24 May 2022

End of Canon EOS 7D Mark III Speculations

The Canon EOS R7 was Launched / Released (together with the Canon EOS R10) on 24 May 2022 for the High-Action / Wildlife Hobbyist Photographer

New Canon EOS R7 APS-C Mirrorless Camera (Image Credit: Canon Malaysia)
New Canon EOS R7 APS-C Mirrorless Camera (Image Credit: Canon Malaysia)

Canon EOS R7 and Canon EOS R10 Information / Videos



Update: Canon launched two APS-C / crop bodies) Canon EOS R cameras on 24 May 2022 - both bodies were released as the first APS-C format R bodies for the Canon EOS R System.

Even after the introduction of the Canon EOS R System the hopes were still high that a Canon EOS 7D Mark III would still be released in 2021 / 2022. The original Canon EOS R did not offer sufficient high-speed performance and even in my own conclusion, after my early 2019 Canon EOS R field testing, confirmed its inefficiency as a high-performance body.

The Autofocus of the original EOS R as well as other in-body specifications were significantly improved upon with the release of the Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R6. One major improvement was the new Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF II System offering accurate speed and (human and animal) subject traction that was on par (and in some ways of higher specification) than that of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.

After my 2020 Canon EOS R6 field testing for birds in flight / high-action photography I concluded that the Canon EOS R6 was a suitable Canon EOS R recommendation / replacement for action photographers wanting to migrate or buy into the EOS R System.

While testing the Canon EOS R6 for birds in flight (even with the two supplied RF f/11 lenses) I realised that there will be no direct Canon EOS 7D Mark III replacement for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. The AF performance of the Canon EOS R6 was indicative (to me) that the Canon EOR R System will offer a high-performance and affordable (APS-C) body for the Canon enthusiast and hobbyist wildlife photographers.


(My) Birds in Flight Photography Paradigm is shifting towards the Canon EOS R7
I have used the Canon EOS 7D Mark II almost exclusively for Birds in Flight photography (throughout its entire life cycle). I am still an avid user of this extremely capable Canon APS-C (1.6x Crop Factor) DSLR body for birds in flight / fast action photography. Like many current (and previous) Canon EOS 7D Mark II photographers I am quite exited about the announcement of the Canon EOS R7 - and should be considered as a suitable upgrade / replacement for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.  

Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF II System
The Autofocus (AF) System in a the new Canon EOS R7 is more / less the same Dual Pixel CMOS AF II System deployed in the Canon EOS R6 / Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R3.

Canon RF (and EF / EF-S) lenses for Canon EOS R7
There are already quite a few cost-effective RF (L) lenses that should pair well with the Canon EOS R7 / EOS R10 (in the 400mm to 800mm range for birds in flight / high-actiom). All current Canon EF / EF-S should be compatible with the Canon EOS RF lenses via the current EF - RF Mount Adapter). 




New Canon EOS R / PowerShot Cameras to be Released 2022 / 2023
New Canon EOS R / PowerShot Cameras to be Launched 2022 / 2023

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

Canon Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town

Thoughts on Upgrading my Canon EOS 7D Mark II

General thoughts on upgrading Canon gear for Birds in Flight Photography
Upgrading current Canon gear for my Birds in Flight / High-Speed Action Photography

I firmly believe and respect the process every photographer is going through when composing and capturing every image – even more so when its fast-moving birds in flight or other fast-action photography. A lot do is with the technology in hand, but the biggest challenges are (in my opinion) combinations and permutations of quite a few 'other' (non-technical) considerations for capturing that special moment.

Over the years many birds in flight and bird photographers have asked me for my opinion on my thoughts on the development, direction and / or evolution of the Canon DSLR / Mirrorless camera’s Autofocus (AF) system and other optimisations.

I have truly enjoyed every moment with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (mostly paired with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens). I have only really used the camera for Birds in Flight Photography, bees and butterflies, but, I know and have worked with many Canon EOS 7D Mark II photographers applying it in every photography genre out there. I cannot recall one single photographer that was not happy with his or her camera. Mostly, I have met them as camera / photography students and many of them are still learning on how to extract the maximum value from their cameras. There were many technology / other challenges, but these are expected when a (new) photographer tries out mastering any of the camera settings unfamiliar to him / her.

