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Canon 7D Mark II Fast Start

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Left and Right Side of the Canon 7D Mark II

John Greengo

Canon 7D Mark II Fast Start

John Greengo

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11. Left and Right Side of the Canon 7D Mark II

Lesson Info

Left and Right Side of the Canon 7D Mark II

All right, so over on the left side of the camera, we don't have too many controls. We have auto focus and manual focus switches on most all the cannon lenses. We have a stabilizer that is built on many not all of the lenses, but many more of them. These days we have our flash button for popping up our flash. We've talked a little bit about this before the first press pops it up. The second press jumps you into the flash mode of the menu system and allows you to change some of the more common flash settings that you might want to adjust. Then we open up the doors and we have options to get in and connect our camera up for a variety of reasons. The first one is the digital terminal. This is if you wanted to download your images to a computer there's a usb cord uses usb three point oh for transferring, I still recommend using card readers and taking the card out of the camera. I still think this is a little bit of a clunky way of doing it, but it is possible to skip those images out of t...

he camera. We have an hdmi cord, so if you want to plug into a tv or monitor, you can use that and that's gonna enable you to see images or your video straight from the camera there was a cable protector which will prevent cables from beginning pulled out that you can kind of lock it in here so that those cables don't disconnect with just the slightest little tug or a little bit of gravity pulling those cables out of the camera. Next up we have our mike input jack uses a standard three point five millimeter jack if you want to get better quality sound, the camera has okay microphones, but they're not great. So if you want much better sound you want to get a better quality microphone, you could look a sign highs er's road and there's other brands as well, but those cos makes a really nice hot shoe that'll mount right on the top of the camera. There's a headphone jack now on the camera was not on the previous seventy standard headphone jack so that you can monitor sound while you're recording video for the best audio levels. P c synch for anybody who wants to hook up flash equipment studio equipment, it will synchronize your camera with the flash and then we have our remote control terminal. We have two different remote that we can plug in if you just want a simple basic I want to fire the camera type remote the eighty in three and this is going to sell for about forty five dollars if you want a little bit fancy remote the timer remote control t c will allow you to do many other things now in most cases I would usually recommend the tc etienne three but this camera because it has a built in interval ometer that we're going to talk about and the built in control over bulb long time exposures there is less need for this fancy air controller. There is no need for the interval ometer because you haven't built into the camera, it still does have a few extra features to it that's nice and so you can still use it, which is good, but if you're just looking for baseball basic trigger firing the rs etienne three will do more than acceptable job at that over on the right side of the camera, all we need to deal with over here is memory cards, so we use compact flash and secure digital cards. Some people love the fact that it uses two different cards because it's kind of bridging where we are in photography right now we used to use compact, flashing all the cameras, and as we're going forward, we're seeing maur and more cameras used sd cards. They're smaller in size, I think they're a little bit cheaper to make, which means they're a little bit less expensive and so for myself I love the fact that this uses two cards because I can still make use of all my older compact flash cards and I'm starting to buy more sd cards, which the camera uses. There is a good argument, though, for having a camera that uses the exact same type of cards in it, and we will probably see that mme or in the future. But for right now, this is kind of bridging our way as we go maur towards the secure digital type cards. So when you buy your cards there's, a number of things you're going to look at. The first, of course, is the size of the card on this changes there's always seems to be a sweet spot when it comes to the value of the card and it's really easy to see which one are you getting the best value and if you double the number of gigabytes d'oh double the price or does it not go up twice a cz much that's usually going to determine where I buy cards? So the s d, h c and xy options air just different size of cards when it comes to the description of the secure digital cards, the next thing you want to look for this is important for still photographers the maximum speed of the card, especially in a camera that shooting sports a lot. This is going to determine how fast your camera can get those images from the memory buffer on the camera stored on the car and so if you shoot a lot of sports a faster card will help you out a little bit it is not going to help you if you do not fill the buffer the buffer on this camera as I said before it was about twenty four shots in raw and it's one hundred thirty if I recall correctly in jpeg or almost unlimited in most cases and so it's not likely to be a major issue for most people this maximum speed of the car will also help out for those who are trying to download their image is very very quickly in short I wouldn't recommend spending a lot of extra money on a card that is a little bit faster so if you found ok this card is an example is a hundred fifty megabytes per second and let's say there's another card that's one hundred and seventy five megabits per second that's not a very big difference if it was three hundred megabits per second then that would be a much, much bigger impact and so uh I wouldn't spend too much money on that in my mind the next feature we want to look at is the minimum speed of the card and this is rated in different ways on the different cards and this is important for people who shoot video because video is a very different beast than still images they're shooting a continuous flow of information and it's not the maximum speed that counts it's the minimum continuous right speed to the care you're going to want a camera that is class ten or higher so class tan or you anu you hs speed class one or three is a faster higher megabits per second that this camera can continuously record and so anything in the class ten anything in the u h s one or you hs three is good to go on this camera? There is also different bus speeds and this is probably the least important on the camera because it's kind of determining what ranking of card it had its not its exact speed but there are new you hs type to cards this camera does not utilize that extra second row of information on the card but that's something that you will also see listed on the cards so that's what's going on over on the side and now there are a couple of menu items that you'll want to know about. You can prevent the camera from firing the shutter when you have forgotten to put a memory card in there. So I'm going to recommend that when we get to the menu said settings you conform at the cards, which is good to do on a regular basis keeps um clean and fresh and keeps uh them clear of all their empty file folders and directories on there and you can also go in and control which card the camera is being stored to, and what type of files are being stored on each card as we're talking about cards will quickly mention again, I'm not a big fan of downloading from the camera to the computer. It tends to be a little bit slow and clunky. You need to have your camera out, you don't cable up. I think it's much better if you have a card reader attached to your computer, or if you can just plug the cards straight into your computer on their own. This is a great way, a little bit faster, and I think it's the best system for downloading your images.

