Canon 7d mark ii – wildlife test shots

I’ve never really tried shooting wildlife before so this was a challenge. For all shots I was using the 7d ii with Canon 70-200 f4 IS lens. I really should have had a 300mm or 400mm prime, or an extender, but they’ll have to wait. For the most part I found shooting in TV mode too restrictive in terms of depth of field when zoomed in, so I shot all these in AV mode and bumped up the ISO when required to get the shutter speed I needed. With the extended ISO capabilities of this new sensor that is now a more possible option than ever before, making shooting faster and hopefully creating more keepers. For the most part I have no clue what the names of these birds are, so excuse any mistakes or make some corrections in the comments. Post processing wise these were all shot jpeg and were processed mildly in PSE and cropped digitally by between 20-50%. Hope you enjoy.

Pelican sitting back enjoying the sun. 7d ii f8, 1/5000, 1600 iso, 160mm
Pelican sitting back enjoying the sun. 7d ii f8, 1/5000, 1600 iso, 160mm
Goose in the park. F8, 1/4000, ISO 800, 173mm, Canon 7d ii.
Goose in the park. F8, 1/4000, ISO 800, 173mm, Canon 7d ii.
Currawong profile. F8, 1/3200, iso 800, 173mm
Currawong profile. F8, 1/3200, iso 800, 173mm
Mallard duck in water ring. F8, 1/2500, iso 3200, 200mm
Mallard duck in water ring. F8, 1/2500, iso 3200, 200mm
Duck. F8, 1/2000 iso 1600, 200mm
Duck. F8, 1/2000 iso 1600, 200mm
Bird in flight. F8, 1/1600, iso 400, 200mm - tracking on broadest AF area mode
Bird in flight. F8, 1/1600, iso 400, 200mm – tracking on broadest AF area mode
Bird in flight II. F8, 1/1600, iso 400, 200mm, entire AF tracking
Bird in flight II. F8, 1/1600, iso 400, 200mm, entire AF tracking
Duck. F8, 1/200, iso 100, 200mm.
Duck. F8, 1/200, iso 100, 200mm.
Currawong in flight. F8, 1/8000 iso 1600, 167mm
Currawong in flight. F8, 1/8000 iso 1600, 167mm

8 Comments

  1. These samples are the best to date that I have seen coming from this camera and I’m really impress can’t wait to put my hands on one, but my reality is going to be a little longer, is there any chance we’re going to see some future low light images too? Thank’s for sharing and happy shooting.

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      1. Thank’s a lot !!! you did an excellent job capturing incredible detail in those images, color’s are true to life and your exposure’s are spot on ISO look’s much more improve compared to the MKI which i have. The 70 – 200 F4 IS and MKII seems like a killer combination, alway’s heard positive thing’s about that lens, I think you did the camera justice for what it’s worth. Grrrrrrrrrr !!! don’t know how much longer I can wait before i own one.

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      2. You’re welcome ! thank’s a lot. That lens and camera combination is a killer set up you have there, I alway’s heard positive thing’s about the 70 – 200 L F4 IS, I’m seeing incredible details in those images, seem’s like the new AF system is delivering, color’s are looking true to life as well and after those crops the images are still looking crisp, as an early adopter, I can sense how happy you are with your new rig .

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  2. Thank’s for taking time to put up these samples, you could have fooled me, look’s like they were shot in normal lighting, incredible clarity. I’m convince.

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  3. Thx 4 these examples.

    If we forget about the oddy settings on some Shots i must say that even with this bad Settings the Photos look really damn good. And with right Settings it would even look better.

    But i guess u really rose some settings to test the 7D II capabilitys.

    I had a 7D and returned it after 2 Testshots !!!!!!!!
    I compared it with my 5D II + Kenko 1,4 Converter. and the 5d II looked really twice as good in terms of colour and dynamic Range. I had no chance to push Shadows in Lightroom 5 or recover highlights of the 7 D Files. The Sharpness was allmost the same it was not clear to say what was sharper.

    And even with the higher Iso settings due to the converter the 5DII was much better.

    Your Pictures tell me that its Time to give the 7D II a Chance.

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    1. Thanks. Yes I had to choose settings for testing. The 7dii is great, but it’s not as detailed as a FF in low light conditions. Although having said that it’s getting very close & the details can be recovered very well, even from jpegs!

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