01 May 2022

Close-Up Photography with Canon 400mm Lens

Close-Up Photography with Canon EF 400mm f/5.6LUSM Lens
Close-Up Photography with Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

 
The small butterfly was captured while I was out doing some birds in flight shooting around Woodbridge Island, Milnerton Cape Town.

Impromptu Birds in Flight Settings
This is exactly the same camera / lens setup that I use for capturing birds in flight around the island. Normally, I would use a macro lens / or a zoom lens with an extended tube, but I was keen to see how this setup could work. 

Advantages for close-up photography with this setup are very good image quality and fast Autofocus (AF) of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens combination.

A disadvantage of the 400mm lens is the Minimum Focus Distance (MFD) when capturing close-up subjects. the MFD is 3.5 meter, but the lens can be used with extension tubes and / or close-up lens filters. Filter thread is 77mm.

The rest is up to (AF) tracking and framing requirements. I've captured all three images with lens AF on.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II /  EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens (Handheld). Manual mode: ISO 1000 / f/6.3 1/4000s. Wide Zone AF / 10 fps. Handheld.


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Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Close-Up Photography Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Close-Up Photography Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Close-Up Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

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