In 2017 I created an article 'The Future of the Canon EOS 7D Mark III' which is now renamed 'End of Canon EOS 7D Mark III Speculations' - in anticipation of the release of a possible Canon EOS 7D Mark III. 

On 24 May 2022 Canon launched the APS-C Canon R7 (and Canon R10) that should become the new standard for fast-action wildlife Canon APS-C hobbyist photographers looking for upgrading / replacing their current Canon EOS 7D Mark II cameras.

Pied Kingfisher with Catch : Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers
During August 2017 I did a write-up about my own Canon EOS 7D Mark II Long-Term Use and Experience

I still do the majority of my Birds in Flight Photography with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II paired with the 'ever-green' Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. 

I still follow my own quote over the years of ‘shoot with what is in your hands and make (and enjoy) the moment – chase the light, forget about kit in hand’. This is still very relevant to me to this day.

However, camera (and AF) technology is moving forward at a rapid pace and I have revisited my own quote a few times over the last three years. Sometimes thinking of what I would want to see as a replacement camera (in my hands for birds in flight photography). 

My main Canon EOS R7 Interest Areas:
  • APS-C vs Full Frame
  • Autofocus System
  • Memory Card(s)
  • Sensor (Megapixels)
  • Image Processor(s)
  • RF to EF Lens Compatibility / AF Speed (via Lens Adapter) 

Canon EOS R7 / EOS R10 Launch 2022 >>

Grey Heron In Flight : Canon EOS R6 Copyright Vernon Chalmers
I have had the opportunity to field test both the Canon EOS R and later the Canon EOS R6 for Canon South Africa. I did a wide variety of photography / and birds in flight with the EOS R, but was generally not that impressed at the time. I changed my tune quite somewhat during field testing the Canon EOS R6 for birds in flight photography exclusively. 

It was the first time I really became exited about the new Autofocus (AF) System. Not so much the higher frame rate of the EOS R6 compared to the EOS 7D Mark II, but the accuracy and tracking of the new Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF II System deployed in the Canon EOS R6 / EOS R5 (inherited from the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III).

Page Image Information © Vernon Chalmers

Image 1: Product Images - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens pairing

Image 2: Pied Kingfisher with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens

Image 3: Grey Heron with Canon EOS R6 / RF 800mm f/11 STM lens

Image 4: Cape Teal Ducks with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens

Cape Teal Ducks in Flight : With Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5/6L USM lens Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Cape Teal Ducks in Flight : With Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5/6L USM lens

Canon Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town

Canon EOS Official Sample Image Links: 2014 - 2022

Canon EOS Official Sample Image Links: 2014 - 2019 Image: Canon EOS RP Official Sample
Canon EOS RP Sample Image : Image Credit Canon Singapore
I study 100's of new Canon EOS R / EOS DSLR camera official sample images as new bodies are released - the attached image here on the right is from the Canon EOS RP Full-Frame Mirrorless camera.

Herewith a list / link to various Canon EOS R / EOS / EOS M camera sample galleries on one of my websites of sample images from most of the current APS-C and Full-Frame Canon bodies 

2014 - 2022

Latest Sample Images: Canon EOS R7 / Canon EOS R10

Canon EOS R Official Sample Images

 As made available by Canon Japan (also other official Canon subsidiaries) and published on my Canon Camera News website - with image credits and original EXIF Data and Image Downloads:
  • Canon EOS R3
  • Canon EOS R5
  • Canon EOS R6
  • Canon EOS R7
  • Canon EOS R10
  • Canon EOS R
  • Canon EOS RP

Canon EOS / EOS M Official Sample Images

 As made available by Canon Japan (also other official Canon subsidiaries) and published on my Canon Camera News website - with image credits and original EXIF Data and Image Downloads:
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III 
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 90D
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 77D
  • Canon EOS Rebel T8i / EOS 850D
  • Canon EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D
  • Canon EOS 750D / 760D (Rebel T5i / T5s)
  • Canon EOS 4000D
  • Canon EOS 2000D
  • Canon EOS SL3 / EOS Rebel 250D 
  • Canon EOS SL2 / EOS Rebel 200D
  • Canon EOS M100 Mirrorless
  • Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless
  • Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless
  • Canon EOS M6 Mark II Mirrorless
  • Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless

