The 7D really is a big upgrade from my existing 500D (T1i), and my very first impression was “Woah, this new camera feels the business!” – it just feels so much more durable and strong. The 17 – 55 f/2.8 is also my first foray into a top-quality lens, so, as you could imagine, I am pretty excited about the new arrivals to my photography family!
Anyway, I didn’t have much time to play with the camera before I was due to head out to a friend’s poker night, but I thought I’d share some of the very first photos I took with the camera and lens. Bear in mind that these are all taken in a dimly lit room, without any flash – so I used a high ISO of 1600 to 3200. By using a wide aperture of f/2.8 for most of the shots (some at f/4), the 17 – 55 mm managed to give me some great, sharp photos, even in this lowlight – the lens’ Image Stabilisation feature enabling me to get away with such slow shutter speeds of 1/15th of a second and still get a sharp shot!
I did a whole guide on how to take sharp photos in lowlight without using a flash, by the way, which you may find useful.
I’ll be going into a lot more depth about the camera and lens in future posts, but, for now, here are some of my shots from the Poker night:
And, yes, I did manage to take a lot of photos because I lost in the poker very early on – I definitely need some Poker practise! But at least it meant I could snap away with my lovely new toy….!