EOS 7D Mark II – deep in the details

The EOS 7D Mark II has inherited plenty of the DNA of Canon’s EOS-1D cameras. I have recently had the chance to have a quick look deep inside the camera functions and found more than just the AF capabilities have found their way in to the new camera.

EOS 7D Mark II extended customisation

It seems that recent training with photographers using EOS 5D series cameras has often focussed on the needs to limit the lower shutter speed range, particularly with flash. The EOS-1D models have had the ability to limit the range of shutter speeds and apertures using personal or custom functions. The EOS 7D Mark II now becomes the first camera below the EOS-1D series to have this feature.

Settings to restrict the shutter speed and aperture range

EOS 7D Mark II shutter speed limits

The EOS 7D Mark II has the usual range of shutter speeds from 30 seconds to 1/8000s, but this can be changed by the custom function that allows a narrower range of shutter speeds to be used. Typically this restriction is useful to avoid camera shake. When using shutter priority (Tv) or manual (M) exposure modes the highest and lowest limits set here are the minimum and maximum that can be set by the photographer. In program ( P ) or aperture priority (Av) modes the camera will be restricted to automatically choose a shutter speed within the range set here.


The maximum shutter speed can be set from 1/8000s to 15s and the minimum from 30s to 1/4000s.

EOS 7D Mark II aperture limits

The range of aperture values can also be restricted similarly to the shutter speeds. If your style of photography dictates that you shoot all your pictures at f/4 to f/5.6 then you can restrict the range. Also if you think that your lenses work when the aperture is no closed down below f/11 you could set that as the minimum aperture.

The maximum aperture can be set between f/1.0 and f/64 and the minimum from f/1.4 to f/91.

I think these two settings would be a helpful customisation to have set for use in one of the custom shooting modes C1/C2/C3. Movie makers could restrict the shutter speeds to avoid setting too fast a shutter speed, or limit the minimum aperture to keep a shallow depth of field.

Customising the continuous shooting rate

EOS 7D Mark II continuous shooting

EOS 7D Mark II – continuous shooting speed can be customised

The EOS 7D Mark II includes a custom function to adjust the continuous shooing speed, so if 10 frames per second is too fast for your needs you can slow the rate down. Also the low speed continuous and silent shooting continuous modes can also be changed to suit each photographers needs.

The high speed setting can be set from 10fps to 2 fps and the low speed from 1fps to 9fps. Continuous silent shooting can be set between 1 and 4fps.


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