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Canon EOS Official Sample Image Links


Canon EOS 760D Rebel T6s Sample Image  - Image Credit: Canon Japan EXIF DATA
Canon EOS 760D Rebel T6s Sample Image  - Image Credit: Canon Japan EXIF Data

Sample Image: Canon EOS 4000D - Image Credit Canon Japan
Sample Image: Canon EOS 4000D - Image Credit: Canon Japan EXIF Data

01 May 2022

Macro & Close-Up Photography Training Cape Town

Macro & Close-Up Photography Training Cape Town
Macro & Close-Up Photography Private Training Courses Milnerton, Cape Town

Macro & Close-Up Flower Photography Training, Kirstenbosch Garden, Cape Town 

Vernon Chalmers facilitates Macro / Close-Up Photography Private Training Classes in Milnerton, Cape Town / Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden


This is an opportunity for new photographers / experienced photographers with / without Macro lenses to learn more about Macro / Close-up Photography, exposure settings, techniques and various accessories (close-up filters / extension tubes / flash).

Small Flower Macro / Close-Up Photography >>

You do not have to own a macro lens
to attend this workshop / private training - I will demonstrate various cost-effective ways to capture macro and / or close-up shots (even with your current DSLR and non-macro lens.

Assistance will be provided for purchasing any future macro lenses / macro flash or macro / close-up accessories - even after the workshop / private training.

Flower Photography Training at Kirstenbosch Garden Practical Sessions >>

Cost: R2 000-00 per person (maximum two people at R1 850 per person) - Three four hour sessions (time to be scheduled around individual delegate requirements for private one-on-one training in Milnerton, Cape Town). 

Different costing will apply for Kistenbosch Garden Practical Photography Sessions.

Photography Learning Objective / Training Level
For assisting the developing photographer with the understanding and application of introductory to intermediate macro  / close-up photography accessories  / exposure settings / photography techniques (with ongoing Macro & Close-Up Photography Training support).

Integrated Hands-On Learning Approach
The workshop will have an integrated hands-on learning approach throughout all sessions (with your own Canon EOS / Canon EOS R gear and / or by using supplied Macro / Close-Up accessories).

Macro / Close-Up Photography Learning Areas
  • Introduction 
  • Macro / Close-Up Subjects 
  • Cameras / Lenses / Accessories 
  • Exposure / Focus Settings
  • Macro / Close-Up Techniques
  • Adding Light / Macro Lighting
  • Autofocus vs Manual Focus Options
  • Composition Guidelines
  • Post- Processing (Adobe Lightroom)

All Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop promotions, bookings and logistics are facilitated by Vernon Chalmers Photography Training.

Macro and Close-Up Photography may also form part of other modular training (if required). 

Contact me for more Information Vernon Chalmers Photography Training >>

Optional Accommodation for Photography Training
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 training sessions. Optional accommodation will be calculated at reduced rates into the Photography Training Proposal / Invoicing. More Information

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Macro & Close-Up Photography Training Cape Town
Flowers in the Rain (Canon EOS 70D) : Paddocks Milnerton

Macro & Close-Up Photography Training Kirstenbosch
Wild Flower : Macro & Close-Up Photography Training Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden


Macro & Close-Up Photography Training Cape Town
Flower Close-Up Photography with Canon EOS 700D (Speedlite Flash)

Macro & Close-Up Photography Training Milnerton Cape Town
Small Flower with non-Macro lens and Canon Extension Tube

Macro & Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town
Inside a flower: Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/5.6L Lens

Small Flower Photography Woodbridge Island
Small Flower Photography Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve : Canon 6D

Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town
Red Pepper Macro : Canon EOS 70D / 100mm Macro Lens

Inside a Chocolate Bar : Canon EOS 70D / 100mm Macro Lens

Photography Training Gift Vouchers
Macro & Close-Op Photography 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>>

Canon Photography Private Training Sessions Milnerton,  Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Bird / Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch More
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class More
  • Birds in Flight / Bird Photography training More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Training More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Sessions More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Sessions More

Canon Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town

Bird watching in the Table Bay Nature Reserve

Helmeted guineafowl - Table Bay Nature Reserve
Peekaboo! Helmeted Guineafowl - Table Bay Nature Reserve
On a glorious and crisp morning I went on my routine short walkabout around the Table Bay Nature Reserve Diep River, Woodbridge Island.

