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Re: mixing and matching


@mitchmcc wrote:

 

     7D2 + 1.4 (iii) + 100-400 II   (or substitute the 80D for the 7D2)

 

I greatly appreciate everyone's help, as I want to put in my order pretty soon.

 

Mitch


I have already put in my two cents.  Make your own choice, based on your own priorities and needs, not the preferences of someone else.

 

With the 7D2 + 1.4XIII + 100-400mm II = One AF point, the center AF point.

With the 80D + 1.4XIII + 100-400mm II = 27 AF points, three rows of 9 AF points.

 

The choice is a tough one.  Each body had distinct advantages over the other.  Hands down, the 7D2 has a better build and body.  It has a slightly higher frame rate, which is meaningless with a slow lens, or a slower AF system at f/8.

 

On the other hand, the 80D has higher resolution, lower ISO noise, and better AF tracking [higher keeps rate, IMHO] due to a better AF sensor.

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Re: mixing and matching

"That gives an f8 at at least 560mm, ..."

 

I shoot my Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens at f8 all the time.

 

EOS 1DX @ 600mm, f8, 1/1250 SS. 1600 ISO

_OS15290-Edit.jpg

 

I hand hold almost all my bird shots but 560mm on a 7D Mk II with its crop advantage is goin gto be a real challenge to hold still at nearly 900mm. Of course I would give it a go! Smiley Happy

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Re: mixing and matching

I am used to using a tripod 100% of the time, so I would probably try that using the 1.4....

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Re: mixing and matching


@ebiggs1 wrote:

"That gives an f8 at at least 560mm, ..."

 

I shoot my Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens at f8 all the time.

 

@EOS 1DX @ 600mm, f8, 1/1250 SS. 1600 ISO

_OS15290-Edit.jpg

 

I hand hold almost all my bird shots but 560mm on a 7D Mk II with its crop advantage is going to be a real challenge to hold still at nearly 900mm. Of course I would give it a go! Smiley Happy


Interestingly, if you get out a magnifying glass, that picture is sharper than it looks. I guess it's one of the few instances where a blurry background doesn't really serve its intended purpose.

Bob
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
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" I guess it's one of the few instances where a blurry background doesn't really serve its intended purpose."

 

Although I have no idea what you are trying to say, the shot simply shows a Great Blue Heron perched in a tree! A quick snapshot I took while fishing at Pomona Lake.

 

 

Yes, I carry my 1DX and big Siggy plus all my fishing gear at the same time. Doesn't everybody?

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Re: mixing and matching


@mitchmcc wrote:

I am used to using a tripod 100% of the time, so I would probably try that using the 1.4....


Unless you’re set up and not plan to move, then a monopod with a good tilt head works better for action photography when you’re on the move.  Most professional sports photographers seem to use them.

 

BUT, a monopod/tripod can slow you down when you need a quick shot, or if you need to angle the camera upwards.  Frequently, I will retract the monopod leg, and go “handheld”.  

 

It is a trade-off.  I have captured my best shots by parking myself somewhere and waiting for the wildlife to come out of hiding.

 

 

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Re: mixing and matching

"parking and waiting" is how I get my best shots at Ft DeSoto Park near where I live...

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/21063695@N05/albums/72157629529792860

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Re: mixing and matching

JMHO, back off on the slidders in your post editor.

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Re: mixing and matching

I do not know what you mean "adjust sliders in post editor"...

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Re: mixing and matching

It is usually a 'less is more' thing. Don't go overboard.

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