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Rook in flight

Two years ago I bought my Canon EOS 5D mark II. After these two years, I’m still really pleased with this camera. It’s great for shooting landscapes or macro-pictures and for shooting movies. However for action photography or for flight pictures the autofocus is a bit too slow. When I bought this camera I already anticipated this and I planned to use my old 40D for these shots. However, when I compared the 40D pictures with the 5D mark II pictures, the difference in image quality was too great. Most of the 40D pictures ended up in the trash, while most of the 5D pictures were keepers. Because of this, I made almost all pictures with my 5D. As I really like to have two bodies with comparable image quality and both with the ability to make movies, I decided to get a body to replace my 40D.

Now I had to make the choice what body would be fast (both in autofocus and frames per second), have movie function, a cropfactor and a really good IQ. The 7D has most of these features, but I heard different stories about the IQ. Some were really satisfied, but too many people complained about the higher ISO noise levels. As I didn’t want to have a body with a lower IQ as the 5D (and leave the new body in my bag most of the time), I decided against this camera. This left me with only one real choice: the 1D mark IV. This camera was fast (up to 10 fps and a great 45 points AF), has a good IQ, a movie function and a 1.3x cropfactor. I also looked at the new EOS 1D X, but for me that didn’t add anything to the (less expensive) mark IV.

Well, last week the time had come. I could pick up my new body! A great moment of course. Unfortunately I had to work the next days and when I came home, it was dark already. Today was the first day where I had some time available, so I decided to go out. The weather was far from great, overcast with a little drizzle. I put my new camera on ISO 1600 and tried to make the best of it. There were only few birds (I bet they also were celebrating Christmas), but I managed to get a few pictures of Coots and of this Rook in flight. Not bad, I’d say, considering the circumstances. I’m sure I would have thrown this away with my 5D and didn’t think of making it with the 40D.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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