Normally, I'm out looking out for birds in flight, but on this particular mid-morning most birds were settled in their feeding and 'doing-nothing' routine.

I was very pleased to see a few helmeted guineafowl jogging along, at times, precariously close to Otto du Plessis Drive (on-route to the Reserve).

Making my way through the Reserve, and highlight of my morning, was a close encounter with a nesting / perched pair of pied kingfishers. I was fortunate enough to capture at least one of them.

Towards the end of the gallery below are two birds in flight images captured of a Cape teal duck, Egyptian goose and Darter flying over the Diep river (flowing past the Table Bay Nature Reserve and the adjacent Milnerton Golf Course).

My 'Bird Species Index' around Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve

Images by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens.

Thoughts on my settings used for Birds in Flight / Perched Birds
Exposure settings (mainly aperture and shutter speed)  will depend on birds in flight and / or perched birds. With so many birds flying up and down the Diep river, Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve area I rarely change my exposure settings. Shooting with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/4.5L USM lens since early 2015 I've tweaked my settings alike for fast and slower birds. One of the only settings I will change is the shutter speed (to support the lighting conditions).

For perched birds I generally use the same settings in good light conditions for providing a decent exposure. With enough time (and perhaps more so in less light) I may adjust from Manual to Av (Aperture Priority) Mode for decreasing shutter speed and ISO. What I do try and change is the AF Mode, but it is rarely achieved as my main focus is to keep things simple and to enjoy the outing (if setup for birds in flight).

I could also use the Full Frame 6D for perched birds, but prefer the reach of the Crop / APS-C body. Sitting, say for instance, in a hide for perched birds I will use a different combination of body / lens and settings, but in my local shooting environment I prefer one body / lens paring and one set of settings for both flying and perched birds.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Lens Settings
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Auto-ISO 400-1200
  • Shutter Speed: 1/4000s
  • AF: Large Zone (Case 1)
  • 10 fps / handheld
  • AF on
  • FL: 400mm (prime lens)
  • CF Card: Lexar Professional 800x / 120MB/s 32GB

Canon EOS Setup and Tips For Birds in Flight Photography

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Grey Heron in the Table Bay Nature Reserve - Diep River / Woodbridge Island
Grey Heron in the Table Bay Nature Reserve (overlooking the Milnerton Golf Course)

Close Encounter with Pied Kingfisher in the Table Bay Nature Reserve Image 1 / 2
Close Encounter with a Pied Kingfisher in the Table Bay Nature Reserve

Little Cisticola on guard in the Table Bay Nature Reserve
Little Cisticola on guard in the Table Bay Nature Reserve

Cape Spurfowl in Fight over the Table Bay Nature Reserve
Cape Spurfowl in Fight over the Table Bay Nature Reserve

Southern Masked Weaver (ringed) overlooking the Table Bay Nature Reserve
Southern Masked Weaver (ringed) overlooking the Table Bay Nature Reserve

Cape Teal Duck in Flight over the Diep River / Table Bay Nature Reserve
Cape Teal Duck in Flight over the Diep River / Table Bay Nature Reserve

Egyptian Goose in Flight over the Diep River / Table Bay Nature Reserve
Egyptian Goose in Flight over the Diep River / Table Bay Nature Reserve

Darter in Flight over the Diep River / Table Bay Nature Reserve
Darter in Flight over the Diep River / Table Bay Nature Reserve

The Hadeda ibis was from a previous walk back from the Table Bay Nature Reserve. Quite tame and minding his own morning breakfast routine.

Hadeda Ibis with breakfast - close to the Table Bay Nature Reserve
Hadeda Ibis with breakfast - close to the Table Bay Nature Reserve

Small birds in the Table Bay Nature Reserve

Food Photography - In-Studio Braai (Barbeque)

South Africans love to braai (barbeque) - even if it is indoors...