Class Description

The Canon® 7D Mark II is a complex and powerful camera – learn everything you need to know to get the most out it in this Fast Start with John Greengo.

Through engaging visuals and easy-to-understand lessons, John will provide you with a complete introduction to your camera’s features and functions. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate and customize the menus
  • Use the 65-point autofocus system
  • Take advantage of the video capabilities
  • Make use of your customization options.

If you are considering investing in the Canon 7D Mark II or want to get the most out of the one you already own, The Fast Start Canon 7D Mark II tutorial will empower you with all the information you need.


Kanoelani Patenaude

I am a pro photographer in my dreams, where I know the in's and out's of my camera; however, reality proved differently, as real life would tell you, I was a deer caught in headlights just looking at my new 7D Mark II. I am a photographer enthusiast without the skills, but a lot of love for the moments one, or the profession/hobby of it can capture. I mostly shoot my husband, friends, and community surfers in the lineup, and of course, my children, who rarely sit still. Thus, I switched from Nikon to Canon, venturing on the 7D Mark II for the grand reviews of how stellar of camera it is for action shots (surfing, and kids, this was a no brainer). That said, and overwhelmed with the way beyond my skill set, but noted desire and aspiration to grow, I made the purchase, and sought help rather quickly as I wanted to feel confident with what I was utilizing to capture the best memories possible. I came into this CL course knowing the "on/off" button, and "auto" shoot mode. I came out of the course feeling like the pro in my dreams, and ready to shoot manual. John's teaching style is on point, and his detailed visuals are a huge plus. So impressed, I purchased, John's photography starter kit, and was even more blown away. My first shots post that course, I thought were great for my first educated shoot, and shockingly, I even received and email from one of the sponsors of the surfers I captured, asking if they could use my image for their sites and publications. Not bad for a newbie. Though, my intent was never a business purpose, I did not know if I should charge a small fee, or give it for free. I don't mind free as it's not my business, yet I don't want to ruin it for any photographers in town doing the same thing that are charging. Perhaps another course to help me with that. I highly recommend courses by John Greengo! Thank you so much, John!


I bought my 7D Mkii the week it was introduced as an upgrade to my old 20D. I immediately noticed what a huge step up it was and to be honest was a little overwhelmed by all of the options and customisations available. In the year I've owned it I've managed to pick up a lot but I still felt there was a lot in there that I wasn't making the best use of. John's course has filled in the missing pieces and I now feel a lot more confident that I will be able to get the best out of this amazing camera.

J.R. Link

John's coverage of the Canon 7D Mod II was excellent. It helped immensely in understanding the myriad of choices available in this camera. I would recommend this course to any user of the 7D Mod II. camera. The only comment I would make is that it might be helpful if John didn't assume that we all are sports photographers. Some hints for other types of photographers would be a great addition to an already excellent course.