here’s one complete series of images for you. These are all unprocessed full frame images, only resized. On the last three images the tail is sharp instead of the head, but you can see that I left the bird with the sensor.

AI Servo speed set to slow. Single central Sensor. I think that’s quite impressive 🙂  600 IS handhold

Do not critic on the images, the target was to get the nastiest BG possible 😉


Small Update

January 5, 2010

Heys Guys,

University has me back and the upcoming weekend I turn 24, so not much time for some shooting. I also have an issue with the camera, since it shows a front focus on my 600 IS lens. I hope to be able to adjust it this week. This is a big bummer for me, but the problem seems to be my lens not the camera. On my other lenses the camera is a REAL STUNNER.

Besides that the camera performed really well. I am loving the ability to boost the ISO and the switching Af field from vertical to horizintal and around (best feature EVER)

Something reagarding BIF. The camera is dead on when you shoot against busy BGs. When I stay with the sensor on the bird the camera doesn’t care about any kind of busy BG or crossing birds. Much better than my Mark IIn under the same conditions.

This Wood Pigeon has been my first real life test. The camera performed perfectly here, too. Without the TC the 600mm lens is good after microadjustment.

I add an ISO 400 RAW for you guys 🙂

The Quality with the 4/70-200 IS is really nice 🙂

today I was too busy to do a real test, I just made it out for an hour. I did some Bird in Flight under very poor conditions and the camera performed well. As long as I stayed with the sensor on the bird’s head the camera was on the bird and followed it, even with busy BG. From what I’ve seen so far I’d rank it above a Mark IIn.  However, for real life conclusions the shooting was too short and the weather to dull and grey. Tomorrow I will go out shooting the whole day and will keep you posted on new developments 🙂

The images are crop, but it shows the ability of the camera. It actually performed better against that busy BG than against water. I’ve found waves to be one of the toughest challenges also with my other camera bodies.

I haven’t been too impressed with the sharpness of all images, but I guess that’s also due to the larger mpix count….

Here two images and the RAW files. Again linking is fine, any other use not.


Edit: I forgot to mention the AMAZING Display:)

A great coincidence made it possible for me to get a Mark IV yesterday. What a great end of the year. So today I had the pleasure to test Canon’s new flagship. When unpacking it, it felt quite nice and light compared to my Mark IIn/Ds III.

When I woke up this morning I saw terrible dark skies and light snowfall…..great! Usually not a day to go out shooting, but I really wanted to test the Mark IV. So I just ignored the weather.

When I arrived at the lake there were lots of ducks and gulls, but all of them were quite reluctant to fly. That gave me only a few chances to test the BIF ability of the camera, but what I saw so far gave me a good impression. Even with busy BGs, once focus was acquired, the Mark IV stayed with the subject and even crossing gulls were ignored. I used a single AF field and set the sensitivity to slow. I bumped up the ISO to 3200, but even then I didn’t get good shutter speeds, so I stopped the BIF stuff after a while, because the results were just not reliable due to the weather. I hope I can do some better test the upcoming days. What I’ve seen so far was better than my Mark IIn ever did. The camera acquired focus fast and sticked to the subject very smoothly.

What I also liked are the 10 fps, which are also more silent than those 8fps of my Mark IIn (which is for sale btw…. :)). I used a new Sandisk Extreme Pro 90 MB/s card. With this card it was almost impossible to fill the buffer. You can easily get around 50 images in a row. Raw images….This is a HUGE step for us as bird and action photographers. When I plugged in a 30Mb/s card later that day the buffer filled up pretty fast. I’d highly recommend to use fast cards to take full advantage of the Mark IV.

The biggest advantage in my eyes over the D IIIs, besides the better AF (sorry guys ;-)), is the ability to select all 45 AF points. For me it was just a pain to  be limited to only 19 selectable points. I found all points very consistent and didn’t notice a difference between the middle sensor and the outer ones. Another awesome feature is the sensor that automatically switches the AF field from a vertical to a horizontal one and vice versa. This is an awesome feature and will save me a lot of time when I want to do a quick vertical of a bird that suddenly gives me and erected pose.

Since the weather was so bad I just made a few portraits and then decided to do some fun stuff with my wide angle lens. For the Mute Swans I used a 17-40 mm lens and all 45 AF points in Ai Servo mode. The camera did great! My Mark IIn would have performed much worse. I will go out shooting again tomorrow and hope to more impressions 🙂

If you have any questions feel free to ask  or even better, comment 🙂

As an exclusive service I uploaded two RAW images for you. I don’t wanna see them posted anywhere. Linking to this Blog is fine, but nothing else. A foot of a Mute Swan is nothing great but I guess good enough 🙂

Both shots are ISO 1250 and pretty much noise free. Up to at least 1600 the images are nice and clean 🙂

At the end  threefun images from today. Nothing great, though. Here I found the noise to be more present in the darker areas.