Drake Northern Shoveler Head-on In Flight

Post on November 28, 2014 Northern Shoveler Duck BirdsWaterfowl

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Had a few series of head-on Bird in Flight and i am very satisfied with the new 7D Mark II’s ability to track incoming flyers with ease where the 1D Mark IV failed to deliver on a consistent basis. The crop factor certainly make a case here. Without 1.4x where i would normally use on 1 Series bodies, the AF is more responsive on a naked 500mm and it’s lighter for handheld too – lighter body weight and without 1.4x teleconvertor.

Here’s my settings so far after a week of intense BIF. I would recommend turn off iTR and use center point if you are into BIF – it makes a huge difference

Updated : Feb 2, 2015 – over 2 months using this camera for BIF

  1. Initial AF pt Manual
  2. AF modes : Manual Spot AF, 4 points expand, 9 points expand.
  3. Disable EOS iTR AF
  4. AF Servro Priority 1 Equal, Priority 2 to Focus
  5. AF Case 2 and change the following to
    • Tracking Sensitivity : 0
    • Accel/Decel Trackjing : 1
    • AF point auto Switching : 1
  • Canon, EOS 7D Mark II
  • EF 500mm F4L IS USM
  • ISO 400, 1/4000, F5.0 ,500mm
  • Carrollton, Texas
  • November 28, 2014
drake northern shoveler in flight incoming

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