Catching up...

Posted on 1 March 2010, 21:16

I’ve been away on business for most of the last month so haven’t had a chance to post anything up or reply to recent comments.

I’ll get to the comments as soon as I can, but in the meantime, I was able to get out for a couple of hours today – the usual spot (St Mary’s), some really nice light and an incoming tide.

Sadly (I guess), I still wasn’t able to get onto any of the local Sanderling and Dunlin with my 7D: I see these two species (along with Stonechat) as something of an acid test of a camera in that I’ve taken lots of pictures of them and so have a good feel for how my previous cameras have dealt with shooting them – both in terms of AF and IQ – which forms a good benchmark for how the 7D would compare.

Still, the same is true of Turnstones... and I have to say that on the basis of my experiences with the 7D so far, I’m kinda baffled by the complaints I’m seeing on some internet forums about the 7D’s IQ – I think it’s fantastic – but then I apparently have a very 7D-friendly workflow. The fact that it’s exactly the same workflow I use for my 40D is lucky, I suppose..!


Turnstone, St Mary’s


Turnstone, St Mary’s


Turnstone, St Mary’s


Turnstone, St Mary’s

As usual, the local Redshanks were hard to get onto, but this one let me get to within “heavy crop” distance:


Redshank, St Mary’s


Redshank, St Mary’s


Redshank, St Mary’s

Back to the 7D: one thing I’ve found out is that the camera’s central Zone AF mode is really effective for shooting BIFs against, say, trees or other busy, cluttered backgrounds that would send the 40D into a frenzy: having a block of 9 fast, sensitive AF points to put over the bird, knowing that they will only take notice of whatever’s closest to the camera and will actively ignore the background, makes BIFs almost too easy!

(I know these are “only” Black Headed Gulls, which some folk reckon don’t count as proper BIFs, but they can shift when they want to!)


Black Headed Gull, Blyth


Black Headed Gull, Blyth


Black Headed Gull, Blyth


Black Headed Gull, Blyth


Black Headed Gull, Blyth

Finally, I’ve been miffed for a long time about losing access to “my” Eider ducks at Blyth Yacht Club due to it being completely fenced off to the public, but I’ve found myself another spot further up river that allows me to get close and down at their eye level – I’m really pleased about this…

A very small sample of the many Eider images I’ve taken recently:


Eider Drake, Blyth


Eider Drake, Blyth

I’m really enjoying my 7D, and I’ve seen nothing of the sharpness/noise/IQ/AF problems some folk have reported: but then again, I don’t look for problems because I don’t expect any – and so far this approach hasn’t let me down!

I think that there probably is something subtly different in the IQ of the 7D compared to the 40D – but that’s OK, it’s a different camera: but worse? Not a chance. With the right choice of converter and some care at the PP stage (selective sharpening for example), I can’t find any downside to owning the 7D and – as is so often the case – the more I use the camera the better the images that come off it seem to be…



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