The Canon 7D Mark II was one of the most highly anticipated cameras of the last couple of years. As expected, it hasn't disappointed a lot of people. It is a fantastic piece of machinery that is highly capable of producing great images in the right hands. A lot of photographers buy the 7D Mk II because of its speed. It is a very fast camera that makes shooting sports and fast action a breeze. But it's also an excellent camera for landscape photographers. Here's why.
While it may not be anything groundbreaking, the 20.2MP resolution of the CMOS sensor is more than enough to produce high quality large size photographic prints. That's really what landscape photography should be about. It belongs on walls, not computers. The 7D II's sensor is more than capable of coping with large prints.
2. Build quality
Landscape photographers have to deal with less than friendly working conditions more often than not. They need cameras that can take heat, cold and even rain. Like its predecessor, the 7D II is weather sealed so that means you can rely on it even in though conditions.
3. Programmable bulb exposure
This is a huge advantage for landscape photographers. Most DSLRs don't let you take longer exposures than 30s. If you want more, you have to switch to Bulb mode and have one eye on your stop watch. The 7D II has a programmable bulb mode which takes care of this problem.
4. Great long exposure noise levels
Photographers who often shoot long exposures, and I'm talking 10-30 minutes here, often have a serious noise problem. Even if you use the lowest ISO setting, there's usually some visible noise in the frame. While it might not be anything unheard of, the performance of the 7DII is very respectable. With long exposures of up to 30 minutes, there's no discernible noise. This is something that was undreamed of a few years back.
If you love time lapse photography, you're going to love this feature. A built in intervalometer will allow you to have maximum control over exposures when creating a time lapse. No more stopwatches or external controllers.
It might not be the first thing you think about when hearing about landscape photography, but a lot of photographers use long lenses in addition to their ultra-wide angle glass. Some scenes you just can't get close to and that's when something like a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens saves the day. The 7D II has a crop sensor and that means it will turn a lens like that into a 112-320mm f/2.8 lens. That extra reach will make you proud you didn't go for full frame.
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7. Dual Digic 6 Image processors
A good sensor is pretty much useless without the right thinking power. The 7D II is equipped with two Digic 6 image processors which help it produce impressive results. Lens abortions, variances in peripheral illumination as well as distortion call all be corrected in real time thanks to the impressive computing power.
In a nutshell, it might not be your first option especially if you consider the 6D, but in reality the 7D II is a great camera no matter what you throw at it. It's great for high speed shooting, but it can also be a landscape photographer's weapon of choice.