This blog is my attempt to keep track of some of the things I learn along the way, with my Canon 7D, G12 and accessories. All images copyright Brad Calkins, not to be used without permission (or purchase). I do not attempt to monetize my blog, other than to promote my stock photo portfolio on Dreamstime.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

7D turning out fine

So far I'm very happy with the 7D. At low ISO it has amazing detail - with an extra 8 MP over my old 40D. I was somewhat concerned that I would start to find my lenses to be the limiting factor, but so far I've been pleased with the level of detail, sharpness, and ability to lock focus using my 24-105mm zoom, the 60mm macro, and even my 28mm f/1.8 lens. I haven't had a chance to take the 70-200mm for a spin yet - opting for the far more portable G12 for my recent sledding adventures with the kids.

Here is an example shot that was approved on Dreamstime today:

Crib railing
© Photographer: Bradcalkins

Nothing special at one level, but this is a tricky shot in terms of getting sharpness in the wood grain while avoiding noise in the wall paint. The 7D processed in Lightroom seemed to do just fine.

On a side note, I've been fairly pleased with the G12 as well. I've had a few approved from it now as well:

© Photographer: Bradcalkins

This shot of a tree was fairly blah, but I was hoping to do something with it as a silhouette. It looked OK, but was tough to get enough color in it without overfiltering. I decided to push it over the top in an overfiltered look:

Abstract sunset
© Photographer: Bradcalkins

In a previous post I said I was going to try to do a bit more with my photos, and I think these last two are evidence of that. The hockey one I deliberately shot into the sun to this image's advantage, and the tree shot I pre-planned some post processing...