It's no secret that I am retired and I like wildlife photography. At this point in my life ( at this moment ) if I want a camera I would buy it without even thinking about it. But, it would have to help me do what I enjoy doing. Wildlife photography.
Being burnt as an early camera adaptor before. I am a little camera shy. Can't believe I just said that :). At this point it has to be something that will help me get better pics. And better video. I am just getting my feet wet with the video side of things.
The old Canon 7D was in every camera bag I saw coming threw here on professional photography tours a few years back.
Some loved it and some hated it. But, regardless it was in there bag. I still use it an awful lot. And still regard it as a very good camera.
Living in S.E. Asia most of the year I see a lot of hard hitting photographers coming here. Quite amazing actually. What I really like about it, is the different nationalities of the people. From all over the world. Tons of folks from China, extremely well educated and well off people. And, very good people I might add.
Anyway, I started asking the Chinese first. Since I see and talk to so many about there camera and lens gear. The 7D II is not in there bags. And, after asking them about it. It seems it is not going to be in there bag's either? They just don't like it. Not sure if it will change later on. But, right now they do not want another 7D.
After looking at a few high end wildlife photography sites. It is not being received well with them either. Many are having problems with the AF system. And sending it back. And not replacing it until the problem is fixed? Not sure about this one. But, this is not a good sign.
Also after looking at the video performance of the 7D II. Compared to the new 4K DSLR's out there, it sucks to put it bluntly. If I buy high end lenses why would I want to shoot video on a very poor performing DLSR? Personally I am going to go with another brand with a metabones adaptor for video.
Hummmm, after waiting for years, and sure the 7DII was going to be in my bag for years to come. It is now not on my list at all. As a retired photo-enthusiast, these new toys are going to have to meet my needs. To GROW as an enthusiast. If not, NO SALE.
All the best, Gary