14 January 2020

Free Canon Online Shooting and Exposure Practice

Canon Online Shooting Practice:  Exposure Learning Software Application

Exposure Learning Software Application

Take creative [manual] control of your photos
Canon offers an excellent and easy virtual way for DSLR and advanced compact camera owners to learn and understanding the manual exposure setting / process of digital photography.

Free Canon Shooting Simulation: Exposure practice for your DSLR / Compact camera
The Canon simulation software provides a practical and intuitive way to learn and apply the Exposure Triangle, different shooting modes (Manual / Shutter Priority / Aperture Priority) and to practice shots by changing the settings (and seeing the inter-relationship between ISO / Aperture / Shutter Speed). Visit the Canon website to practice Your Shots>>

Canon Photography Simulation:  Exposure Learning Software Application
Image: Canon
Canon Photography 101
Read and learn about digital camera exposure with specific learning reference to:
  • Understand Exposure
  • Setting the mood
  • Selecting the focus
  • Setting the Exposure
  • Your shooting environment 

Canon Photography Tips

Official Canon photography Photography Tips and Tricks for the specific picture you want with reference about with specific tip / learning reference to:
  • Canon Priority Modes for controlling Shutter Speed / Aperture
  • Using Aperture Priority Mode
  • Using Shutter Priority Mode
  • Aperture / Shutter Speed combinations
  • Light and Exposure and Light

Canon Photo Challenge
Put your photography skills to the test and see if you could create a photo with good exposure, blur motion or blur the background. Take the Challenge>>


Canon Online Shooting Practice:  Free Exposure Learning Software Application
Canon Photo Challenge   Image Credit: Canon
A fun way of learning the process of digital photography from Canon.

Canon Image Source: www.canonoutsideofauto.ca

Canon Online Shooting Practice:  Free Exposure Learning Software Application
Canon Photo Challenge   Image Credit: Canon

01 January 2020

The Future of the Canon EOS 7D Mark III?

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography / Image Copyright: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon 7D Mark II  / 400mm Lens  :  Image: Vernon Chalmers
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II was released on 15 September 2014 as the replacement for the Canon EOS 7D that was released on 15 September 2009. 

I have used the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, almost exclusively for Birds in Flight photography, throughout its life cycle and am still an avid user of this extremely capable APS-C DSLR body for action photography.

We may be edging ever closer towards the end of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's life cycle and with current (competitive) advancements in the APS-C DSLR and Mirrorless camera market showing the real age of the EOS 7D Mark II's features and specifications.

Future of the Canon EOS 7D Mark III?
After the launch of the Canon EOS 90D there are more and more speculation and rumor that we will not see the Canon EOS 7D Mark III as Canon's future high-speed action APS-C camera, but it will be positioned as a mirrorless (APS-C) body possibly in the make-up of a new EOS R (or even as an EOS RS).

It will be a sad reality for many Canon EOS 7D Mark II photographers. Where some will embrace the modern mirrorless technology many other would probably keep their current EOS 7D Mark II's for longer or look for an alternative Canon EOS DSLR i.e.the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II or possibly the the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark III - more about the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III development Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Development Press Release.

Current Canon EOS 7D Mark II for Birds in Flight Photography
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is in my opinion a formidable APS-C DSLR with an advanced AF system just about straight out of the Canon EOS-1D X / Canon EOS 5D Mark III professional bodies. The 65-point AF system and the 1.6 crop sensor advantages were part of my decision-making for adding the Canon EOS 7D Mark II to my existing gear.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens First Impressions Article

I use the Canon EOS 7D Mark II exclusively and very frequently for Birds in Flight Photography paired with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens (at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town). I'm quite happy with this pairing and the only in-the-near-future upgrade that I'm considering is the replacement of my current 400mm lens with the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens.

