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An afternoon of fun, NFL football, and the Canon 7D DSLR
Great location for some action shooting
By John Virata

This past weekend we were able to spend an afternoon with the Canon folks at the San Diego Chargers/Philadelphia Eagles NFL football game in beautiful San Diego California to attain some first impressions on the new Canon 7D DSLR. Canon invited several journalists to shoot with the Canon 7D and Digital Rebel T1i. We arrived at approximately 10:30am and were issued the cameras and then proceeded onto the field.

We were able to spend about an hour shooting with the cameras during pregame warmups, getting a good feel for the 7D and a few of its myriad features. The 7D ($1699) sits right in the middle of the EOS DSLR line, between the 5D Mark II ($2699) at the beginning of the professional level, and the 50D ($1099) at the top of the prosumer level. It was outfitted with the workhorse EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS telephoto lens, which made it perfect for shooting on the field. The camera and lens lent itself well for close up, on the field shooting to capture some of the pre-game action.

On the way back to the suite, we passed what looked like a Marine Color Guard that was ready to get on the field for pre-game ceremonies. All spiffied up, they're assemblage also made for a great photograph. We also shot the field from the suite that Canon had made available to us. In all it was a great day for shooting with the 7D, and we'll just let you check out the photographs.

Shot with Canon 7D. Click for 5184x3456 view.

Shot with Canon 7D. Click for 5184x3456 view.

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The Canon 7D is a great step up from the 50D and even the Digital Rebel series. In the future, we'll have a closer look of this camera and all of its myriad features. Many thanks to Canon for the invite and hosting the event. It is great to get hands on experience with the camera especially in a setting where there is a lot of action and scenery at the same time.

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John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at

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