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:




Has a touch screen



Has a flip-out screen

Yes No

Higher true resolution



Less shutter lag



Shoots slightly faster



Better boost ISO

25,600 ISO

12,800 ISO

Slightly lighter



Shoots movies

1080p @ 30fps


More focus points



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.


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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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David Elliott
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thanks for your review

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beautiful thanks


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