In-studio braai before and about good to go… with different lenses (macro lens and landscape lens)

At Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Studio Arnhem / Milnerton (Canon Lifestyle Photography)

I experimented with various Canon body, EF lens and Speedlite flash pairings and eventually decided on the the 100mm macro focal length for the first close-up image and a wider-angle landscape lens (16 - 35 mm focal length) for a wider perspective for the second image.

Image 1: Canon EOS 6D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens and Ring Lite MR-14EX II flash

Image 2: With Canon EOS 70D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens and Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash

Before the Braai - with Canon 6D / EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens
Before the Braai - with Canon 6D / EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens / Speedlite Flash

Braai Almost Ready - With Canon EOS 70D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide Lens
Braai Almost Ready - With Canon EOS 70D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide Lens  / Speedlite Flash

Vernon Chalmers Canon Camera Article Index

Vernon Chalmers Canon Camera Article Index
Canon Camera articles prepared by Vernon Chalmers using various Canon EOS / EOS R cameras, Canon EF / EF-S / RF lenses, settings and techniques

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Canon EOS R6 First Impressions and Sample Images
As with the Canon EOS R 2019 Field Review / First Impressions the overall goal of Canon EOS R6 and RF lens review is a first impressions overview of how the equipment was applied and ultimately experienced in the genre of Bird in Flight / General Bird Photography (in relation with my experience with a variety of other Canon EOS bodies and EF lenses). This is not a pure technical / empirical evaluation of the Canon EOS R6, listed RF lenses against various Canon EOS bodies and EF Lenses. Read more>

Using Auto-ISO versus a Fix ISO
For Birds and Birds in Flight Photography, Woodbridge Island | Cape Town. I regularly make reference to my Auto-ISO preference for birds in flight photography at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - and from time to time perched birds with Auto-ISO. I generally use apertures (f/stops) between f/4 – 6.3 (depending on the lens used). Shutter speeds are mainly set between 1/2500 – 1/3200 depending on the light (and for covering most of the bird speeds). Read more>> 

What is Lens Minimum Focusing Distance (MFD)?
MFD is the minimum distance between a camera sensor and image / subject in front of the lens that will allow focus with a specific lens. Lens MFD is measured in meters (and displayed as such i.e. 0.98m or 3.5m).  MFD is an important factor for close-up photography when using zoom or non-zoom lenses (with / without lens extension tubes or lens close-up filters). Read more>>

Canon EOS R First Impressions and Sample Images
Canon Camera System Change - From DSLR to Mirrorless
After testing the Canon EOS R6 I was asked by one of my longtime Facebook followers if I would change my EOS System (from DSLR to Mirrorless) for predominantly Birds in Flight photography - this question made me think and this was my unedited response: Read more>>

Canon EOS R First Impressions and Sample Images
I received the evaluation body and mount adapter (and the two EF lenses / extender) well packaged. Very similar to any new Canon EOS body and / or lens. With years of experience with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EOS 6D the EOS R grip and ergonomics felt immediately smaller and quite different than the bigger EOS DSLRs. Read More>>

Using Canon Speedlite flash Outside on a Sunny Day 
For overpowering the strong sun light I selected the fastest sync speed of the Canon EOS 6D (1/180s) and small(er) apertures (f/11 - f/16) for providing a relativity dark ambient exposure. Using High-Speed Sinc (HSS) will provide an even darker ambient exposure. Most Canon DSLRs (and Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II Speedlite flashes) will have HSS for the built-in flash and / or external Speedlite flash. Speedlite flash head was tilted slightly upwards (for minimising direct flash light on the subjects). Speedlite was used in E-TTL mode. Read more>>

Testimony of the Modern AF System: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Some of the more challenging Birds in Flight shots to get into focus are those of small (erratic flying) birds coming straight at the lens. Fortunately, most modern AF Systems are capable of assisting the photographer for tracking and capturing these shots. Read more>>

Canon EOS 6D Fireworks - V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Highlights as Photographer / Workshop Facilitator
During 2016 I spent more time with different photographic genres (compared to 2015) and also assisted many new and experienced photographers in their skills development via my Photography Workshops Cape Town. Read more>>


Birds in Flight Photography: 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). Read more>>

Long-Term Use / Discussion of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
I've used the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens on both 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 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Read more>>

Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM  Lens
Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D (Full Frame)
Capturing Birds in Flight with a basic Autofocus (AF) System and the reasonably slow frame rate of the Canon EOS 6D Full Frame body and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM zoom lens. 


