24 March 2019

APS-C vs Full Frame DSLRs for Landscape / Long Exposure Photography

APS-C (Crop sensor) vs Full Frame DSLRs for Landscape / Long Exposure Photography
APS-C (Crop sensor) vs Full Frame DSLRs for Landscape / Long Exposure Photography

During the upcoming Landscape & Long Exposure Workshop at Intaka Island / Woodbridge Island Cape Town, we will discuss the advantages / challenges of using an APS-C (Crop sensor) and / or Full Frame DSLR.

The majority of delegates attending my Landscape & Long Exposure Workshops in Cape Town are enthusiast photographers shooting with APS-C (Crop sensor) DSLRs.

The quality of the modern APS-C lenses are very good and judging from my own images (with both Full Frame and APS-C systems) there's not a lot of image quality difference between the APS-C ultra-wide lens (Canon EF-S) and the Full Frame ultra-wide lens (Canon EF) - but, there are various reasons why many enthusiast / professional photographers prefer Full Frame bodies and i.e. the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens.


I personally shoot with both Canon Full Frame (Canon EOS 6D) and APS-C bodies (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EOS 70D) and respect all for the versatility in application, function and image quality.

More important than the body you shooting / learning landscapes & long exposure photography with in my opinion will be the focal length of your lens used. There are a few options, but the most popular focal lengths for APS-C (Crop sensor) bodies will be the standard 18-55mm kit lens and also the ultra-wide option(s) in the 10-22mm range. Another useful option is the 18-135mm range.


Note: In most cases APS-C lenses are not compatible with Full Frame bodies. This is important when purchasing into a specif DSLR system - i.e, a Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens will not fit on a Canon EOS 6D (Full Frame body), but an EF 16-35mm lens (predominantly for full frame bodies) will fit and work on a Canon EOS 70D - the main difference will be the smaller field of view due to the 1.6 crop factor.

Canon APS-C Wide / Ulta-Wide Zoom Lens Options
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens
  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens 
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM / USM lenses

Canon Full Frame Wide / Ulta-Wide Zoom Lens Options
If you're shooting with a full frame setup the general options are in the 16-35mm / 17-40mm / 24-70mm ranges. There are also the 24-104mm options that is quite useful. Popular (current / latest) options:
  • Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens 
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM lens
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens

Attached images captured with an APS-C (Crop) sensor body - the Canon EOS 700D and the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.


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APS-C (Crop sensor) vs Full Frame DSLRs for Landscape / Long Exposure Photography
Table Mountain / Cape Town over Woodbridge Island - Camon APS-C 18-135mm lens

APS-C (Crop sensor) vs Full Frame DSLRs for Landscape / Long Exposure Photography
Woodbridge Island: Milnerton Cape Town - Canon APS-C 18-135mm lens

APS-C (Crop sensor) vs Full Frame DSLRs for Landscape / Long Exposure Photography
V&A Waterfront Cape Town - Canon APS-C 18-135mm lens

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23 March 2019

Portraits of Birds: World of Birds Hout Bay, Cape Town

Bird image while testing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Cape Town, South Africa
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens - Portraits of Birds - Cape Town

Objective: 2015 testing of the then relatively new Canon EOS 7D Mark II body / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens with ISO's between 800 - 6400. 

Note: Hand-held in Av mode. All images processed in Lightroom 5.7. Converted from RAW to JPG. Lens profile correction. Minor colour correction and some noise reduction.

