Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS with Internal TC (engaged) and 7D Mark II Just Ducky « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS with Internal TC (engaged) and 7D Mark II Just Ducky

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We enjoyed a pretty much perfect day yesterday. Great weather, great light, and great birds. Not to mention a wonderful lunch and a 2-hour image review/editing/DPP/Photoshop session.

This blog post took about 1 hour to assemble. It was published at 5:08am Pacific time. Please note that I still have many exciting new images, tales, and lessons from my recently concluded Southern Oceans trip to share with you here over the course of the next few weeks and am looking forward to doing just that. Do consider joining me in South Georgia next October for the trip of a lifetime. See here for the complete details. In addition, I will surely be sharing more 100-400 images along with additional positives and a very few negative on the new lens. I used the 100-400 yesterday afternoon with the 7D II and the 1.4X TC. Images and comments soon.

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This image was created in the shade of an oak tree on a clear day with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens with Internal 1.4x Extender and the Canon EOS 7D Mark II with the internal TC engaged at 560mm. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop as framed : 1/200 sec. at f/5.6.

Central sensor/AI Servo Expand/Rear Focus AF as framed was active at the moment of exposure. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.


We are killing on the San Diego IPT. We were where we needed to be on Sunday for all the right reasons. We were right where we needed to be on Monday morning and everything was perfect. Tons of learning and tons of great images (coming soon). On Monday afternoon we were once again in the perfect spot with the right wind, gorgeous light, a pretty sweet sunset, and lots more great images (coming soon).

The tripod-mounted 200-400 with the internal TC in place and the 7D II worked out just fine for the ducks. When they swam close, I was able to zoom out easily. At effective 896mm (18X magnification) this combo is simply too much for most folks to hand hold in situations like this; not so much because of the weight but because of the huge magnification and relatively slow shutter speeds…. In any case, I did just fine seated behind my lowered tripod with the lens on the Mongoose M3.6 tripod heads.


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3 comments to Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS with Internal TC (engaged) and 7D Mark II Just Ducky

  • avatar Warren H

    What a great shot. Definitely my favorite duck!

    Did you use a blur in PP for the water?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Water is right out of camera 🙂 a

      • avatar Warren H

        That is really awesome. Beautiful when everything really works out like that.

        Right Place, right time, right wind and light, a cooperative bird, and you knowing how to use your tools.

        Notice that I didn’t say that “Right Place, right time, right wind and light” was luck. That’s definitely part of your craft.

        Great image!