Generally, when I capture Birds in Flight at Woodbridge Island Cape Town, I prefer the extra fps and reach of a faster APS-C (crop) body paired with a 400mm prime lens. 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.Read more>>

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town: Using Canon's Wide Zone Autofocus
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - Birds In Flight AF Application Woodbridge Island / Cape Town.  Using the Canon EOS 7D Mark II body / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens with AI Servo / Wide Zone selection for tracking fast and at times, erratic flying smaller birds Read more>>


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

We may only still be halfway in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's life cycle, but with current (competitive) advancements in the APS-C DSLR and Mirrorless camera market I'm starting to think about some of the features that could be improved on. Read more>>


Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light Shooting - Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Shooting In The Fog - Cape Town Shooting in the fog at Woodbridge Island Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Telephoto Lens. Shooting in the fog / low light with Canon EOS 7D Mark II in early morning / changing light conditions. Read more>>

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light Shooting - Cape Town

Auto-ISO Birds In Flight shooting with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Telephoto Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. Low light testing of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's Auto-ISO ability in early morning / changing light conditions. Read more>>

Challenges of Small Bird in Flight Photography - Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Photographing a small, fast moving bird is in most cases quite a challenge, but indeed possible with patience and the correct camera body and lens settings. Small birds are erratic movers / flyers and when they get ready to fly / or already in flight it could result in some hit and miss captures. Read More>>

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

This is a topic that we will discuss in more detail during the upcoming Birds in Flight Photography Workshop at Intaka Island / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. Both prime and (certain) zoom lenses are good to go for Birds in Flight photography, but there are various criteria for enthusiast photographers to consider: Read more>>

Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Automatic Selection Autofocus Testing Cape Town
I went out this morning with the objective of testing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II in ISO 1250 - 1600 light conditions, using for the 1st time the camera's AF point selection on Auto-Selection 65 Point AF with initial AF point selected - instead of the usual (extended) Zone AF that I generally use for fast flying birds in flight photography. Read more>>


Canon 500D 77mm Close-Up Lens Filter
Testing the Canon 500D 77mm Close-Up Lens Filter
In an effort to reduce the minimum focus distance (MFD) of my 400mm lens (3.5 meter) I ordered a Canon 500D 77mm close-up lens filter. This is mainly to eliminate the carrying of a second body with macro lens when out in the field with the long lens (for Birds in Flight). The 400mm works well for close-up work from a distance, but I wanted a closer focusing option (with more magnification)
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Birds in Flight Photography - Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens. Fast shutter speeds / panning hand-held in Manual. All images processed in Lightroom 5.7 / 6. Converted from RAW to JPG. Lens profile correction. Minor colour correction. Cropping. The last two images in the gallery were captured in morning fog at the Diep River, Woodbridge Island. Read More>>


Canon EOS 80D: First impressions / Test Shoot Cape Town

As a Birds in Flight photographer with extensive experience with the Canon EOS 70D and the Canon EOS 7D Mark II I was looking forward to see how well the new body with its larger 24 MP sensor will perform in terms of general handling, autofocus, shooting speed, ISO performance, image quality and cropability during post processing. Read more>>

Birds in Flight with Canon EOS 70D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

I frequently get questions on what the 'best' focal lens length is for shooting Birds in Flight at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. My response: it will depend if you're shooting with a Full Frame or an APS-C (Crop) DSLR body. For most bodies the focal length of 300 - 600mm generally works best. Read more>>

Canon EF Lens Full Time Manual Focus Override
Full time manual focus override is a lens focusing function for fine-tuning focus while in camera / lens Autofocus mode. Its not always possible in the field (without a tripod) to go manual focus when doing close-up photography - for this purpose I gently turn / fine-tune the lens focus ring for pin-point focusing (whilst in AF Mode). Read more>>