Conditions: Overcast and mostly in low light (due to aviaries / enclosures)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Article / Stand-Out Features >>

Cape Town Location

World of Birds Hout Bay, Cape Town

Canon Equipment
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera body 
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens 

Aperture Priority Mode Settings

  • Aperture: f/5 - 6.3 
  • ISO 800 - 6400
  • Shutter speed: 1/250 - 1/2000s 
  • Focal length 263 - 400mm 
  • Image Stabilization on (Mode 1) 
  • Auto-Focus mode (Case 1)
  • Single Shot
  • Handheld
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Portraits of Birds with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - World of Birds Hout Bay Cape Town

Portraits of Birds with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - World of Birds Hout Bay Cape Town

Portraits of Birds with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II World of Birds Hout Bay Cape Town

Bird image while testing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Cape Town, South Africa
Canon EOS 7D Mark II World of Birds Hout Bay Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II World of Birds Hout Bay Cape Town

Portraits of Birds with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II World of Birds Hout Bay Cape Town


Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photo Gallery
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photo Gallery

    21 March 2019

    My most liked bird image from Woodbridge Island

    'Grey Heron Stepping-out' - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    'Grey Heron Stepping-out' - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    Sometimes is not the camera or the lens, but rather an interesting subject, pose or story.

    For me, its not really (always) about the gear, but what I can achieve with whatever body / lens is in my hands. Of course, planned body and lens selection for a specific genre should improve the photographer's expected outcome...

    Of all my bird images, this image (over a few years) returned thousands of Likes (and very interesting comments) on a variety of Facebook Pages - much to my surprise.

    The image is of rather poor quality - captured at distance with an EOS 700D and a first generation EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens many years ago.

    I was not even aware of the shot until a few days later. Out of curiosity I posted the image to see if there would be any interest - and without doubt this image is still the most liked and commented photograph out of any of my cameras.

    Source: Woodbridge Island Bird Species

    20 March 2019

    Red-Knobbed Coot - Woodbridge Island

    We have a quite a few of these coots down at the Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island - most of the time just swimming around and the occasional departure / take-ff. I didn't expect this movement mid-morning, but nevertheless captured the first coot for the Woodbridge Island website.

     All photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. (Manual Mode: f5.6 / ISO 640 / 1/5000s / 10 fps / AI Servo / Extended Zone AF / AF Case 1 / Handheld).

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    Red-Knobbed Coot - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    Red-knobbed Coot : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town 


    Red-Knobbed Coot - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    Red-knobbed Coot : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


    Red-Knobbed Coot - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    Coot : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


    Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photography Gallery
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photography Gallery

    Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

    Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

    Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light Shooting

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light Shooting Cape Town
    Shooting in the fog down at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town is a typical glass-half-full optimism scenario. I'm at times hoping for the sun to break through, but know even in the sun's absence, the low light should generally bring a unique background blur against the green grass of the Milnerton Golf Course - albeit at the expense of a softer bird in flight capture.  

    All four (continuous) Birds in Flight images are captured at ISO 1250 - the maximum I will push the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is 1600 (but, not in the fog) - more in lower light due to background darkness and sometimes some early morning winter sun.

    Auto-IS0
    I predominately use Auto-ISO with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and even when paired with my 400mm lens am quite confident to shoot Auto-ISO in good and variable / low light. I must admit that I rarely shoot Birds in Flight in poor / low light. With my very close and elevated proximity to Woodbridge Island I have a good view of the light and weather conditions before every possible shoot.

    Equipment (Birds In Flight Photography)

    • Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera body
    • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    • Lexar Professional 800x / 120MB/s 32GB CF Card
    • Sandisk Extreme Plus SDHC™ UHS-I Card 95MB/s 32 GB 

    Exposure / Focus Settings

    • Manual Mode Settings / Lens AF On
    • Shutter speed: 1/4000s
    • Aperture: f/5.6
    • Focal length 400mm
    • Auto-ISO (ISO 1250)
    • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
    • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
    • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

    Post-Processing

    Adobe Lightroom 6: Cropping. Colour correction / Lens profile correction. RAW to JPEG conversion.

    Location / Conditions
    Foggy morning around Woodbridge Island, Cape Town.


