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Canon EOS-7D Review on

November 8, 2009

Canon EOS 7D : Digital Photography published their full review of the Canon EOS-7D DSLR camera yesterday. See As usual it’s over 30 pages of densely packed information.

The first 12 pages is a detailed functional review. I think it’s more useful than a camera’s manual. I don’t think you can get more information without handling the actual camera. I’m impressed how they do the perfect screen shots of the camera’s displays and also how they compare with other cameras.

The rest of the review is detailed performance and picture quality tests. Some people don’t like their “pixel-peeping” approach. But when you’re comparing cameras of this level of sophistication I don’t know of a better way. It does get a bit silly to pixel-peep a cheap compact but for professional and semi-pro cameras that’s what it is all about.

Dpreview gave the EOS-7D a “Highly Recommended” rating. I think that is their highest. The summary list of Pros and Cons shows a very short list of Cons. I think they had to search for things to put in that section.

I think the EOS-7D may cut into the EOS-50D’s sales. It seems to be so much better that many photographers will save the extra for the EOS-7D. I wonder how accurately they can calculate this effect.

I like their gallery of sample pictures. As always I try to work out where they took the pictures. Some are obvious, others are hard.

I’ve seen a couple of EOS-7Ds in camera stores in Fortune Town Mall, Bangkok. But I have not dared to ask the price. No store is promoting it yet – supplies must be limited in Thailand.

For example, here are the promoted cameras at EC-Mall. The EOS-50D is the top model listed.


Camera Prices at EC-Mall

Thai Camera Prices at EC-Mall



PMA and want your opinions

September 23, 2009

PMA Logo

PMA and want your opinions: Digital Photography Review.

I don’t usually bother much with online surveys, but this one seems worth participating in. I trust and I think manufacturers will listen to results to a survey sponsored by them.

They say

US photographic trade body PMA and are conducting a survey looking for the views of dedicated amateur photographers. The five-minute survey asks about your photographic use, the features you’d like to see in cameras and your use and experience of photo sharing sites and printing services. It aims to get a clearer understanding of what committed non-professional photographers want from their cameras and related services and may even result in those things getting a bit better. Responses will be discussed at the forthcoming 6Sight conference.

You need only provide an email address to have the chance of winning a hardcover copy of ‘What Matters: The World’s Preeminent Photojournalists and Thinkers Depict Essential Issues of Our Time.’ Email addresses are used only for this prize draw and will be discarded after the draw is conducted.

Having said that, it’s not going to be statistically valid since the participants self-select. It needs to be a random sample.

I completed the survey. It took more than fine minutes, but that was due to me “thinking too much” (how much time do I spend in Lightroon, on Flickr …?) and also the slow Internet connection from Thailand. It felt like somebody was transcribing my replies in longhand before sending me the next page.

There were one or two strangely worded questions (designing surveys is hard. I know, I’ve tried) but I won’t spoil things by revealing them.

I was pleased that they accept input from photographers outside the US. The NY Times keeps on offering me surveys and I like to help them because I consume so much of their news free. But every time I tell them I am in Thailand the survey ends. They could have known I am in Thailand from my IP address – so why did they ask me?

I took screen shots of my responses.

I never win prize draws!

I recommend you do the survey, even if it decreases my chances of winning the book.