A New Streak/Canon 100-400II Continues to Rock the UK Puffins… « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

A New Streak/Canon 100-400II Continues to Rock the UK Puffins...

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On Wednesday afternoon a huge thunderstorm hit the puffin island 15 minutes earlier than predicted at 3:45pm. Sideways hail and rain with 40+ mph winds left most folks drenched; the rule in Northumberland is to always have your rain gear along…. Lightning flashed and thunder boomed; our boatman skillfully got us back to port. The storm knocked out internet for about a day and a half. Thus, there was no blog post on Thursday.

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Four more recently-listed lenses sold with the past few days. With the demands of cooking for 12, now 13 folks, and with the internet down for a good bit, I am once again far, far behind in updating the used gear page and answering e-mails. Heck, denise and I have barely had time to breathe…. I may have some time to catch up today. If I missed an important e-mail please re-send it. I will do my best.


This image was created on the UK Puffins and Gannets IPT with the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens and the amazing Canon EOS 7D Mark II. ISO 400. Evaluative metering -2/3 stop: 1/5000 sec. at f/5.6. AWB.

Center AF point/AI Servo Expand/Shutter button AF as framed was active at the moment of exposure (as is always best when hand holding). The selected AF point was on the bird’s upper breast just below the black neck band. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Atlantic Puffin flapping

600 II vs 100-400II

Though I have lugged the 600II on every landing, I used it only briefly until Thursday afternoon, and even then the 100-400II proved very valuable. The 100-400 II is lightweight, easily hand holdable, and super-sharp. With the 7D II it offers lots of reach, especially with the 1.4X III TC in place. As shown in today’s image, it is extremely versatile; without being able to zoom out I’d have seriously clipped the puffin’s wings. Lastly it’s ridiculously short minimum focusing distance of less than a meter, or about 3 feet, two inches, allows the creative photographer to envision and create images that simply were not possible before the release of this lens.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens In Stock

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The 100-400 II vs the 200-400 with Internal TC

As expected, I have received several e-mails asking for a comparison of these two great lenses, the Canon EF 100-400mm II and the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender. You should find find my detailed analysis here within a week.

The Single Negative?

What do you think is the biggest negative in this image?


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13 comments to A New Streak/Canon 100-400II Continues to Rock the UK Puffins…

  • avatar Neil Hickman

    Your shadow was not pointing directly at the bird as is your preference.

  • avatar David Peake

    Hi Artie,
    So gutted for you about missing a blog and having to start again.
    The only negative for this image is the not so preferred sun angle and its consequences.
    Looks to me that you are shooting about 90 deg from sun angle.
    Still it’s a very nice image.
    Loving that 100-400 lens.

  • What do you think is the biggest negative in the image ? More of a catch light in the eye

  • avatar Jim Amato

    more light needed; underside of wing, nape of neck and on the tail area.

  • avatar Jeff Sielski

    Hi Art, Outstanding image!!

  • avatar Warren Robb

    Negatives aside, images of puffins generally make me smile, and this one is especially effective. The same goes for the one in your previous blog. Nice work. 🙂

  • avatar Phil Stone

    I like the image ‘though I would have left a slightly bigger margin to the right of the bird and reduced the empty space on the left. But only a little. I agree that poop is poop. You could have cleaned it up in PP (pardon the expression!) but you chose not to – fine with me.

    I do have a question about the 7D2, the 100-400II (both of which I have) and the 1.4X converter (which I am considering buying). What’s your experience of the loss of AF functionality other than at the centre focussing point, and how do you work around it?

    Thanks, Phil

  • avatar DAVE DRAKE

    Great shot. Why -2/3ev? Finally getting to our San Diego IPT images. Will send a few for critique when you get back. Thanks again for passing on your knowledge.

  • I’d prefer a little more space between the left wing tip and the right edge of the photo.

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie. Thanks for this wonderful image and blog post. We’ve had some terrific t-storms here on Nantucket as well. I don’t see anything negative in your puffin image, I like it a lot. I think the head angle is terrific. Maybe if the bird’s left wing were angled differently the image would be a bit better, but I love it as is.

    I do have a question about using the 1.4X TC III with the 100-400, though. Although I find the bare lens very sharp on my 7D2, almost none of my images with the 1.4X TC are acceptable. Maybe you can give me some pointers on the upcoming Nickerson IPT.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      You are right on the left wing position…. It has to do with the light.

      The keys to success with the 100-400 II/1.4X III TC/7D II combo are keeping the lens completely still and having AF both active at the moment of exposure and on a good spot on the bird…. Yes to helping you on the IPT of course. a

  • avatar Loren Charif

    What do you think is the biggest negative in this image? I find the poop on the rock distracting, and the head angle could have been a bit better.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      The poop is the poop. Part of the ambience. For me for this pose, the HA is perfecto.