    (Four Consecutive Images - Click to Enlarge)
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light Shooting Cape Town
    Low Light Photography : Egyptian Goose / Canon EOS 7D Mark II Cape Town 

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light Shooting Cape Town
    Low Light Photography : Egyptian Goose / Canon EOS 7D Mark II Cape Town

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light Shooting Cape Town
    Low Light Photography : Egyptian Goose / Canon EOS 7D Mark II Cape Town

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light Shooting Cape Town
    Low Light Photography : Egyptian Goose / Canon EOS 7F Mark II Cape Town

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photo Gallery

    Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

    Long Exposure Photography - Woodbridge Island

    Long Exposure Photography - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    Capturing long exposures / low light photography Cape Town

    Early Saturday morning I went out for an overdue long exposure shoot at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. I used my Canon EOS 6D full frame body paired with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 IS USM lens
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    Objective of the long exposure shoot
    Shooting similar scenes with the fast increase of natural light (without using any ND filter) - just taking advantage of longer shutter speeds at a small aperture.

    Cape Town Shooting Location
    Main bridge and the old wooden bridge at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

    All images captured in RAW and post-processed / converted to JPG in Adobe Lightroom 6.

    Long Exposure Photography Gear / Av Mode Settings
    • Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-135mm f/4L IS USM Lens 
    • ISO 100 
    • Aperture f/16 
    • Shutter Speeds 2.5 - 30 seconds 
    • Focal Lengths 16-35mm 
    • Manual focus / Image Stabilization off 
    • Manfrotto Tripod 190X MK190X3-3W 

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    Long Exposure Photography - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    Long Exposure Photography - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town (Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm lens)

    Long Exposure Photography - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    Long Exposure Photography - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town (Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm lens)

    Long Exposure Photography - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    Long Exposure Photography - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town (Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm lens)

    Long Exposure Photography - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    Long Exposure Photography - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town (Canon EOS 6D ./ EF 16-35mm lens)

    Long Exposure Photography - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    Long Exposure Photography - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town (Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm lens)

    Canon EOS 6D Bulb Mode / Long Exposure Photography Images

    Canon EOS 6D Bulb Mode / Long Exposure Photography Images

    Used Canon Camera / Lens Sales South Africa

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    Canon EOS 7D Mark II Long-Term Use and Experience

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II Long-Term Use and Experience
    From a Birds / Birds in Flight Photography Perspective
    Predominately with Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

    In the beginning: Entry-level body and zoom lenses
    During 2013 I became seriously interested in photographing birds in flight around Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. With the very close proximity to the Milnerton Lagoon and relative close access to most bird species I started out with the Canon EOS 700D and a variety of Canon 70-300mm lenses, eventually settling with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM super telephoto lens.

    Deciding on a longer Canon telephoto lens

    I did a few months of extensive research before purchasing the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens with a decision based on; Autofocus speed, image quality, weight and lack of Image Stabilization. This lens served me very well through four EOS bodies and I still use this lens for my Birds in Flight Photography - exclusivity paired with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Its probably my best long-term purchase (ROI) and will keep it for any future body upgrade pairings.

    Common Starling in Flight: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Upgrading from the Canon EOS 70D
    During 2014 I started shooting birds in flight around Woodbridge Island with the very responsive Canon EOS 70D paired with the EF 400mm f/5.6L lens and for all in-flight purposes I was more than satisfied with the results (ito Auto-focus, larger viewfinder, image quality, tracking and the EOS 70D's 7 fps).

    I also purchased a second EOS 70D for maintaining an exclusive Birds in Flight pairing while using the second EOS 70D and the Canon EOS 6D for my low light, landscape and macro / close-up photography workshops and projects.

    Early 2015 my Birds in Flight Photography at Woodbridge Island was recognized by one of our local Cape Town retailers and they provided me (via Canon South Africa) with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens for a week of testing and writing an article - of which I published shortly after the test period on my Canon Camera News website. The weather was not great, but I managed to do various shoots at two Cape Town locations. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II article is now available here on my new Vernon Chalmers Photography website: First Impressions and Test Shoots Cape Town

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Image Gallery / Samples

    Pied Kingfisher in Flight: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Birds in Flight Workshops with Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    During this time I also arranged  for the facilitation of my first Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town (which was sponsored by Canon South Africa via the Canon retailer). I traded one of my EOS 70D's for a new Canon EOS 7D Mark II, studied and practiced the 65-Point AF System for a few weeks and I was good to go for the workshop and to facilitate private training for Canon photographers who started upgrading to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II from the older Canon EOS 7D and EOS 70D's.