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

I wrote the following about future expectations of a rumored Canon EOS 7D Mark III in June 2017

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography / Image Copyright: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon 7D Mark II  / 400mm Lens  :  Image: Vernon Chalmers
What I like most about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Before upgrading to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II I was quite satisfied capturing Birds in Flight with my Canon EOS 70D (which I still use) and if it was not for the Birds in Flight workshops I present would probably have stayed with the Canon EOS 70D for a year or so longer.

I had a brief opportunity to test a Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens pairing before upgrading to my own Canon EOS 7D Mark II. When comparing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II directly to the Canon EOS 70D I appreciate the following features the most: 
  • Advanced AF system with multi-controller support
  • Wide Zone AF option for erratic and small birds
  • 10 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Deeper buffer for RAW shooting
  • Slightly better ISO noise improvement
  • CF Card / Dual memory card slots

Please Note
: This article is not a Canon EOS 7D Mark III rumor, but as a current user of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II I have certain expectations (wish list) of possible specifications and features of a Canon EOS 7D Mark III DSLR camera should there be such a camera.


Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography / Image Copyright: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon 7D Mark II  / 400mm Lens  :  Image: Vernon Chalmers
Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List / Requirements
Different Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight photographers users will probably list all sorts of required / improved functionality that they would like to see added to a possible Canon EOS 7D Mark III - especially now after the early 2016 release of the Canon EOS 80D and the more recently released Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

My Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List is based on personal preferences and will most likely be quite different for many current Canon EOS 7D mark II photographers around the world.

Other photographers may want to see 4K video, faster frame rate and a few other enhancements - below is my Canon EOS 7D Mark III wish list for my own Birds in Flight photography. 

I personally have no issues with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's battery life,10 fps or AF / AI Servo tracking performance. 

My Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List Specifications (compared to Canon EOS 7D Mark II)
  • 24 - 28 Megapixel Sensor (20.2 MP) 
  • Dual DIGIC 8 Image Processors (Dual DIGIC 6) 
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (ISO 100-16000) 
  • AI Servo AF III+ Focusing / Tracking System (AI Servo AF III) 
  • 65-point AF system with 25+ AF points at f/8 (65-points / limited AF point coverage at f/8) 
  • Broader AF Point spread across the sensor 
  • Deeper Buffer / 40 - 50 RAW for continuous shooting (31 RAW) 
  • Wi-Fi / NFC and Bluetooth (none) 
  • CFast & SD Card Slots (CF & SD Card slots) 
  • 3.2" LCD touch screen (3.0" LCD non-touch screen)

Read / Rumor: Canon EOS 7D Mark III Coming with Dual Digic 8 Image Processors

New Canon EOS 7D Mark III Rumors & Announcement Updates
New Canon EOS 7D Mark III Rumors & Announcement Updates

I'm in no real hurry for adding a possible Canon EOS 7D Mark III to my Birds in Flight Photography gear - the possibility is very exiting, but before then I would more than likely replace my Canon EOS 6D with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and wait for the new Canon EOS APS-C flagship announcement (possibly later in 2018).

Article: Vernon Chalmers

Images: Images on this page with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens  / Image Copyright: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens : Image: Vernon Chalmers


Canon EOS 7D Mark II Resources / Birds in Flight Photography Gallery View

Two Cost-Effective Canon Lenses for Birds in Flight Photography View

Birds in Flight Photography View

Vernon Chalmers Photography now using WhatsApp Business

Vernon Chalmers Photography Support / Communications now also available via WhatsApp
Important Update: Vernon Chalmers Photography Support / Communications now also available via WhatsApp.

From this week I will be using WhatsApp Business for complimenting my current client support, pre-training and booking information.

The WhatsApp Business number for messaging / phone calls - direct link: wa.me/27608878087 or 060 887 8087

Due to training commitments I may not always respond immediately, but there will be an auto-responder message if this is the case.

Please note: This number is for photography training / support purposes only. Please do not add / invite Vernon Chalmers Photography to any WhatsApp group functionalities et al.

I trust this new communication channel will be of substantial assistance to current clients with Canon EOS / photography support requests and possible new clients with pre-training / specific learning information requests.

