I’m still playing around with the 7D Mark II and spent some time today calibrating the 400mm lens, which had felt a bit soft. I’d had to do the same with the previous camera and my method of calibrating is none too exact, though making the in-camera adjustments is easy. It may take me a few attempts to get the lens working to its maximum capability. That said, the settings are not too far off.
The first sequence (with the uncalibrated 400mm lens) is a sparrowhawk flying over the garden this morning, startling (but not attacking) a small flock of starlings.
The starlings wheeled away. The sparrowhawk was searching, but not hunting. It hung over the garden for a while longer.
The next shot, of a helicopter, was taken with the 100-400mm lens.
Now a herring gull (I’d calibrated the 400mm lens by this point and was using the 1.4 extender).
There’s one other regular feature in the sky that is hard to miss. It appeared mid to late afternoon.
And it was still there tonight.
Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II. Lenses are the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens, EF 400mm f/5.6L USM and Canon EF 1.4xIII extender as indicated.