Some Random Thoughts

Thinking about the last post, “Birders Vs Photographers” some interesting things came to mind. An awful lot of birders are quickly adding photography to their hobby/passion. Most of them haven’t turned to the dark side. That is, they haven’t become full time photographers. My prediction is, some will.

I’ve been receiving several inquires (from them) about equipment. Interestingly, none have asked about lenses. That’s the single most important part of the picture taking equation in my opinion.

Recently, I bought a Canon EOS 5D Mark lll camera. I also have a 1D Mark lV but haven’t used it once since getting 5D. I bring this up for a reason. I’m always asked about the capabilities of the Canon EOS 7D which seems to be the camera of choice for most of the people mentioned above. Although it’s a more than capable camera, I’ve never been a fan. I had one and took fewer than 10,000 images in a year. If you know me, I can do that in a month. The main complaint is the amount of noise generated in anything above 400 ISO. Below are a few images taken with the 5D Mark lll at 1600 to 3200 ISO. The files and lack of noise are incredible. The first image (3200 ISO) was taken 17 minutes after sunset. Amazing! Click on thumbnail for full size view.






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  1. Karl Seddon January 10, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Hi Lloyd, It’s certainly a great camera body- the large file size + low light capability as mentioned, is fantastic – but how do you get along with the relatively clunky framerate?

    • Lloyd January 10, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

      Hi Karl – I’m surprised you have time to shoot with the 2 young ones. Congrats on the new baby. Say hi to Charley.
      The 6fps hasn’t been a problem. We’ll see what happens during warbler season 🙂 I highly recommend the camera. David has it and the 1DX and uses both.
      My decision, besides for money, was the 22mg vs 18. I don’t regret the decision.

  2. David speiser January 10, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    Nicely done! 5dIII is a great camera. Frame rate not a problem when there is a higher keeper rate!

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