More Information: Vernon Chalmers Photography Training

Show Focus Points: Adobe Lightroom Plugin for Canon DSLRs

Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Show Focus Points for Adobe Lightroom Version 1.01
This free plug-in is an easy and quick installation via the Lightroom Plug-In Manager and then provides access to your camera's focus points via the Library Module.

By default Adobe Lightroom 5 / 6 / 7 does not offer any way to view your camera's focus points, but the Show Focus Point Adobe Lightroom plugin shows which focus points were selected by your camera when the photo was taken.

The Show Focus Points: Adobe Lightroom Plugin Works in Lightroom 5 and above. Currently works with Lightroom 5, 6, and CC

Download >>  Lightroom Show Focus Points Plugin

All the relevant EXIF data and additional focus information will be available for each image viewed via the Show Focus Points plugin. 

I find the Show Focus Points plugin in Lightroom 5 / 6 / 7 an essential part of my own workflow for fine-tuning my Birds in Flight / Action photography. 

My own software operating environment: Windows / Lightroom  Classic CC Ver 7.5 (desktop). Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin works (in my post-processing environment) on Lightroom 5,7 / Lightroom 6 / Lightroom 7 Classic CC. 

During my my Adobe Lightroom private training in Milnerton, Cape Town I briefly demonstrate the Show Focus Points plugin (and installation) if required.

Download >> Lightroom Show Focus Points Plugin

AF Points Lock On
For the below Canon EOS 7D Mark II example I used Large Zone AF and the Show Focus Points plugin clearly show the four AP points that locked on - spot on in terms of the area that I focused on. The legend in the plugin will provide more detail ito specific AF-system used and which individual AF points locked on when focus was achieved (in-camera).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF Focus Lightroom Points Plugin Example
For the below image I used my Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm capturing an Egyptian goose at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town 

EXIF / Focus information provided by the Lightroom Show Focus Points plugin:
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
  • Focal Length: 400mm
  • Exposure: 1 / 5000s / f/6.3 / ISO 1000
  • Focus Mode: AI Servo AF
  • AF area mode: Large Zone AF
  • Focus / subject distance: between 15.17 m and 140.58 m
  • Depth of Field: 9.08 m (73.60 - 82.68 m)
  • Hyperfocal Distance: 1332.82 m
  • Total number of AF Points:  65 AF Points
  • Number of AF Points selected: 25 AF Points

Autofocus / Active Focus Point(s) Legend / AF Grid
Specific AF information will be provided by the plugin's Legend - Actual AF information will vary by camera and in-camera AF-selection options.

Image (From Canon EOS 7D Mark II / from the Library Module in Lightroom 6)
    
Image 1: Original file in Adobe Lightroom 6 (RAW to JPEG conversion)

Image 2: Uncropped RAW Image with Focus Point information from Show Focus Points

Image 3: Cropped RAW Image with Focus Point information from Show Focus Points 

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Image in Lightroom 6
Image 1 : Original RAW File (Adobe Lightroom 6)


Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin
Image 2 : Uncropped Image - Focus Point Information (Adobe Lightroom 6)

Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin
Image 3 : Cropped Image - Focus Point Information (Adobe Lightroom 6) 

Camera models supported by the Lightroom Show Focus Points Plugin

Lightroom Focus Points plugin currently works for all past-2002 Canon EOS DSLRs

Canon EOS 1D X / 1D C, 1D Mark 4, 1Ds Mark3, 1D Mark3, 1Ds Mark2, 1D Mark2 N, 1D Mark2 - 5D Mark 3, 5D Mark 2, 5D Mark2, 5D, 6D, 7D - 70D, 60D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D - 700D, 100D, 650D (Rebel T4i), 600D (Rebel T3i), 550D (Rebel T2i), 500D (Rebel T1i), 450D (Rebel XSi), 400D (Rebel XTi), 350D (Rebel XT), 300D (Rebel), M, EOS 1100D, EOS 1000D. Most Canon Powershot models should work as well.

