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July 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/5.6

At the start of the year, I decided that it was time to evaluate a few of my gear choices.  I realized that the only time that I had used my Canon 7D in the previous 6 months was to scan film.  On the other hand, I was using my film Leicas on a daily basis, and was constantly wishing that I had a similarly sized digital camera.  Since I was working at a camera store at the time, I had plenty of opportunities to test the current lineup of mirrorless cameras from all of the main manufacturers.  I had always been drawn to Fuji's camera and lens lineup, and being able to try them out in person confirmed that they were what I was looking for in an everyday camera that I could also use for serious work.  After a couple of weeks of indecision, I sold my 7D and bought a Fuji X-Pro1.  Since I now almost literally shoot with the X-Pro1 everyday, I'm happy with that decision.

This did leave me with a potential problem though.  The 7D was my main camera for wildlife, and once I decided to sell it, I would need to get used to my Canon 5D for this purpose.  The 5D is a camera with a full-frame sensor, which is normally an advantage to me, but in the case of wildlife, it meant that I no longer had the 1.6x crop factor of the 7D.  On top of this, I doubt anyone would claim that the 5D's autofocus speed was anywhere near as fast as the 7D's.

My first opportunity to test the 5D out as my main wildlife camera came when I visited Florida over the winter.  The crop factor wouldn't be a major problem; due to how tame the wildlife is in Florida, being too close is usually a more frequent problem.  I was a bit worried about the AF speed, since I do usually take a lot of birds in flight images while in Florida.

In the end, neither of the expected issues proved to be a major problem.  As expected, most of my subjects were close enough that I didn't need to worry about the loss of the crop factor, and to my surprise, the 5D didn't have any problems with keeping up with flying birds.  An added bonus of having the full frame sensor was that I was able to blue the backgrounds out a bit more than I would have been able to with the 7D, so it all worked out in the end!

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/800 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/4000 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/640 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/5000 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro, ISO 400, 1/8000 @ f/4

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/500 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/250 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/250 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/400 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/400 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/500 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/3200 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1250 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2000 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/4000 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/3200 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/6400 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/3200 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/3200 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2500 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2500 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2500 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2500 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2000 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2000 @ f/7.1


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