor or film plane." [Canon]
Using the 1/(focal length) rule, this lens can be hand held at 300mm with a shutter speed of 1/45 of a second (of course, your mileage may vary). I am getting sharp hand held images consistently at 1/4 or 1/5 second shutter speeds at 70mm and at 1/25 second at 300mm on a full frame body. All of the 70-300 IS sample pictures (link below) were taken hand held.
Automatic tripod sensing prevents "... feedback loops between the IS sensor and stabilizer motor vibrations" [Canon]. This implementation of IS includes Mode 1 and 2 stabilization. Use mode 1 (dual axis stabilization) when shooting stationary subjects and mode 2 (single axis stabilization) when panning with a moving subject. The IS switches are recessed to prevent accidental changes - a nice improvement. In my opinion, image stabilization is the best feature of this lens. It is a significant help when shooting stationary subjects without a tripod.
Image stabilization is especially helpful to a slow (narrow aperture) lens. Slow is relative of course - the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens apertures are typical for a consumer telephoto zoom lens.

  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens is an excellent macro lens - and may be Canon's most fun per dollar lens. This is the lens I most frequently recommend for someone starting out in macro photography.   The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens is a medium-small lens and is rather light in weight. This is a very comfortable-to-carry-and-use lens.

Utilizing USM (Ultrasonic Motor), the Canon 100 Macro internally focuses very fast, quietly and very accurately.
When focusing at 1x subject distances, it is very nice to have a lens that does not extend. FTM (Full Time Manual) focusing is enabled and the front element does not rotate. A focus limiter switch enables full or restricted focus distances. The MF ring is nicely sized, well-damped and smooth.

  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens - WIDE ANGLE
With framing equivalent to a 16-35mm zoom on a full frame body, the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens provides EF-S compatible camera body owners with the ultra-wide angle focal lengths so often missed on this small-sensor format camera.
EF-S is Canon's moniker for Short Back Focus. The distance between the film (sensor) plane and the rear of the lens is shorter than it is in an EF lens.


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