    The First Impression and Test Shoots Cape Town article will have all my personal views and findings of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II as the current Canon flagship APS-C body. I still maintain the same views and impressions and although Nikon (as one other brand) became very competitive with the Nikon D500 I still believe the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (also as part of the EOS system wrt lenses et al) is still one of the best Birds in Flight / Action Photography APS-C bodies on the market today.

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Canon Zoom vs Prime Lens (Birds in Flight Photography)
    I've used the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM zoom lens on Canon South Africa's own Canon EOS 7D Mark II and during my field review of one of my workshop delegate's Canon EOS 80D and I can in all objectivity say that the AF and tracking speed of the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens is just (by a small margin in my opinion) more responsive than the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

    Globally reported Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF issues
    After the launch of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II in September 2014 there were a fair amount of complaints with the AF-system under certian conditions (ito sharpness and focus issues experienced with various lenses). I've read countless real world test articles, blog posts and comments on various websites. Some photographers really struggled and in some cases had their cameras exchanged. For some its still an ongoing challenge and the online discussions about the AF focus accuracy (under certain conditions) with some of the bodies are still active.

    From the first Images: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II Out Of The Box Shooting
    Straight out of the box my copy of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II performed as expected (on many of the factory default-settings).

    Up to today, more than two years later, the camera and AF-System is performing exactly the same it did when I captured my first 10 fps high-speed burst with this camera - Egyptian goose taking flight.

    My Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens pairing is still  exclusively used for Birds in Flight photography and my other two EOS bodies are used for everything else.

    I still have great pleasure going out to Woodbridge Island shooting the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and I still use this body (and AF-System) as benchmark for all my Birds in Flight Photography training and workshops - as it is in many ways the same as the Canon two 65-Point AF-systems Deployed on the Full Frame Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5Ds (R) and EOS-1D X. Now we also have the upgraded 65-Point System in the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.

    Perced Birds: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Perched Birds with Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    I capture a fair amount of perched birds with this pairing and am quite comfortable to use the same Manual and AF-settings I will for my Birds in Flight Photography. From time to time (depending on the opportunity) I may use Av mode for a few captures, but the majority of the time I don't change anything - just to keep it simple and quick - and to always have my preferred Manual settings as the primary default  setup when going out for a shoot.

    I have no immediate plans for replacing this body, but are keeping my eye on the possible release of a Canon EOS 7D Mark III. I prepared a Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List - from a Birds in Flight Photography perspective. I will probably replace my Canon EOS 6D with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV before year-end, but am still more than satisfied with the EOS 6D for low light,  landscape and some portraiture / fashion work. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II will replace my EOS 70D whenever we see a future Canon EOS 7D Mark III DSLR body. Looking forward for some macro and close-up photography projects once the EOS 7D Mark II is semi-retired from Birds in Flight.

    Red-Eyed Dove in Flight: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    In conclusion
    Birds in Flight Photography is in many ways a skill to be mastered irrespective of the camera body used. When I acquired the Canon EOS 7D Mark II I knew what my requirements where; more responsive AF-system, faster fps, two memory card slots, a more robust and configurable EOS body than the Canon EOS 70D - to be used with the same Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

    The EOS 7D Mark II is without any doubt one of the most advanced high-performance and action-orientated Canon EOS DSLR body. It most definitely met most of my requirements and expectations. Today it is still Canon's highest performing action photography EOS APS-C body in Canon's DSLR range. Its not perfect, I personally would have preferred a stop or two better low light / ISO performance for my Birds in Flight photography, but its not really a major issue,  I just shoot in good light (as I live right next to my Woodbridge Island shooting environment).

    Yellow-billed duck: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    With a 300mm+ lens pairing (considering individual good light shooting conditions) and adequate photography skills the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight photographer will perform very well against most Canon EOS Full Frame DSLR offerings on the market today.

