Peter Read Miller: Sports Photography is About the Gear

Ok, that title is a bit of a generalization of his statement; however, in this video from Kelby Media, Peter Read Miller says that the number one shortcoming of people coming to his workshops looking to improve their sports photography is their gear.

While the video has a little bit of an infomercial feel with regard to the Canon 7D Mark II, I can’t really fault any of his comments about gear and sports photography. You can fake a lot of other types of photography with cheaper gear; however, fast glass, fast AF, low light performance and high frame rates all provide an advantage in sports photography – and that costs money.

I’ve got high hopes for the 7D Mark II and everything that I’ve seen thus far backs those hopes up. I’m looking forward to seeing the camera in person and putting it through its paces.


Canon 7D Mark II Official Sample Photos and Videos

7D Mark II Official Sample Photos

Canon has posted official sample photos and videos for the new 7D Mark II.

The full resolution photos are available to download; however, the video files are limited to 960 x 540 and look terrible when full-screened. That said, I continue to be impressed with the image quality that I have seen from the 7D Mark II sample images thus far.

Check them all out here on Canon’s website.

Canon 7D Mark II AF-Setting Guidebook Now Available

Canon 7D Mark II Guidebook

Canon USA has released a new guidebook for setting up the AF system on the new Canon 7D Mark II. The guidebook is 50 pages long and goes into great depth of nothing but the 7D Mark II’s impressive AF system. After looking through the guidebook, it makes the 7D Mark II look even more like a professional camera.

You can download the guidebook here on Canon USA’s website. What most impresses you about the new AF system in the 7D Mark II?

Canon 7D Mark II ISO Range Samples are Very Impressive!

Photo Credit: ©Matt Granger via

Canon 7D Mark II at ISO 12,800 – Photo Credit: ©Matt Granger via

Photographer Matt Granger got some hands on time with the Canon 7D Mark II at Photokina and ran through the ISO range for some casual ISO comparisons.

I’ve got to say that I’m very impressed with what I see from the 7D Mark II thus far. ISO 12,800 looks great for an APS-C sensor.

These samples remind me of the jump we saw from the 5D Mark II to the 5D Mark III. I’m not saying the 7D Mark II looks as good as the 5D Mark III images. Rather, the jump in image quality from the 7D to the 7D Mark II looks to be quite the jump . . . and, maybe we’ve got an APS-C camera that can hold its own against the last generation of full frame cameras. I can’t wait to get ahold of one of these things now.

You can see the rest of Matt’s image samples (and see larger sizes) here on his website. He also has a short hands-on video on that page covering some of the improvements.