My Surprising First Impression of the Canon EOS 70D

What do you think my first Impression of the Canon EOS 70D was when I pulled it out of the box?

You've had this experience too, just before you open a box.  You've got that excited feeling of anticipation mixed in with a little uncertainty if you made the right choice.

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Well, it wasn't that it's a light-weight! 

It felt remarkably solid, despite its slightly smaller size than my full frame DSLRs.  You probably know that great feeling.  When you've got something in your hands, it just feels right.

I have a confession, though.  I was a little reluctant at first to buy this camera.  Does it ever make sense to go DOWN in overall sensor size?

You see, I've been obsessed about going big when it comes to digital camera sensors.  Starting with smaller sensors in the early days of digital and moving up in size made sense.

Shooting almost entirely for the last 8 years with a 5D or 5D mark III made me biased.  Why go down to the APS-C sensor in a DSLR now?

I was in a state of indecision, trying to pick between the 70D and the new 7D Mark II, a tougher choice than the 70D vs the 7D Mark I.  It was a tough dilemma.  The 7D Mark II is a great camera.

The EOS 70D won!

Once the first impression of the 70D wore off, it was time to take a few photos.

First Image Samples of the Canon EOS 70D

The 70D's maiden voyage was a trip to a local children's museum and here are some of the first  sample images from that photo excursion.  Everything was in Aperture Priority mode as depth of field control is a often a priority in my book.

An inside environment and a 1.6x crop factor dictated the use of a wide lens, in this case, a Tamron 17-35mm. One the EOS 70D, that gives me an equivalency of 27-56mm. The majority of my location shooting is done with the 24-105mm f/4.0 lens on a 5D Mark III. 

Ever notice how that effects how you shoot?

I did notice the benefit of the lightning fast, dual-pixel focusing system right away.

What about burst rate?  After all, that is one of the advantages of a smaller APS-C sensor camera over a full-frame sensor camera.  This gives you a great camera for shooting sports and fast-moving widlife.

The smaller size allows the camera designers to engineer faster continuous shooting rates. It's not nearly as fast as the Canon EOS1Dx at 12 fps or a Nikon D4 at 10 fps.

Unless you are a pro sports photographer, the 70d burst rate of 7 fps can satisfy most of us for sports and wildlife.

If you want to dive in and learn lots.  Here is an alphabetical list on all of the articles on the Canon EOS 70D.


Your First Impression of the Canon EOS 70D

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