EOS iTR AF Testing: Birds in Flight Photography
EOS iTR AF Testing: Birds in Flight Photography
As with all new Canon EOS Full Frame bodies - EOS 5D Mark IV / EOS 5DS(r) / EOS-1D X (II) - the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is equip with EOS iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition Auto Focus) enabling the camera for potentially focusing faster on moving subjects when in AI Servo mode shooting moving subjects. Read More>>

Canon EOS 70D: Birds in Flight Photography - Cape Town
Paired with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens the Canon EOS 70D quickly delivered the expected results via application of the 19-point Autofocus system, Digic 5+ Image Processor and 7 fps / frame rate (compared against my older Canon EOS 700D's 9-point Autofocus system). Read more>>

Auto-ISO Study for Birds in Flight Photography - Canon EOS 70D
My own field study is based on the relationship between BIF photography (high shutter speed shooting / continuous AF tracking) and the modern DSLR's Auto-ISO function and will not (necessarily) apply for static subjects (i.e. perched birds) - although, I use the same settings when shooting perched birds. Read more>>


Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm Macro Lens: Close-Up / Macro Flowers

Demonstrating application of the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens with / without Canon Speedlite EX430 II Flash paired with the Canon EOS 70D body. Note: Photos are hand-held in Av mode with / without out flash. Some cropping / other post-processing in Lightroom 6. Read more>>


Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm Macro Lens: Close-Up / Red Pepper
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm Macro Lens: Close-Up
Demonstrating application of the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens with natural light (paired with the Canon EOS 70D body using ISO's between 640 - 3200). Note: Photos are hand-held in Av mode without out flash. Some cropping / minimum post-processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6. Read more>>


Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens For Hair Fashion Action
At first I didn't consider the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens as an option while planning for the Partners Hair Design Training Academy Graduation / Fashion Show 2015 Cape Town.
 Great value and sharpness and I'm sure there are a few Sigma and or Tamron 85mm lenses that could do a similar job Read more>

Remarkable Crop-ability of a Full Frame Sensor - Canon EOS 6D
With bigger pixels on the sensor, the full frame body produces less noise than a crop-sensor body (i.e EOS 7D Mark II) at the same higher ISO - in this case at ISO 800. Tighter cropping of the original full frame image should therefore produce better / cleaner results than with a crop body. Read more>>

Canon EOS 6D : High ISO Noise Comparison (Full Frame)
With Canon EOS 6D (Av Mode) / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens. Testing of the Full-Frame Canon EOS 6D's noise levels by comparing pre-set ISO ranges of ISO 6400 and 12800 with no post-processing (except for Canon lens profile correction in Adobe Lightroom 5.7 / RAW to JPG conversion). Read more>>


Panning with Canon EOS 70D Killarney Motor Racing Cape Town
Panning: Canon EOS 70D Motor Racing Cape Town
Demonstrating panning photography technique / application with the Canon EF 70-300mm f4.-5.6L IS USM lens paired with the Canon EOS 70D DSLR body. Slower shutter speeds / panning hand-held in Tv mode. All images processed in Lightroom 5.7. Converted from RAW to JPG. Lens profile correction. Read more>>

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Zoom Test - Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide Lens : Different Focal Lengths Test. Demonstrating five different focal lengths using the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide lens (paired with the Full Frame Canon EOS 6D) across the two Woodbridge Island bridges, Milnerton Lighthouse and Table Mountain, Cape Town. Read more>>


Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom PluginBy default Adobe Lightroom 5 / 6 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. Read More>>

Close-Up / High ISO Testing: Canon EOS 6D and EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
Demonstrating application of the Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM in natural light and using ISO's between 2500 - 8000. Handheld. Note: Photos are hand-held in Av mode without built-in / speedlite flash. Some cropping / minimum post-processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6. Read more>>


Testing the Canon Extension Tube EF25 II - Cape Town
Testing the Canon Extension Tube EF25 II - Cape Town
An extension tube is a cost-effective hollow tube that increase magnification of subject and decrease the minimum focus distance between lens and subject. It does not replace a macro lens, but works well for bringing smaller subjects closer. There are various brands on the market. The Canon tubes are designed to work on Canon EOS DSLRs with either a Canon EF or EF-S lens.Read more>>

