Too hot, this 7D

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  Between Two Journeys

I broke down. For a very beautiful toy ... A little madness. But he's really too hot, 7D! Already, in September 2008, I was bucking on the very first SLR making video. This time, that's it. A year and a half later, I have mine.

Not easy to choose

It took me a while to decide for the Canon Eos 7D ... I skimmed forums, comparisons, reviews on photo blogs, specialized magazines ...

I first coveted the Nikon D300s, then the Canon Eos 7D, then the Panasonic GH1. To return to the Canon, tempted by various items gleaned here and there ...
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I have it in hand for a few days. I explore one by one its features. My poor little compact A95 (a Canon, too), who faithfully accompanied me for four years, until this memorable photocatastrophic saga in Thailand last year, lies on a shelf.

On land as under water, I feel I have really gone around the possibilities of my compact camera. He had for him to be small, light, discreet. But more and more frustrating. For a long time I wanted to switch to SLR. It is done.

I now want to progress in photography. And in video.

A box to take the 7D underwater

The problem is that I will have to go back to ... for a waterproof case, because I also want to take the beast under the water.

In the box, it will add at least one flash, and then a macro lens to photograph the tiny underwater creatures that I love so much ...

And then, to store images and videos, you'll have to invest in memory cards that are bigger and faster than before. I'm not at the end of my troubles ...

In addition, I may have to revisit completely my package Plunging diver to lug all this little world ... It promises.


  Between Two Journeys

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  1. Excellent choice. Welcome to the world of SLRs, you will see it really changes compared to a compact. By cons to take it under the water, it's another budget. And be careful if it flows. We all drowned compact under water, it's annoying but a SLR, it's dramatic limit. I can not wait to see your new pictures.

  2. Hi Corinne, excellent choice of course, although I'm rather Nikon (D700 ... 😉), especially do not neglect the objectives, if you can afford for example the 24-105 F4 Vr Canon, it's certainly the best quality / price ratio of the range and many pros use it.
    For the waterproof case, I do not know but perso, it would scare me to dive with my SLR, the least problem on the box and everything goes to the trash ...



  3. The investment in a reflex changes life both in the quality of the photos and in the weight of the packeting 😉

    A new organization but also huge possibilities! I can not wait to see the result.

    Good shoot!


  4. Very good choice, I personally use an EOS 5D Mark II with the same box Ikelite that of your article, as you are fond of Macro diving (Nudibranchs) I will advise you a 100 Macro opening 2.8 (Not the one just out at Canon, the previous one) it is fabulous otherwise the 24-70 opening 2.8 at Tamron is extra too and much cheaper than that of Canon 😀 and then of course a flash. The Ikelite box is very safe, it will also take great care especially when you arrive on your dream sites, check all the hardware and a small fresh water bath with a little shampoo after each dive will make it the largest good. Ah yes last advice, get into your bathtub before leaving, the controls of the box are not necessarily obvious to master, at first!
    Good pictures to you.


  5. @Denis:Oh yes ! I know the difference that it can do, between SLR and compact, I already use a former Eos 10D at work ... Long to test my new toy in Asia! For my part, I NEVER drowned my compact. 😛
    I always prepare my box with the greatest care, preferably the day before ... Just once, I had a few drops to enter, at the end of the dive, but they were collected by the small "tank" intended for this purpose around of the goal. I cross my fingers so that the irreparable never happens ...

    @Fabrice: The box for 7D is already available at several manufacturers, including Ikelite ...

    PhilippeB: Yes, the important thing is the objectives to have a good image quality. For now, I only have the 15-85mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM supplied kit, which makes me feel pretty good in its class. I need a good macro lens now.

    @EmiLink: Finally, I already see a little how I can reorganize, package question ... it should do!

    @JPeG: Yes, I know that you have to train before, to know all the controls thoroughly without asking too much question once under water ... I already took the greatest care of the box of my compact. Not a single drowning or other galley related to the box in four years. I think I'll be even more careful with the 7D. For goals, thanks for tips! I will look into the question.

  6. Ah !!! I have it too! ... 🙂

    I was surprised to find the Canon 7D and the beautiful 70-200 mm under the tree, I am super happy. I played a little with the 7D in Shanghai last October and I planned to offer it in the first half of 2010 but Santa Claus was quick.

    I have long wanted the 5D Mark II but for the conditions in which I work the 7D is excellent for a field case and it still costs nearly 1000 € less than the 5D. Besides these little things weigh the weight of a dead donkey in the photo backpack! ...

    Since last September I have in hand the Canon 500D which is already excellent in term of video (to see those which I published on China on my blog), and I hope that the 7D will allow me to do the same on Reunion tomorrow ...

    In fact I'm happy to start the year with both the 500D and the 7D, one will allow me to shoot while fixing the camera while I could make the photo with the other (and move) .

    On the other hand I happened to drown a digital in a plexy box, and frankly I want too much to my 7D to take the risk of losing it under the same conditions. So I wish you good luck because immersing yourself with a small camera is not the same as getting into the water with a real camera in a box: the stake is different and I guarantee you some thrills apprehension ...

    We will compare our impressions about the 7D if you want, it seems to me to be a beautiful race beast, and quite talented in low light. To see if it is also a good "all terrain" in the sand and the spray. I'll tell you that on returning from Reunion ...


  7. @A World Elsewhere: I can not wait to get your opinion as a professional photographer after taking control of the 7D in real conditions (in Reunion, in addition ... too hard !!!)
    As for putting it in a box sub, I'm not too worried (well, not yet, we'll see in real conditions, again). But I know the difference it makes under the water, compared to a small compact camera, for having borrowed, during a dive, his reflex in a box to another diver ...
    Anyway, it will not be for now, I have not yet the budget to offer me the box and all its essential accessories. I think I will have to still resolve to photograph a little underwater with my little A95. It will already give me time to familiarize myself, dry, with the 7D.

  8. Welcome to the world of SLR! The 7D looks like a pretty beast ...

    On my side I had a little trouble at first with the SLR (mainly because of flawed optics that I did change), but then I got caught up in the game, and it's finally quite exciting!

    By cons, even today, I always keep a compact with me (Lumix LX3), which always makes me excellent services, especially when conditions are good ...

    I can not wait to see your first shots!


  9. @Thib: I have not had too much time to play with my 7D, but it looks promising. I think I'm still going to keep my compact handy in addition.

  10. Well, you've taken the plunge !!
    Personally, I'm not ready, but I consider the intermediate range of the G11 ...
    When you put your SLR under water, do not give up your little camera, it's also in "wheel" relief ...

  11. @Laurence: Yes, I will still keep my compact. Anyway, I have not yet invested in a subwoofer for the SLR ... I'll see if I can get one or not before my next departure in March.

  12. Where are you going in March?
    I'm looking to leave in May on Jordan, Petra's visit, a tour in the desert and dives!
    But for the moment what is slowing me down is the price, giggles, not given this destination !! 😥

  13. @Laurence: I'm going to Indonesia. I do not mind: the most affordable prices are in Southeast Asia. As for my exact destination in Indonesia, I'll reveal it in a next post ...

  14. @ Marie-Julie: Yes, I am so happy !!! But I can not wait to win it in Asian skies. As for taking it to the water, it will probably not for now, since I must also invest in the box and flashes ...

  15. @Fabrice: here, you understand everything ... There are some devices close to the configuration level, in the same brand, which can sometimes use the same model box. But in general, yes, everything has to change ...

  16. Slt,
    Welcome to the world of SLR. I have a Nikon D70 that is old and perso I will not take under the water, we are never safe from drowning.
    I "prefer" to drown a compact it is cheaper! lol! 😀 🙂