|California Brown Pelican in flight, La Jolla, CA. Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens (handheld at 154mm) with the 1.4X II TC and the EOS-7D. ISO 500. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops set manually.|
With one day to go, the San Diego IPT has been a huge success. Great folks, great camraderie, great photographic opportunities, great food, and lots of learning. We have been blessed with the right light, the right winds, and the right weather. Keep your eyes peeled for the next BAA Bulletin for a complete report.
Everyone is anxious to know my thoughts on AI Servo AF performance with my new cameras: Canon’s flagship professional body–the EOS-1D Mark IV, and the top of the line pro-sumer model–the EOS-7D. AI Servo AF performance in both is excellent. When I get the central sensor on the bird’s eye, face, or head and keep it there, the images are sharp. When I fail to do that, sometimes the images are sharp, and sometimes they are not. My initial impression (as you can plainly see in the Mallard image below) is that the Mark IV is surely the best ever Canon body when it comes to tracking incoming subjects that are rocketing towards you.
And two things are sure: competent photographers will produce excellent flight images with either of these bodies, and excellent flight and action photographers will continue to produce award winning images with either the 7d or the Mark IV. (Do note that when it comes to flight and action I consider myself in the former group, not the latter.)
|Mallard drake incoming, Santee Lakes, CA. Canon 400mm f/4L DO lens handheld with the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 500. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops: 1/800 sec. at f/4 set manually.|
As always, you can click on an image to see a larger sharper one. I am supposed to be in San Diego until next Saturday but with the gloom and doom weather forecast: rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, I am likely to get out of Dodge well before that. I will be back soon with more MIV and 7D images.