Compatibility Source: Lightroom Focus Points Plugin PDF User Guide

Birds in Flight Photography: Background Blur Considerations

Birds in Flight Photography: Background Blur Considerations
Pied kingfisher in flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Background Blur Considerations

Slower aperture lens on APS-C / Crop vs f/2.8 lens on Full Frame body

With a fast aperture lens, i.e. the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM super telephoto lens, its much easier to blur the background - and when paired with a full frame body its almost effortless (ito panning and the work required for rendering background blur compared to an APS-C / Crop sensor body and / or slower aperture lens).


The end result (ito background blur) may look very similar, but there was much more tracking, pre-focus and panning involved with the 1st image. 

Distance between foreground and background / depth of field for both images are very similar - and captured in the same area in the Milnerton Lagoon, Woodbridge Island, Cape Town.

Due to the the larger sensor of the full frame body I was able to crop the 2nd image to more / less the same dimensions as the 1st image.

Image 1: Little Egret (with AI Servo AF tracking / panning)

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • M Mode: f/6.3 ISO 640 1/5000s Handheld
  • Multi-shot mode: 10 fps
  • Autofocus: Zone 

Image 2: Swift Tern
(with limited AI Servo AF tracking / panning)

  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens
  • M Mode: f/4 ISO 500 / 1/4000s handheld
  • Multi-shot mode: 4.5 fps
  • Autofocus: Single Point

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Birds in Fliught Photography: Background Blur Considerations
Image 1 : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm f/5.6 Lens @ f/6.3

Birds in Fliught Photography: Background Blur Considerations
Image 2 : Canon EOS 6D / 300mm f/2.8 Lens @ f/4


Starting out with Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

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

Canon EOS Setup and Tips For Birds in Flight Photography

Tracking Variables for Improved Birds in Flight Photography

Canon Speedlite Flash Training Milnerton

Canon Speedlite Flash Training Classes Cape Town
Canon Speedlite Flash Training Objectives
  • Learn how to effectively setup and manage your Canon Speedlite and / or built-in pop-up flash
  • Identify different light sources and how to balance flash and ambient light
  • Master the difference between E-TTL (II) and Manual flash modes - when to use which flash mode
  • Hands-on demonstration on how to effectively use bounce flash
  • Learn how to use your Speedlite outside for close-up nature photography
  • Understand and configure optical and wireless flash - this will be Speedlite dependent)

Training Facilitation
Canon Speedlite Flash Training classes are facilitated in Milnerton, Cape Town.

Cost per Delegate: R1 500-00. Two Sessions (25% discount if you've attended any of my previous workshops).

Accommodation for Photographers
Vernon Chalmers photography training is facilitated from a self-catering apartment in Arnhem, Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island) with an option for local and international photographers to overnight during the various training sessions. Optional accommodation will be calculated at reduced rates into the Photography Training Proposal / Invoicing. More Information

Photography Gift Training Voucher
Canon Speedlite Flash training is available as a Birthday / Christmas Gift training voucher option with a one year validity period. It could also form part of general Canon camera training option as well. More information

Method of PaymentPayment Options>>

What to bring
Canon EOS DSLR body / lens and any Canon Speedlite EX E-TTL flash (or just a Canon EOS DSLR body with a built-in flash).

Canon Speedlite Flash Training /  Workshops Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D @ 70mm / Canon 430 EX II (Bounced)
Photographers new to Canon Flash also welcome to attend
You don't necessarily have to own a Canon Speedlite flash for attending this training. Many of the flash technologies in Canon Speedlite flashes are also embedded in the pop-up / built-in flash on any APS-C Canon EOS DSLR (i.e. E-TTL / Manual Modes / Flash Exposure).

The pop-up / built-in flash settings are accessible and controlled via the flash control settings in the red menu section of most of the latest Canon EOS DSLR bodies.

The understanding and management of Canon flash properties are the same and the private training / workshop will provide a good opportunity for new photographers to learn how to apply ETT-L (II) / Manual Flash Modes for application in low light photography and / or other (indoor / outdoor) creative exposures.

