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Jan 062014
 

With temperatures around freezing point, blue skies and frost on the ground, I got down to the Rhine Delta in Austria just as the sun was rising this morning. A perfect opportunity to try out my new Canon EOS 70D camera body.

Eurasian Blackbird taken at a distance of approx. 20 meter

Roe Deer on the Rhine Delta – taken at a distance of approx. 80 meter

All of the above shots were taken hand-held using a Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L lens.  This lens is ideal for trekking – light weight and no need to mount on a tripod. The technical specification of the EOS 70D shows several clear advantages:

EOS 70D vs EOS 50D
Has a touch screen Yes vs No
Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
Higher true resolution 20MP vs 15.1MP
Less shutter lag 75ms vs 131ms
Shoots slightly faster 7fps vs 6.3fps
Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
Slightly lighter 755g vs 822g
Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
More focus points 19 vs 9

 

I had the impression that the 70D locked on to moving targets faster and more reliably with auto focus in servo mode – this is for me a key requirement when shooting birds in flight.

The flip-out, touch screen is a definite improvement – easy to enlarge image previews without having to press different buttons.

In conclusion I don’t regret this trade-up one bit and look forward to capturing some great images in the months ahead.

 

Ken Billington

Ken Billington

Ken, a scientist by training held various management positions in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries during his professional career, enabling him to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Americas, North Africa, Asia and Japan. Ken has always been a keen photographer and bought his first telephoto lens 10 years ago. This was the beginning of his interest in bird photography. Since then he has also become an active supporter of birding and wildlife conservation.

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