Sports photographers, Canon's ambassador says the performance of the new 7D Mark II ($1,799 body only) is almost as good as its flagship Canon 1D-X ($6,799 body only).
In this video by KelbyOne media, Mia McCormick interviews sports photographer Peter Read Miller about Canon's recently announced 7D Mark II.
Canon asked Peter to shoot sports events with the new camera and provide some feedback. First, the frustration many enthusiasts encounter when they try to shoot sports is brought on by the gear.
"You need great autofocus that grabs quickly and stays on the subject, says Miller.
You need good high ISO because it's gonna get dark. It's always going to get dark. More and more sports are played at night. More and more events are at night. You need a good solid camera -- a camera that's built well. This is a professional quality build in this camera. And you need the frame rate. You need 10 frames per second to really nail every instant of the action."
Naturally, Miller concludes that they Canon 7D Mark II performs all these tasks almost as well as the higher priced sibling, the 1 D-X.
Hyperbole isn't new in marketing material. I'm sure Kelby and/or Peter Miller are compensated by Canon to speak highly of the new camera, but here's what I can't dispute:
- Almost everyone I've met who is frustrated shooting sports is suffering because of inadequate gear. You really do need a camera with the performance requirements listed by Miller, as well as a fast (f/2.8) and long (70-200 mm) lens.
- Technology advances allows each new camera entrant to leapfrog its predecessors.
Can you really shoot with a new Canon 7D Mark II and expect the same performance as a Canon 1D-X? On paper, both cameras look pretty close. Here's a side by side comparison from DPReview.com.
We'll have to wait until the camera gets into the hands of more regular photographers before we can render final judgment, but it's good to know that average photographers will get the tools they need for great sports photography.