Last week, much to the disgust of my wife, I decided to splash out on a new camera. I had briefly tried out a friends Canon 5D MK4 and liked it but I had not fully decided whether to go for that or the Canon 1DX MK2. The part exchange offer for my 5D MK3 from Wex was fair and they had a promotion on the 5D MK4 for an extra £200 trade in value so I went to Norwich to decide.
Undoubtedly, the 1DX MK2 is a better camera for wildlife professionals but I Rolex Daytona replica thought that the 5D MK 4 was probably more suitable for me - higher resolution, same battery and cards as the 7D MK2 that I already have. Same focussing set up as the 1DX MK2 but lacking in speed and buffer size. There are pro's and cons but in the end, it choose the 5D MK4 so the next day I went to Welney WWT to test it. The glorious sunny day was a bonus.
Arriving in the observatory, I set up and tested on a Coot
and some Mallard
The set up was the 5D MK4, the 500 mk2 lens and 2x mk3 converter. I was keen to see how the auto-focus performed as one of the major improvements was that all 61 focus points autofocus at F8. Flying Whooper Swans were the target.
and even a head on flight shot
Well pleased with those to start with so I moved to another hide to see what was around. Plenty of Teal
Even a Reed Bunting
Early afternoon, I returned to the observatory where a drake Wigeon came in close
and a drake Pintail conveniently did a wingflap. That is unusual as I have never seen this species in front of the observatory.
Even a drake Mandarin made an appearance, with the late afternoon sun really bringing out the colours.
But the main objective was the Whoopers to test the camera so I Rolex Submariner replica concentrated on getting different images to replace some of the rather boring ones I had.
A very nice wing flap in the evening sun.
and even against the setting sun.
Well, I did not expect much in the way of keepers but this camera has delighted me. Many of these shots I would not have been able to achieve before. Still early days and I need to get the gear calibrated for extra sharpness but so far well pleased.
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