Canon Speedlite flash provides various on and off-camera opportunities for improving / manipulating light(ing) conditions, but the fundamental flash and ambient light principles are the same.


All standard Canon exposure modes [Program (P) / Aperture Priority (Av) / Shutter Priority (Tv) / Manual (M) Modes] will be referenced throughout the training sessions with regard to Speedlite flash / ambient light(ing) strategies ito:
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed

Canon Speedlite Workshop / Private Training Learning Areas

Session 1 
  • Introduction to Flash Photography 
  • Canon Flash / Canon Speedlites
  • Light(ing) Considerations 
  • Camera Exposure Settings 
  • On-camera / Speedlite Settings 
  • Balancing Flash and Ambient Light
  • Guidance / Demonstrations (during presentation) 

Session 2 
  • Flash Exposure Modes (E-TTL / Manual)
  • Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC) Control (E-TTL Mode)
  • Flash Exposure Bracketing (FEB)
  • Flash Power Settings (Manual Mode)
  • When to use High Speed Sync (HSS) Flash 
  • Using Speedlites with Modifiers
  • Off-Camera / Wireless (Master / Slave) Flash 
  • Macro Ring Lite Flash
  • Guidance / Demonstrations (during presentation) 

Canon Speedlites referenced during the workshop

  • Canon Speedlite 90EX
  • Canon Speedlite 270EX II
  • Canon Speedlite 320 EX 
  • Canon Speedlite 580EX II
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT
  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT (II)
  • Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II
  • Canon Macro Ring Lite MT-24EX

Compatible Canon EOS Bodies for Wireless Flash Control*

  • Canon EOS 600D 
  • Canon EOS 650D / EOS 700D / EOS 800D
  • Canon EOS 750D / EOS 760D / EOS 77D
  • Canon EOS 60D / EOS 70D 
  • Canon EOS 80D 
  • Canon EOS 7D 
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II 
* Canon Full Frame bodies does not have built-in pop-up flash units and therefore requires an external flash / wireless transmitter with built-in wireless (master) control i.e Canon Speedlite 580EX II or Canon Speedlite Wireless Transmitter ST-E2.

Contact Me for more information

Canon Speedlite Flash Examples (with Canon EOS 6D / EOS 70D)

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Canon Speedlite Flash Training /  Workshops Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / 100mm Macro Lens / Canon 430 EX II Speedlite Flash (Bounced)

Canon Speedlite Flash Training /  Workshops Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / 100mm Macro Lens / Canon 430EX II Speedlite Flash with Diffuser


 Small butterfly with Canon Speedlite Flash
 Small butterfly with Canon EOS 6D / EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens


Food Photography with Canon EOS 6D / 100mm Macro lens and Ring Lite MR-14EX II flash

Canon EOS 6D  / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens / Canon 430EX III-RT Speedlite Flash with Diffuser
Canon EOS 6D  / 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens / Canon 430EX III-RT Speedlite Flash with Diffuser

Photography Private Training Courses Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class More
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop More

Birds in Flight Photography Skills Development

Peregrine Falcon in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Peregrine Falcon in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II 
Regular Birds in Flight Photography sessions at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town is without doubt the photography genre I enjoy  the most. 

Not just the photographing of the more than 55 species on / around the Island, but also the research, development, and presentation of Birds in Flight Photography Private Training / Workshops around Cape Town.

I find the advances in modern Canon EOS DSLR phase-detect AF-systems fascinating and spend many hours with my Canon cameras experimenting / looking for ways for extracting the maximum value from various Canon APS-C / Full Frame bodies and telephoto lenses. 

Photographing Birds in Flight
Photographing Birds in Flight is a challenging genre, but the modern Canon AF System, tracking ability and excellent range of Canon EF telephoto lenses provides for a very good DSLR camera / lens combination for photographing Birds in Flight. 