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Zoom Test - Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens : Different Focal Lengths Test Woodbridge Island. Demonstrating four different optical focal lengths using the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens (paired with the Full Frame Canon EOS 6D) across the Diep River, Milnerton Lighthouse and Table Mountain, Cape Town. View More>>

Canon EOS 6D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test
With Canon EOS 6D (Av Mode) testing the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. Demonstrating application of different aperture settings and the effect on background blur / bokeh quality using the Canon EOS 6D and new EF 50mm F/1.8 STM lens. Milnerton, Cape Town.
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II : AI Servo Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test
Canon EOS 7D Mark II : AI Servo Autofocus / FPS Test

I generally shoot Birds in Flight in AI Servo Autofocus mode in shorter bursts of 4 to 5 shots. These consecutive images were all captured in less than 3 seconds (using the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's impressive 10 fps multi-shot mode). Read more>>

Canon EOS 7D Mark II : First Impressions Cape Town
The body and lens combination feels rugged and solid in-hand and is ergonomically well designed in terms of comfortable grip, LCD monitor(s), button / control layout and general usability (similar to the EOS 7D) - and not too heavy for hand holding action photography. I mostly shoot handheld and for a few hours at a time. Read more>>

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Zoom Test - Cape Town
Demonstrating the difference between five focal lengths when using the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (paired with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II) across the Diep River, Woodbridge Island Cape Town. Read more>>


Canon EOS 70D for Birds In Flight : Paired with EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
The Canon EOS 70D is a very responsive and relatively fast continuous shooting Canon EOS APS-C DSLR body to serve my BIF shooting requirements. With the leftover budget I added a new Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens and Canon Professional Gadget Bag 1EG to my growing Canon EOS system. Read more>>

High ISO Test: Canon EOS 70D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Canon EOS 70D ISO Field Test: Low Light / Evening Cape Town Demonstrating application of higher ISO settings between ISO 800 - ISO 6400 with the Canon EOS 70D and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM zoom lens - handheld, without any flash and low / deteriorating lighting conditions. Read more>>


High ISO Test: Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Lens
ISO Test: Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens
Ferris Wheel V&A Waterfront Cape Town. Demonstrating the application of higher ISO settings at ISO 800 and ISO 1600 with the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i DSLR camera and EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Angle / Wide lens. Read More>>


Sunrise V&A Waterfront Cape Town - Canon EOS 700D 
Demonstrating application of the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i DSLR camera with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens (without any lens filters) at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Cape Town. All photos on tripod in Av mode (Aperture Priority). Images captured in RAW (conversion via Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4). With no correction. Read more>>

Depth of Field photo samples with Canon EOS 700D and various EF lenses
Close-up photos in / around Constantia, Century City, Durbanville and Milnerton Cape Town. Demonstrating Depth of Field application and quality / level of background blur (bokeh) using different lenses with the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i DSLR camera body. Read more>>

Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4 IS USM Wide-Angle Lens
APS-C vs Full Frame DSLRs for Landscape Photography
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 many Canon Full Frame / APS-C and third party lens options, but the most popular focal lengths for APS-C (Crop sensor) bodies will be the standard 18-55mm kit lens range and also the ultra-wide option(s) in the 10-22mm range. 

Another useful option is the 18-135mm lenns range. Read more>>


Canon EF 16-35mm IS USM Lens: Different Focal Length Comparisons
Demonstrating the difference between five wide angle focal lengths when using the Canon EF-S 16-35mm IS USM Ultra Wide-Angle lens (paired with the Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera) at Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island Cape Town. Read more>>


Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens: Different Focal Length Comparisons
Demonstrating the difference between three wide angle focal lengths when using the Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra Wide-Angle lens (paired with the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i DSLR camera) at Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island Cape Town. Read more>>


Interior photos with new Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Demonstrating application of the relatively new and inexpensive Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM Ultra-Wide zoom lens mainly in an interior mall environment to assess Image Stabilization / Image Quality in Av Mode f/8.0 an Auto ISO (paired with Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i DSLR camera body). Read more>>

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