    Towards the future...
    The Canon EOS 7D Mark III will have to be another game changer for the Canon engineers to match / exceed the high expectations and shooting standards of most current Canon EOS 7D Mark II photographers. I'm personally looking forward to the release of the Canon EOS 7D Mark III - even it is just for more dynamic range and improved low light performance.

    Article and Image Copyright: Vernon Chalmers 2018

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    Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
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    Hadeda Ibis - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Hadeda Ibis - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

    16 March 2019

    Thoughts on planning / atmospheric conditions for photographers

    Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Notes on planning and application for the serious photographer
    Earlier this morning I posted about a question of any 'Photoshop' applied in one of my in-flight images - with the intention of asking if the image was manipulated in any way.

    Read: Bird in Flight image photoshopped or not?

    As a photographer I am a little concerned that people would think like that, but nevertheless see it as a compliment - especially where the photographer planned for achieving specific results.

    For my own birds in flight photography around Woodbridge Island, Cape Town I look at two environmental variables very seriously: (i) available morning light and (ii) atmospheric conditions (wind / sun / clouds et al) before going out for a session.

    My 'check' for best value photography is seen in the attached image: for the absolute best conditions this is what I look / plan for (when I look out the window). So its quite possible that some people may think Photoshop played any role in the outcome of certain images.

    Unfortunately, days like this on the image is far and few between. I wait it out and when the going is good, I get going. It doesn't mean we don't should around here in any other conditions.

    It is also important to note that the serious photographer should be able to shoot in many different light conditions. Light is probably our biggest advantage, but without appropriate light, the challenges will increase thinking and planning (without rushing out to purchase higher-quality equipment).

    We all use different levels of post-processing . I believe the serious photographer will (only) attempt to improve the well-planned shot in terms of slight adjustment(s) in the exposure and / or the composition, without altering the original 'naturalness' of the image.

    Image created with Canon EOS 700D / Canon EF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens (on Manfrotto Compact tripod) from Arnhem Milnerton towards the main bridge at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town.

    Source>>  Woodbridge Island Photography

    Tracking Variables for Improved Birds in Flight Photography View

    15 March 2019

    Canon EOS 70D: Birds in Flight Continuous Shooting

    Canon EOS 70D: Birds in Flight Continuous Shooting
    During my Canon EOS iTR AF Testing (Canon EOS 7D Mark II) at Woodbridge Island yesterday I had the Canon EOS 70D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM on standby for any close-up action.

    I'm never disappointed in the Canon EOS 70D when having it available for (closer) birds in flight / bird watching at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. Paired with the super-sharp EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens it easily delivers more / less the same image quality as the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

    Equipment (Birds In Flight Photography)

    • Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera body
    • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
    • Sandisk Extreme Plus SDHC™ UHS-I Card 80MB/s 32 GB 

    Exposure / Focus Settings
    • Manual Mode Settings / Lens AF On 
    • Shutter speed: 1/5000s 
    • Aperture: f/5.6 
    • Focal length 300mm 
    • Auto-ISO (ISO 400 - 800) 
    • Continuous shooting mode (7 fps) 
    • AI Servo / AF
    • AF Mode: Zone
    • Handheld

    Post-Processing
    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6


    Location / Conditions
    Excellent early morning light around Woodbridge Island, Cape Town



    (Click to Enlarge / Slide Show)

    Canon EOS 70D: White-Breasted Cormorant (10 consecutive frames)


    Birds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: White-Breasted CormorantBirds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: White-Breasted Cormorant

    Birds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: White-Breasted CormorantBirds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: White-Breasted Cormorant

    Birds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: White-Breasted CormorantBirds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: White-Breasted Cormorant

    Birds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: White-Breasted CormorantBirds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: White-Breasted Cormorant

    Birds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: White-Breasted CormorantBirds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: White-Breasted Cormorant


    Canon EOS 70D: Yellow-Billed Duck (6 consecutive frames)

    Birds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: Yellow-Billed DuckBirds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: Yellow-Billed Duck

    Birds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: Yellow-Billed DuckBirds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D: Yellow-Billed Duck

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