Birds in Flight Photography Skills Development / How to Photograph Birds in Flight
I've had some great results over the years with various Canon EOS DSLR bodies (both personal and professional) and with Birds in Flight Photography Training during skills development sessions at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. I have personally worked with / or trained delegates with the following Canon EOS bodies:
  • Canon EOS 700D / EOS 750D / EOS 800D
  • Canon EOS 60D / EOS 70D / EOS 77D
  • Canon EOS 80D /  EOS 90D
  • Canon EOS 7D / EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 6D / EOS 6D Mark II
  • Canon EOS R / EOS RP (Mirrorless)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III /  EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS-1D X / EOS-1D X Mark II

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS Advanced Autofocus Training Cape Town
Starting out with Birds in Flight Photography View

Birds in Flight Workshops / Private Training Cape Town
I facilitate regular Birds in Flight Workshops in the Milnerton / Woodbridge Island Cape Town. 


From intermediate to advanced Canon Autofocus systems including all Canon DSLR bodies up to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. Workshops Cape Town overview.

Birds in Flight / Action Photography Advanced Autofocus Workshop Cape Town

My Birds in Flight Canon Camera Gear / Combinations

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
I predominantly capture Birds in Flight with this combination mainly for the following reasons:

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

  • Advanced AF system with multi-controller support
  • Wide Zone AF option for erratic and small birds
  • 10 fps continuous shooting and deeper buffer
  • Slightly better ISO noise improvement
  • Dual memory card slots

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens

  • Reach: 400mm x 1.6 on APS-C bodies
  • Exceptional image quality
  • Fix focal length / f/5.6 aperture
  • Built-in lens hood
  • Fast Autofocus
  • Light weight

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II


Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Canon EOS 70D - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Before I acquired the Canon EOS 7D Mark II I had no issues shooting birds in flight with the Canon EOS 70D and the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens combination.

Currently I use the Canon EOS 70D [aired with the super-sharp Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens for closer birds.

Canon EOS 70D
  • Responsive AF system
  • Zone AF option for erratic and small birds
  • 7 fps continuous shooting

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens

  • Reach: 300 x 1.6 on APS-C bodies
  • Exceptional image quality
  • Variable focal focal length 
  • Fast Autofocus
  • Compact

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 6D paired with the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Canon EOS 6D  - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
I do not use this Canon combination very often, but in my opinion the Canon EOS 6D works quite well for birds in flight (with center-AF Point selection). Many photographers don't even try as there are a few misconceptions that the 11-Point Autofocus system is not 'accurate enough' for tracking and capturing fast flying birds.

Canon EOS 6D
  • Full Frame Sensor
  • Sensitive center-point AF Point
  • 4.5 fps continuous shooting and deep buffer
  • Excellent low light shooting / ISO Management

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens

  • Reach: 300 x 1.6 on APS-C bodies
  • Exceptional image quality
  • Variable focal focal length 
  • Fast Autofocus
  • Compact

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 6D


Birds in Flight Cape Town on Instagram


Canon Equipment Reviews / Tests / Future Thoughts For Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Canon EOS 6D / EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Birds in flight Test View

Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D Full Frame DSLR View

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens : First Impressions Cape Town View

Canon EOS 70D for Birds In Flight Photography : Paired with EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens View

Canon EOS 80D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5L IS II USM Lens : First impressions / Test Shoot Cape Town View

Two Canon EF 400mm Lens Options for Birds in Flight Photographers View

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography View


New Canon EOS 7D Mark III Rumors & Announcement Updates View

Introduction to Birds in Flight Photography: Camera & Lens Settings / Tips View

Long-Term Use / Discussion of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II View



Birds in Flight Photography Workshop: Supporting Document Links View

Capturing / Tracking Variables for Improved Birds in Flight Photography View



Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Lightroom Post-Processing

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Cropping & Post-Processing View


Show Active Focus Points in Adobe Lightroom 5 / 6 CC View


Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Social Media / Facebook Support


Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Facebook Page View

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Support Group View


My Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Location

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town : Woodbridge Island View

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town : Table Bay Nature Reserve View


Birds Species at Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town View

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Woodbridge Island Map / Directions View 


Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Dove in Flight Photography - Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Woodbridge Island Cape Town